Fiji & South Pacific Advanced Scuba
FSQ21 Update - Monday, August 06, 2012
Leader of the Day: Hannah Ryon
Location: Gizo, Solomon Islands
After a long sleep in the group awoke to another sunny day here in the Solomon Islands. We all headed over to PT 109 for breakfast, where they surprised us with insanely delicious scones. Our first dive today was called Hot Spot, filled with beautiful corals and creatures we never imagined we would encounter. These included massive schools of fish, a moray eel, sharks, and believe it or not a CUTTLEFISH!! Cuttlefish are extremely rare and it was amazing to watch it camouflage, and flash its colors and flare its mouth when we started to annoy it. Needless to say the entire group (counselors included) were freaking out about it all day.
We spent our surface interval on a beautiful shaded island where we enjoyed lunch a more fresh fruit. After lunch Kevin S., David, and Parker played baseball with a stick and something that resembled a coconut; meanwhile Bella, Veronica, Jane, Maris, Alex, Maheen, and I floated around in the water. Clarke had done some of his own exploring down the beach, while Kevin H. found a hiking stick and started is adventure while “calling to the wild”.
The second dive of today was a wreck that we had visited earlier this week but we experienced it on a whole new level. This time we were weaving in and out of the sunken ship and swimming through holes from one side to the other. We saw multiple lion fish and as always David spotted tons of nudie branchs.
After our second dive we were all hungry, as usual, and we went in to town to get some snacks…and more ramen! Bella, Clarke, Maheen, Parker, Jane, and I played card games most of the afternoon, while Alex napped in another. Over in town the Kevins, David, Maris, and Veronica joined a game of soccer with some locals who had apparently challenged them.
The third dive of the day was a night dive right off of the harbor on our island, which included Veroncia, Bella, Parker, Maheen, and I. On this dive we explored what seemed like an abandoned town underwater, with life hidden in sunken cars and an ship. We saw an abnormally large butterfly fish, a puffer fish, a stingray, and a trumpetfish. We also got to watch fish cower from Parker’s dive light which is so powerful it made it seem as though it were still day time.
From this dive we headed to dinner at PT’s and then went back to our lodge to sleep, all clearly exhausted from all of today’s activities.
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