Sunday, January 29, 2012

Diving in Vavau, Tonga

Our friends Amy and Roger from s/v Shango arranged to get their PADI dive certification here in Tonga last week. After talking with all the dive shops in Neiafu, they chose Karen from Dive Vavau.

Karen working with Amy and Roger

We got an opportunity to go diving with them on the last day. We rounded up Gary and his crew Linda from s/v Sea Flyer and the 6 of us had the dive boat to ourselves (plus the Dive Vavau crew). While Paul drove the boat, and Karen worked with Amy and Roger, Izzy showed us around the dive site.

Exploring a Cave

We did 2 dives. In Vavau, the #1 attraction is diving with whales. But the whales are frolicking in their summer home off Antartica this time of year. So no whales. The other attraction around here are caves. Being part of a volcanic ridge, Vavau has a lot of caves. Both of our dives originated near the mouth of a shallow cave, and after we got through exploring the cave, we went out on the wall.

Linda Playing with a Basket Star

We didn't see much in the way of big fish, but some pretty little fish, some very colorful fans and soft corals. The water was warm and visibility was pretty good. A great way to spend a day.

Roger is Enjoying the Underwater World

Sherry Exploring the Wall

Newly Certified Divers, Roger and Amy

More Photos in our Album

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