The drive to the west coast was problem free, punctuated by every shade of green and stunning views. The drive over the hills and down towards the Atlantic coast with its cliffs, dunes and pristine sandy beaches was particularly beautiful.
For the next six days we started with a leisurely 8.30am cooked breakfast. Julie Karen, Janice and Catherine, as non-divers, toured the local area and even booked our evening meals at various restaurants on route.
Our boat, Laura Dean was a brand new catamaran designed with tech divers in mind—- acres of space for kitting up and moving about, plus storage, plus a dive lift. Our skipper Donald was superb. His knowledge and expertise meant our diving was both safe and enjoyable.
The weather at the beginning of the trip with light winds and calm seas enabled us to dive the walls, caves and boulders fields of Toraigh Island and complete two dives on the historic wreck of The Laurentic, which lies in 40m at the entrance to Loch Swilly.
Northerly winds and Atlantic swell meant the final dives of the trip were in the calmer waters of Mulroy Bay and Drongawn Lough. The marine life was both colourful, abundant and diverse, from the tiniest of nudibrancs to huge lobsters, ling and congers. Kevin’s video housing lens bears the scars from a confrontation with a rather large lobster.
A successful trip with great buddies.
On a personal note thanks to Phil for the accounts etc etc and to everyone both divers and non-divers for their support.