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Underwater Santa Lucia

The 2nd longest barrier reef in the world, I expected great dives and was not disappointed. However, my camera chose not to work on a couple of the dives and high winds and hangovers cancelled approximately half of my scheduled dives. Photos are few, but the memories will live on.

The dives are deeper than I expected - anywhere from 75 to 120 feet in average depth. The one dive shop in the area (Shark's Friends) offers 2 1-tank dives each day and will make a day trip (3 dives + lunch) ocassionally (not when I was diving). They have good looking rental gear and steel tanks in 12, 15 and 18L sizes (80, 100 and 120 cu. ft.) with both DIN and yoke valves. Cost is about $30 per dive, but the price goes down as you do more dives.

This area is well known for the bull shark population. However, what is not well known is that the bull sharks are seasonal!! They disappear each year around the start of January and won't be back until mid-May. So I didn't get to play with them at all!!
Varieties of coral
Varieties of coral
Sea fan - look closely, there's a nudibranch!!
Sea fan - look closely, there's a nudibranch!!
Squirrel Fish
Squirrel Fish
Trumpet Fish
Trumpet Fish
Barrel Sponge
Barrel Sponge
French Grunt
French Grunt
Brain Coral
Brain Coral
Shipwreck - Nuevo Mortera
Shipwreck - Nuevo Mortera
The prop
The prop
French Angel on the wreck
French Angel on the wreck
2 Queen Angels on the wreck
2 Queen Angels on the wreck
It's Kim - taken by Divemaster Eddy
It's Kim - taken by Divemaster Eddy
Beautiful Sponges
Beautiful Sponges
And another sponge
And another sponge
And another!!
And another!!
Plate corals
Plate corals
A quick school of blue fish
A quick school of blue fish