At 12:10 PM 5/2/99 -0600, Don Ward wrote: >Great trip report Shep! I just now got around to reading it. > Tank You :) >I was pleasantly surprised to see your depths at Chuuk. I was under the >impression that the wreck dives were typically 150fsw+. There are so many wreck dives in that Lagoon that you could spend many months there diving different wrecks each day ... There are MANY that can be done (as we did) on al80's and shallow depth (relatively anyway). Some of the deeper wrecks are possible this way as well but you know the limitations (time for one) .... some of our group did the Nippo Maru for instance but your time limits for no decompresssion diving are pretty ridiculous in my opinion. I do want to go back sometime bringing some extra equipment, and deco-dive the area some more ... but for what we were doing there, with the people that we had along, deco would have never worked (2/3'rds of our group would not have not choosen to do that ) BTW the top of my list to go back to would be the San Francisco Maru which sits at 150 feet and beyond. >If you had it to do again would you do a live aboard in Chuuk? > I'm not real sure of the benifits of a live aboard here ... Nitrox would make a difference, but we saw the Aggressor and the Thorfin everyday and they didn't move much. Mainly 'cause they didn't need to, the wrecks are plentiful and clustered semi-close together in many places. So, because I could be at the side of either of these boats in under 10 minutes from the Blue Lagoon Hotel, (most of the time) together with deeper dives requiring less frequency (there's no chamber here, except hours away in Guam) and I think you'd have more fun at the Blue Lagoon. It has to be said that I don't like being cut off and isolated from the locals (this place was bad enough in that regard for our own safty) I like to learn and meet as many as possible on these trips, so I personally would not do the live aboards here. Unless they were to add some features that made deco diving more available. We did meet a number of the guests that were on the Aggressor and the Thorfin and they all raved about having great times .... so, different strokes, right ? >At 09:26 AM 4/28/99 -0700, Shep Griswold wrote in part: >>...Sam's Diving. He's been running >>this business for over 8 years now. We did not use Splash which is at the >>hotel PPR....the few times that I saw it actually go out, I don't think >>that they can come close to the speeds that Sam's smaller faster boats can >>go. Since the dive spots are far away this is a very important feature to >>take into consideration. > >There was in this forum a recent discussion on the topic of lenght of dive >day from PPR. Could you tell us what time you boat left each day and >typically returned and how many dives you did during that time? Sam's usually picks up at 8:30 (I think) I'm not that clear because we moved the time around a whole bunch. If you are headed to Peleliu, which is farther away, you should leave earlier. We left around 7:45 on those days that we wanted to get an earlier start. The day after the wedding, we left at 10:00 for obvious reasons :) To me, anytime on a boat is a good time, so the rides didn't bother me at all. The scenery is so great ! and with a driver like the one we had ,Poker, we were constantly weaving through beautiful rock islands. Sometimes that was to avoid windy or rainy conditions. > >>One last note ... the reefs at Blue corner have been mauled to death. >>Between bleaching and Japanese laying all over the coral there is little >>left alive at the corner itself. > >I have always wondered about the condition of Blue Corner given what I have >read on the net. Do you think the hooks play a role in the condition of >the reef? > The reef hooks, if used properly, should AVOID damageing the reef. What you do is look for some rock or dead coral and hook on, pting air in your BC to keep you above the reef. Between the air in your BC and the current (which can rip) you float and fly way over the coral below. It's not perfect, especially if care is not used when hooking up, but it works well otherwise. > Thanks for the comments and I hope this gives you a little more info ... it's all IMHO ____ (_/\_)Shep Griswold ==@ Kirkland,Wa,USA mailto:[log in to unmask] Everyone has a right to be stupid. Some just abuse the privilege.