I kicked off the day by waking up the rest of the crew with some pretty rad music, not everyone enjoyed it, but I thought it was hilarious. After wake up, we ate breakfast and packed our lunches in some pretty extreme rain conditions. Once we finished breakfast, the crew once again split into three different groups for tours around Palau. I was placed in the group that went diving today. Due to the weather, my group and the group that was going to tour the Rock Islands had to wait on Argo a little while longer, but we did not let that drag us down as we took that extra time and put it towards listening to music in the galley and doing some schoolwork. About an hour later, we were finally picked up by our friends from Sam’s tours, and we went off to our first dive site. Our first dive was a rather deep wreck sitting at about 90ft called the Chuyo Maru. The Chuyo Maru was a Japanese cargo ship that was bombed by the united states during WW2. The wreck itself was very big and well preserved. We saw a lot of marine life, including Tomato Clown Fish. Our second dive was at a site called Short Dropoff, where we rode the current along this wall of reef and saw all kinds of life. After dive 2, we ate our lunch back at Sam’s tours HQ. Our final dive was easily one of the most unique dive experiences. We dove into a cavern system called the Chandelier Caves, where we got to hop between air pockets and see all kinds of cool stuff. We returned to Argo afterward, where we enjoyed an amazing taco dinner prepared by chef Bo and a short Seamanship class afterward.
1: Study group in the galley at night
2: Listening to music in the galley before going on tours
3: Whitney, Amelia, and I messing around
4:Justin and Bo joking around after dinner
5:Preston happy to be back on board
6:Matt doing his duties as deckie
7:Navarre and Bo before Seamanship class