Our latest diving adventure was a week spent in Tulumben, Bali. We stayed at the Matahari Resort, which is very well equipped for divers and excellent value for money.
Visibility was a not quite crystal clear as it can be in the area. But it did give it an interesting atmosphere. This was particularly oticeable around the resort itself and the garden of statues known as 'Suci Place'. It reminded me of an early morning mist, hence the name of the video.
We did a number of dives over the trip but for this video I've chosen to focus on 'Suci Place' and the Boga Wreck which is a short drive away at Kubu along with the stunning Tirta Gangga Royal Water Gardens.
One of the most well known cave diving sites in Mount Gambier is Allendale Cave which is located in the middle of a road! Attempts were made in the early days to fill what was thought to be a large hole in order to build the road over it but later on when it was established that it was actually a water filled cave of significant size this futile process was stopped in favour of building one lane either side.
It's must have been an interesting site to behold in the early days by locals but now watching fully equipped divers waiting for a gap in the traffic before crossing in full diving gear and descending down the steep entrance slope is common place. What awaits is a stunningly clear dive site. The small entrance lake leads to a steep slope and eventually a large cavernous chamber down the bottom. There are also some tighter areas to explore for the more adventurous.
Cave Diving in Fossil Cave, Mount Gambier South Australia is a fantastic experience. It's a dive site that is located via a sinkhole next to a main road and can be accessed by those with the CDAA (Cave Divers Association of Australia) Cave Certification or higher. The cave gets it's name from the large number of extinct animal bones that were discovered there in the 1970's during a proper survey. It's now known more for it's crystal clear water and interesting topography although you can still see the pickets around which the survey grid was attached.
Although there is also another small cave at the other end of the sinkhole, which has some interesting features, it's mainly the south eastern cave that is dived. Divers enter one end of a crescent shaped surface pool but as the passages below curves around following this crescent, a greenish tinged light can be seen refracting through the water from above in many parts of the dive site. It makes it one of the more unique and surreal caves to explore in the region.
This video contains clips from a number of the videos I did between November 2013, when I did my first 'Endurance Swimmer Australia' video, to February 2015. I look forward to continuing to share the journey.
One of the most important scuba diving skills to refine, particularly for those who want to transition into technical diving in wrecks and caves, is reel and guideline use.
This video explains and demonstrates some of the basic points about how to use a reel and guideline. In addition to use in overhead environments, reel skills can be also be useful to any diver as a tool in navigation, mapping and deploying various buoyant devices. A good place to start is learning how to do various wrap's and tie off's, many of which are demonstrated and broken down in this video. With a bit of practice they will quickly become second nature.
There is a legend that underneath the abandoned Rapid Bay Jetty lurks a being from beyond this world. Those who have seen it have only done it from a distance for a fleeting moment. Is there any truth in this legend? Recently divers allegedly left cameras to find out...
Gouldens Sinkhole (also known as Gouldens Waterhole) is a well known cavern rated site in Mount Gambier is frequently used for training for divers wishing to gain Cave Diving Association of Australia (CDAA) accreditation. It is an interesting site that divers can explore properly within a couple of dives but often choose to return to when fine tuning their skills. Full of numerous objects to secure guideline too and easy to silt out.
In 2014 we went through a period where we weren't exactly inundated with good weather for diving in South Australia. Nevertheless it was good enough for me to do a series of shots in order to critique my technique and trim as I tested out my new Gollum Gear Armadillo Sidemount Harness. I did a series of tests using the harness under the old Rapid Bay Jetty and decided that despite the poor visibility I would edit the footage together and make a proper video out of it. It was my third using a sidemount system and the exploratory potential of using this configuration was already becoming apparent.
This is it guys, last video in the Cayman Island Adventure series, next week we will go back to new stuff from COLD water as for right now we are taking a look at the last days,returning once again to the night as well as the Devils Grotto, finally got better shots of the octopus for you :D
Special thanks to the Vancouver Diving Locker For organizing the week and Sunset House for Hosting us