The crew took care of loading all of our equipment onto the shuttle boats, refilling the air tanks after every dive, and they even handed us dry towels as soon as we finished our dive and climbed back onto the boat - great service. Here we are in the little boat, taking off for the next wreck:
During the week we had an opportunity to visit some of the little islands that comprise the Chuuk state; this also served as a good reminder that we were in the third world. The following pictures show the school and a few (fairly typical) island dwellings.
|Date||Wreck name||Type||Depth (feet)|
|Rio de Janeiro||Passenger Liner||40-115|
|Sub chaser||Small Boat||???|
|4/2||San Francisco||Cargo Ship||150-210|
|Dai-Na-Hino||One Gun Boat||3-70|
Here are some pictures (courtesy of Perry);the first one shows Peter aiming the gun and the second one shows one of the many critters we'd encountered:
After a week of diving (we personally did about 20 dives each) we spent two days on a tiny island (about 100 by 800 yards) decompressing. It was time to relax, do some snorkelling and a few final dives from the beach. In the evenings we were treated to beatufiul sunsets (and - except for a few issues with cooling - the beer and booze were plentiful).
The trip back home was largely uneventful - we stopped for one night in Guam but
unfortunately one of us had a mild case of food poisoning so we didn't get see much
of it. The next morning we flew on Continental to Honolulu and then on to LAX where
we switched to Southwest for the final flight to Phoenix. Unfortunately, the 3 bags
we checked in didn't make it. When we asked Southwest they told us that they had
no agreement with Continental as far as checked baggage and that maybe Continental
put our bags on an America West flight. When we discovered that AmWest also didn't
have an agreement with Continental we went home and started making phone calls.
Unfortunately, Continental was absolutely no help - they told us that the agent
in Guam surely must have told us that the bags couldn't be checked all the way
through (even though she definitely did tell us exactly that) or that we should
have picked up our bags in LA (even though it later transpired that they never
were in LA), and finally that Southwest is the airline that needs to initiate the
search for the bags (which SW refused to do, and rightly so - they never saw the
bags and they have no baggage agreement with Continental so it was just a ridiculous
attempt by Continental to evade responsibility). In the end one of the kind folks at
SW took pity on us and went beyond the call of duty, eventually discovering that
the idiots at Continental put our bags on a direct ATA flight from Honolulu to
Phoenix, but ATA had no idea what to do with those bags and sent them back to
Hawaii. So ,after a few days of frantic calls and worrying (the bags contained a
bunch of brand new - and very expensive - diving equipment, and other expensive
and/or hard to replace items) we were able to pick up our bags at the airport.
The attitude of Continental was quite appalling and we learned another valuable
travel lesson. Beware!