Scuba in Aruba

Our 400th post! A rare treat, I was able to go up to 80 or so feet under water off the island of Aruba. I saw one of the few wrecks I’ve swam with, and a whole lot of fish. Highlights included a barracuda, a few lobster, a lionfish and fish of a million different …

Back Underwater!

It took 15 months, but we made it back under the deep blue ocean – this time in sunny Negril. With Colin being more than cared for in our absence, we headed 45 minutes from our villa to venture into the coral playgrounds off the Western coast of Jamaica. The water was warm and clear, …

Saying Goodbye to the Scuba Crew

One of the hardest goodbyes was to our dear friends known as the Wolfpack, our scuba crew. But, we made the most of our last week together with three soirees. While they didn’t involve heading 20 meters under water, they were equally – if not more so – entertaining with a birthday party, all-you-can-eat-and-drink Chinese …

Great Viz in the Andaman Sea

Top of the list of things to do in Thailand was to experience to crystal clear waters a diver normally only can dream of. While we would have loved to gotten out more, we spent a day in the waters around Koh Rok. Thanks to our hosts Sea Bees Diving – conveniently right on our …

Underwater Ansel Adams in the Making

Thanks to our new underwater camera, no longer am I restricted to only taking thousands of pictures of sunsets and plates of food. Now I can take as many as I want under the deep blue sea. Unfortunately a camera does not a photographer make. So to get better, Meg and I enrolled in an …

Missing Musandam No More

Despite the recent “cold” weather, the scuba bug was calling. It had been, after all, almost two months since our last dive. So taking advantage of NYU’s growing dive community, we hopped aboard their dhow trip to Musandam, Oman. And while we’ve posted plenty of our dive adventures before, this time is a little different, …

Diving with Pilot Whales (Sort Of)

We just enjoyed a great weekend of diving with some friends and the crew from NYU. While we’ll soon be sharing our underwater adventures in the next post, we had an added bonus after the diving was done. On our way back to the port in Dibba, we met a few dozen new friends – …

Aquaman gets promoted!

Not content with just having my PADI Open Water diving certification, I finally completed my Advanced Open Water certification (AOW). I had already completed 3 of my required specialty dives in Oman, but I still needed two more. Thanks to my colleague Kurt’s wife (master dive instructor), I was able to complete them during a …

Emirate #5: Wet and Wild Fujairah

Slowly conquering each of the UAE’s seven emirates, we recently headed to Fujairah, number five on the list. While we had driven through the emirate before to head to Oman for diving, we heard good enough things about the underwater life on the East Coast to make it a true stop. We got a little …