Written and all pictures supplied by Club Member: Dave Carter
After a long drive down to Ilfracombe, my wife Britta and I finally reached the hotel. On arrival, we checked in and meet up with Rachel who showed us around the hotel. It wasn’t long before we found ourselves sat in the hotel bar sipping on a few drinks waiting for the rest of the dive team to turn up.
A few hours past and the rest of the team arrived so we all went out for some nice fish and chips. Looking back, it probably wasn’t the best meal to have before bed.
All loaded and ready to go we made the 1hr 20min trip over to Lundy. The Skipper very kindly took Britta and Tracey (Sam’s mum) to Lundy before we started diving. Once Britta and Tracey had disembarked we made our way to the first dive site known as the Knoll panicles. Here we could see different corals, jewel anemones, pink sea fans, sponges, star fish, and a cheeky little seal that loved to pull on our fins as we tried to explore this amazing dive site.
After a few drinks for coffee and hot chocolate we made our way to the 2nd dive site. Here if you were lucky enough, got to see and play with the abundance of seals. They are a very inquisitive and love to bit at shiny things and also like to play with your fins. Once the diving came to a finish we made our way back to the Lundy jetty to pick up the two wondering travellers who by all accounts had a fantastic time. The day of diving and excitement was coming to a close, we had been traveling back for around 40mins and all of a sudden, the skipper slowed the boat down to a gentile speed and said to us all “Dolphins” to which everybody got excited and started scrambling for the cameras and luckily the Dolphins wanted to play, giving us all enough time to get some really good videos and pictures.
The time had come for us to get back to Ilfracombe, we were allowed to leave our kit on the boat so the only thing needing to come off was the cylinders. Day 1 over we made our way back to the hotel for a nice rest before dinner.
Day 2: Once again, we all meet up for breakfast before making our way down to the jetty. With the skipper waiting we unloaded the van of cylinders and made our way down to the boat. All loaded we are off to Lundy for day 2 of diving.
Dive 1: We arrived at the dive site and before we knew it were greeted by seals. This time we all got to see seals swimming around and wanting to play.
Dive 2: After having yet another amazing dive with seals we all had coffee and hot chocolate before moving to the last and final dive site of the trip. As the Skipper explains the dive site to us, he also tells of how people come from all over the world to dive Lundy’s Kelp fields.
Once in and diving, it became very obvious why people love this area. Seals would come from behind the Kelp as if to play hid and seek, just fantastic! Dive finished its back to the boat for our final trip back to Ilfracombe.
An exciting and amazing trip had by all.
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