Our inaugural one day dhow took place this weekend. With a few rain clouds and flash floods filling up social media the previous day, for a short time we wondered if we would have to cancel before we even began. The gods were with us however and the Thursday afternoon and Friday morning shone brightly, with calm waters.
Guest arrived in dribs and drabs, a little sleepy still from an early start to get over across from Dubai however a strong coffee and Neil’s banter soon cheered them up. Or may be not? After all, seeing Neil’s ugly mug early in the day is probably too much even for those of us with a strong constitution.
A relaxing day was scheduled – the dhow would meander up towards Lima with a dive on Lima Rock, followed by a dive on Wonder Wall. We also had three guests who had succumbed to temptation and had decided to dip their toes in the water to see what all the fuss was about by signing up for a Discover Scuba Diving experience. All in all, a great day ahead.
And boy was it a great day! With the dive group splitting into two, two divers opted for the south side of Lima and the remainder of the group headed for the north side. The latter were kicking themselves however, when upon surfacing an hour later, Grumpy Pants and KK regaled the rest of us with stories of the Mola-Mola, which ‘allegedly’ was not only spotted about 30 minutes into the dive, but changed direction to come across and investigate our divers. It then ‘allegedly’ remained with them (and followed them) for over five minutes! Of course we did not believe a word of it. After all, Grumpy Pants and KK are renowned for spinning a few yarns to wind us up from time to time. That is, until the video and photo’s were produced. Poor old Victor and Neddy were spitting feathers, quite literally!
Despite the absence of a Mola-Mola for the remainder of the group, they all agreed that it had been a great dive and our DSD crew were so excited about their first experience that they were literally jumping back into the water for dive two as soon as the surface interval would allow.
The second dive on Wonder Wall proved to be pretty epic too! The group missing out on the earlier Mola-Mola made up for it with seven turtles, all congregating in one spot and allowing our divers to take a number of selfies, several cow tail rays and (as described by KK), a monster of a marble ray. In her own immortal words, “easily the biggest I have ever seen in nine years of diving the Musandam waters”. We think she was talking about the marble ray? A leopard shark was also spotted chilling out behind a rock, however he was a little more camera shy unfortunately.
With the end of dive two and a delicious lunch scoffed, DSD certificates duly awarded to our three musketeers, the dhow headed back to port, with the bright lights of Dibba guiding us home.
In conclusion, a great day and the best possible start to our new One Day Dhows. Held bi-weekly, there are plenty of opportunities for those of you who want to see what all the fuss is about on future trips. We hope to see you soon!