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Member Since 14 Feb 2010
Offline Last Active Nov 22 2013 11:21 PM

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In Topic: How did you flood?

07 November 2013 - 08:57 AM

  • Canon 300D and Tokina 12-24mm- Rinse tank after a bumpy trip back to Marsa Shagra on the back of a truck.  One of the locking clips on the ikelite front port had come undone. Very old film housing that had been converted with only 2 clips.
  • 10 Bar housing - few minor leaks due to hairs/sand on the o ring.  Big housing with absorbent sachet in the bottom saved the day. 
  • Sea & Sea strobe - fibre on the o ring seal.  Thankfully only the batteries went BANG!
  • Sea & Sea housing (EMPTY).  Whole front port fell off just as we were getting into the water.  Roddy had used the wrong o ring on the port which meant it twisted off with no effort what so ever.  Thankfully another diver who was getting out spotted it in the kelp so he didn't lose a flat port and spotting torch which would have been hard to swallow as well as a totally flooded housing!

After that little lot I insisted on having a leak sentinel installed onto his RDX450 housing.  We don't tend to dive in places with great camera rooms and lighting is usually very poor in most dive resorts we've been to.  That and user error seem to be our main problem. 


We now have a Olympus TG1 and a housing fitted with a leak sentinel so I should no longer have to worry about flooded cameras any more.



In Topic: Raja Ampat land based resorts

15 March 2013 - 11:04 AM

We have just returned from our second trip to Kri Eco Resort.  Accommodation is basic, wooden huts on stilts over the water and no hot water; doesn't sound all that appealing but the huts are fantastic and we took a £5 solar shower which solved the hot water problem!  You can always do a night dive to get a hot mandi at the end of the day.  The food and the staff are fantastic.  Lots of people commented on how good and how varied the food was compared to other places. 


The diving was out of this world.  We dived with the oceanic mantas on 6 occasions and with the reef mantas twice.  We saw everything from tiny pygmy seahorses to huge shoals of bumphead parrot fish.  We did some long day trips to Fam and to The Passage and ticked off most of the 20 nearest dive sites to the resort.  Maximum is 6 guests to a boat usually with 2 guides and most sites are within 20 minutes.  I can get very seasick but didn't need my scopoderm patches at all. 


As I said, it was our second trip to Kri and things were certainly much slicker this time around.  We generally left on time, got to the site and our guides always checked the current prior to jumping in.  Boat cover was great and we rarely dived a site with other divers on it.