Friday, 28 April 2017

Golden Beach Try Dive with Ismael

This morning we went on a try dive with colleague Ismael who helped me out when I had some problems last year.  I thought I'd exchange the favour with a try dive as he told me he'd really like to try scuba diving.




Friday, 14 April 2017

M.O. Wreck (The Alexion Hope) Qatar

This is one of the most well known wrecks in the region.  The MO wreck is the remains of the Alexion Hope; a Greek general cargo vessel which now lies at around 25 metres.  It was a longish boat ride out, around one and a half hours by speed boat.  We were very lucky; the viz was amazing and was a cracking dive, thanks to Spike the captain for making it possible.

Dive 1
Dive time: 47 minutes
Entry time: 8:51 am
Depth:  19.8 metres
Temp:   degrees C
Visibility: 15 metres
Air: Nitrox 32 




Dive 2
Dive time: 55 minutes
Entry time: 11:27 am (surface interval 1 hour 48 minutes)
Depth: 19.8 metres
Temp: 23 degrees C
Visibility: 15 metres
Air: Nitrox 32

Marine life: Angel Fish, Batfish, Barracuda, (Big) Groupers, Moorish Idol, Nudibranch (that's ˈnjuːdɨbræŋk!), Trevally, Surgeonfish.


Saturday, 31 December 2016

Aluth Gala and NO NAME WRECK, Unawatuna Dives - Sri Lanka

Dive date: 31st Dec 2016

Dive numbers 16 and then 12

Dive 1
Dive time: 39 minutes
Depth: 25 metres
Temp: 28 degrees C
Visibility: 5-10 metres




Dive 2
Aluth Gala
Dive time: 43 minutes
Depth: 21.6 metres
Temp: 28 degrees C
Visibility: 10-15 metres

Monday, 26 December 2016

SS Conch and Earl of Shaftesbury Wreck Dives, Hikkaduwa - Sri Lanka

Dive date: 26th Dec 2016

Dive 1
Conch SS
Dive time:53 mins
Depth:21 m
Temp: 28 degrees C
Visibility:5-10 metres

The website Sri Lanka Archaeology has lots of in-depth information on the SS Conch.  It was an iron oil tanker which sank in 1903.  It was a really nice dive site which also offered a nice cave-like swim-through.



Ripples in the sand


Ribs of the hull clearly seen in this video.





Dive 2
Earl of Shaftesbury 
Dive time:53 mins
Depth:14 m
Temp:  degrees C
Visibility: 5-10 metres

The four masted iron sail ship Earl of Shaftesbury capsized and sunk in May 1893 not far from the SS Conch.  It was constructed in the shipyeard of Ramage and Ferguson in Leith, Scotland.  It was en route to the Diamond Island from Bombay when it met its fate near Akurala-Hikkaduwa.  It weighed 2100 tons and was 85 metres long, 13 metres wide and 7 metres in height.  It now lies on a flat sandy terrain at a depth of around 15 meters.  The hull of the ship can still be clearly identified along with some of its masts and sides of the cabin.

I saw lots of really beautiful nudibranchs at this dive site.  There were also plenty of colourful reef fish.




Yasmin and Kemal