Day 8

 Got out to see the Airacobra and the Douglas Doubtless with Andrew and Brian this morning. Near perfect conditions to view them, one of the highlights of my trip. Just the two quick yet spectacular dives in the morning to fit in my surface interval before my flight.  Also had the candidates for the dive guide training program join us on the boat to see what goes on out on a dive, which was super rad, I think they really enjoyed it.  Spent the afternoon in the office working on the website and this blog, should be a good night tonight for my last night here in Munda, definitely coming back sooner or later.  Max 

Got out to see the Airacobra and the Douglas Doubtless with Andrew and Brian this morning. Near perfect conditions to view them, one of the highlights of my trip. Just the two quick yet spectacular dives in the morning to fit in my surface interval before my flight.

Also had the candidates for the dive guide training program join us on the boat to see what goes on out on a dive, which was super rad, I think they really enjoyed it.

Spent the afternoon in the office working on the website and this blog, should be a good night tonight for my last night here in Munda, definitely coming back sooner or later.

Max 

Day 7

 Toughest day yet, but also lots of fun. Headed over to Hopei for the last of the rescue training and spent the day rescuing “un-responsible” (excuse the England) divers from above and below. Couldn’t have picked a more scenic beach to do the rescue training on, a true ‘deserted’ tropical island. Capped off with some good laughs, a good feed and book to read.     Max

Toughest day yet, but also lots of fun. Headed over to Hopei for the last of the rescue training and spent the day rescuing “un-responsible” (excuse the England) divers from above and below. Couldn’t have picked a more scenic beach to do the rescue training on, a true ‘deserted’ tropical island. Capped off with some good laughs, a good feed and book to read.

 

Max

Day 6

 3 dives today, 3 amazing dives. Out with Ellen and Andrew to Shark Point, amazingly void of any sharks today, Haipe reef, and the hills of Haipe. All three had very different geography and coral composition but pick of the bunch goes to Haipe reef, never have I seen such vivid colours and such diverse range of schooling coral fish, truly spectacular. Had a little snorkel over towards Rendova Island on our surface interval and found a few little pure bred anemone fish.  After diving headed over to the Peter Joseph Museum, of more commonly referred to as ‘Barney’s House’, which is a little shed behind the soccer pitch filled with artefacts from the battle of New Georgia in WWII. Inside the packed shed is ordinance, ranging from 9mm handgun rounds to a 500lb bomb- without the explosives in it of course- everything from field first-aid kits to water canteens, dog-tags to tommy guns, coke bottles and Saké bottles.  Back to the lodge for a beer, bolognaise and bed.   Max    Photo: Ellen Hussain

3 dives today, 3 amazing dives. Out with Ellen and Andrew to Shark Point, amazingly void of any sharks today, Haipe reef, and the hills of Haipe. All three had very different geography and coral composition but pick of the bunch goes to Haipe reef, never have I seen such vivid colours and such diverse range of schooling coral fish, truly spectacular. Had a little snorkel over towards Rendova Island on our surface interval and found a few little pure bred anemone fish.

After diving headed over to the Peter Joseph Museum, of more commonly referred to as ‘Barney’s House’, which is a little shed behind the soccer pitch filled with artefacts from the battle of New Georgia in WWII. Inside the packed shed is ordinance, ranging from 9mm handgun rounds to a 500lb bomb- without the explosives in it of course- everything from field first-aid kits to water canteens, dog-tags to tommy guns, coke bottles and Saké bottles.

Back to the lodge for a beer, bolognaise and bed.

Max

Photo: Ellen Hussain

Day 5

Long, slow day, getting through the theory on the rescue course, plus the test. Also set up this blog page and got all that in motion. Had an open water refresher which ironed out a few silly errors and set the foundations for the rest of the course. Had a big group dinner with everyone staying and diving which was rad.

Max

Day 4

 Slow day in the office working on theory for my rescue course, got out to see the markets and some local shops in Munda. Neil and Andrew had what sounds like an awesome day diving, finally finding that ‘next big thing’ they have been chasing; crowned the Hills of Haipe. Some really cool geography of rolling coral hills filled with hard corals and pelagic life. Will hopefully get to check it out with Belinda on Saturday.  Max  Photo: Dive Munda/ SeaProof

Slow day in the office working on theory for my rescue course, got out to see the markets and some local shops in Munda. Neil and Andrew had what sounds like an awesome day diving, finally finding that ‘next big thing’ they have been chasing; crowned the Hills of Haipe. Some really cool geography of rolling coral hills filled with hard corals and pelagic life. Will hopefully get to check it out with Belinda on Saturday.

Max

Photo: Dive Munda/ SeaProof

Day 3

 Three simply magic dives today, all wall dives; at Aussie point, Kave of the Kustom Shark and a bit of a tiki tour looking for a new site on the north side of Tombatuni Island. The reef has been damaged and is regenerating. Some really cool geography though; watch this space (or wall) in a few years.  Aussie Point put on a good show highlights being a lone Reef Shark and a couple of Eagle Rays. But pick of the day goes to Kave of the Kustom shark. Although I didn’t go through the cave (not really a cave person) the wall outside way phenomenal, if for nothing else the turtles made the spot, young and old.  Back for a beer and massive Kingfish steaks for dinner, then an early night and good sleep.  Max   Photo: Dive Munda/ SeaProof

Three simply magic dives today, all wall dives; at Aussie point, Kave of the Kustom Shark and a bit of a tiki tour looking for a new site on the north side of Tombatuni Island. The reef has been damaged and is regenerating. Some really cool geography though; watch this space (or wall) in a few years.

Aussie Point put on a good show highlights being a lone Reef Shark and a couple of Eagle Rays. But pick of the day goes to Kave of the Kustom shark. Although I didn’t go through the cave (not really a cave person) the wall outside way phenomenal, if for nothing else the turtles made the spot, young and old.

Back for a beer and massive Kingfish steaks for dinner, then an early night and good sleep.

Max

Photo: Dive Munda/ SeaProof

Day 2

 Started off by setting up the gear for Neil and Helena; and saw Simon, Deborah and Shannon off to their next adventures.  Neil and Helena headed out with Andrew to dive Lighthouse Point and Dream Island, as well as exploration of a possible new site. They only rated it a 7/10 as the reef is regenerating after being damaged. Notable sights there was a school of barracuda circling around one point. The score was not high enough to make the spot a regular dive site, however that is a testament to how good the diving here really is (8/10 is the minimum required for a regular spot).  I helped out Belinda interviewing the locals for the internship program that is about to start, and it was really cool to get to meet and chat with some of the locals outside the tourism business that I would otherwise not have met.  Ma   Photo: Dive Munda/SeaProof

Started off by setting up the gear for Neil and Helena; and saw Simon, Deborah and Shannon off to their next adventures.

Neil and Helena headed out with Andrew to dive Lighthouse Point and Dream Island, as well as exploration of a possible new site. They only rated it a 7/10 as the reef is regenerating after being damaged. Notable sights there was a school of barracuda circling around one point. The score was not high enough to make the spot a regular dive site, however that is a testament to how good the diving here really is (8/10 is the minimum required for a regular spot).

I helped out Belinda interviewing the locals for the internship program that is about to start, and it was really cool to get to meet and chat with some of the locals outside the tourism business that I would otherwise not have met.

Ma

Photo: Dive Munda/SeaProof

Day 1

 Long, long day, 330am start, and got to Munda at 530pm (NZ time).  Beers on the deck watching the sun sink with some of the crew and a two couples who were diving that day. Was great to hear the stories of the last few day’s diving adventures.  Was great to hear about the variety that Munda offers, from caves, reef, wrecks (both ships and planes) and walls. Really excited to see both the ecosystems and the WWII history that is so rich in this part of the south pacific.  Max   Photo: Dive Munda/ SeaProof

Long, long day, 330am start, and got to Munda at 530pm (NZ time).

Beers on the deck watching the sun sink with some of the crew and a two couples who were diving that day. Was great to hear the stories of the last few day’s diving adventures.

Was great to hear about the variety that Munda offers, from caves, reef, wrecks (both ships and planes) and walls. Really excited to see both the ecosystems and the WWII history that is so rich in this part of the south pacific.

Max

Photo: Dive Munda/ SeaProof

Welcome to Munda

 My name is Max, and I am from the Auckland University of Technology. Studying a Bachelors in Sport and Recreation, with a major in Outdoor Education, has given me the opportunity to come up and work with the crew at Dive Munda for a week, as part of an Industry Experience paper.   One of my projects is to get this blog up and running to give you first-hand accounts of the experiences had at Dive Munda.

My name is Max, and I am from the Auckland University of Technology. Studying a Bachelors in Sport and Recreation, with a major in Outdoor Education, has given me the opportunity to come up and work with the crew at Dive Munda for a week, as part of an Industry Experience paper. 

One of my projects is to get this blog up and running to give you first-hand accounts of the experiences had at Dive Munda.