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Real Diving Over Eid [Jul. 21st, 2015|11:08 pm]
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This weekend was Eid al-Fitr (the Eid that follows Ramadan), and it's a holiday for most normal people. I am not a normal person, but I had the weekend off by pure chance.

So I went diving with a group. It was my first REAL dive. I drove to the east coast of this peninsula, which takes two hours, and met my group of 13 divers at a petrol station. From there we passed through the Oman border and boarded a speedboat that took us thirty or forty-five minutes away from the dive center, to some pristine and untouched coastline.

We explored three dive sites. These were walls teeming with color and life, and it was one of the most miraculous things I've seen. It is a glorious planet we live on. The ocean is magnificent.


This was the first dive site. The organizer of the excursion (my dive instructor, Tim) referred to another location as 'The Wonderwall,' but that descriptor could apply to the entire section of the coastline that we explored. 'Because there are many wonders,' Tim explained.


I took this picture from the boat. The girl in the pink wetsuit was on her first real dive, also.


This coastline might be one of the prettiest shapes in the natural universe. I know oonh would approve.


I wanted a picture of how clear and blue the water is, but it was too spectacular to capture. And I was taking pictures on my phone.

Which means that's the last picture here that was taken by me. The next few underwater pictures were taken by Tim.


This is how close I was to two cuttlefish. They were adorbs. Photograph by Tim.


Adorable cuttlefish. Photograph by Tim.


There were more colors than I think I'd ever seen in my life. (Photograph by Tim.)


Tim likes anemones and clown fish, and photographed every occurrence he could find.


I'm going to boast a little and tell you I was the first person to spot this zebra moray! (Photograph by Tim.)


And I was the first to find this leopard eel. (Photograph by Tim.) Later, Tim told me I had "laser vision." He also made repeated references to my enthusiasm. Who wouldn't be enthusiastic?


That's me in the middle, looking a bit like a mermaid with my huge fins. You can't tell, but the visibility went on and on. And there was so much to look at.

I implore you, look at this picture of my new friend Gisela, taken on the same dive. She was with her husband and son, so I don't know which of them took this picture. She took this picture, and this one, and this one, and this one. (Yes, on the same dive!) Turns out we're connected through mutual friends.

I like this planet.
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2015-07-22 01:44 am (UTC)
Fantastic photos!

and thanks for the link to the geography lesson. There is always more to learn about this planet :)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2015-07-25 04:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I love it here, on this planet.
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[User Picture]From: scottks
2015-07-22 03:41 am (UTC)
You are so lucky to do that! I've done a little snorkeling around the Yucatan, but nothing as pretty as this.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2015-07-25 04:44 pm (UTC)
Nice. :) I could pretty much go snorkeling every day.
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[User Picture]From: restoman
2015-07-22 04:21 am (UTC)
Gorgeous Photos!!!

That dive sounds like it was a wonderful and memorable experience. We certainly live on an amazingly beautiful planet.

Thanks for showing this piece of it to us!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2015-07-25 04:43 pm (UTC)
Amazingly beautiful, indeed. :)
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[User Picture]From: clarehooper
2015-07-22 07:52 am (UTC)
Wow, that's amazing. Love the photos! I've never dived, only snorkelled, and that was entrancing. I clearly need to go diving!
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[User Picture]From: clarehooper
2015-07-22 07:54 am (UTC)
...although maybe not right now, being 38.5 weeks pregnant and all...
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2015-07-25 04:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, it's about time. :) :) :)
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2015-07-22 07:53 am (UTC)
Great photos and I'm so pleased when any of my friends take up diving - which I consider to be the best sport EVER! Where exactly where you diving? Obviously the Red Sea but I'd love to dive there. Reef diving is the greatest.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2015-07-25 04:42 pm (UTC)
I remember reading back through your LJ when we first became friends, and read about you doing your PADI. :-) This was actually the Strait of Hormuz, where the Indian Ocean connects to the Gulf; we were on the east coast, so closer to the Indian Ocean.
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[User Picture]From: joshdavis
2015-07-22 03:41 pm (UTC)

Diving

SCUBA is fun. More SCUBA!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2015-07-25 04:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Diving

Yup. :-)
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[User Picture]From: danica
2015-07-23 04:02 pm (UTC)
oh my god i am so happy to see you diving!! What BEAUTIFUL pictures, I'm not sure if you're on facebook but if you are, go check out my buddy Jackie..... https://www.facebook.com/the.marine.detective?fref=ts
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2015-07-25 04:38 pm (UTC)
Cool! Thank you! :-)
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[User Picture]From: oonh
2015-07-24 09:52 am (UTC)
to quote Slartibartfast with respect to the coastline of the Musandam peninsula: 'lovely crinkly edges'.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2015-07-25 04:37 pm (UTC)
I thought of that the first time I drove up there, which was with someone we both know!
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[User Picture]From: bec_87rb
2015-08-05 05:41 pm (UTC)

Wow

How warm was the air and the water? It looks like the air is cooking!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2015-08-13 12:31 am (UTC)

Re: Wow

It was around 47C above water, and just perfect under the water. :)
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