AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Diving Day 3 – Turtle watching

Posted on Feb 26, 2014

As the dive master JoJo was ribbed somewhat about missing the turtle the day before we were going to try again. Prior to turtle spotting we were going further round the island to another spot known as the ‘hole in the wall’ where you can swim through a hole. The water was deep here, around 18m near the coral and then there was a slope down reaching 24m in depth. Today would also be the day where my ears were playing up. I had itchy ear canals suggesting a problem with my ears and as we descended my right ear would not equalise. I had to keep ascending and finally with a loud squeeze some air was released but my ear would continue to bother me on this dive. I had to try and equalise every few metres and it wasn’t going to plan. Nonetheless, this was a good dive as we swam beside a huge strip of coral. At one point a black and white sea snake slowly made its way through the water and onto the sea bed. Camera issues and it’s failure to adjust to the lighting at this depth meant the colours were wiped from the pictures and instead I have a green-out but you can still see the snake. (Will add pics later). The reality is it is a really colourful world down there. Our dive was 44minutes but we didn’t get to the ‘hole in the wall’. Dive two began in extremely shallow water. It was only 2.5m. Dive boats go overhead in a criss-cross fashion. Probably the most dangerous part of diving is surfacing. One of the instructors at Badladz relayed a story about a diver surfacing complete with a bright orange buoy to signify divers and yet a dive boat went straight through the group. The propeller sliced through the woman’s skin all the way to the bone. The boat drivers work with divers and are supposed to be vigilante for buoys and divers. The woman supposedly survived and the boat driver arrested – which in a corrupt country is a positive because things don’t always get done. Back to the dive. My ears were still playing up but luckily the shallow water made it easy to equalise. About five minutes in, JoJo tapped his tank to signify he’d spotted something and lazily but also majestically swimming through the water, just at the surface was the turtle. I scrambled for the camera and got a rather shadowy image of the turtle. You could just make out it was a turtle. Thinking it was swimming away I took as many hazy photos...

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