The dhow trip went ahead as planned last weekend. In fact it was two weeks behind schedule, the earlier date having been cancelled due to bad weather. That must have been rough because Friday was no millpond either. The dhow rocked and rolled up the Musandam while its passengers tried to catch up on sleep and avoid moving around too much. When we reached Limah Rock the waves were still pretty heavy but there was a sheltered area on the north that a couple of dive boats had already found. Unfortunately the dhow skipper was reluctant to approach too close although he did several figure-of-eights around the area. In the end we decided to do Limah headland instead – we could dive in sheltered water.
It’s been a while since I have dived Ras Limah but it was fine. There was plenty of fish life including a large ray and a turtle. There was also some small cuttlefish at the end of the dive. There was very little current apart from the eastern end of the site where it started to pick up. The water temperature was also pleasant provided you stayed above a thermocline at 15m below which it got a bit chilly.
The second dive was at Ras Sattan, just around the corner from the Caves. It was chosen because it was a sheltered site but otherwise it wasn’t that great. There was a turtle which was seen by some divers but not alas by me. After about 25 minutes, Phil gave the “time to give up” signal (right arm raised, hand held in front of face, thumb and fingers formed into a “C”, tilt hand back and forward) and we surfaced and headed back to the dhow. A couple of drinks ensued as we headed back to Dibba.
A few pictures are attached – no doubt there will be some others Tuesday night.
A good day despite the dhow erratic skipper – thanks to Janette for organising it!
Ian Hussey and guest writers.