Taiwan 2007

 

I know Taiwan is a little off the beaten path for North American divers, so let me explain. I had been working on a project in Taichung, Taiwan, and finished a couple of days early. I had heard about great diving at Green Island, so decided to spend a couple of days there, rather than return home early. After all, my beautiful wife was expecting me home on a certain date.....

So, I got the high speed train from Taichung to Taipei. Then a taxi to the domestic airport. Then a (delayed due to weather) flight to Taitung and ended up getting a taxi driver, who did not speak English, to get me a hotel for the night. Then the next morning I got another (non English speaking) taxi to drive me to the Ferry terminal. Tickets were purchased and I made it to Green Island. All I had with me was the cellphone number for "Vero" who was the highly recommended divemaster at a dive shop on the island.

The problem was, I could not find a telephone to call her. Luckily for me, the people there are very friendly. A real nice girl on her scooter stopped and asked if I was ok and could she help. I explained my situation, and she went and got her cellphone. In no time at all Vero arrived in the pick-up truck and transported me to the dive shop.

 

I got to do three shore dives that first day.

Divesite

Highlight

Chikou

Lots of Humpback Unicornfish & Moorish Idols

GongGuan Harbor

About 50 Clownfish at "Clownfish alley". Keeltail Needlefish.

General rock

Clownfish. Several nudibranches.

 

I had dinner at a local restaurant, and spend the night at the diveshop bunkhouse. Then Typhoon Sepat decided it was time to start rolling, and I needed to get off the island the next morning.  Vero changed all my ferry and return flight bookings.

 

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I was diving with  these guys in
GongGuan Village. My first dive was
with Snow as my buddy and
Vero was the leader.
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Next my buddy was Alsa. She is temporarily
working at the dive shop in exchange for
free food, room and diving. Both these girls
were great and spoke super English.
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I spent the night in the bunkhouse.
I chose a bunk next to the power outlet
so I could have the fan blowing
directly on me all night.
 

 

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Vero and Alsa. 
What nice Girls they are.
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This was our entry point  for
General rock.
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Pete & Vero at the
Blue Safari dive Center

 

I was diving with Blue Safari Diving Center.
I would highly recommend them.
They also have a picture album on Flickr.