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Guanacaste/Bat Islands aboard the Okeanos Aggressor II

30 June 2017 - 01:28 PM

"We've done close to 30 liveaboards and do not do shore diving.  This Aggressor franchise was top notch and had a stellar crew.  Captain Mauricio was amiable and very capable.  The dual cooks were over the top in quality, presentation, quantity, and taste.  Some of the best food we have ever had!  Eduardo, the head waiter anticipated and fulfilled our every need.  He was incredible. The dive staff was attentive, safety conscious, and more-than-capable.  Miguel, the Chief Engineer had everything running perfectly.  This old Wind Dancer was in really top notch condition and had an incredible staff.

It's a 12-16 hour boat ride from dockside to reach Guanacaste/Bat Islands.  Very enjoyable as Eduardo kept our drinks full.  High levels of anticipation made the boat trip seem slow....But we arrived the next morning and ready to dive!

The diving...Well, let me start by saying "it ain't for sissies!"  Guanacaste/Bat Islands is a newly opened pristine advanced dive site seldom ever seen by divers.  I have never succumbed to wearing a wet suit and this trip got me don such.  My dive computer showed 82 degrees at the surface, but only once, it flipped down to 71degrees….and the next reading said “WTF?”… and that is bloody cold!  

There was minimal coral life as we know it in the Caribbean or Western Pacific.  Most all of Costa Rica is volcanic with lots of volcanic boulders teeming with fish like we’ve never seen!   Nutrient rich Pacific currents keep the massive schools of fish everywhere.   We have never seen such large schools of fish, effortlessly parting to accommodate invading divers. 

The surge was strong and very disconcerting, slamming us around and creating obstacles for all but the most experienced and physically fit divers.  Most challenging was to dive from the Okeanos very-well-equipped dive tenders.  We are used to stepping off the boat into the water.  I had a new BC and needed to re-learn how to adjust my buoyancy with it.

Visibility was also challenging.  (Could be the season?)  Bull Sharks came to investigate but only looked like shadows.  30-40' was normal and 60' maximum visibility was infrequent.  

This site is relatively virgin in it's lack of diver impact.  Very healthy reefs and fish.  Many sea horses and squadrons of Spotted Eagle Rays.  

Photography subjects were bright and plentiful, but the surge and debris in the water made for photography HELL!

Not sure I would go back with so many other easier-to-dive sites in the world, but all in all, the Guanacaste/Bat Islands Okeanos Aggressor made for an excellent dive adventure.  All advanced divers should do it!”

Lightdomes really worked well to minimize backscatter!

30 June 2017 - 01:24 PM

Saw these used in my latest liveaboard dive trip.  The http://www.lightdome.works/diffusers, behind the lens plane and pointed outward really reduced the amount of visible backscatter in the water.  I was really impressed with their effectiveness to the point that I am buying a set.

Take a look!

STILL WTB- Housing for Nikon CP-8400

14 April 2017 - 06:27 PM

Still looking for housing for the good ole Nikon CoopPix CP-8400.

Does anyone have one lying around?

Thanks in advance!

STILL WTB- Housing for Nikon CP-8400

08 December 2016 - 04:30 AM

Still looking if you have one, PLEASE contact me!

Thanks! :lol2:

Nikon Key Mission 360?

29 October 2016 - 01:53 PM

I just returned from Houston Camera Exchange where I met with the local Nikon Rep.  I'm very interested in the new Nikon Keymission 360 for use in diving.

The Rep was not well informed on the diving application so I was left to my own devices....and WetPixel.com


So...this gizmo is waterproof to 100 ft and will do 360 photos and videos.  One can do Bluetooth transmissions to ones phone or iPad and look at the images with a Nikon software viewer.  The quality looks to be GREAT but I wonder what water will to the air-designed lens.

Additionally, is there any NEED for a 360 image?





I'm really eager to hear other members thoughts on this system.  I currently shoot a Nikon J-4 in the Nikon housing with the Nikon and Sea and Sea strobes.  It looks 85% as good as a DSLR.


Thanks to all in advance!