I dive quite a lot. I live in Hawaii as a scuba instructor and I travel to dive several times a year. I've see sharks. Plenty of sharks. I'm not easily excited about sharks but I would recommend this dive to anyone who wants to see PLENTY of VERY, VERY LARGE (behemoth) sharks.
BAD runs a tight ship. I felt a bit like I was heading off to (a confusing) boot camp. "Put your gear in the bin! Put your belongings in the shed! Everyone sit down and stay seated! No, we don't have any defog, just spit!" No defog? Also, no o-ring grease (at the shop or on the boat) for the poor guy with camera troubles. A dive operation with no defog or o-ring grease, makes one think.
Alright, these crusty old guys do this everyday. I'm a scuba instructor, I know it's like herding cats but couldn't they put out a wee bit of aloha? (bula, whatever) not one of us was asked how much weight we need. They came around handing out belts loaded with 15lbs. 15lbs! Holy crap, I'm 5' 2". (Suddenly I understood why in the brief they said to inflate your bcd to come up.) I asked for much less and was given slightly less. They want people to stay glued to the bottom and I was.
Their web site has a brief lecture about how they allow smoking on the boat and if you are a rabid non-smoker, keep it too yourself. I understand that the world is full of smokers and they smoke. Turns out the crew all smoke like fiends, all that “we allow smoking” stuff, is for them.
Two dives were made. The first to 95' till my computer was maxed out, at which point we ascended to a shallower feeding station and then shallower still. By time we got back on the boat my computer was well out of the red.
The boat moved around for our surface interval of just over an hour while being served hot tea with milk and a cookie. We were given a rather nice talk about all the sharks, shark finning, counting, tagging and tissue sampling. It's easy to see these crusty old guys love these sharks.
The second dive was to 83 feet until the split second my computer was about to go into deco mode. Again we ascended (no easy feat with all the weight I had on) stopping at another feeding station and then gradually coming back to the boat, again with my computer well in the clear.
Both dives were SHARK-O-RAMA, loaded with shark action. The Bull Sharks are so big as to seem slightly cartoonish. There are so many sharks you almost can't see them because they are all getting in the way of each other.
So, go on the shark dive. Be not afraid. Go with these guys. Just don't expect a lot of fluffy, cuddly feelings from them and what the hell, take up smoking and share a ciggy with them while you’re out there.
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