The full moon

Trip Start Jul 06, 2009
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Trip End Jan 01, 2010


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Sunday, September 6, 2009

So, starting the weekend with the tallest mountain in the world, we had to keep the excitement going by trying to top something even that cool. Myself, Joe and a couple B52 pilots signed up for a boat dive out to the "Blue Hole", which is a huge cavern inside a cliff that comes out parallel with the oceans surface that goes from 60 to 130 feet. Its supposed to be really exhilarating and one of Guam's favorite dive spots. However, our boat captain was not a very risky fellow and due to the waves pushing outside of the harbor, he changed the dive destination to a little dive inside the harbor. Not wanting to waste the money spent on the boat and kind of disappointed, we postponed our trip, filled some tanks and took to the shore.
We chose to dive Gab Gab 2 and a dive spot called fish eye pier. Gab Gab 2 is a buoy in the middle of the harbor that gives a good idea to where a reef is that starts at about 50 feet. You have to swim out to the buoy which is relatively easy getting out, being there was a nice rip current, and then start your descent. The visibility was horrible from the waves kicking up bottom composition so we had to take a direct north compass heading for a little until the reef began to appear near 35-40 feet. Gab Gab 2 is a popular dive spot because of the crazy amount of fish that hang out near the reef. Sometimes Moray Eels will show up and we got some glimpses of HUGE tuna swimming around. These things are aggressive! Apparently if you spear one, its almost impossible to get it out of the water b/c they will smell the blood and eat their own before you even get it up to the surface. There is a local submarine, the Atlantis, that tours mostly Japanese tourists around the reef. They set out bags of fish food to attract the fish and better the show, which just makes the dive more and more interesting. Lots of purple sea fans scattered the ocean floor as well. The sub pilots have been known to get tips from the tourists to chase divers and yes... I had to join the club and get my tshirt for mooning the submarine. I know.. I know.... I'm going somewhere for that one.
Our second dive was out to fish eye pier, which is similar to Gab Gab in a way. Its a pier that reaches out to waters not much deeper than 35 feet right offshore. At the end of the pier is an underwater observatory where tourists can pay and watch the mass amount of fish the hang out here. Its fun to swim under the windows and pop up in front, scaring the tourists.. They seemed to find it pretty comical as well. But I got to take my camera on this one and stayed at about 30 feet. I snapped some pretty amazing pictures with it and we stayed down for nearly an hour. I had also bought a bottle of Vienna sausages to feed the fish and as you can see from some of these pictures they just nibble at them right out of your hand. I also got some pretty cool pictures of the sunset after the dive..
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