New Dive Site near Pomsom
     
  ۼ : Ralf  
  ۼ : 2004/09/23 15:01  
  ȸ : 3593  
     
  Dive No.: 1192, 1193 - Tuesday September 21st - Pomsom Coral Rocks - depth 14 to 22 meters - water 24C - air 25C - cloudy

Thorsten and me went to Pomsom on the Blue Star to check out a spot that I had found earlier this summer but never had time to explore. It is north of Pomsom in about 20 meters of water.
We found the position that I marked on the GPS last time and threw an anchor weight, rope and marker bouy over board. We saw that the current was pretty strong and pulled the bouy under from time to time. We entered the water, driffted towards the bouy and started our descent into the blue. Reaching the bottom of the sea I saw that our anchor weight was just some 10 meters next to the actuall reef so we started exploring right away.
The reef lifts up from the bottom about 4 to 8 meters and most of the rock is rather craggy. During the whole dive we were surrounded by schooling damselfish that were standing in the current to catch plankton. The rocks have some of the densest soft coral growth on them that I have ever seen. There are soft coral in yellow, orange, purple, blue and green but also white and salmon colored coral trees. This place was so full of life that I am having trouble to describe any details.
The current was still runing fast and we had to hide behind the rocks to get a moment of rest. This is defenitely a drift dive but you would take any chance you get to slow down and look at the beautiful underwater scenary. I am going to make me a reef hook to be able to stop wherever I want and take pictures.
The only picture I could take this time was the nudibranch below.
We will come back and enjoy more dives in this totally unspoiled spot which we just for now have named Pomsom Coral Rocks and entered into our "Top Five".

Safe diving

Ralf

P.S. I have just seen that Thorsten started to make first sketches for an underwater chart on the area. It will need many more dives there to be completed, I guess. Good project!

 
     
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