Marine biologists and dive professionals
On Saturday, the Hantu Blog ran a special dive trip for marine biologists, and divemasters, the two groups of people who make enjoying the seas all possible!
We wouldn't know anything about our seas if scientists aren't out there making discoveries for us, and we won't be able to dive safe without the assistance of divemasters, who also work hard so our dives can be fun.
Sherle and Edd
It was a great trip for everyone because for once, the scientists weren't at work, they have no task, they can just dive, go deeper (alot of surveys are done at 3-6m) and see the stuff that's there (Did I mentioned we had 4m vis!!!). We could fool around and not worry about getting tangled in a transect line. For most, while it wasn't their first dive at Hantu, it was their first leisure dive at Hantu!
Surface marker Jeff
Divemasters probably didn't think it, but interacting with the biologists let in a few small discoveries about marine life. (OH! And birdlife as well! Because it's migratory season, there were common sandpipers and Fish eagles soaring over Hantu island. The calls of Kingfishers could also be heard from Hantu's mangrove.)
Chris and Paul. Isn't the sky gorgeous!
We were blessed with wonderful weather as you can tell from the pictures. Glorious fluffy clouds and clear blue skies. The currents however got a little naughty during our second dive, taking a turn in the middle of the dive, leading us to fin, fin, fin! But we still saw heaps of stuff! It was nudis galore and their pix will be running through the Blog over the next few days/weeks.
We met with an awesome storm on the way back. The dark sea and heavy rain was so impressive. A perfect ending.