This morning I set out to dive. Christian, our dive master seems to be a good guy, who takes it slow and careful and cracks a lot of jokes. We ask him to take photos for us, so for the first time I have the chance to show a few decent-quality images of my dive. Amongst our group of five divers there's one guy from Kiel, Tim, who also turns out to be a scientist (he's a biologist working in Basel on biological pest control projects). He's a really great guy and a good chat.
The diving here is very different from Costa Rica and Galapagos. Firstly, the water is colder, but knowing that I took the 5 mm wetsuit with the cap, so I'm fine. Secondly, there are far less animals. No sharks. Few fishes. In principle there are turtles, but I didn't see any while diving. However, the good point is that the visibility is great. 50 m or more. So it's really time to enjoy the beautiful underwater landscape. We dive in coral reefs, there are old ship anchors, and we see a couple of trumpet fish and one moray.
The amazing part of the dive is the underwater Moai (see pic). OK, OK, it's not original. It was actually put here by Kevin Costner's crew for the film Rapa Nui which was a big failure. Anyway, it has moss and coral on it by now, so it looks actually really impressive.