These were the updates in 2004 before Tsunami
Reports from Hikkaduwa
indicate that Mantas and Dolphins are on the move around the coast!
An end of an year is days away. Another new
years eve midnight
dive, this time in Hikkaduwa
is in the offing.
We will organize one if we have sufficient numbers. If you are interested
(and absolutely certain!) in joining contact
A Giant Maori Wrasse greeted us at Diyamba Kupotha
in Unawatuna. A huge school of blue striped Mackerel Scad surrounded
us during a dive at the Conch in Hikkaduwa. Just two things among other
things we saw! The conditions are getting better and better!
Return to the great deep. We finally revisit
in Hikkaduwa and
this time with a camera. The sea would have been mirror calm if not
for the gentle swells. The visibility was an average 8M to 12M and expected
to get better over the next few weeks. Click
here for pictures!
This dive was with the International Dive School
(IDS)in Hikkaduwa. We were thrilled to find that Somadasa at IDS were
working on great initiatives to educate young children in the area about
the value of Coral Reefs and also doing small scale research projects
on regenerating coral using artificial structures.
Diving has now started in most places down south with these early signs
of what could be the beginnings of a Great Season!
We explored three brand new dive sites! The
Rock, the scenic Eel Rock and the beautiful Sitanampara.
We also returned to Pigeon
Rock for a great night dive!
Above: Awesome conditions!. Below: Anemone Fish
at the Eel Rock
We saw Reef Sharks! While snorkeling around
Pigeon Island we were graced by the presence of large Black Tip Reef
Sharks, with strong canta shading. We also saw plenty of Barracuda,
Giant Porcupinefish, a well fed Flutefish, various species of Filefish,
Angelfish (and their lovely Juveniles), and the usual hordes of very
colorful Butterflyfish , Wrasses and Triggerfish (Including Picasso
New Dive Site: Small Grouper Rock - The little
Great Barrier Reef
We were amazed! Just 15 minutes away from the
coast of Nilavali we explored a new site just 15 Meters deep. The uneven
rocky terrain was fully covered with beautiful hard and soft coral appearing
very colorful at this shallow depth. Because of low visibility we couldn't
see any large pelagic except for a large grouper at a distance. But
the Coral was super! Hiding in crevices were all sorts of little denizens
of the ocean ranging from Pixy Hawker Fish, Blennies, to spirited little
odd looking crabs waving their agitated claws at us. The abundance of
color and reef life reminded us of our recent expedition to Great Barrier
Reef in April. We were also intrigued by the very large and artificial
looking square slabs that looked the work of man than the work of nature.
What a lovely dive site!
Unfortunately we couldn't engage in any night
dives because of low visibility conditions that prevailed after late
morning. The best time for diving is now early in the morning around
7.30 AM. After about 10.00 AM the wind picks up and visibility is reduced
to about 5 meters. Our morning dives were the best. We encountered Long
Fin Bat Fish, Giant Moray Eels, Anemone's and Anemone Fish, beautiful
Juvenile Angle Fish, Box Fishes and Groupers, in our dives at Pigeon
Rock, Knife Rock and the new Small Grouper Rock. The dive operators
in the area say that this spell will last for a few days before the
normal excellent visibility conditions return for good.
All in all the diving and snorkeling was great!
The beach front remained calm as ever (See picture in June below) and
we had great fun!
General McArthur, the commander of the allied
forces, said in the Philippines "I shall return". Arnold Schwarzenegger,
the Terminator said "I whill bhe bhack". So here we are! Unlike
the disappointing May 04
trip to Trinco in bad weather we arrived to gorgeous sun rises and a
mirror calm sea. Finally... this was Trinco as we knew it!
Above: Unbelievable beauty! Sun rise over Pigeon
island and Knife rock.
This trip took us to three dive sites. We started
by investigating a brand new site called Muttigala
with SSL. We were the first ever to dive in this submerged rock and
observed lots of Anemones and Anemone fish and different types of rays.
(Photographing Anemone's and Anemone Fish was the objective of this
Above: Loveliest of all Cnidarians, the Magnificent
Sea Anemone withdrawn into itself, perhaps reacting from an attack or
consuming an hapless victim.
Then we dived at the ever famous Irrakandy
Ship Wreck and Coffin
Ray Point. Check out the Trincomalee
page for new photographs and more information regarding all dive sites
We "whill bhe bhack" in July. This
time the goal will be Night Diving!
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