The Farne Islands – June 2014

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When I dived the Farne islands in August last year, it was my first visit there in many years.  It was great having a chance to dive with the seals again which is the reason that most divers visit the Farne Islands. Most of the visiting birdlife (the other main visitor attraction there) had departed by August and the skies were relatively quiet.

When I visited this year in mid-June, it was a very different place.  The sky was full of birds criss-crossing overhead, making their way out to fish or heading back with a beak-full of their catch for hungry chicks waiting back on the islands.  Birds were packed tightly together on ever flat surface and there was a lot of jostling and bickering going on.  The rocks were white with bird droppings and when you were downwind of it the smell was enough to put you off your sandwiches! Continue reading “The Farne Islands – June 2014”

Bunaken Island Day 2, Sulawesi – July 2013

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It’s almost a month since i returned from an amazing three week trip to Indonesia diving Sulawesi, Komodo and Bali, yet I haven’t even finished sorting through the photos I took last year!

When we visited Bunaken Island last July we enjoyed our stay at Sea Breeze Resort so much that it was a very easy decision to return there this year.  Terry, Diana and all the staff made us feel very welcome and the atmosphere at Sea Breeze is just as chilled as the diving around Bunaken.

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Conservation Bay, Loch Carron – May 2014

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Back in May I visited Conservation Bay at Loch Carron again and did three dives over the course of a weekend.  This wasn’t originally the intention, but the weather was so good on the Saturday that after completing the morning dive at Low Water Slack we decided to stick around and dive it again at High Water Slack.

You can read more on Conservation Bay in these previous posts. Continue reading “Conservation Bay, Loch Carron – May 2014”

Dolphins at Los Gigantes, Tenerife – October 2008

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I’ve been meaning to edit this video for ages – almost six years in fact! It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to dive with wild dolphins. You may see them on the surface on route to a dive but actually being under the water with them swimming around and near you is a rarity.

We were diving out of Los Gigantes with Riaan’s Scuba.  Riaan had an agreement with the local fish farm who allowed him to dive in the vicinity (not beneath) the fish cages just up the coast from Los Gigantes since he had done some work for them in the past.  A group of dolphins often hung about in the vicinity of the cages, possibly hoping to catch escapees.  Or perhaps feeding on the shoals of wild fish that gobbled up any feed that fell through from above.  The sea bed was flat and featureless but there were plenty of Rays – Common, Eagle and Torpedo.  There were a few Triggerfish too, one of which took a particular shine to its own reflection in my camera housing.  I give them a wider berth these days ever since a Clown Trigger took a dislike to me during a dive at Sipadan in Borneo a couple of years ago! Continue reading “Dolphins at Los Gigantes, Tenerife – October 2008”