Our trip to Islamorada started off a bit rocky as we nearly missed our airline connection in Seattle due to an on-board computer issue. Once they had the issue sorted out we were about 30 minutes behind schedule. We arrived at the gate for our Florida flight as they were about 80% boarded – Phew!
Our weather on the first day was really rough. We went out in the boat but ended up aborting the dive as the seas were 6 – 8 foot swells. Our Captain said we would be fine getting in the water and the dive would be fine, but getting back on the boat would be dangerous. We were happy to wait to dive safely another day.
The boat rides to our dive sites are around 20 minutes from shore. From the surface the dive sites do not look like much but the area is very well known. So far, we typically drop anchor in what appears to be the middle of nowhere and descend from the surface 40 – 60 feet in open water to begin our dives. I feel like I am learning to take underwater pictures all over again as my settings have not resulted in the best pictures but here are a few highlights from our dives so far.
Christmas tree worm on the side of brain coral.
Flamingo Tongue (type of Nudibranch)
Sea horse hanging onto coral