Woke up to gray skies and oppressive heat. On the bright side the ocean is mirror flat. The first dive was at the Wall again. It was an excellent dive. I went with Marcus (one of the owners) and Piere (he's been diving since I got here) and we quickly descended - within two minutes we were at 130 feet. We explored a little then Ueli (the other owner) found us and we all sang Marcus happy birthday in a shallow cave - it was nearly as surreal as it sounds. This was my favorite dive on the island so far.
Back on the boat the conditions were good but the skies were threatening so we we decided to head straight to the other dive site instead of going back to shore first. The second dive was at Barracuda City (the first dive I did in the Andamans.) I had trouble equalizing so it was a bit of a struggle to get down, but it ended up being another very nice dive. I was a bit disappointed that one of the other groups saw a turtle and we didn't, plus I failed to find the giant octopus that I saw last time - but still a good dive.
Since we skipped the shore break we were done diving before two. Which was lucky as we were just finishing unloading the equipment when the sky to the north tuned an incredibly bright dark gray. Within minutes it was storming - torrential rain, and lightning and thunder. Beautiful but tomorrow is supposed to be my beach day. Ueli whipped up some very strong rum punch to celebrate Marcus' birthday and we had a mini party under the awnings in front of the dive shop. After my second cup I realized I really hadn't had anything to eat today and started worrying about the ride back to camp.
I hung out the rest of the afternoon waiting for the rain to slacken then rode home just before dark - stressful due to the rain, wet road, and my lack of experience, but uneventful. since last nights talhi didn't cause me any stomach problems (in fact this is the first day since I got to Havelock Island that I haven't had problems) I ordered it again. Unsurprisingly it wasn't anything like last night's, but it was still excellent.