easy booking and excellent follow-up e-mail confirmation, uncomplicated check-in and paperwork process, short boat ride, catamaran for greater stability, informative, personality-filled briefing, friendly, knowledgeable and attentive crew, serviceable equipment, competitive rates, flexibility in types of packages
THE MANTA RAY NIGHT DIVE WAS EXTRAORDINARY. Whales on the motor out, Spinner Dolphins in the bow wake, close encounters with the rays and the resident moray eel. I chose a one-tank dive because I get seasick and cold. I made the right choice for me and had an amazing evening!
suffered from less-than-ideal mooring and long surface swim (for snorkelers) but that's what you get for waiting for late customers. DON'T BE LATE. The boat let us vote and we waited.
If you are at all prone to seasickness (which I very much am), the long wait at the site for a dive site briefing in swell was unpleasant. I was Dramamine'd to the gills so I was fine but had conditions been worse, all that time onboard the boat would have done me in. I realize there was a queue before we could approach the site and the boat crew is at the mercy of the traffic and conditions so don't rely on the boat to release you into the water quickly.
The crew seemed tempted to discount my routine but they left me to my own devices. I have been diving for 15 years and absolutely do not claim to be expert or as knowledgeable as the crew or instructors. But I do know what will trigger seasickness since I am expert at that so prepare for it. How I prepare: hydrate, make sure you've eaten something a few hours beforehand, medicate if you need to (the evening prior & the day of), get dressed early if you won't overheat, alert your instructor so they know what to expect (I let the instructor know and he opted to pre-brief us on equipment - yay!), don't go in the head, keep the horizon in sight, keep the wind in your face, ginger may help, so might Saltines, fruit and chewing gum, be ready to stride off the boat in a timely manner and don't hold up the show -- for yourself, for those who may be feeling sick!
I weigh 125 lbs. If you get cold, wear a hooded vest. You will be sitting still observing the manta rays and I was freezing at the end. They did offer more neoprene and I should have accepted!
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