Last weekend we went for the camp-out up in the mountains and a very good trip it was too. We all reached the site thanks to detailed instructions from Mike and despite the GPS co-ordinates being a full degree out. Anyone trusting the numbers would have found themselves only 2km from the Taha wreck – clearly a problem for your average 4x4. After pitching tents, we cracked a few tins, lit the fire and settled down to relax and enjoy the barbecue. By the wonder of technology, we managed to have a word with Uwe in Lübeck. Last time we used this camp site, Uwe managed to erect a street light to help us see the food we were cooking – those days are missed!
In the morning, having had some breakfast, we de-camped and headed down to Dibba with the idea of diving Dibba Rock. There is a slip at the Royal Beach Hotel which is close to the rock but we soon found there were too many obstacles blocking the way. Instead Mike launched the boat from Dadna, about 9km down the coast. While we waited on the beach, Mike drove up to meet us, finding time to tackle a fire in the port engine on the way. Fortunately the damage doesn’t look terminal and Dibba rock is only a short distance off-shore and reachable on one engine.
This week’s prize for novel diving technique goes to Derek. Attempting to execute a backward roll off the boat, he didn’t notice the ladder over his feet. His fins got caught in the ladder, the ladder caught the side of the boat and Derek found himself dangling upside down, head in the water feet in the air. Unfortunately, he managed to wriggle free before we could get a camera out.
After that, anything might seem like an anti-climax but it was a very good dive. Apart from the morays, cuttlefish and the usual reef residents, there were shoals of snappers and some silver fish that seems relaxed about divers in their midst and were large enough to blot out some of the daylight. PJ was taking some video footage so hopefully we’ll have something to see on Tuesday. Mike and Wendy had the best of it on the second wave as they ran into five or six reef sharks, the largest of which may have been a couple of metres in length.
A few photos of the weekend are attached. Thanks to Mike for doing the organizing and the fire-fighting.
Ian Hussey and guest writers.