Walking myself and my gear the 50ft to the water edge was enough time to get me excited at the prospect of the impending first dive, aaaaah… I had forgotten the incredible peace and quiet, besides my bubbles. Getting my buoyancy spot on was an interesting exercise after so long, but with patience I was soon there. Quietly exciting is how I would explain my first dive after many years, I saw so much, the conditions were amazing, fabulous visibility, calm and quiet water and the sea life was first class. The resort clearly goes to great lengths to manage the reef responsibly and this can be appreciated in the pristine condition of the house reef and beyond.
I had two dives outside of the house reefs, Long Canyon with chambers and lovely coral garden, and Turtle Bay which is a shallow dive with a sandy bottom and lots of turtles! Both well worth the visit. The house reef was fantastic, clear, and calm water, more turtles, barracuda, lionfish, guitarfish, blue spotted rays, octopus, and endless schools of brightly coloured diddy ones (I’m not fish spotter). It really was beautiful. I loved the freedom of the unlimited house reef diving package because it meant I could dive as and when I wanted, and this included night dives too. Downtime between dives was chilled, coffee, and drinks at the beachfront cafe, as well as three cooked meals a day. What a luxury! The omelettes were made on request in the mornings and became my routine, partly because they were delicious, but also because there was way too much temptation from the buffets. The chefs outdid themselves every night with the array of desserts on offer and I can give them only the highest recommendation for their food, it was great.
In short, this resort offers a perfect location for fantastic, calm, quiet beach entries for inexperienced learner and nervous divers in an unthreatening environment, and from talking to the other divers I met it seems that experienced divers from all over the world return every year to spend endless hours on the house reef and beyond, and it never disappoints. Dolphins and dugongs were seen during my visit, unfortunately not by me, however I was fortunate enough to have some amazing night dives with plenty of lionfish, octopus, and a giant moray to name but a few, I was truly spoilt.
I have dived in a variety of destinations worldwide, but this really was a special trip, I would highly recommend this resort in all aspects, so in the words of Arnie, I’LL BE BACK!