Hunting manta rays on Manta Dropp-off - Dreamstime
Briefing for the dive was the most precise I've ever experienced. And that was why. All it would enough was the slightest mistak and a diver was pulled down by a strong current in the sea depths. On the dive we went just two divers with three guides. The aim was "Manta Dropp-off" promising countless manta rays.
Greater danger comes from currents flowing from the cliff top. It
Cliff in front of us wrapped around a bend and there expected us the most difficult task: Capture the hooks for solid coral before the current pulls us into the depth.
Current was really strong. Hooked at solid coral we puffy jackets and observed manta rays while hanged on the ropes as fairground balloons. We felt the flow of water, but as long as holding the rope, hook and coral, we were safe.
Time was slowly running out. Instead of the usual 50 bars reserve was necessary due to the current and risk to have 80 bars reserve air. A colleague and his guide have left and I had only a few bars to reserve. As I was alone, manta rays lost their last shyness and arrived closer. Espied me (or just performed them selves) and disappeared back in the dark distant water. I was satisfied and started to climb.
Photo credits: Petr Zamecnik.
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