Last Sunday Rita and I went out with Hong Kong Underwater Club for a couple of dives at the dollos. The dollos are bizarrely shaped concrete blocks which are used to protect the shoreline in front of High Island reservoir dam. This is now the third time I’ve dived there in the last month. Not that I’m complaining, because yet again we had fantastic dives.
However for a bit of variety on our first dive, we headed away from the dollos and along the rocky reef below the south-west shore. Depth was between 5 and 10 metres and there were plenty of fish. More exciting was a lovely flatworm that was bobbing gently before us in the current. Later on we came across an octopus in a hole, which was very brave and started to emerge as we retreated, but hid away as soon as Rita tried to take a photograph. He needn’t have worried as her camera was telling her there was a memory stick error! The dive was mainly in lovely warm water, but if we moved away from the slope, we were suddenly hit with quite a strong, cold current pushing us towards the dollos. The temperature variation was a quite striking 4 degrees C., from 29C. to 25C. in a very short distance. And while it wasn’t too difficult to swim against the current, it was surprisingly strong in an area I’ve not come across one before.
For the second dive we decided to see if the barracuda were still loitering around the dollos. They were out in force, there were hundreds of them, mainly between 5 and 8 metres. There were also quite a lot of cornet fish too, as well as a variety of other fish. We swam in and out of the passages between the concrete blocks, looking at the crabs and a small shoal of stripeys, and at one point we came across a large lobster which was a nice surprise.
All in all a great day’s diving, rounded off nicely with a few beers on the way home.
Thanks very much to the Underwater Club for inviting us out and for organising a great day and 2 excellent dives.