Today our last posting from Angaga Island. Diving is no option today because we have to keep a 24 hours break before we can go by plain :(
Anyways … here are the last impressions from Angaga’s beautiful house-reef:
Many thanks to all our readers who followed us up to now! We really hope you enjoyed the show and maybe you’ll find the time to join us again next year on this channel ;)
I’m going to create a holiday-summary about ‘The Angaga Experiment.Reloaded’, holding all the missing details, by the next days so stay tuned and drop in again next week!
Many thanks and Ciao from Angaga,
Yours Andrews >:o)
In the morning we had a second dive at ‘Endiri Tila’ but the really interesting dive we had in the afternoon at ‘Wreck MV Kudhi Maa’, a cargo ship which has been sunken here on purpose in 1999. The sight was fine, our maximum dive-depth was about 23 meters and the temperature was 28°C.
It was the first time that we had the opportunity to dive a wreck and it was a thrilling experience! I’ll never forget the magic moment when the wreck shows up through the dark blue water ….. very cool! But enough chatting just let the pictures talk for themself:
So this was our last dive at Angaga for this year, a perfect final dive! Tomorrow we will just do some snorkeling at the house-reef and the next morning we’ll head back to Vienna :(
Anyways, we had so many nice dives at unbelievable dive-spots and we can take so much unforgettable impressions with us, that there is no time for sadness ;)
So see you tomorrow for a last live-posting straight from Angaga-Island …
Yours, Andrews >:o)
Today again ‘Madivaru Mantapoint’. Last dive here went better in respect to photo-opportunities but who cares … to see living Mantas is all that counts! I’ve added some more snapshots to show you how close these charming guys move to the divers.
Sight was medium well, temperature about 28°C and maximum dive-depth of 14 meters. Oh .. yes … I’ve to add that these time I didn’t use the 8mm fish-eye but the Olympus 12-40/2.8 which was the right decision, because I couldn’t move close enough to a Manta to get usable 8mm fish-eye pictures ;)
I don’t like people sitting in the reef like the diver in the last picture but I’ve to admit that there isn’t much to break here.
In the afternoon we went to ‘Pineapple Island’ reachable by boat from Angaga Island in about 20 minutes. We had medium current and sight was medium well. Not a lot of fish but impressive stone corals in special ‘table corals’. The dive was not really relaxing and I felt cold after 40 minutes which happened the first time since we are here. The 3mm shorty I’m wearing does a good job in general.
So that’s it for today – see you again tomorrow,
In the morning we had a dive at ‘Rangali Outside’ and this is really a very special dive-spot. At no other place we’ve seen such big swarms of ‘Indian Ocean oriental sweetlips‘. We met also big swarms of ‘batfish‘ and ‘Salema porgys‘. A very impressive view!
The title-picture shows the swarms most curios batfish at watching a diver. This was when it came to my mind that it is not always clear who’s watching whom ;)
Some more impressions from ‘Rangali outside’:
In the afternoon we had a second dive at Angagas house-reef which was also fine. But not as spectacular than the morning dive, so I show no pictures here.
Today in the morning we had our second dive at ‘Madivaru Manta Point’ and this time we had more luck than the last time. The manta rays came really near! One of them became exceptionally interested in me and my camera and touched the camera housing :o
All the pictures are done by the Panasonic 8mm fish-eye, so you can imagine how near the manta ray was … unbelievable, really!
By the way … sight was about 10 to 15 meter, temperature of about 28°C, maximum dive-depth was 22 meters and it took us about 50 minutes to get there by boat.
Some additional notes to todays cover-shot: At the bottom of the manta you see five suckerfishes. They dock on the mantas belly by a kind of ‘suction device’ located at the top of their head using the poor fish to get a free ride! But the manta learned that the suckerfish doesn’t like the air-bubbles produced by the divers breathing-device. So he navigates straight through the bubble-shower to drop off the suckerfishes.
Smart mantas! ;)
In the afternoon we had a second dive at Angags house-reef. Nothing special but a nice, relaxing dive. I’ve to say that we really enjoy this house-reef dives because there is so much life to discover! Today we saw a shark, a sea-turtle, two lionfishes, trumpet-fishes and a lot of different fish-swarms of all kind. Very, very enjoyable !!!
I have no flash with me, because my whole underwater-equipment is focused on big fish, like wale-sharks, mantas and sharks in general. This is why some of the pictures are not as crispy as I would like to have them ;) But net year I’ll take two flash-lights with me to be prepared for the smaller animals on the reef also!
Hope you had fun today with us!
Yours, Andrews >:o)
Today we had just one dive at ‘Angaga Tila’ in the afternoon. Sight was medium well – about 10 meters at 28°C, the maximum dive-depth was 21 meters and we had medium to low current.
Todays title shot shows a sea star with very beautiful structure and coloring. I’ve added some other pictures of nice things we met today for your entertainment:
And last the biggest swarm of ‘Maninis’ I’ve ever seen! The second picture shows just a clipping of the first picture to give you an idea of the details:
Thanks for listening!
Ciao, Andrew >:o)
Thanks to all of our readers who crossed their fingers for us! It happened again … we met 4 (yes! FOUR!) wale-sharks today. The first three haven’t been near enough to get a good picture, but the last one was moving at 5 meters so I could snap this picture.
It’s an unbelievable experience to meet this gentle giants … ineffable … you’ve to see this by yourself! I hope the snorkeler in the background gives you a feeling for the physical relation … the whale-shark was about 14 meters long ….
Not more to say today …
Yours Andrews >:o)
Todays cover-picture shows the boat which gets us to the dive-spots. It looks a little bit rustic but the boat is very handy! In the middle of the boat the tanks are stored, to the left and right side people can sit. The roof protects against sun and can be used for sunbathing if you climb up the stairs on top of it. In the front of the boat divers use the platform to jump into the water and at the sides they move down a lather to get up on the boat again after the dive. There is a toilet under deck and a shower with freshwater at the front side. You see – everything needed for a good dive is in place ;)
Today we had just one dive in the morning at ‘Endiri Tila’, about 50 mins by boat from Angaga island. This was the best dive we had so far. The reef is so beautiful – it’s unbelievable! Tons of glas-fish, a moray in every second hole, hunting tunas and bluefin-mackereles, lionfishs, anemones of fancy colors with clown-fish inside and best of all – no current. Today the water was crystal-clear at about 30°C. A perfect dive!
In the afternoon we took a break – just some snorkeling at the house-reef and relaxing. Because tomorrow we need power and also some luck at sharkewale-watching. Don’t forget to cross your fingers!
And here some eye-candy for you:
For the curious reader … the last picture is ‘Dori fish soup’ (powder blue tang). Have you ever seen such a big swarm? No? Me also not! Unbelievable …
Regards and sleep well,