With the weather not looking too good in Dubai / Sharjah last weekend we made one of our periodic visits to the east coast, diving with Divers Down at the Miramar resort in Al Aqah, Fujeirah. The sea state wasn’t great over that side either and one of the biggest challenges was getting through the surf with all our gear and into the dive boat which was anchored a fair way out in water too deep to stand up. After a couple of goes, I made it, losing only a water bottle in the process but it wasn’t a comfortable experience.
The first dive was on Inchcape 1, a small boat purposely sunk in 30m of water. The wreck is small but attracts a lot of fish life and the viz is usually good. The water felt remarkably warm for the time of year, although a wet-suit was still necessary, which made it a comfortable dive. There was a Cornet fish hovering around at the bottom of the anchor line and there was the usual shoal of Snappers. There was also a couple of puffer fish inside the wreck, some Crocodile fish and a Seahorse on top of the wreck.
Interesting to note that sightings of Seahorses can be logged with the Sea Horse Trust (UK) The link below provides a method for reporting the sighting such as dive site, location, details of the Sea Horse. I'll add a further link for divers to use the log and general information about the protection of Sea Horses worldwide.
The second dive was on something called the “New reef”, which is actually several artificial reefs of varying sizes formed from various bits of wreckage and linked by a series of ropes. The biggest reef is the first one you come to at the bottom of the line. This was inhabited by a lot of fishes of various species and we hung around here for a while before venturing off. The best sighting was a Stingray hiding under an upturned boat, although it didn’t come out of its hole to give us a better look.
DSMB’s are pretty much essential at this site since unless you stay very close to the main reef, the chances are that you won’t find it again.
Having paid the bills, we headed to the bar for a little light refreshment.
Many thanks to Peter for organizing the trip.
Our friends whose origins lie north of Hadrian’s Wall will no doubt not need reminding that this weekend will be Burns Night, the annual celebration of the life and work of the Scottish Bard. To those of us of Sassenach origins, the poetry can be almost incomprehensible but I’ve not been averse to the odd “wee dram” or several in honour of the occasion. To all our Scottish friends, have a great evening.
Some hae meat an canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.
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BSAC general website: https://www.bsac.com/home/
DAN insurance website: https://www.daneurope.org/home
The Dive Club meets every Tuesday night in the Dive Bar.
See you there.
Ian Hussey and Dive Member Contributions.