Today was a very cool day including our very first night dive, but let me start at the beginning.
We had to get up on time because we met with Eda and two other fellow divers from Sweden at 8.30 am. We went back to USAT Liberty in the morning, because it was such a brilliant dive yesterday and you will always see something new!
The water was very flat, clear sky and the sun was already shining bright, so we had the perfect conditions.
We saw Mr. Turtle again and loved swimming around and through the wreck very much.
We also saw a large barracuda (1-1,5 metres) and it looks quite scary, because you can see his teeth and that he really is a true hunter.
Secondly, we went to a place called “Drop-off” and it actually is what it says: A wall! I love wall dives because it is so exciting to look into all these small, narrow cracks finding cool stuff.
While heading to the wall, we were greeted by two schools of fish, whereby one was a tuna school that looked very beautiful in the reflecting sun:
The wall was equipped with plenty of nice corals and it was a very nice and relaxed dive, although I had troubles with my mask again. I need a new one, because one side gets foggy after 2 minutes, which is very annoying and steals all the fun while diving.
After a short lunch, we took tiny boats to go to a place called “Batu Klebit” where we had a very calm drift dive.
The current was not strong at all, so it was very easy and enjoyable. Chris found a cool moray, take a look yourself:
There were lovely star fish and huge sea cucumbers, but the big group of bump heads we found at the end was probably the coolest thing. We have not seem so many of them in one place before and they are really big (although quite shy so I could not get closed, but believe me, they are big):
Time flies if you are out having fun and after we had quite a bit of surface time, we prepared for our last dive of the day: Our very first night dive!
We were a bit nervous because we had no idea what we should expect, but equipped with torches, we walked the short distance to the place where we would enter the sea. The two places we had to choose from were the USAT Liberty and the Coral Garden, the latter was our guides preference, but we overruled him unanimous and so he gave in and took us to the wreck again.
We entered the water in dawn but after 5 minutes, it was dark, especially if you are 20 meters under water. It was very exciting and surprisingly not scary at all. We saw huge grouper that followed us and were not bothered by the torches. Another highlight were the “flash-light fish” that you only see if you switch off your own torch, because they have a small light. It actually looks like sparking stars in the sky, really lovely. We have never seen a moray in full length before and were very impressed by the one we found at night. It was around 2 metres and had a massive body. Usually you only see their heads, which are rather small compared to the rest of their body.
Unfortunately, we cannot show you any videos or pictures, but this was a perfect last dive for this amazing day. Although we thought that night diving was not our cup of tea, we really enjoyed this experience and will definitely do it again.