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Member Since 07 Nov 2007
Offline Last Active May 31 2014 08:47 PM

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In Topic: mapping dive site

08 March 2014 - 12:58 AM

I don't quite follow what you're trying to do, but I can share my experiences.  When I dive locally, I sometimes carry a small GPS receiver (Qstarz BT-Q1000XT) in a small plastic case (Pelican 1010) connected to a line, which I hold or attach to myself.  The case is waterproof and bobs on the surface above me while I swim along the bottom.  When the dive is over, the GPS track can be merged with the photos to yield GPS-tagged underwater photos.  Presumably one can replace the altitude information in the GPS track with depth data from a dive computer, but I haven't tried.


This arrangement has some practical problems/irritations.  The GPS track is intermittent, although if I find something interesting underwater, I'll hang around long enough that it will record some points.  Having to manage a line to the surface while handling an SLR with strobes can be a bother.  An alternative would be to carry the GPS and case in a BCD pocket and only deploy them to the surface if something interesting turns up, but I don't trust the Pelican case at depth.

In Topic: Lembeh from a different perspective

03 February 2014 - 07:16 PM

Impressive!  Where was the first section section (canyons/walls) filmed?  I don't remember seeing topography like that in Lembeh.

In Topic: Hawaii trip in January, need help for some questions please (snorkelling, hum...

15 December 2013 - 08:06 PM

1.  Are there tours to actually snorkel with the humpbacks? I'm guessing that there are laws against it as all I have seen are topside sightseeing tours


Your guess is correct, swimming with humpbacks is illegal in Hawaii.



3.  What are some not to miss snorkel spots on the big island? I have heard of Capt Cook monument and don't mind the mile hike to get there.  My girlfriend and I are no where near beginner snorkelers and i'de like to go to places which offer the best photo ops of course




A much more enjoyable way of getting to Captain Cook is to rent a kayak and paddle across Kealakekua Bay.  Place of Refuge (aka Two Step) is a great spot for shore diving or snorkeling.


those pics of the humpbacks were amazing!!  how strict are they about "accidently falling in" and grabbing some pics if the whale comes close? I honestly don't think ide be able to fight the urge to get some shots if one comes close.   



You and/or the tour operator could be fined; at a minimum, expect to be yelled at.  Save the humpbacks for your Tonga trip!