We thought the June sharing Dhow would be a little quiet, what with most people clearing out for the summer and all that. Contrary to popular opinion however, it seems that our clients are very sensible people, very sensible indeed, choosing to escape the Sandpit for the majestic Musandam! So, with a full boat (so full that yours truly was left behind and had to swop a bed on the Dhow for a bed in the Al Aqah Beach Resort), the weekend commenced.
With the sea state being a little bumpy as compared to what is usually preferred, the Dhow kept relatively South of the sites visited in recent months. However this did not impact at all on the variety of marine life spotted or the enjoyment of the weekend!
Those on board were issued strict instructions to NOT see anything exciting. These instructions were clearly ignored however, as my loyal spies were very happy (far too happy in my opinion) to update me on their return of the amazing weekend had by all.
So, in no particular order, this weekends fish soup consisted of a 10m whale shark, which cruised by on a mission to somewhere rather than cooperatively posing for photos and videos as is the preference, plus another whale shark spotted by our ever amazing boat cover Shameem (although not spotted by any divers). A multitude of rays including devil rays, eagle rays, etc., etc., etc., turtles, barracuda…….. In fact, one barracuda in particular was considered worthy of note, with our very own loveable elf exclaiming it was easily as big as her. That would be most Barracuda then D???
Contrary to popular opinion, the scooter boys and girls didn’t chase everything off. In fact, more likely corralled them in for the more traditional divers of the group to see too. At least, that is their story and they are sticking to it!
Topside was not without its excitement either! Although to be fair, when is it ever boring on with the usual Sheesa Shenanigans going on?
Fishing between dives and on an evening is a favourite pastime for some of our regulars, either because they are doing the fishing, or they are watching (and subsequently enjoying) the catch. As with most weekends, tiddlers get thrown back in, whilst the larger fish are quickly incorporated into a delish dish for dinner. Sustainable fishing all the way with Sheesa; if you can’t eat it, don’t keep it. So, with this in mind, one of the more unusual catches of the weekend had a lucky escape from Rajesh’s cooking pot – the Eagle Ray (yes, you read that correctly), caught and landed by our youngest regular weekender, Jad.
So, I am sure you get the picture- a very nice picture too, and a very clear one if you were actually there.
As nice as the Al Aqah Beach Resort (with upgrade to a suite) was, your’s truly missed the fun on board. So, if you missed out this month too, then not only do you need to dust off your imaginations, but you also need to get your a*** into gear to get booked on the July and August Dhows. Our sharing trips are the perfect way to escape the heat. Well, not exactly escape the heat, as its pretty hot in the Musandam too, however at least it’s not as far to jump overboard and cool off.
Look forward to seeing you next month or sooner if you are signed up for one of our one day cruises.