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Limah Rock

   Oman  Arabian Sea
For me the dive that summed up our whole trip was Limah Rock. This is a large island that juts magnificently up from the sea. It is over 300m high and sinks down over 60m into the depths. We dived Limah Rock on our last day, the tide was just about to turn so there was no tide movement and the sea was flat calm it was perfect conditions for a dive. We stepped off the dive platform and slowly descended through what felt like an aquarium. The fish below us would move aside and as soon as we had passed the gap would close so that we were constantly surrounded.
This dive we were on a mission. The dive guide had told us that seahorses live on a large rock at 29m so we were off to find them. At that depth we would not have long so I was relieved to be able to see the rock from 20m away, there would be no searching in low visibility for us. Approaching the rock there was no seahorses to be seen. Then as we looked closer one was found holding onto a piece of soft coral. It was small and blended perfectly with its surroundings, using natural camouflage to hide from predators.
Unfortunately we did not have time to look for more but as we turned to ascend I was amazed at the sight that met me. From nearly 30m down I could see the bottom of our dhow. There were several pairs of divers gliding over coral through so many fishes that you could not possibly count them all. Silhouetted against the sun was a school of large batfish. I turned and looked along the reef. Larger fish were gathered a little way off, the water was so clear that they appeared to be floating in mid air with nothing to support them. Further up a shoal of fish swam by at speed as if they were in a rush to go somewhere important. We slowly made our way up the side of the reef looking into every hole and under every overhang.
I could not believe the colours in the coral. It seemed as if every colour you could think of was there in every shape imaginable. There was large soft cabbage coral in a soft green, spiky teddy bear coral in red and yellow, purple soft coral and no end of brown and green table coral. All too soon this dive was over and we had to ascend to the surface but it is one that will get a special mention in my log book.
The dive trip came to an end that day as we arrived back in Dibba but for the divers it will live with them a long time. We took nothing but pictures, we left nothing but bubbles......we will be back.


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Chilean Expedition diving

   Chile  Pacific
However, the diving in Chile looks excellent - the prevaling Humbolt current keeps the water pretty cold (it aint coral reef), but means the sea life should be rich. It might be well worth trying to get out to the Juan Fernández (Robinson Crusoe) Islands. Viña Del Mar and Valparaíso, both on the coast close to Santiago have dive centres, try Google searches on combinations of 'buceo' 'chile' 'Viña' 'Valparaíso' etc. A very quick starting link that seems to have some good info: website Didn't go to the coast in Peru, but I'd be surprised if there wasn't 'something' in Lima.
Also, is it possible (as in are there dive centres there) to dive in Lake Titicaca in Peru ? I'm told the archeology there is very impressive and Jaques Cousteau did a few dives there. No dive centres, as far as I could find out. If you do manage to mount an expedition to get full gear, tanks, weights and a compressor up there, please do send a trip report! At 4,000 metres, it is an altitude dive beyond most deco models, so be careful! ;-)

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Tips

   Benin  Atlantic (South)
I have lived in West Africa for two years and can confirm that there are people diving there. As far as I know the numbers are limited and mainly local expats. Also the Club Med in Assinie (Ivory Coast) has no diving in its offered activities. Benin is accorcording to my knowledge no favorite dive location for Dutch tourists. I can however recommend visiting Cotonou / Benin as it will show you a completely different culture compared to Europe and in general the Benin people are quite friendly

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Belgian diving

   Belgium  North Sea
During winter you should go diving in one of our quarries like La Gombe in Esneux (near Luik (Liege) In summertime Diving on the wrecks in the North sea is very good and popular among belgium divers. Also The 'Oosterschelde' in holland is popular (Wemeldinge)

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The Gulf

   Bahrain  Arabian Sea
Diving in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, it is very different from the Red Sea. Lots of silt here with a few coral reefs, sea grass beds, and interesting oyster beds here in Bahrain. Haven't been to UAE or Oman, but have been doing lots of diving here in Bahrain. Water temp is dropping. Starting putting on shorties a few weeks ago, almost time for full wet suits. During November, water temps can drop 5 to 7 deg C per week. It's down to the 20's now. A month ago, we were in t-shirts!

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Freshwater lakes, Grundsee

   Austria
One popular region to do diving is the Salzkammergut in Austria. Numerous large and small lakes in an alpine setting. Conditions are the same as for the Bodensee: deep, dark, cold, clear.
The viz can be 100’/30M which is as good (if not better) than the Red Sea. Of course the marine life and color is not quite like the Red Sea!


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Lakes

   Germany
One of the best lakes to dive in Germany is the "Bodensee" in southern Germany. The Bodensee, some 80 km long is bordered by Germany, Switzerland, and Austria (hey, that's Austria, not Australia !:)). One spot popular with divers is in the german town of Ueberlingen: deep, dark, cold and clear...vertical wall all the way dwon to 400 ft.

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Orcas

   Argentina  Atlantic (South)
Forget about diving in Buenos Aires. The city is by the River Plate (Rio de la Plata), which is a mud soup. The closest diving you can try is in Mar del Plata, 400 km south of Buenos Aires, and the diving there is so-so.
If you have time, go to Puerto Madryn. This is 1,500 km south of BA, and the diving there could be spectacular. They have one of the largest sea lion & sea elephant colonies in the world, and depending the time of the year that you go, you are almost guarantied a dive with Right whales. There also several wrecks around there. Don’t remember their depth. Although summer just finished down there, you need AT LEAST 5mm wet suit.
ORCAS
Every year since 1976, the arrival of Transient / Resident Orcas to the Peninsula Valdez has been observed.
The Orcas patrol along the steep pebble coastline of Punta Norte, listening to the young seals, only a few weeks old, as they play in the water or cross from one colony to the next.
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Various

   Antigua & Barbuda  Caribbean Sea
I don't know how helpful I can be because I was there in 1989. I'm sure many things have changed there especially in light of the storms that have hit. I stayed at a friends timeshare right on the beach and there was a dive shop within walking distance. Unfortunately, I don't remember the name. But the dive shop was owned by a guy named "Big John" and I would dive with him again in a second. He is somewhat of a legend there and actually founded some of the more popular dive spots. I was there in November and water temp was 75+ and air was 85 avg. The viz was fair...not great for Caribbean diving though....avg was 40 ft. I saw huge ray ( 8 ft wing span ), turtles, lobsters, an octopus, lots of nurse sharks. If you can, try to do a dive that is called... I think.... "The Shoots" or "The Slides". It's a big rock crevice and the current actually pulls you through it just like being on a ride. It might be near English Harbor but I'm not sure. It's a very cool dive though and VERY different from any other dive I've done. English Harbor itself is about a 100 ft dive. It's ok and also some crevices and neat rock formations that you can go through. But the one I mean actually PULLS you through and it's in about 50 ft of water.

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Rabbit Island

   Turkey  Mediterranean Sea

The highlights are 'Mexican Hat' , 'Aladdin's Cave' , 'Three
Tunnels'
and the night dive on 'Rabbit Island' .



Mexican Hat was excellent! We descended to approx 20 metres from where we
entered a tunnel (3-4 m in diameter) through which we finned upwards until we
did a safety stop at 6 m where the water becomes like a 'heat haze': natural
spring water mixing with the salty seawater. We surfaced in the most amazing
'cavern' and when we turned our torches off we could see the light coming
through the rocks and the sea shone a brilliant turquoise. Another dive site
similar to this one was Aladdin's Cave, but where we surfaced there was a hole
in the top of the rocks and it was equally beautiful with the sun shining
through to the water where we bobbed about on our inflated BCD's. The Three
Tunnels was another 'adventurous' dive as it involved diving in and out of
narrow ravines. The highlight of that dive was waiting for the group to emerge
and seeing the air bubbles permeate through the tunnel 'roofs'.



Rabbit Island night dive was fun as my buddy and I busily searched 'Navy
Seals style'(!) with our torches under rocks and in nooks and crannies and felt
a sense of achievement when, amongst the more usual array of marine life, we
discovered 2 octopus and watched as one changed color to a pale blue and then a
pale pink. We also saw a red baby octopus with white spots, not such a great
camouflage!


There were only two disappointing dives (in terms of lack of sea life and
topographical interest): Aldiana Bay and one of the night dives at Aquarium
Reef
. Aldiana Bay, I gathered from general chit chat, is not considered one
of the better dive sites and it is possible that we just got bad timing with the
night dive at Aquarium Reef. Rabbit Island for the night dive, however, we
recommend highly.




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The Baltic

   Germany  Baltic Sea
We travelled to the port of Greifswald in the former East Germany to board the Artur Becker. This is a converted survey ship that has been refitted for the needs of sport divers with an air compressor and recompression chamber on board. The captain, Karl - Heinz Hanke, has wide experience of the Baltic and the entire crew were helpful and supportive throughout our charter. Conditions aboard were basic but comfortable although we had to cater for ourselves.
WRECK LOCATION REMARKS
Cypriot Freighter 54 22.800, 16 14.200 Wreck upside down in 20 m
Vulture 54 57.800, 15 05.300 Not found in reported location
Zulu 4 Submarine 55 14.720, 14 39.430 Upright in 35 m
Koronowa 55 13.283, 14 33.072 Located but not dived
Odin 55 24.366, 12 36.333 Not found in reported location
Knippla 55 18.400, 12 47.850 Well broken wreck in 20 m
Tinda 54 55.133, 13 12.000 Not found in reported location
Unknown Wreck 54 53.908, 13 23.158 Large wreck upright in 48 m


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Kneza

   Croatia  Mediterranean Sea


  • KNEZA is a wall\rock dive down to 30mtrs with
    Amphora to spy.


  • BANJA , Very rocky with lots of holes to poke about in.

  • The GARDA is a flat wreck and worth a good rummage and at 23 metres


  • SESTRICA , Lighthouse rock. A site with rocks within 2mtrs of the surface
    in the middle of a channel we thought maybe we would find something, afraid not,
    but lots of life.


  • MAJSAN , a swim down to 30mtrs to look at an anchor dumping ground
    including a thirteenth century anchor, three metres tall stood upright on the
    bottom

  • The BOCA , in 10mtrs a total awe-inspiring 28yr old huge wreck which
    stands proud of the surface. It is very intact with all parts assessable
    including the engine room, machine shop with lathe, cargo, spare prop, main prop
    and portholes. (Don't touch). The story is that the skipper was drunk and didn't
    see the shore, bang. You can see the hulls concertina shape as the bow stopped
    and the stern didn't. You must visit this site.


  • DUBA East , Octopus reef, 25mtrs Octopus and Conger.


  • DUBA West , A rocky wall dive with Amphora wedged in the rocks.




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The Souffleur

   Lebanon  Mediterranean Sea

The Souffleur


The submarine 'Souffleur' is a French Vichy Submarine, built in 1924
and sunk by the British on April 25th 1941 with a loss of 50 lives.


The Macedonia


This wreck is starting to form an artificial reef. The 'Macedonia' is
the shallowest of the diveable wrecks, laying in 2 sections in 16M. She was a
cargo ship who ran aground on the shallow rocks during the 1960's. The crew
managed to keep her afloat until the cargo was removed and she was then sold to
an individual in order to be broken up for scrap. Unfortunately, the new owner
was unable to complete his task, as the remains of the ship sank during a storm!
This is not a breathtaking dive as she is barely recognizable as a ship; the
remains are mainly broken ribs and plates but her position next to a small reef
means she has been fairly well colonized and Groupers and Morays are common.
Lobsters can be seen in season and we were fortunate enough to encounter a
Common Guitarfish.


Alice B


The ' Alice B ' is an excellent wreck for penetration dives and very
photogenic due to the fact that she sits upright and largely intact at 37M. The
Militia sank her during the civil war in order to make an insurance claim. She
was declared 'lost at sea' and the insurance company duly paid out one million
US dollars in compensation! Still, the insurance company's loss is our gain!




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Antarctic Expedition diving

   Antarctica  Antarctic (Southern Ocean)

Any expedition to the Antarctic is expensive. Dive equipment is more
expensive. There isn't any 'Club Med Antarctica' where you could stay.
There is always the possibility that your vacation excursion could get you
socked in to Antarctica for six months or more. Why would you want to dive in
waters where hyperthermia or getting trapped under ice is such a high risk? Big
and unsusual critters, that’s why!


An Antarctica voyage should be a carefully planned and coordinated adventure,
precisely scheduled to take advantage of the short 'austral summer'
season to visit the frozen continent. Amos Nachoum organizes a 20 nights voyage
that is a dream come true for photographers needing the extra time to capture
the elusive 'one great shot'.


Surrounded by the Southern Ocean, defined as the water between latitudes of
40-64 degrees south, uninterrupted wind circulates vigorously developing into
the notorious 'roaring forties' and 'furious fifties' .This
interaction between wind and sea currents creates a region of intense turbulence
and as a consequence, the Southern Ocean is richly productive ecologically. An
abundance of plankton supports the world's largest concentration of marine
wildlife. Millions of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales appear in glorious
abundance with the coming of the Southern Hemisphere's spring season. Most forms
of Antarctic life clings to the edges of the continent, where beaches and cliffs
offer snow free nesting grounds for birds and pupping locations for seals. It is
our intent on this voyage, to see and photograph most, if not all of the
available species


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Reefs, Anguilla

   Anguilla  Caribbean Sea

The refloating and sinking of four vessels in 1990 increased
the number and variety of dive sites found in Anguilla's waters. Since then, a
considerable amount of coral growth has been noted as well as the attraction of
an abundance of marine life in terms of schools of baitfish, jacks and a wide
variety of demersal species. The ships have settled well and are sitting upright
facing the waves. Seven wreck dive sites in addition to excellent reef and wall
dives suitable for both novice and experienced divers offer expanded dive
opportunities. The quality and diversity of dives, coupled with attractive daily
discounted multi-day dive rates, make Anguilla a rewarding destination for scuba
divers seeking 'new' dives. Divers can choose from an array of
accommodations, ranging from cozy inns and guesthouses with rates between $50
and $125 daily to luxurious resorts where each dollar a guests spends is value
received in the sheer beauty of the surroundings and the level of service
rendered. Anguilla now has two full service dive centers with programs catering
to divers and their non diving companions. Some examples of dive sites regularly
visited include the wreck of the 230 foot long M.V. Sara at a depth of 80
feet, an imposing backdrop for underwater photographs. Sunk only last year, the
wreck has already attracted an impressive amount of marine life. ' Prickly
Pear
' at a depth of 30-70 feet is noted for its underwater canyon
characterized by ledges and caverns. 'Grouper Bowl' at a depth of 25-
50 feet is part of the Sail Reef System and home to some of Anguilla's hard
coral formations. Large groupers are found among the overhangs and small
caverns. 'Little Bay and ' Frenchman's Reef ' at depths of
15 to 40 feet are excellent novice wand photographic dives featuring an
abundance of marine life.




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Reefs

   Venezuela  Caribbean Sea

Pinnacle (or Guasa) the 'not for
sissies' dive. Lots of surge and current and struggling down a rope to the
top of the pinnacle. It was very poor—but we still managed to see everything
you can think of up close: huge, varied species of parrot fish, more octopus,
drums, eels, scorpion fish, interesting corals, and more reef fish that you
could imagine. With the current, we could only imagine what lay out of our line
of vision!



Los Gatos brought us huge nurse sharks, morays, fighting (with each
other!) scorpion fish and the biggest scrawled filefish any of us had ever seen.



Green Paradise (and it was). 1st and Los Cuchos ('Eagle
Rays' and there were!) (2nd) Good vis and all the Eagle Rays you could
count—not to mention a few bull sharks swimming back and forth below. Huge
green morays (some of the biggest we’ve seen since Cozumel 10 years ago!) were
on every dive many times more than one sighting and also out free swimming!



Mini Wall, New Wall, Ledges Turtles, African Pompano, queen angels
everywhere, soap fish, huge southern rays. Wicked, flying current at Ledges but
big nurse sharks hidden everywhere in the ledges, big porcupine fish, and
biggest cowfish we have ever seen. Beautiful forests of corals and so many
schools we called it the 'Fish Freeway'.



El Avion and La Cocina . Visibility dubbed La Cocina the
'Where Were You?' dive. Almost all of us rolled off and never saw our
own buddy until the end of the dive. We buddied up with whomever we could find
and all made the dive. Again, "clouds" of every size wrasse and other
fish. The last dive was called the "Sergeant Major dive"-they were
everywhere.




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Black Wall

   Puerto Rico  Caribbean Sea

The Black Wall – 97 ft


This dive is on a wall covered with black corals and is pretty typical of the
profile that we dove for the wall dives. The top of the reef is at 60 feet and
we dove to a depth of ~95 feet along the wall. Dropping in we first sighted a
Spotted Eagle Ray and were accompanied by Four Eyed Butterfly fish while on top
of the reef and also spotted a four plus foot Green Moray.


The Super Bowl – 80 ft


The super bowl reminded me of Cedral in Cozumel with coral heads separated by
narrow sandy channels and is also around the same depth with a bottom at 80 or
so feet and the top of the reef at 50 some. At this site we saw the only shark
of the weekend and the only shark that others had seen in several days of
diving.


The Hole in the Wall – 135 ft


The hole in the wall starts at 125 feet and exits about 90 feet. This is a
nice dive and an easy swim thru that needn’t worry anyone. This is where one
of the group spotted a rock fish and we saw a couple of nice sized eels here to.


The Chimney – 75 ft


This was a really nice drive and was typical of the second dives in depth and
bottom. But, we were treated to a school of Barracuda and a Hawks Bill turtle
that Angel swears never saw me as I had to get out of its way or I would have
been run into. No kidding, it came within a very few inches.



In summary, Puerto Rico offers some excellent opportunities for wall and
reef diving and Angel has stated his intention to explore more dive sites west
of Parguera since he now has a craft that can reach them quickly. I also
can’t wait to check out the west coast around Mayaguez and Aguadilla
as I was told that the reefs and water there are beautiful as well. So, bring
the dive gear and come and explore a fascinating island with much to do and see
both above and beneath the sea.




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Paradise Sport

   Papua New Guinea  South China Sea

It doesn’t get any better than this! The diving left us speechless. From
the untouched beauty of the bommies to the tiny, weird creatures in the muck, to
the B-17 Blackjack bomber, everything was superlative. We saw everything from a
Harlequin Ghost Pipefish to a Hammerhead. Be careful of the Panda Anemonefish–they
are quite aggressive and they bite hard!


There is even a Nautilus dive where a cage is sent down with bait and several
Nautilus are brought up for the divers to see and hold. The crew then takes the
animals back down to 200’ where they are released unharmed.




  • The Ranch --So called because of its resident pygmy seahorses, at about
    20 m.


  • Silver & Black --A fun dive site, where a flutemouth hovered over
    me to hide as it stalked prey. The main attraction is a sandy plain with
    hundreds of garden eels, bobbing and weaving in the current. Schools of
    triggerfish and other reef fish. At night, we saw two ocellated epaullette
    sharks, an enormous grouper, blue spotted rays, and even a dime sized octopus
    free swimming in the blue.


  • Jason's Reef --Two bommies where Rhinopeus have frequently been
    spotted.


  • Bunama Beach --A muck dive site, filled with fantastic creatures! A
    pair of harlequin ghost pipefish, numerous porcelain crabs, eels, seahorses,
    lots of shrimpfish flitting through the seagrass, double ended pipefish, red
    tailed pipefish, a variety of outrageously colored gobies, and much more. At
    night, we watched a color show put on by a cuttlefish, a swarming ball of
    catfish feeding, a shy little cowfish, and ghost spider crabs. Fantastic!


  • Ayers Rock --Again looking for Rhinopeus, again failed. A great
    consolation was a mature blue ribbon eel as well as the black, juvenile
    version.


  • Observation Point --Billed by the divemaster as a great muck diving
    site, it was a bit disappointing. Nobody could find much of anything.


  • Wreck of the B-17 "Blackjack"-- Lying at 48.5 meters. It is
    almost perfectly intact, with very little encrustation to mar the beautiful
    lines of this enormous airplane. Such is the condition of this plane that the
    twin cannons in the tail turret still move in their mounts, and the belt of
    bullets is still clearly visible. Reach into the cockpit, and you'll find that
    the pilot's yoke still moves. The nose of the plane is caved in from the
    impact, and the propeller tips are bent back, but it still looks like the
    plane is ready to fly


  • Kearst Reef --A blue water dive, this was a bit disappointing. We did
    three dives, and only managed to spot one very shy gray reef shark, a small
    school of barracuda, and the occasional moray.


  • Deacon's Reef and Dinah's Beach --Two dive sites close to each other.
    The boat tied up at Dinah's Beach with two tenders running divers over to
    Deacon's. I'd seen Deacon's in various books I'd read before coming, and I was
    shocked to see the difference between the present day Deacon's and the
    pictures I'd seen. It seemed like 50% of the fantastic profusion of red whips,
    sea fans, and other coral formations had died off, leaving scars of dead coral
    pieces lying about. This seemed to be diving heaven! Frogfish, eels, mantis
    shrip, octopus, ocellated epaulette sharks, cuttlefish...simply everything was
    here! And the best part about Deacon's/Dinah's is the shallowness, which meant
    some marathon 100+ minute dives. All told, I was underwater nearly 7 hours
    that day!



Basilisk Point -- Basilisk was the worst sites of the trip, a wall dive
where some mantas occasionally pass by.




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The Playas

   Netherlands Antilles  Caribbean Sea

Playa Porto Marie


This is a small private cove and beach with a small entrance fee. The beach
is long and beautiful and you can spend a day diving here.


It’s a short swim to a double reef system that is very similar to a large
oval fish bowl. You can dive around the inside of the coral bowl or on the
outside of the coral reef on the wide-open ocean side of the coral reef.


It’s easy to navigate and on the far side there is a natural opening or
break in the reef about 10 meters that acts like a gateway to the open ocean.
Just follow the reef from the inside of the bowl to the outside then turn around
follow the reef back to where you started. Easy to dive and navigate. Max. depth
for us was 70ft. You could have stayed at 50ft. The water is always calm here
with great marine life. We saw several eels, a few turtles and many fish. Playa
Porto Maria also has fresh water rinse showers, Umbrellas, restaurant, bathroom
and a dive shop right there. A great day of diving, food and sun. A great place
to take divers and non-divers.


Playa Kalkai


This dive site is on the far west of the island and has a dive shop right
there. In fact you are better off renting tanks at West End dive shop and use
their shower and facilities after your dive. The rental tanks at West End are
only $6.00. It’s easy to do two dives here. The reef runs parallel to the
shore and is a short swim from the small beach. Easy parking and stairs down to
the beach and ocean. This site is the last shore dive on the island but well
worth the drive. The visibility was about 90ft. no current and beautiful reef
and lots of fish. eels, and lobsters.




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Reefs and wrecks

   Solomon islands  Pacific


  • Leru Cut is a geologic formation where the solid
    limestone of an island has a section cut into it. The top of the cut was open
    to the sky, but it was only about 5 meters across at the widest. We dropped
    down to about 15 meters and swam into the cut. It was like going into an unlit
    alleyway between two large buildings at night. Although there was light
    outside on the reef and up above at the top of the cut, down in the cut itself
    it was quite dark. This made for some interesting lighting effects.


  • The Toa Maru is a 400ft+ Japanese cargo ship that was attacked and
    sunk during WWII. The ship rests on its starboard side on a slope with the bow
    in the shallows starting at about 25ft and the stern ending below 120ft.
    Artifacts included fuel drums, ammo, saki bottles, and a motorcycle. The big
    surprise was the condoms that Danny had previously found on one of his many
    dives there. To preserve them, he placed them in a jar and hid them in the
    wreck to show to his guests. I never laughed so hard through a reg when the
    divemaster pulled that jar out of its hiding place.


  • One Tree I caught this dive at a good time as a school of Spotted
    Eagle Rays performed an acrobatic display for over twenty minutes with a few
    of them checking me out at very close distance.


  • The Hell Cat - A shallow dive; 30ft, this American fighter plane was
    perfectly intact. Ammo still found in its wings. Amazingly, this fighter was
    accidentally shot down (pilot survived and was rescued) by WWII ace Greg
    'Pappy' Boyington of the Black Sheep Squadron. One of Pappy's
    bullets hit the engine and the fighter had to ditch due to loss of oil
    pressure.


  • Japanese Zero This is a shallow dive that is only a stones throw from
    the market in Gizo. It is an intact plane that, although interesting on its
    own, had a beautiful florescent red anemone. The two anemone fish that called
    it home were 'tinted' in the same color of red. A few fin strokes
    away are the broken pieces of a Japanese Float plane.




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