15.04.2012 - 15.04.2012
Up at 8am, we went straight to breakfast - as with many other things, the breakfast at Manta was so much better than at the other resorts. Pancakes, toast, eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, the list goes on!
After breakfast, it was straight to the dive shop for our first dive!
We geared up and were given a briefing by Joe before we entered the water, with the promise of no sharks...
The house reef at Manta is only a couple of metres off shore and is where we'd be doing our first two dives.
It was a fantastic first dive - we had +30m visibility, saw mooray eels, stingray, octopus, lionfish, 1000 types of fish + coral and even a 2metre white tip reef shark called Bob!
Joe knew we'd see Bob as he's a local resident of the reef, however he thought it'd be best to not make Charlie aware of this before the dive. For the record, Charlie wasn't a bit scared when we saw him, she even swam closer to him before he moved off to another part of the reef.
Our second dive was only an hour later and this is where we did our skills test - not as fun as the first dive, but we left the water feeling a lot more confident.
At lunch, we met Joe's lovely parents June & Colin, who were visiting Joe for a month as he hasn't been home to Plymouth in 7 years (after visiting Fiji, it's easy to see why).
That night was awesome. I introduced another Loughborough drinking gem - the game of 'cricket/howzat'. It went down swimmingly and things certainly escalated from there!
We were introduced to a MUCH better game though. A game that has made Mantaray famous on tripadvisor - the troll game.
As joe describes it, "the game involves minor nudity, major consumption and getting a little bit wet, but don't worry, you won't be wearing your own clothes!"
Drinking games in full flow. Nighty night.