Location: Inian Island, Icy Strait, southeast Alaska.
Comments: I thrive on discovering new dive sites. There are no other liveaboard dive boats operating north of Santa Barbara, California, to speak of and as far as we know, there has never been a charter scuba diving diveboat operating in southeast Alaska. PERIOD! We have found some amazing dive sites up here but it has all been done by trial and error and my “gut feelings” (which have been honed by 16 years of diving in this area). It is a tremendous thrill to splash on a new site and realize that you have discovered a new “Browning Pass” – Browning Wall being the most famous of all of British Columbia’s dive sites and rated as the top dive site in North American 3 years in a row by Rodale’s Diving.
So I am always up for trying 2 or 3 exploratory new dives on a trip if our guests are “up” for it. The folks on this trip are terrific sports and up for exploratory diving. We lucked out today with the discovery of a beautiful, albeit current-sensitive, pinnacle loaded with invertebrate life including corals, sponges and anemones as well as a giant pacific octopus and wolf eels. I’ve got my shoreline transit marks (the tall green tree lines up with the crack in that rock) burned into my memory banks and I can’t wait to get out there and see the site for myself. I’m still not diving unfortunately as I promised faithfully that I wouldn’t splash until getting a clear chest x-ray showing the last of my pneumonia has cleared up. Darn!
Weather: Nice summer day in Alaska with broken clouds, light winds and calm seas. Air temps in the high 60’s.
Water: Water temperature 46°F, visibility 20 – 25 feet.