We are almost half way through the year. I hope making this statement doesn’t cause too much shock. I had some mixed feelings after realizing this. Most of us start a year off with a plan, with a list of things we want to accomplish or do by the end of it. We measure our worth by what we accomplish and how much more money we make or skills we learn. Now I have to wonder if it’s worth it. How much self-judgment is fair? Don’t get me wrong, a wholesome discipline is necessary, but I have to wonder if we aren’t forgetting to be gentle with ourselves. I started 2019 with a list of things I wanted to accomplish… Nothing on my little to-do list involved anything that allows me to take a moment to enjoy life. I love scuba diving. If you’re reading this blog I’m pretty sure you’re in the same boat (yes, pun intended). So I will be putting dive trips on my list of things to do this year and allowing the rest to just be.
It’s time to make a change. I want to stop working just to live while I’m forgetting to be alive.
So in the spirit of reaching the depths more we have finalized the dates for some Geko Divers scuba trips. Remember that if you are four or more you can organize trips with us for any time you want. For those of you who want to go diving and meet new people have a look at the dates below. Anybody can join and you can finish certifications, like Open Water or Advanced, on these trips as well.
Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
18 – 21 July 2019
Ponta do Ouro is a little slice of heaven and it’s closer than you think. This coastal town can be found on the Eastern coast of Mozambique, just North of the South African border (15 km to be exact). It’s ideal for a weekend break-away that feels a lot further away from the restraints of daily life in Gauteng than it is. This unforgettable destination is ideal for escaping the Highveld’s winter cold with its laid back atmosphere and pristine white beaches. Scuba diving conditions are generally tranquil with good visibility. Expect great diversity from the 18 off-shore coral reefs. “Ponta” as most seasoned visitors refer to it, is home base to one of the largest whale shark tagging programs in the world. The area has some of the highest numbers of sightings worldwide. Click here for more information about this trip.
Aliwal Shoal, Umkomass
8 – 11 August 2019
Umkomaas is an ideal destination for divers. It is home to the Aliwal Shoal which has become synonymous with shark diving opportunities. This area is in the path of the annual Humpback Whale migration when they travel north give birth. August is the time of year when the sardine run dissipates and the whales get ready to move on, making the chances of spotting them likely. The Aliwal Shoal attracts over 1200 species of fish, sharks, whales, rays and turtles. This is not its only appeal as it is an incredible location for wreck diving. You’ll never be bored visiting this ideal diving spot. So, of course, we’ll be taking a trip there. Book out your calendar for some of the most fun you can have with a wetsuit on and click here for more information.
20 – 24 September 2019
September is the start of spring in South Africa. This marks the return of some species to our beautiful country, more so to our coastal waters. The coral reefs begin to liven up this time of year making it an ideal time to experience new generations of species that call the reefs home. Expect pleasant spring weather, great for being outside without the pressing heat of a sub-tropical summer on the South African East coast. Need more information about this trip? Click here.
Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique
17 – 20 October 2019
We will be going on one more trip to Ponta at the beginning of summer. Like the Ponta trip in July, this is a 3 nights, 4 dives package. Heading into summer you can expect to see more whale sharks, rays and hammerheads. You might want to consider a dive on Pinnacles reef, voted one of the top 8 shark dives in the world. October marks the start of peak season to see sharks, with nineteen species having been documented on the reef. Click here for more information on this trip.