Diving with Dolphins

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Thu 7 Apr 2011 06:36
At anchor off Reporepo Island, Rangiroa Atoll
Wind: East, F3 gentle breeze
Weather: mostly sunny, warm

Today went for a deeper dive off the reef edge out in the ocean. I can't say it was over exciting, the best part being some dolphins that came to look us over at the beginning of the dive, including a baby. It was very interesting to be able to see them in their own element. They are certainly intelligent creatures.

After the dive I got to speak to my dive partners, a French couple, Olivier the dive master and Yoichi from Tokyo. Yoishi has done over 800 dives, amazing! (Today I completed dive number 13, a good number to have behind me.) Yoishi left Japan three days before the earthquake and tsunami. He has family in Tokyo which I am pleased to say are all well. Tomorrow he flies to New Zealand (no diving – too cold) before heading home. He reckons he is going to take a very deep breath in NZ before leaving.

Tomorrow morning I am going to do one more dive, it seems I am getting a little hooked. I can't afford to get too addicted as it is an expensive sport but Rangaroa is supposed to be one of the world's top dive spots so I figure I will make the most of it while I am here. After the dive I plan to sail to the south-east end of the lagoon to check out the pink beach.

All is well.