Almost daily I get asked, “what is the best dive site” or “what is your favorite dive.”
That is a really tough question to answer. I usually compare the wrecks to pizza. Everybody has their own favorite. You may not like what I like. Final answer: thick crust peperoni and black olive.
When I think back on my dives, I think more about those small moments during a dive where my mind is blown away. The problem is, I have been here so long that I have had these moments at all of the dive sites. Here is a short list of some of those moments:
- There is a small cluster of coral heads at CYC that has has a huge school of cardinal fish hanging around. I really like watching the synchronized swimming of small silvery fish. It makes me feel as if I am swimming through rain shower underwater.
- I encountered a school of around 200 barracudas at Seven Islands Marine Park ranging in size from .5 to 1.5 meters. It was awesome to swim just underneath the school looking up at them with the surface of the water as the background. (Why didn’t I have my gopro that day?)
- One of my other favorite spots is swimming the oil tanks in the Okikawa Maru. It must be the combination of open, dimly lit rooms with the small restrictions in between that has always made me think if I was a fish, I would totally live there.
- Another time, on the top of the Kogyo Maru there was a massive school of small silversides swarming about. The activity attracted a few large jacks. It was quite an impressive sight watching the jacks hunting, darting in and out trying to get their next meal.
I don’t remember where I heard this line, but I definitely identify with it. “The best dive is the next dive.” I have been diving for more than a decade; and I still come up from my dives with an awe of mother nature that makes me feel good inside.