Getting ready to board our dive boat - the "C Falcon"
Matt and I as we were leaving the marina
Check out this video clip of the ocean on our way out to the islands:
We anchored right off one of the smaller islands that our captain was familiar with - I don't remember what he told us the real name was, but he was calling it "Goat-Shark Island", because there are little goats all over the island, and there are sharks in the waters around the island. I'm not going to lie - I was a little nervous about diving where sharks would be, but they assured us that they were just small, White Tip Sharks that would be sleeping in deep crevices below us. After gearing up, we entered the water using the "giant step" method (not sure if this is the technical name) which was our first time ever. It was super easy just stepping right into the water and not having to walk in from the shore and swim out to our destination. I have to say, I definitely became a fan of boat dives because of this trip!
Approaching the island with the goats (it's hard to see them - they were so tiny from where we were!)
The crystal clear, brilliant blue water - it was like jumping into a pool
That's Leanne in the water ready to snorkel
Don & I getting ready to step off the dive platform in the back of the boat for our first dive
A large Trigger Fish
Check out this video clip of a sea turtle I spotted:
Check out this video clip of Matt, Don & I right up against the underwater cliff:
Matt & Don
Matt & Don swimming through crevices (Matt top & Don below)
And, we couldn't complete our first dive without getting to see these White Tip Sharks - here are a couple of them (about 4 feet long) sleeping on the floor of a crevice
Check out this video clip of Matt getting up close and personal with a couple of the sharks that were trying to sleep:
Instead of changing locations and re-anchoring somewhere else, we did a Drift Dive for our second dive of the day. A Drift Dive is where you jump off the boat, drop down in the water, and swim in a certain direction. Instead of turning around to go back toward the boat, you keep going in that direction and the boat goes and meets you to pick you up when you're done. While our second dive didn't quite compete with the turtle, the sharks and the amazing underwater cliff of the first dive, I'm still glad we got to experience our first Drift Dive.
Don swimming through some more underwater crevices - this second dive had a TON of them
We surfaced for a little while in order to help a snorkeler that had gotten sick by getting the boat's attention
No, that little brown spec in the center isn't a rock - its actually our boat!
A large Sea Star
Don taking a rest on the bottom of the ocean
Some cool soft coral
A large shell that Don found - still had something living inside, too!
Cool sea plant
A bright red Sea Star with 6 legs
An eel I spotted in a hole
Check out this video clip of Matt messing with the eel - it eventually comes out of his hole, and we get to see how long he actually is:
We ended up being the VERY last people back on the boat and took off back home to Okinawa. We were so tired from all the swimming, and the ride back was so relaxing - Matt even took a little nap! We are already talking about taking another trip out to the Kerama's - diving on other parts of Okinawa seem to pale slightly in comparison to this trip! We had an amazing time, and I'm so glad we got to share our experience with Don & Leanne as well!
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'Till next time!