Diving at Nosy Be

Trip Start Mar 17, 2007
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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Diving shop at 07h50, walk to the beach, all equipment is ready for you. The boat ride is an hour. Briefing: I translate the bad French of 'big' Roberto into bad English. 

You are supposed to get off the boat with a 'giant strike' at the back. I fall before I make that. The gear is heavy, the sea rather rough and there is nothing to hold on to. Do not bite of my nose. We ARE spoilt. But, I do find the diving a bit boring. Not a lot of fish, corals damaged. The whole ambiance of the diving is different. Robert is nice enough but not cheerful or crazy like diving masters usually are. The sailing is done in silence. The Italians do not talk either, even not with their hands! Getting back on the boat: NO lather: you have to PUSH yourself onto the platform. Not easy with rough seas.

We are back at 12h30 and take a taxi to Hell Ville, which is the capital of Nosy Be. There is NO ATM in our village, nor internet and we have to do stuff for South-Africa. We will be travelling with Greta and Ann for 3 weeks, 'our' girls and their home is 'our' home in Belgium.

Sad to say: I am still drinking water. Cannot handle my big sandwich either but feel much better. Of course, the internet place mentioned in our 'lonely planet' does not exist anymore but we find another one. And an ATM.

Since I still feel pretty week, we have diner in bed: bought some meat and a sandwich. Watching 'life on Mars'. We are completely addicted by now. Alarm clock at 7h15. But that is OK. The drilling and hammering starts at 7 sharp anyway. Two more dives. Easy day at the pool.
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