Paradise in the Sea Caves
Trip Start Oct 26, 2009
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Sweet Pea anchorage was on the west side of the island and offered protection from the winds and had a small reef nearby. Bruce and Foster decided to go check out the reef for fishing opportunities. They returned shortly to grab the fishing gear and set off on an adventure. Within a short time, they returned to the mother ship with 5 decent sized fish; plenty for Steve's famous beer-battered fish tacos! The master chef came over from Blackdragon and gave fillet lessons to anyone who wanted to watch. Seeing that it was Foster’s 12th birthday the following day, we decided to host a pot-luck dinner aboard GatoGo for all of the boats in the anchorage. After a tasty dinner, we ended up on the beach for a bonfire and had birthday cake and s’mores!
The winds were forecasted to shift on Foster’s birthday, so we all raised our anchors and headed over to the north side of the island for better protection. This side of the island had a handful of sea caves that were worth exploring.
Along with us in the anchorage was a new boat, Eyoni. We heard stories of how Ethan was a reputable free diver and a member of the elite Neptune Club. Apparently he could free dive to depths of well over 150 feet and hold his breath for close to 5-minutes. This is quite a feat and opened up vast opportunities for him in spearfishing; after all, the deeper one dives, the larger the fish selection. Ethan agreed to amuse us and go out fishing with us.
For Foster’s 12th birthday, Craig and I decided to take Foster SCUBA diving. Well, Craig ended up staying with Steve and Tracey as Bruce and Foster journeyed under water. Foster got a quick review lesson of the equipment and hand signals right off the back steps of GatoGo where we also made sure that his weight was properly neutrally buoyant. He was very excited; we were ready to go. We had a great dive with a bottom time of a little over 1 hour. During the dive, we saw eel, octopus, coral, and of course tons of fish. Most important of all, Foster had a great time on the dive and it was something special to make his 12th birthday a memorable one. Bruce quickly downloaded the photos/videos from the dive to make a commemorative movie for his birthday buddy.