14.04.2012 - 14.04.2012
The boat ride from Korovou only took about 25mins, which was good as Charlie was quite seasick.
As soon as we arrived we knew we'd like it - we were greeted by friendly faces and a fruit cocktail, whilst Andrew (one of the dive guys) gave us a brief intro about the reef and the nearby dive sites. We were already looking to get our Open Water Qualification, so it was good to hear exciting things about the dive sites.
After we put our bags in the dorm we checked out the dive shop, then headed back to the beach bar - coincidentally, the bar and the dive shop were where we spent most of our time whilst at Manta!
We met Joe (chief dive man) and booked onto our Open Water course. The weather on the first afternoon wasn't great, so we started on the boring dive theory and got through a couple of chapters.
Dinner was great - Manta was only first resort we visited that had a menu, so it was nice to have a bit of choice!
After dinner we went down to the beach bar and played some drinking games with Joe, Andrew, Justin (the island's engineer) and some Aussie guests.
This is when we first heard of the elusive 'Troll game' - described as 'Ring of Fire on crack.'
We didn't play it that night, but Charlie and I pleased Joe enough with our drinking ability that he promised to take us on a shark dive - I thank Loughborough University for sealing that upgrade!
After too many rums, we stumbled to our beds in the dorm (being very quiet I might add), only for Charlie to discover a moth the size of your fist as her new spooning partner. Quietness is now out the window. Once the moth had scarpered, she found her other bunkmate - a gecko nestled in her pillow. Gecko gone, moth moved out & we went to bed, finally!