Bev, Rose, Jeff and I went diving today. We had a good time with plenty of laughter and convivial conversation. The dive conditions were excellent.
The first dive saw us moored at Naftan Point buoy where we slipped the surly bonds of earth (okay we fell backwards into the water from the boat) and went into the underwater world for some peace, quiet and adventure. The wall dive was interesting with some nice corals but limited sea creatures. The most unusual part of the dive was when a pair of large (2 foot+?) triggerfish were found and Bev began photographing them. This apparently pissed off the partner fish which began to act very aggressively. He attacked Bev, Jeff and Rose eventually viciously biting the latter two while I bravely backed off about 15 feet to watch the melee. The rest of the dive was anticlimactic.
After a surface interval spent snorkeling, cavorting and posing for silly pictures while tied to the buoy at Boy Scout Beach we dove down to explore the fascinating coral gardens there. It was like swimming through a miniature medieval landscape. The spires and accretions of coral reminded me of fairy tale castles and Salvador Dali-esque twisted buildings. The hour or so we spent there was memorable.
The boat ride was a lot of fun coming back with some nice high seas especially as we rounded antenna point. The rollers were big all along the reef line and the view of the island as we motored home was impressive. The boat crew of the No Limits II was very helpful and friendly.
We unloaded our gear at the fishing base dock and headed over to Porky's for Mojitos, beef tinala and Jeffs favorite, chicken keleguen.
I didn't take a camera but will post some pictures when Bev makes me a copy disc of the ones she took with camera #3.
A good time was had by all.