Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
148Trip End May 30, 2013
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Brian has been having a great time getting back into diving again
I haven't tried diving this trip as I had so many problems equalizing when I took my Open Water in Dahab. My head was always in pain under pressure as I just couldn't get my ears to clear.
One of the instructors here, Jack, said that he could help. Took me out on the boat and we held onto the anchor line to go down very, very slowly. Still it didn't work for me. We tried a 2nd time. It was the same as in Egypt, I just got to a depth where I couldn't tolerate the pain anymore and had to stop. This is so frustrating as I have no problems popping my ears on the surface or when flying. I just do a little bit of pressure at the back by my jaw and everything is
fine. However, this doesn't seem to work for me underwater. I tried holding my nose as everyone says to do, and I pushed so hard I felt like I was giving birth...nothing. Finally, I figured out that it's not a push, but a blow. Once I tried that my ears cleared underwater without a problem! Now
I can't wait to try a real dive again
In the meantime, I've been doing lots of snorkelling. Yesterday I went out with the divers to the marine park just west of Koh Kood. It was an hour and a half boat ride, but it was worth it. The water was glass as we set out in the morning with hardly a breeze to ripple the surface. The sun was out with no clouds and the visibility was great! Many more corals than in our little bay. I especially enjoyed watching the little fish playing in the anemones. My most interesting spot was a honeycomb grouper.
After the full day on the water, we went out on the boats again. This time for some night fishing. Every night, we sit and watch the dozens of boats on the far horizon with their bright green and white lights shining, fishing for squid. The squid are attracted to the lights and you fish off the boat with a regular rod and reel, just like you would for any other fishing, but reeling in very slowly. The lure has many tiny hooks and barbs on the end to catch the tentacles.
Fishing at night was a bit like watching a black and white film in the negative
Meanwhile, a few of the divers set out with torches and spear guns and brought back some gigantic fish! The first was a large blue-fin Tavally and the second was a barracuda. Hopefully we'll get to eat these on the barbecua tomorra.