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Bahamas, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

Trip dates:

27 December 2006 to 7 January 2007

Boat / resort:

Port Lucaya Resort, Grand Bahama

Dive centre:

UNEXSO.

Photo-friendly?:

Day boats, and I was only carrying my Olympus 5050 with no external strobes this time. But I felt I would have been just as comfortable had I had my heavier gear. 

Number of dives:

Only 8 – We could not go out the two first days of our stay in Freeport due to choppy seas

Diving conditions:

Very windy. Clear skies, clear waters, about 24oC temperatures, no currents.

Comments:

This was the first dive trip together with Paul and he was going to do his certification dives there. They had to wait because of choppy seas. For two days, we would get up in the morning, walk down to UNEXSO and find out they were not taking the boats out. We spent New Year’s Eve partying till late and then, on 1st January, we finally got our break. But Paul went out without me, I had a bit of a hangover. I joined in the afternoon dives and actually got to certify him the day after. The divemaster/instructor was really a pet and let me do it so that my name could be on his C-card. All the people in UNEXSO were lovely, competent and available. I still remember Cristina Zenato, the shark researcher and teacher, very well. I have seen her in TV documentaries a couple of times since then. She’s passionate about the important work she is doing there. It is important to let people come close to sharks and overcome the stereotypes. They need help!

Shark dives have to be the best way to start your logbook after getting certified. Paul had a real blast and so did I. I will only regret not being able to carry my heavier gear for this trip (I think this is a non-starter if I am supposed to keep an eye on my newly-certified better half). I dove with a different group to go down to Theo’s Wreck (too deep for novices) and I loved the dive. All dives were really good, and the shark dives with Cristina were exhilarating, fun and safe.

In Grand Bahama you can combine sharks and dolphins easily with UNEXSO. We had planned to go out with semi-captive dolphins for a dive, but again, no luck with the choppy seas and had to be happy with an encounter in their research centre. All the same, it was great. Christmas in Bahamas is a lot of fun, but you will want to go in a less windy season for best dive conditions.

 

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