Today we have what we can call a guest writer. Since it’s basically rubbish writing about Fredde’s day by the pool we will concentrate on Margreet’s adventure dives at Red and Purple Rock. Or should we put up a vote for it? No? I guess not, so here we go…
I had to go up extremely early, well considering that we are on vacation it was extremely early (6 am). Today I was going to do an adventure dive down to 30m at Hin Mouang (Purple Rock) and an enriched nitrogen dive at Hin Daeng (Red Rock). I was very excited and a bit nervous as I had only been diving down to 18 meters before.
At the diving centre I found out that Carl was once again going to be my instructor :-). It was a four hour (!) boat ride to the reefs but that left me plenty of time to study the diving book and also relax.
Finally at Hin Mouang everybody was ready to go down and talked excitedly about hoping to see a manta ray… I don’t really get all the fuss about those big fishes like whale sharks, manta rays and ordinary sharks. Fredde on the other hand is sitting back at the resort wishing for me to at least get a picture of one, and see them second hand 🙂
I was a little nervous as Carl and I slowly descended to 30 m. Carl was very calm and everything went very well. Once at 30 m Carl showed me the little red bag that he had showed me before on the boat. The color had completely gone out of it and it just looked dark blue/purple. He also asked if I felt dizzy or had any other signs of being effected by the nitrogen. I didn’t and to be honest it didn’t feel much different compared to 18 m, just a bit darker. We gradually went up and were overwhelmed by the sheer amount of fishes. It was amazing! I tried to take some photos on a rented compact underwater camera but it was difficult without proper flashes. The corals (soft) were very nice and beautiful but I couldn’t really tell if it was purple or not. This reef is a “cleaning station”, the big fishes come here to get cleaned by the small cleaner wrasses.