After an interesting flight we made it to our boat transport to Wakatobi. This island is in a very out of the way spot. We have now experienced some very different environments in the diving world. As you can see Jay is extremely happy.
Arriving at the Island we go to our cabins which are set amongst the palms. An idyllic location.
The weather could not have been better.With the sun shining we prepared ourselves for the introductory dive on the House Reef. A magnificent wall. We saw a very large sea snake working its way among the coral.
Each day we went out to a different dive site. Often we would pass the locals out fishing directly on the top of the reefs.
Our dive boats were well equipped. After checking our tanks they would be put on board for us. We were well looked after.
The crew worked hard to keep up with us. They fed us between dives, made sure we had hot drinks. It was a wonderful environment. We were split into two groups one went with Claire we went with Yann. Both guides knew what they were looking for. Yann was exceptional at finding the Pigmy Seahorses. Photos of these to come. Yann taught me a lot about the currents and how to read them while underwater. My diving skills improved greatly on this trip.
At the end of the day we would head down to the bar and share stories over a wonderfully mixed Mojeto by our super Barman who grew his own mint for this delightfully refreshing drink. Then we would wait for the sun to go down.
We ate very well. There was always a selection of foods. I really enjoyed the raw Tuna that was freshly caught. The settings were always creative. We were always served with a smile.
Time to leave. The visit had gone by very quickly. New people met, lots of stories shared. We are looking forward to our next visit in October 2010.