Two more dives this morning with Bella, but this time she was my buddy, and for once I actually looked to see what my buddy was doing every now and then. The first dive at Banana Reef had quite a strong current and she handled it just fine, so during the safety stop Saalim the dive master had a chat to me about going to HP Reef for the second dive. He said it would be good to push her out of her comfort zone a little as the current was really running there. She handled it just perfectly. Ten dives in total and she dove HP better than many Advanced divers would have done.
The reef was covered in soft corals all in full bloom. It made my heart sing to see a reef in such pristine condition. A squadron of eagle rays patrolled the corner as we got close to the reef out of the current a little in order to watch them. I spotted a giant barracuda sitting out in the blue. Everywhere the reef was festooned in colour, anthias billowing as if blown by the wind, just like Instant Replay in Fiji.
During the safety stop we came across a fishing line with a sailfish on the hook. We jumped in to have a look as I have never seen one in the water before. Sadly it wouldn’t be in the water for long, but the fishermen were close by so we couldn’t free it, even though I wanted to.
This afternoon the boys from the water sports area came down to build sandcastles with Isaac outside the room. We decided on a whale shark, and Isaac built a castle next to it. The drone came in very handy to record it for posterity.