I love my dry suit between dives!
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Why stop the sport you love while the seas are flat from the westerly winds, the Port Jacksons Sharks are out and everyone else is having so much fun. I must agree it is not fun if you are cold on a dive. I find the actual dive is fine it is between the dives that I get cold and do not want to do the second one.
Well if this is your problem, lets find a solution…
It is a kind of weird feeling when you first get in the water in a drysiit. You can feel the water but you are not wet. It does take a bit of getting used to diving in a drysuit but after a course and a few dives you will love it. The best bit is the surface interval, it is so nice having the soup and chat between the dives while wearing your warm clothes. The only thing wet is your hear and hands….
So if you have been not coming diving or getting cold on a dive come along do a drysuit course and give it a go.
Hide Away Island, Vanuatu is a nice easy, quick, inexpressive escape and is perfect for divers and non-divers. With just a short 3 hour flight to arrive to warm clear water, easy diving it is a popular destination. For our New Years trip we have booked the island so there will be a heap of cool people to dive with and chill out with between dives. There is great snorkelling around the island and a range of accommodation to suit all budgets. This trip is open to all divers, non-diver and families.
This year we have taken the island over for the Christmas – New Year Period 28 December – 4 January so why don’t you join us.
Coral reefs ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling straight from the shore, paddleboards, beach volleyball, sea kayaks and various tours can be organised. Hideaway can be used as a base of other tours such as game or reef fishing, visiting the waterfalls, having a round of golf, or just checking out the Port Villa markets.
Hideaway Island’s Marine Sanctuary is one of the few places where one can hand feed hundreds of “tame” brilliantly coloured fish in a safe protected area right from the beach. The restaurant and bar are located on the beach for waterfront dining offering superb meals of fresh seafood and local produce. Hideaway Island Resort has a fresh water swimming pool and is also the home of the Underwater Post Office. Custom village tours are available through the local Mele village.
Hideaway Island Resort offers 5 styles of accommodation, ranging from a private two bedroom oceanside villa to quad share dormitories with shared facilities.
The Two Bedroom Oceanside Villa was built by one of the owners as their private residence. This beautiful Villa has a laundry room, high speed internet connection, air conditioning, satellite TV, DVD and CD player, full kitchen facilities, private swimming pool with partially covered patio and outdoor seating and another separate deck with dramatic ocean views. The master bedroom with en-suite features a corner spa and opens directly onto the patio and pool area. The second bedroom also has a private en-suite. The villa is perfect for families, honeymoon couples or friends traveling together.
A separate One Bedroom Oceanfront Villa was also built by one of the owners as a private residence, designed to take full advantage of the oceanfront location. The spacious 230m² Villa features glass doors opening to the outside deck, rosewood vaulted ceilings and hardwood floors. It has a kitchen, wireless internet, air conditioning and TV with DVD/CD player, a partially covered patio with outdoor seating and stunning sunset views. The master bedroom with ensuite also opens to the oceanfront deck and tropical gardens.
There are eleven free standing One Bedroom Oceanside Bungalows with spectacular views of Mele Bay whilst two One Bedroom Standard Bungalows share a common wall with a home on the island. Both bungalows styles are constructed in traditional Melanesian style with private en-suite, bar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities plus private veranda with outdoor furniture and double hammock.
The six Twin Share Rooms are located next to the beach in a lodge style building surrounded by a wide wrap around verandah. Rooms come equipped with a bar fridge, clothes cupboard and hand basin. Separate shower and toilet facilities are near by, connected by a covered walkway. These rooms are ideal for the budget conscious traveller who would prefer a little bit more privacy than the standard dormitory.
The Quad Share Dormitory comes equipped with ceiling fan, individual bunk lights, power outlet and lockers. The central communal area provides guests with an inside lounge area and outside seating. There are separate male and female changing / bathroom facilities.
The trip is 7 Night/ 8 Night 28 December 2014- 4 January 2015 is designed for both divers and non-divers and includes:
▪ Return airfares ex Sydney to Port Vila
▪ Return airport transfers Port Vila
▪ 7 nights dorm share Accommodation Hideaway Island Resort
▪ Continental Breakfast Daily
▪ 10 Boat Dive Package package for divers (extra $325)
For more details check out New Years Trip to Vanuatu
25m in the Dark, at night on a Wreck.
One of my most memorable dives is a night dive with no lights on the Coolidge. I am not usually a big night diving fan, but this night dive was different. The whole dive was done with no lights and it was the ghost light figure in front of me and the flashing starts that I was following. No I was not on any drugs, but I was swimming around a wreck in 25m all without a light.
I know it sounds a little crazy but is certainly a must do dive if you head to Santo to dive the President Coolidege. You enter the water with you lights off and as the guide swims they are lit up by the bioluminescence so you can follow them. They will guide you down to the cargo hold where you look inside to what looks like a black sky full of shooting stars. What it really is, is the flash light fish. This is why you have to keep you lights off. After checking out the cargo holds you head up to the side of the wreck where you can turn your lights back on and head back to the shore.
Certainly a dive I will never forget and a I looking forward to doing again.
Check out for details of out next trip to dive the Coolidge.
Vanuatua Christmas Dive Trip
The Hideaway Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary is situated in Mele Bay, a 20 minute ferry ride from Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu. Surrounded by clear turquoise waters and coral reefs, it is one of the few places where you can hand feed hundreds of "tame" brilliantly coloured fish in a safe protected area. This is an experience you wont forget!
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