The mid-summer Kids Sea Camp diving report

The first ever Kids Sea Camp diving report

Here’s a brief summary how the diving has been on the KSC weeks in Bonaire, St. Lucia, Grand Cayman and Palau this summer.

A beautiful image from Kids Sea Camper, Suellen Girard of a sponge in St. Lucia during the week at Anse Chastanet.

A beautiful image from Kids Sea Camper, Suellen Girard of a sponge in St. Lucia during the week at Anse Chastanet.

Bonaire, Buddy Dive:

Squid swimming by at Buddy Dive's house reef at during our June week.

Squid swimming by at Buddy Dive’s house reef at during our June week.

Strange and stronger than normal currents and lower water temperatures all week. It was the first time in 30 trips to Buddy Dive Resort in Bonaire that we did some “real” drift  diving. Normally the currents are passive and not very strong — this summer Margo and I were surprised by the Un-Bonaire like currents on a few of the dives.
Typical great reefs and excellent diving: Outside the odd ocean conditions the diving was wonderful, spotted eagle ray, loads of turtles, frogfish, squid and seahorses.
Water temps: Ranging from 77 to 80.

St. Lucia, Anse Chastanet:

Our Sealife and ScubaPro rep., Fraser Purdon chasing a photo of the Kids Sea Camp teen divers doing their checkout dive at St. Lucia.

Our Sealife and ScubaPro rep., Fraser Purdon chasing a photo of the Kids Sea Camp teen divers doing their checkout dive at St. Lucia.

The shallow diving was outrageous. I was on the teen boats a lot during the week and the reefs and marine life were abundant and diverse. Numerous sightings (almost every dive) of eels, large seahorses, lionfish (some very large), lobsters and frogfish. A few adults reported a flying gurnard on one of the dives — but no photo proof was provided.
Side note: My fellow Kids Sea Camp divers, including me would also come up on every dive saying,” There are fish down there I’ve never seen before.” Now does that mean there are new species of fish in St. Lucia never before seen — maybe. Or maybe it’s eager divers surrounded by amazing diving that is close to pristine.
Water temps: Ranging from 80 to 83.

Palau, Sam’s Tour:

Great image from Margo Peyton of a clownfish during the KSC week in Palau.

Great image from Margo Peyton of a clownfish during the KSC week in Palau.

Margo is reporting tremendous diving this week in Palau — for Margo, a woman with over 5,000 divers that’s saying a lot. But it’s still just the Palau normal, sharks (did you know there are over 130 species of sharks in Palau) and numerous mantas sightings.  Jelly fish lake was amazing as always.
Water temps: Ranging from 81 to 83.

Cobalt Coast & Divetech, Grand Cayman:

Carolyn and Melissa Guarino are hosting this week and are loving what they are seeing in the warm and clear water of Grand Cayman. Normal excellent Cayman diving, nurse sharks, turtle, peacock flounders, eels and of course lots of rays.
Water temps: Ranging from 81 to 84.

 

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Fiji weather and water report

We are days away from Kids Sea Camp’s return to FIJI and our company is excited to be traveling back to this South Pacific paradise. It’s winter time in Fiji so I’m including a brief and suspect weather and water conditions forecast.
Weather conditions:  Highs mid 80’s and lows in the upper 60’s
Water temps: Ranging from 75 to 80. (A little chilly, so bring your 5MM if you get cold)
If you have any questions I’m in the office until next Wednesday 1.803.419.2556