Friday, November 23, 2012

I'm on a boat.

Just like the song. Or like the old spice guy. I've made it, this is it. Extravagance and luxury.

The MV Taka isn't exactly the yacht from music videos or TV commercials. Our cabin was basically a bunk bed recessed into a closet and the boat is showing a bit of age. However, for the price, it was pretty cool. This isn't an expensive boat and considering we had lots of really good food, 10 dives, 2 nights of accommodation plus all transfers, I thought it was a pretty good deal at $650. (We tried booking an expensive boat, which costs twice as much, but none of there dates matched up with ours.)

The details:
  • 26 passengers, 11 crew
  • 5 dives a day, including 1 night dive
  • 3 meals, 2 snacks, and 2 desserts out of a kitchen the size of most peoples bathrooms. 
The day starts at 6:45 am with roll call and then breakfast. After breakfast is the first dive briefing. You then suit up and are in the water by 8:45 am.

And so the day continues. Roll call, food, dive. This continues until you're completely exhausted. After maybe 7 hrs sleep, it starts again.

It takes a lot of effort to run a dive boat like this. Imho the crew from Deep Sea Divers Den did a great job. Over the three days we visited three reefs; Hastings, Saxon and Norman.

A few boat pics:

Top deck

Mid deck

Dive deck

Dinning lounge

The MV Taka II


Tomorrow I have a few pics from snorkelling.


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