Wednesday, November 26, 2008

USA - Hawai'i - Kona - Pelagic

Operator Dive Site Dive Depth Bottom Time
Jack's Diving Locker Blue Water 36 45' 1:04

Amazing. Absolutely surreal. The pictures won't do it any justice, because, frankly, making pictures in the dark of 1" critters that the camera can't really focus on is only possible with gear much nicer than my own.

The dive started out about three miles from shore, and drifted with the current. A parachute attached to the front of the boat kept it moving in the direction of the current, five ropes weighted down kept us first-timers from getting too distracted and sinking too far, and from that on, it was just "shine the light, and look two feet in front of your face."

The most embarassing point of this dive was when I nearly hit my head on the bottom of the boat. The only good part about that is that two of the other four divers did the same thing, so I wasn't alone in my distraction. You don't feel like you're moving when you're just floating and following something that's an inch or three long, but when you've found that you dropped twenty more feet, or rose (fortunately slowly) twenty feet.

The best pics definitely came from Josh, and I must give him credit for this one directly, as none of my pics were half as good as his two best, so that's what you're looking at here.

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