A second excellent day - almost impossible to describe enough to share the experience, photos are better.
A few of us emerged this morning after a second night of limited sleep, thanks to the Muslim Youth group staying here as part of Ramadan. Ages seemed to range from 13 to 16ish, I'm not sure how big the group was but they sounded like 200. Throughout the night they were moving to prayers (presumably) and socialising, with no idea of the noise resulting- it seems that last night a few of us made request for quiet with varying degrees of nicety- seemed to work gradually. Insh'Allah, they have now left.
The day did start somewhat more relaxed with people gradually making their way to our starting point, and several bringing a book on the boat. Not having a paper version, I decided against, but not everyone was deterred!
Two dives again today, both at drop offs that went down a lot further than I did. The marine life is amazing, the water warm (28oC) and clear.
First dive another drift dive along a deep wall - some people found themselves a little deeper than intended, drifting down as well as across. A few saw white tip sharks, they appear to be at the lower depths so us surface dwellers ( @ < 25m) should interest them not at all. We're at far more risk from brushing against fire coral or putting a hand on a stonefish! Drifting along these walls and having all these fish rush past you is one thing, but when the turtles join in you do wonder if you've accidentally joined the filming on Nemo.
Took the opportunity for a quick snorkel over the reef edge after lunch at our 2nd site - yes 15 minutes is enough to get sunburnt, in case you were wondering- and found some lionfish, which left me very impatient to get going again! This dive less of a drift, though there was definite current in places with the outgoing tide settling around the reef.
Getting used to the camera now and so some better shots appearing, will set up a Picasa album & provide the link rather than bombard the blog.