Magic Under Water

Posted on May 23, 2019 · Posted in Uncategorized

Bobbie and I spent much of March in the South Pacific. From the reaction to the photos on our social media, this seemed to peak people’s interest. Therefore, I thought I’d make a quick blog post about it.

Our job this time was to entertain the fine guests on one of our favorite ships, “Oceania’s Marina.” Oceania and her sister company, “Regent Seven Seas,” are smaller ships in the luxury market. It is a much more sophisticated and relaxed style of cruising than those you see advertised on television. The largest ships in the fleet only carry 1250 people. We enjoy this situation and are enthusiastic supporters of the line.

When the booking came in to join the Marina in French Polynesia, we were overly excited. Not only because we love the cruise line, but also because we are avid scuba divers. The South Pacific boasts some of the best diving in the world.

As a magic act that requires props to perform their show, we must carefully balance how to pack for overseas jobs. In this case, it was a particularly long cruise (16 days). Therefore, we would need to bring extra material without actually increasing the amount of packing space or weight to our luggage. Tricky business indeed. Oceania requires a better style of dress than other lines, so we bring a good amount of wardrobe. Compounding the issue is that for dive destinations we like to bring as much of our own equipment as well. In this case we packed up underwater cameras, lights, dive computers and all the necessary batteries and cables. The rest we would rent on location.

Somehow, we crammed it all in, staying under the excess weight limit and headed to the airport for our long flight to Tahiti. It was about 20 hours of travel to make it to the ship in Papeete. We did it without sleeping at all, so that we could try to be on local time faster. We arrived on the ship about 10:00PM and it promptly set sail for Bora Bora.

Bobbie and I have done a great number of “shore dives” which means we’ve done a lot totally on our own. If you dive with a large dive operator, it can mean that you will be on a boat with a dozen or more people. Typically, that means that the quality of the dive is determined by the skill of the worst diver in the group. Often when one person runs low on air, the entire group must end their dive. Bobbie and I typically have more than half a tank of air left on most of these group dives, and it can feel like we didn’t get our full money’s worth.

Whenever possible, we try to find small dive operators that cater to smaller groups. We were fortunate to find “Hiro Dive Bora Bora,” run by a wonderful lady named Hiroko. We scheduled dives with her on both of our days in Bora Bora. If you are headed there, we highly recommend Hiroko!

Here is a short video of some of the amazing sights we
enjoyed while there.