Dive #260 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

PREVIOUS 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 HOME INDEX Next

Bottom Time to Date:

228h
01m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
7:00PM

Bottom Time:
47 minutes

Maximum Depth:
56 feet

Safety Stop:
5 minutes

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
1300 psi

Weather Conditions:
Just past dusk 83F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
83F

Bottom Water Temperature:
82F

Visibility:
40-60 feet

Gas:
Nitrox 32%O2
260
TITLE
* * *
March 11,
2010
HONEYMOON BAY
KOH MIANG, SIMILAN ISLANDS, THAILAND
NIGHT BOAT DIVE
 
Linda, Janel (buddies), Kim (guide)
Coral Grand Divers
Queen Scuba
www.similandivers.com
Similan
Linda emerges from the depths after a night dive
Photo by Rich in Similan Islands 2010 
Dive Journal: Details of this dive day, March 11, 2010, were captured by Linda at torksinthailand.blogspot.com/2010/03/dive-dive-dive.html.

This afternoon between dives, the three of us jumped onto the inflatable ("tuk-tuk") and zoomed off to the famous Honeymoon Bay beach on the backside of island #4. Gorgeous sugary sand, impossibly turquoise waters, postcard scenery. Janel read a book for a while while Linda and I explored around the beach. Too soon, it was time to return to the boat.

Tonight's dive is very close to this beach, and is planned as an easy going reef dive. Queen Scuba limits night dives to 45 minutes and tries to stay shallow with them. The three of us are excited - we always love night dives!

On descent, there is a HUGE blue spotted pufferfish with psychedelic concentric eye rings getting settled in for the night. We also immediately spot a couple of giant moray eels and a few lionfish.

Kim finds a cool-looking black sea cucumber with red spots. Linda loves the sight of several feathered starfish, basket-like creatures that perch on top of coral mounds, clinging on with an inverted cone of hook-shaped tentacles. Wild looking. We also check out a big fuzzy looking spider crab. I'm entertained at one point by a fast twirling worm who swims skyward at my approach. Shining my torch vertically up through his swimming pattern is sort of an eerie sight.

We don't really need a safety stop here because we end the dive with 5 minutes of scouring around the bottom at only about 20 feet. As we finish up and rise through the dark water, we check out the bioluminescence. It is great here. Not so much in abundance, but in brightness. Very nice.

The concensus is that we've all been on better night dives, but we come up grinning just the same. The dinghy comes by to pick us up and we're soon back on the boat, taking a warm shower, ready for dinner, and already thinking about sleep.

Sealife Observed on this dive:
HUGE blue spotted pufferfish
giant moray eels
some kind of twirly worm
(fuzzy) spider crab
black sea cucumber with red spots
feathered star
multibar pipefish (Kim found this)

More
Dive
Info:
Fins:
Tusa Xpert Zoom Splitfin
Computer:
Oceanic Veo 200
Tank:
80 ft3 Aluminum
BCD:
Rented from Gecko Divers in Phuket
Dive Type:
BOAT, Queen Scuba
Body of Water:
Andaman Sea
Mask:
Tusa Visio Tri-Ex
Protection:
Borrowed 3mm full suit
Regulator:Rented from Gecko Divers in Phuket
Weight:
4 kg
Water Type:
Salt
Video Equipment:
None