Vanuatu
Malaora

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  • Day1

    Melbourne to Hideaway Island

    May 10, 2017 in Vanuatu

    On the 10th of May Jimmy and I flew out to Vanuatu on a diving holiday. We went with 8 others from the Warrnambool Dive and Firearms Shop organised by Brian Brumley and his wife, Leanne. Also going were Chris and Bernie Rantall, Michael Harris and his 14 year old son Jeremy, mates Adrian Harris (no relation to the others) and Ed Basic. Turned out to be a great bunch of people. Destined for 10 dives over the weeks, 3 of us doing our Advanced Openwater Scuba Dive certificate, Brian being our instructor.
    We eventually got into Vanuatu Airport after midnight and getting to our rooms on Hideaway Island at around 2 am! Our bed was a very welcome sight.
    The temperature was about 27-30 degrees with the water 26-27 degrees even at depth!!
    The dive photos on this page was our first introductory dive, getting our gear and buoyancy right. It was a shallow swim off shore then a sudden drop off to more than 30 metres. We just went to 20 metres It was very pretty but still a bit murky from the 2 cyclones that had passed through over the last 3 weeks. The coral beds were a bit wrecked this close to shore as well.
    This is a marine conservation area that has a partnership with the Macquarie University in Australia
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  • Day2

    Bonzer wreck dive @ 24 metres

    May 11, 2017 in Vanuatu

    Ben's birthday today but he's back in Melbourne
    Today is our first Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver certificate dive for those of us doing the course.
    When we got into the water, my mask filled with water and I started to panic but got that sorted and descended. I'm getting the buoyancy control sorted now. Lots of corals growing and fish swimming about the rusty old wreck. There is plenty of room to swim through the cabin too.Read more

  • Day3

    The Abyss @ 30.6 m

    May 12, 2017 in Vanuatu

    This was classed as a deep dive and our second Advanced course dive. Any dive over 18 metres is classed as a deep dive and shouldn't be done unless you have the advanced ticket. You shouldn't go below 40 metres , 30 metres is the recommended maximum deep depth as further than that and you are more readily susceptible to nitrogen narcosis. The colours have pretty well leached out by that depth too, plus run out of air very quickly.
    This dive, The Abyss, starts as as 6 metre reef with a steep drop off to 50 metres. We only go to 30 metres for 10 minutes maximum or air down to 100 bars, whichever happens first. As promised the colours get really dull down deep. It was a pretty dive with lots of different corals and sponges and fish. I get my bouyancy right and Brian is very happy with my dive. I feel confident
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  • Day5

    Night dive, 26 degrees, 20 metres

    May 14, 2017 in Vanuatu

    I didn't do 2 dives today as my ears still hurt a bit but I did do the night night as it was part of our Advanced Course. I was buddied up with Adrian as he was having trouble with his ears too.
    For the night dive we swam off shore doing the introductory dive we did the first day.
    At around 12 metres my R) ear really hurt but it eventually equalised and I was able to get down further. I was surprised I got down to 20 metres in the end. Adrian and I stayed around 12 -20 metres because of our ears but still saw plenty of things in torch light. Adrian had a great strong light we used. I had a torch but it wasn't as bright. There was lots of fish activity and looked different at night and by torch light.
    It was a little freaky at first going into dark water but I felt quite relaxed and kept track of my buddy pretty well. It was a good dive
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  • Day7

    Last day in the water - snorkel

    May 16, 2017 in Vanuatu

    You can't fly until at least 24 hours after your last dive so we just relax, go touristing or have a snorkel. Jim and I stay and snorkel and read as we've had enough of things. Most of the others go to the mainland and be a tourist.

  • Day2

    Tonight we are treated to a Polynesian banquet. There is dance and music. The banquet is traditional food complete with a Kava drink but some think it is watered down a bit. Tastes a bit muddy but ok to me. Was a fun night

  • Day3

    Deliberately sunk wreck, resting on it's starboard side and slightly upside down. We weren't allowed to penetrate (go in) as we haven't done a specialty wreck dive course but can go around and over the ship. Apparently there's an airspace inside you can yell into but of course we didn't. There's also a toilet you can sit on (Jimmy). On the swim back to the boat there is a pretty shallow "Coral Garden" where there was pretty corals and lots of colourful fishRead more

  • Day7

    Navigation Dive ugh!! Our 5th Advanced dive and compulsory component. I stuffed up a couple of times but eventually passed it. What a shocker! We did it around the underwater Post Office just off shore in about 4-5 m.
    Later on had a snorkel which was lovely. It was warm and because it's shallow the colours were very pretty and true.

  • Day2

    The People

    May 11, 2017 in Vanuatu

    A good bunch of people. The other 2 ladies don't dive but are here on holiday with their hubbies. The Brumleys know old friends of ours, the Murrie's who used to live on Flinders but now live in Hamilton.
    We're all getting on well

  • Day20

    Hideaway Island Vanuatu

    October 27, 2016 in Vanuatu

    Cruise day 19

    As the photo shows it day 27 of our trip, its unbelievable to think we have been on holiday for almost a month. We really had so much fun it feels like a week. I can do this permanently no problem. 😜

    We had another great tour with our tour guide Clay Westwood who just happen to have been to all the places Isabel's research showed as must do's. Also he knows all the tricks like not having to pay to go to the Island 🌴 if you dive instead of just snorkeling.

    Beautiful dive site called the "Bronzer", with a wreck that's intact and the biggest clown fish colony we have every seen.

    We were lucky enough to see a seahorse for the second time in a couple of days of diving.

    We even saw a cleaning shrimp, who's job it is to clean the teeth of fish eating fish, like sharks. As this little guy does the sharks a favor they won't eat him. I even tried it as I opened my mouth he swam into it& no doubt getting some of last nights rack of lamb leftovers. 😜

    The clown fish was quite a treat, as I get to see the same facial expression on Isabel's face every-time she sees them, as she had when she saw her favorite Disney character in Disney world. She just loves those small clown fish or as she calls them Nemo's.

    The dive site was so close to shore that we literally got back on the boat and dropped our dive gear and snorkeled back to the island. Even the snorkeling was a treat with the amount of fish we saw.

    Just before we got to shore we passed the famous underwater post office of Vanuatu 🇻🇺 . Seems like too much effort to get you mail watertight or waterproof before posting it 😜.

    {Roedolf}
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