Saturday 11th August - Tales from the Deep by our Special Correspondents (Revised Formatting)
Saturday 11th August – Tales from the Deep by our Special Correspondents
Very friendly Turtle in Rangiroa
Manta Ray down at 34 metres
Whales, dolphins, manta rays, turtles and more sharks than
you can shake a stick at. Even for
an experienced diver the Tuomotos and
Starting in Rangiroa on 2nd August, Carol was subjected to her first drift dive through the Tiputa pass. Despite being a ‘slack dive’ we were still battling a drift of up to 5 knots whilst clinging on to rocks trying to look at a meandering turtle. The blue (deep water next to the reef) is the real highlight in Rangiroa – this is where the dolphins hide. They frequently come down to play with divers, making this a world famous sub-aqua destination. Sadly we had no such luck and had to watch the dolphins playing on the surface from below, but they were kind enough to join us right off Arnamentia’s bow when we headed on to Tahiti through the pass the next day.
Friendly Napoleon fish in Rangiroa
A burst of colour. Lemon Peel Angel fish seen on every dive so far
Mira, after an early wakeup call. We are not entirely sure what this chap actually is, but he was a lot more friendly than he looks – not unlike Mira
Having expected the diving to be rather more mundane in
Where’s Wally? James is in here somewhere, honest
A really bad hair day! .
Worryingly large Lemon Shark and amazingly relaxed yellow margined snapper fish!
Black tip reef shark in Tahiti
Carol in the
so-called “Aquarium” off
All of our diving trips have been well documented by James and Mira’s incessant snapping both under and over the water. Unfortunately, however, the climax of all of our adventures has been confined only to memory. James was so shocked to look down and see two adult humpback whales swim less than 2 metres below him that he managed to capture only a blue screen by the time he had made the camera ready. James, Mira and Jon are off for a whale and dolphin snorkelling trip in Moorea tomorrow, so hopefully this problem can be rectified by the end of the day!
Blackside hawkfish in St Etienne, Tahiti
Sunken Cessna, also at the “Aquarium” in
Damien Hirst exhibition of grey sharks 25m below the surface, Moorea
We found Nemo! A clown fish at the “Aquarium”,
Yellow Box fish, found under Arnamentia in Tahiti
Jon having discovered that the chart plotter had stopped working / moray eel in Moorea
Lunch. A prickly sea cucumber in Moorea.
On the less exotic diving front, James and Mira donned their
equipment to give Arnamentia’s hull a good scrub whilst in Marina Taina,
Next stop Raiatea and perhaps