Exploratory Safari – Day Four

Day four

What does day four have in store for us… I am now back with my student James after my deep wreck adventure yesterday. We were planning on making two 45m deco dives to finish off the course. However such is the nature

James making his dive plans

of the trip we never know for sure what the reefs / habilis are going to be like. As it would happen on this occasion we managed to find 40m in the morning (just!) but it was looking very unlikely that we would find much more than 30m in the afternoon. Armed with this information we decided to postpone the final afternoon dive until the following morning at St Johns. Again, this is why I am growing to love making courses on safari. The time that you have is so much more flexible than when teaching from the daily boats.

The dive In the morning proved to be fairly uneventful, well, James basically let me kill myself, but apart from that everything else was fine. My student learnt a very important lesson, never turn your back on you diving buddy when preparing for a gas change, you never know when they are going to put that regulator in their mouth. Not sure how many times I have now died of an oxygen hit, but they are racking up.

Wall shot of one of the towers

After giving up on finding more than 40m on our dive, we decide to concentrate the dive around one tall tower to make our ascent. The tower was covered in soft corals and teeming with marine life. There was a bit of current running around the tower so we pretty much stayed on the sheltered side of it. The Habili went all the way up to 9m but then stopped, so for our 6 metre stop we put up the smb’s and drifted below. For the duration of our 6m decompression stop we were being watched by a very curious large barracuda who spent the whole time circling around us!

Back onto the boat and we were welcomed by a well deserved hearty breakfast. Think at this point I have now put on 2 kilograms in weight from the food alone!! In the afternoon we decided to make a normal recreational dive in the afternoon with our cameras. We dived again around some very large towers and were rewarded with the sight of free swimming white tips reef sharks and also a small sleeping white tip. The usual larger suspects were also there such as Tuna, Snappers, and many flabellinas. The current was quite mild which meant that it is was a very chilled out dive.

We have now seen our first other boat of the trip….a large  cargo ship was spotted in the distance.

A small sleeping White Tip reef Shark

Not sure if that counts or not??!! The weather is now awesome,

not a breath of wind around.  We fill up the Jucuzzi and off gas in the comfort of cool water as we travel! It’s a hard life.

During the evening our boat is surrounded by plankton, this is a very good sign, hopefully we will have the chance to see Manta Rays the following day.

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