We reached Palau towards the end of our six-week trip to film Pacific Abyss for the BBC. We were working down to 130m, with Biomarine 15.5 rebreathers, Cis Lunar rebreathers, and Inspirations.
All of a sudden there was a day off. I went diving. Not into the abyss but to one of the most renowned tourist dives in the world – Blue Corner, Palau. It was just what the doctor ordered. With my small 7-litre twin-set, I dropped down to around 30m then came up to the reef edge at about 18m. The current was starting to go like a train, so I lodged my reef hook in a small rock, clipped the other end onto a D-ring on the centre line of my body and just hung there. This is exactly the state of the tide when the big pelagics arrive and, with 30m visibility, I didn’t have to wait long. Sharks, barracuda, grouper, and enormous schools of jacks and snapper were everywhere. It was a fantastic dive! I need something like this now and again to remind me what fun diving can be, because it was soon back to the day job – sweaty palms and five-hour decompression schedules. What a good day job, though!