It feels awesome to have free day when most people are at work. Going diving on that free day is priceless. This past monday was Columbus Day and we went to Salt Island, again. The weather felt much warmer than yesterday so it definitely helped. This is again one of those sites which is more convenient during off-season months due to parking. The beach parking lot is free and less crowded so we drop the gear at the beach and then park at the beach parking lot. However, this week we were lucky, the owner of the Good Harbor Beach Inn allowed us to keep our cars at their parking lot during our dives, which was awesome. Last time it had really destroyed me to walk on the sand to the the parking lot with all the gear under the sun.
We had low tide so instead of long surface swim we could walk to the island. It is sandy bottom until the island, however the bottom is covered with variety of rocks around the island. For the first dive we were on the right side of the island and it is fairly easy navigation if you follow the rock-sand border.
Once again, completely blind, I missed most of the creatures. Dan and Jason claim they saw a big blue fish akin to a parrot fish, of course I missed. Since they did not have a picture I assume it did not happen :).Later Jason showed me a cute little radiated shanny, which was dying to hide but could not find a hole for itself 🙂
The striking thing about Salt Island is the crabs, I think. There are plenty of rock and jonah crabs with big claws. We were considering eating them but I could not convince myself, yet. But if I go over the dark side this place would be where I would go hunting. It also looks like there might be good lobstering, as well.