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March 11th 2012
Published: March 11th 2012EDIT THIS ENTRY

The last full day of our holiday dawns, and after an early breakfast I'm down at the dhoni by 8:15.

Today we have 3 crew, 1 instructor and 3 divers! it's almost like a private dive.

The wind has got a bit blustery overnight so we have to pick our dive site carefully as the current and waves can make visibility a bit dodgy.

We arrive at Angaga Thila after 30 minutes of somewhat choppy sailing (I couldn't wait to get under the waves and stop feeling queasy !)

(by the way, according to Wikipedia Thila is a village in Yemen which is a bit disconcerting as I've been diving round them @30 metres all week, according to wookieepedia it's a small planet in Star Wars - but I digress ) (I think it means pinnacle )

Great dive site which included a grey reef shark and some fantastic anemone fish (a favourite of mine, especially after 'Finding Nemo' ) We surface after 50 minutes (which is something of an achievement as up until this holiday my air consumption has been awful, maybe it's because I'm on Nitrox now but it shouldn't make a difference apparently)

Once again the crew are on hand with lots of fresh fruit and hot coffee and we set sail for our second dive site, Rangali South. This is a sheltered reef not far from the resort so it's far more relaxed than the first dive. We descend to 20 metres and almost immediately we see two sharks resting on the sand (pictures to follow ) Then 2 minutes later we see a stingray resting on a coral outcrop. After checking I think it's a marbled stingray which still has the poisonous barbs so best avoided. The other highlight of the dive is photographing a moray eel having it's teeth cleaned by shrimps! After 60 minutes we surface and head back to the resort. Tomorrow we fly home but first it's happy hour and an excellent dinner - bon nuit!


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