PV Sea Dive

By Sue Keevil

The Pacific
is so special
Over the past few years, the diving in this bay has dumbfounded me on too many occasions. I have lived here for nearly three years, and when I moved here, I thought the diving might not excite me that much, as I had spent the previous two years in Borneo, and I dived in “the world´s best dives sites¨ every day. Or so I was led to believe.
For example, in the past week, I had six divers diving with me every day. We dived a variety of the sites in the bay, but, one site stole the show for all of us. On the second day of diving, I took them to the Marieta Islands. These are the islands just off the southern tip of the bay that were discovered for diving in the 1970´s by Jacques Causteau. These islands were used as a firing range by the Mexican Navy. Causteau then petitioned the government to stop this, and it has been a marine and bird reserve ever since. They are a group of old volcano´s, which is why the hidden beach has a crater roof over it.
Anyway, after taking my divers on an hour long dive through many tunnels, cracks and caves, we planned on doing the second dive around the reef that juts out from the coastline. “Are there any tunnels that way” asked the ever inquisitive Ralph? Nope. “Well, can we do the first dive again” he asked. I suggested this to everyone else, and none of the other divers objected. My instructor, Marc, had his divemaster father visiting from England. Our German friends, Ralph and Christian were very experienced divers and had dived all over the world. All of the other divers on this international boat were Americans. Charlie is one of those divers who are happy to dive in a puddle, and my other guests were both instructors. After repeating the first dive, we all agreed that those two dives were in the top ten dives that we had ever done! The water was so blue and warm that I doubt it could have been any more perfect.
A few days later, Ralph and Christian were on their last day with us, so I let them choose the dive site. Marieta´s popped out of their mouths in unison within 0.1 of a second. No one had any objections, so we went there. What did we do? Yes, we did the same dive again, twice!
Everyone had a camera in their hands, and snapped away like crazy. This is a dive site that is all about the tunnels and topography, and not so much about the coral and the wildlife we will see. But, over the four dives we all did there, the tunnels were packed full of fish and the critters were all over the place.
I have a ¨slight¨ obsession with octopi. Usually they are sleeping during the day. But on all four dives we did there, they were out doing whatever octopi do. We saw them mating, fighting, dancing, and lucky little Ralph had one climb over him (of which I am insanely jealous)!
Since these divers have left, I have taken some close friends of mine diving, and I will tell you all about that little experience next week! WOW.

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  1. Perhaps some of the visitors to PV have similar stories to tell. My lodging at the Plaza Pelicanos timeshare resort , is on the ground floor looking out on the beach and Bay of Banderas. From my living room and bedroom sliding glass windows, I look upon the rock pier jutting out into the bay in front of my rooms. The pier is rather new, as it was not there when we first occupied our lodging.

    Eating breakfast on the porch. I noticed that divers were bobbing up and down in the water, as fishermen were fishing off the rock pier. Going down on the beach, I waited until one of the divers came up on the beach and asked him what he was filing his floating bucket with. Oysters. Right off the beach. I was asked if I wanted to purchase a glass jar full of shelled oysters for $5.00.

    Remembering my youth when my father brought home clams , oysters, mussels and Abalone, and would put then in the sink to soak them for days in oatmeal to let them clean themselves out before eating, I asked him why he did not do the same thing before shelling.? He had never heard of the practice, and would check it out.

    Just think. From my resort hotel room, one can go diving right off the shore and the rock pier and catch a breakfast of large oysters. What other surprises does PV have to offer? Well, I have two black coral plants attached to a rock base that was found on the beaches of Banderas Bay.

    The most beautiful larger black coral plant is quite valuable because most of its black shoots have been carved in in the images of a swordfish , porpoise , octopus , squid, seahorse, and other type fish. Actually it is difficult to identify them all since there are so many eyes staring at you from the base and fingers.

    The collector that sold it to me at the flea market, was in dire need of rent money. He later admitted to me that he had found out that the carving was quite valuable, and regretted selling it. He said that he usually got the better of the deals, but that this was is worst mistake. The piece of black coral could have have come from Tahiti , which are very difficult to obtain now because of all the diving for coral for the tourists had depleted the black coral reefs.

    In California, it is the Abalone that are mostly disappeared due to the divers.

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