Taking the plunge
Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
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We did 2 dives, both times I was buddied with one of the divemasters (since I'm just a beginner!). There are two great things about diving here: first, the vis is incredible! Even at 60 feet under the water, the sun shines right down and you can see forever. Amazing. The second is that the water is so unbelievably warm...at 60 feet it is still 25C. You could go without any sort of wetsuit at all, and you would be perfectly comfortable.
Both dives were to 60 ft, and lasted 40-45 minutes, and I still had air
At one point I was a few feet lower than three other divers, and I looked up towards them and the surface, with the sunlight streaming down, and their bubbles rising like glass balls... I was completely weightless, and it was so quiet....there is definitely no other feeilng like it on earth! Complete heaven. Like floating in a bubble. I completely understand how people get hooked...
As I relaxed, I could hear everything, including the diver next to me inflating and exhausting his BCD! That was a first for me. In Van, usually I could only hear my loud, nervous breaths. It's great what you can see and hear when you relax.
The second dive we went all the way around the small island, catching a bit of the current on the way back. On the far side of the island the sunlight was blocked, so it wasn't quite as clear, but still amazing. Some of the guys had brought their own gear and were in full wetsuits with hoods and everything, I thought they must be sweating to death! Really they were descending a lot lower than me, and the water temperature probably is a bit cooler.
We had lunch on the boat, soaked in the sun, and then returned at about 6pm. It was a fabulous day, and I can't wait to get to the Red Sea soon...