We managed to get a dive away on New Year’s Eve – the last of 2010. Bearing in mind the party later, we decided it would be prudent to do nothing too strenuous so we did a single tank dive on Karen’s dhow. The viz wasn’t wonderful but it was still much better than two weeks ago and although the dhow isn’t large it has lots of fish. The baby barracuda seem to have left home but the big ones are still much in evidence. There was also the usual abundance of fusiliers and jacks and also a couple of electric rays, one of which only had one eye (sounds like part of a playground joke!)
In some ways the most amazing thing was the surface visibility. From 25km out from Sharjah we could see Palm Jumeirah, the Atlantis and Burj Al Arab. The Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman skylines were very clear and Hamriyah and the RAK mountains could be just about seen to the north. I can’t remember seeing all this from that distance before.
Nor can I remember very much of New Year’s Day but that’s another story.
Ian Hussey and guest writers.