While raving about my November experience to the Nautilus office staff in early January, I learned that they had had a cancellation for a trip later in the month. I scooped it up. We would be visiting some of the same sites, but the beauty of the ocean is that you never know what you’re going to get.
The view from my room. Roca Partida at sunrise.
It was another fun-loving group. This time, most folks were from California or Washington. Our nightly sardine game.
I haven’t mentioned anything about the food on these trips. It is damn good. Here’s the sweet, full-sized grill off the back.
There are 3 big dining room tables. We did a pretty good job of musical chairs, so we could all chat with one another.
Diving is great no matter how you get in the water, but I think zodiacs are pretty cool (pangas for all you Canadians out there).
It looks like a very official mission on a very small boat.
One of my fellow divers took this picture of folks getting picked up. We had fun yanking each other into the boat.
We did 20 dives over 6 days; the Canyon and the Boiler at San Benedicto and Roca Partida. I was hoping to see Humpback whales, as they head through these parts in the early spring, and just past sunrise one morning while sipping tea on the stern, I saw an adult breach 4 times in a row. I was completely mesmerized. All of us of course wanted to be in water with them, and the crew was gracious about taking us out in the zodiacs to try to make this happen.
As you can see, more often than not, it turned into a wild goose chase. Able to hold their breath for several minutes, the whales could easily slip away. We did hear them calling to one another on several dives, which was pretty special.
The hammerheads were less shy this trip.
Another new addition this trip was yellowfin tuna. They were around for almost every dive at Roca. We were all down there rubbing our bellies.
We saw many more giant mantas this time, too. At one point, 5 or 6 of them were swimming around us. They honestly seem to like people, as evidenced in this video:
Sometimes, it felt like they were doing a special dance just for you. I adore making eye contact with these impressive creatures.
There was some pretty great “regular” stuff to see on these dives, too. I’m such a brat.