Diving!

Deb and I have found a new passion here on our new adventure – diving! We waited awhile to do it to avoid the tourists and to wait for the incredible visibility that comes in June or so. It was worth the wait.

Deb and I completed our Open Water certification a few weeks ago and today, the day before I and the young adults leave, we completed our Advanced Open Water certification. We had the best instructor, our friend “Risky” Dave Sheppard out of Aquacenter. If you visit these shores, seek him out!

Some of the best diving in Costa Rica is off our lovely shores here in Playa Flamingo. While the Mediterranean has old wrecks and caves, Australia has the reef, and the Caribbean has reefs and wrecks, what the west pacific coast has near Playa Flamingo is an explosion of large fish and other wildlife,especially leatherback turtles.

We’ve briefly noted before that we’ve seen turtles mating, turtles swimming, a sea horse, dolphins, rays, sharks, and whales, it has become a pretty regular occurrence on our dive trips! Our last one we had our GoPro working well and captured a few treats to share here pulled from lots of video.

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My Lovely Deb All Sexy Underwater!

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A Large Puffer Fish

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A Very Camouflaged Scorpion Fish

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And and Octopus!

Between dives, we got to see two turtles mating.

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Meet the Turtles

Deb found a fun friend on dive #2 – an almaco jack. It was swimming right next to her shoulder and I had to point it out to an unaware Deb. You should hear the squeal on video 🙂 !

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Deb’s New Friend

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On our return, we spotted mom and calf humpback whales. What a great sight. They played for a while in the safer inner waters by the coast.

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Humpbacks Waving Goodbye

Tomorrow will indeed be a sad day. Nev, Aidan and I leave Costa Rica for the Bay Area for three weeks. My lovely Deb follows with the girls (dogs) in two weeks. This last part of our adventure has really come upon us quickly. It hasn’t quite hit me yet. There is so much to miss, but so many new adventures to explore, including an incredible new one coming in Spain and Italy. We’ve been extremely fortunate to have been able to do this. And we know we’ll be back someday. Meanwhile, I’m off to finish final preparations and enjoy the sunset one last time here on our adventure. Pura Vida