19.04.2012 - 19.04.2012
Woke up feeling a little hungover, but not too bad, which was good seeing as we had to do 3 dives today!
We had our deep dive first - we had to go to 30metres, have a little swim around and then come back to the surface slowly.
There's no real difference from being at 20m to 30m, it feels pretty much the same. The only thing is, if something goes wrong at 30m, you're proper in the shitter... and that kind of weighs on your mind!
Your air runs out quicker at depth, so the dive wasn't too long and once the dive was done, we waited on the boat for the next one.
The second dive was at 'Joes Farm' named after Joe, by Joe as it's one of his favourite sites.
This dive was Charlies fave - awesome soft coral, great visibility, loads of life and we finally saw a turtle! He was sleeping on the coral bed, Charlie swam right over him and nearly didn't notice him, but as soon as she did, there were hand signals and underwater celebrations of pure delight!
We chilled out the rest of the day, played some beach volleyball and Charlie even gave paddle boarding a go - the phrase 'bambi on ice' comes to mind!
We had our night dive that evening, which was a really different experience - the reef completely changes at night. Parrotfish are asleep in their mucus-made sleeping bags, the crustacens are out in full force, sharks are feeding and the phosphorescence light up the black water like stars in the night sky!
After the dive we grabbed some late dinner before the final part of our Advanced Open Water Course - the snorkel test (Joe's addition, you wont find it in the manual!) Wearing fins, mask and customised funnel snorkel, the wearer must consume every drop of alcohol poured through the funnel and NO SPILLAGE!
Post snorkel test saw myself, Charlie, Joe and Ben foolishly try and introduce the troll game to some sober Canadians and Norweigans - they couldn't handle it.
The night ended with a sing-song and a healthy brainstorm about entrepreneurial business ventures that would allow us to stay in Fiji for longer, alas nothing yet, but stay posted.