I've been fortunate enough to dive...in a lot of places....and that's a light understatement...but...
But I still haven't encountered while diving...dugongs, and humpback whales....I know these are just a question of time...or location...
But what I really dream of, is a close encounter with either killer whales, or a great white...one day...and that, while diving and without the cage..Gansbaai doesn't count (done)!
What are your wildest dreams...and guys...don't tell me sirens....
Was spoiled with humpbacks and dugongs when I worked at Ningaloo, saw a white - not one of our huge ones but around 3m - a few months ago here at home but on my list -
A mob of mobulas.
I would like to swim with Dolphins & run with Penguins.
I may be a lucky diver...and 2014 should not be an exception with hopefully some more amazing stuff...after just an amazing 2013...
But now....has anybody dived Diego Garcia...or has been diving with Narwhals...sadly both not going to happen to me in 2014..or either 2016...but when we speak of out of this world...these are...
And if you have never heard of a narwhal...or Diego Garcia...don't worry...there are still some dive...we can dream about...
Any lucky one among us? And I would say...very lucky one...
I would like to see a whale shark, that's number one in my list; also manta rays and dolphins while scuba diving (I did snorkel with them in NZ)
However, my worse nightmare is one of your dreams, Peter: great white sharks! I don't want them anywhere near me, thank you very much!
I love the ocean, but I enjoy being above water lines. I want to learn to kite surf! It's been my dream for years.
Dive, dive, dive
Peter we wish we had your number of dive locations under our belts but sadly we do not. Our list of to do's is long.
We'd like to do Micronesia.... Yap, Palau, Chuuk, Pohnpei,Kosrae lots of mantas and exciting things.
I guess our dreams aren't all that wild but I sure love diving and love watching turtles around the world.
Missed a whalesharks two days ago in Phi Phi...these things do happen....
MJ, fun you write about the HNL-Guam shuttle....I was looking ten days ago at flights to Majuro, Truk, Yap and Koror...not cheap...not cheap....but I wouldn' t mind to finally dive the Bikini and Chuuk lagoon...and go back for a third visit to Palau....
You guys need to put Socorro on your list, cheaper than the Galapagos...easier to reach...and way more amazing underwater...maybe to the exception of Darwin Arch's.
On my side, it's going to be a fun summer....or should I say winter as it will be mainly below the Equator...
Dreams are easy...the rule is....one dream at a time...one step at a time, and we'll see what life will bring us...
I just reached two goals and dreams of mine while I was in Cuba. I saw my first seahorses- Five in fact. I know that's probably not on many people's list and I know that they're not exactly rare to find, because they are so tiny they are often hard to find. I told my Dive Master that it was a dream of mine, and he obliged!
My next huge dream had been to dive a cenote and I got to do that too in Cuba. It was incredible, just out of this world. Even though I was pretty scared at first, I am so glad I did.
Things I still want to see or do diving- Whale Shark- I lived in Honduras and still never saw one
I want to swim with dolphins and had an opportunity and had planned to in Cuba, I just wasn't keen on the conditions they were kept in. I'm not sure this will be different anywhere I go and so I hope to somehow swim with them in the wild on a dive.
Locations- Everywhere I've not already been!!
My dream dive differs from others & in a few weeks it will be realised.
Chuuk Lagoon in Micronesia diving wrecks from World War II. Diving with big/unusual underwater wildlife is amazing but nothing beats wreck diving for me. Boats sunk for tourists don't do much for me but those with a story do.
So happy you are going guys! I have to admit it's on my list too these days! One day! How is the weather now?
I'll be there in about 4 weeks. I think it's going to be mid 20s in terms of temperature & a mixture of sunny & cloudy but I won't see the weather. We're staying on a liveaboard & diving up to 5 times a day. We will sleep well at night hahaha.
Are you there yet Chris and Nikki?
I just crossed mobulas off my list. Just came home from Northern Raja Ampat, Hamlahera Utara, Papua, Weigo, Gam,Gebe, Morotai, equator islands and exploratory diving through the Dampier straight on the Tambora Liveaboard.
I got to dive into an erupting subsea volcano.......a geomorphologist dream.
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Micronesia is on our list. I've been carrying around travel guides to Yap, Palau, Chuuk, Kosrae, and Pohnei for 25 years. Hopefully soon it will happen.
So many places to diva and so little time.
It has been a bit too long since I have been diving, so currently almost anywhere would be a dream dive for me.
Three dream dives come to mind for me: Under the ice in Antarctica, the submerged city of Shi Cheng in China, and diving with narwhals - Just seeing them is at the top of the list of things I would like to experience.
Keith....Narwhals.....let's dream.....I was in Churchill less than 2 years ago....and having seen videos of narwhals under water....I went on a quest to know more....they are found....not in Churchill...but north of the Hudson Bay....slight problem, the local hunt them, so they can be pretty evasive...
So I asked...how we do it? And because it's a close community...and they love this kind of question...I got some interest....seems there is an outfit in Toronto and one in London than can put in place....a trip....let's rather say an expedition.....this is charter....full way...so you book with a group of wealthy friends a 2 weeks trip....for a chance of...a sighting...money wise....let say that going to Antarctica is a bargain compare to it! Big bargain! To my info, forget anything south of....pfff....maybe 25k usd per head...or more...
For Antarctica...no fishes, just giant anemones...and few very cute leopard seals....that you do not want to see! Got friends on a trip who were "offered"....a season as DM to Antarctica....they reply...yes for three weeks. and you don't have to pay us...a season...it's could be a death sentence....there is a reason why a single dive there is easily above 700usd...per dive!
Most dives in Antarctica are not under the ice...so you may have mixed with the Artic. You can actually dive below the North pole. Seen videos of it, it's simply out of this world. Anybody wants to take me on these, I'm on....will just need some serious training on dry-suit!
And as was putting it a friend living in Seattle....warm water anytime....Vancouver Island...it's 2m vis!
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I spent a season working at McMurdo Station in Antarctica and I got to talk with the divers a lot about their experience. The biggest draw to diving under the ice there is the amazing ice formations that glow brilliant blue. There are a few fish and some really big, red jellyfish to look at as well - The divers talked of 100+ foot visibility and I did go out with some scientists to fish in the dive huts, so I got to look down into the sea under the ice and could see a long way.
The narwhal is definitely the most difficult to arrange. I took a sailing trip around Spitsbergen in hopes of seeing them, but we got turned around by thick ice before we got very far into the area they are usually spotted in the Hinlopenstretet. I hear the northwest coast of Greenland and all around Baffin Island are the best areas to see them, but since they stick to the heavily broken ice and the leads through the ice pack they are very difficult to find by ship unless you are in an icebreaker. I have found a few land-based photo trips to find them, but they typically cost more than $10,000 and there is no guarantee that you will find them. I will keep searching, but for diving it will probably have to be one of those custom charters you were mentioning.