Miko is now diving. I guess she got all the mask stuff worked out, because Darwish took her through the swim throughs at Abu Ralahib Cave (really a bunch of cracks in St. John's Reef), and she swam excellently. I did say in the beginning maybe she'd surprise us all and do well, while Wendy had pegged her for a wash-out. I'm happy for Miko that she got though the skills that were bugging her and now can enter the underwater world.
I greatly enjoy swimming through areas that test my buoyancy skills, especially cracks and cathedrals where the sunlight spills down into a darkened area. Abu Ralahib is great for this, except that there were several other liveaboards here, with one other dive gang in the site at the same time as us. I didn't know they were there until divemaster Erin took us around a corner and blam they were coming the other way. I had wondered earlier why one chamber had so much sand kicked up in it, even our least elegant diver had improved greatly throughout the week and no longer stirred up the bottom.
I'm enjoying doing three dives and then resting on the spacious shaded "bar" deck of this excellent yacht. Wendy's husband Gary and I have taken to reading and napping up here while most everyone else goes on the fourth dive of the day. The staff schedules five dives a day, but I'm not interested in keeping up. Putting on and taking off all my wetsuit layers is a chore, and I really do love laying around up here writing, working on my photos, and gazing at the sea.