When we got back on the boat the manta ray jumped out to see where we were gone! VERY RARELY they jump !

When we got back on the boat the manta ray jumped out to see where we were gone! VERY RARELY they jump !

While I am writing my post I am sitting with still wet hair, in a bathrobe with a breathtaking view behind my laptop over the turquoise bay and full of the most incredible memories I was able to collect this morning with my best diving buddies, my husband and son, who cannot let a single moment go by of being boys, joking, shuffling each other and occasionally me as well, holding onto the fins of each other on and on it goes. It is so much fun. 

The rainy season is not yet over, so the ocean as you see is full of particles, and plankton, best conditions for spotting Manta rays. Gracefully they glide through the waters and disappear again, coming out of the nowhere to surprise you. Once so close I thought I could touch them almost! It becomes quite dark when they swim over you, they are really big fish!

 

Unfortunately my Canon hates diving and told me she would stay home and rest. So in order to make my advanced divers license complete I took a photography lesson from Ella and Viktor. I took all these shots with a simple compact camera. I must admit that all my shots from the first dive were not that great, nothing could be seen, blurry most of all. The photos of the second dive were much better and I now understand what a skill one must have to really take great underwater pictures. Wow! You must balance yourself, stay calm even if you spot the biggest, most beautiful, or tiniest swimming slug... keep your eye on the diving computer while the other eye searches for the prey! Then I forget to breathe in order to hold still and the setting of the camera is ... useless. Ella said I took about 300 photos, not shy at all ! Only a few are good enough though :

 Red colors can only be made visible with an artificial light source, then the beauty of the animals and corals come to life

Red colors can only be made visible with an artificial light source, then the beauty of the animals and corals come to life


 In Julian's hand is a GOPRO and hopefully we can show you a video soon!

In Julian's hand is a GOPRO and hopefully we can show you a video soon!