Welcome One and All,
I’m happy to report that we managed to go diving at the weekend as at last, both weather and circumstance conspired in our favour. We headed out to the Neptune on the basis that if we could get there, the visibility would be better further offshore.
The sea was a bit lumpy causing a journey time of an hour or so, but we anchored the wreck at the first time of asking and we were pleased to see that the current was virtually nil.
The viz was also very good, certainly compared to the horror stories from last weekend. The wreck was visible from about 4m depth downwards which translates into about 14m. This is pretty good for round here. There were some barracuda circling the line and plenty of snappers, angelfish and others on the way round. The wreck continues to break up giving plenty of scope for exploration although Denis and I didn’t do too much inside except for an easy swim through half way along.
The sea state was coming down so we decided to stay in the area and do a second dive on the Jumbo. The viz wasn’t as good this time but still more than adequate and along with the usual marine suspects, there was a large Leopard Ray which both Allen and I spotted as we were leading our dives but it didn’t hang around long enough to let the others take a look.
All in all, a good day. The sea is becoming warmer (around 24°C) although a wet suit is still a requirement and will be for a few weeks yet.
After that it was back to the club for a couple of beverages.
Pointless exercise of the day award goes to Polly who on borrowing a weight belt, took two 1kg weights off it and put two different 1kg weights back on. Ask her, not me.
Smarty pants comment of the day goes to Allen who when asked the anchor location replied: “on the end of the anchor line”. Ask a silly question I suppose…
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Zanzibar Dive Trip information is below. Please go to early posts for information.
The Plan is to dive Mafia island which is just south of Zanzibar.
Eid Al Adha this year is predicted as follows:
Saturday 10th August – Arafat Day
Sunday 11th August – Eid
Monday 12th August – Eid
Tuesday 13th August - Eid
Therefore logically, we are looking at flying out on Friday 9th August, 3 core days of diving on 10th, 11th and 12th with a return on Tuesday 13th August for those who want to keep the trip within the Eid holiday. Of course, the option exists to extend the trip either forwards or backwards. Taking Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th as leave would give the full week which is worth considering for those who can spare the time (and money). Those coming from outside the UAE will have their own calculations to make. Please see a member of the team if you are interested in joining us.
Ian Hussey and Dive Member Contributions.