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Porto Santo: Diving & Dolphins – Day 2


Good Morning Porto Santo!


My First Nitrox Diving

This morning, no time to hang out on the beach. I go to Rhea Dive to try my 7 mm wetsuit and equipment. I don’t travel with my heavy equipment anymore. The diving center has a wide range of impeccable equipment to rent or purchase.

Two other confirmed divers join us. Miguel and Milton, the Padi instructors, drive us to the Porto Santo harbour (below photo 1). We change here (2). Not a sound, as if the whole island was still asleep! I’m a excited I will dive Nitrox for the first time! I’ve never dived with enriched air Nitrox! Small briefing by Miguel about the spot where we are going to dive.

Cloudy weather: on the small boat, the air is cold and a little choppy sea. Too much current, we move to another diving spot. I dive with Miguel which is really calm. The water is freezing, but I forget very quickly: the underwater world is so relaxing. And I’m euphoric, when I encounter my first and only ray of this 44 minute dive : ))


Dolphin Watching


After Lunch

Back to the harbour for a long boat ride organized by Mar Dourado Company, among some islets facing Porto Santo (above photo: the coastline of Porto Santo). And if we are lucky enough, we will see some dolphins.

Very temperamental my friends the dolphins (lol)! I’ll see just one or two super hurry : )) Now the sky is clear with bright light! What an impressive landscape! Better than a long speech, enjoy my photos (below)! Picture 1, The traditional cake of fishermen. In fact, its consistency looks like a rusk with a neutral taste pretty salty.

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The Beach


Late Sunset  

Before dinner, I finally take time to explore some of the famous nine kilometers beach with golden sand. Magic! To be continued…


Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.


Visit Madeira, Visit PortugalRhea Dive & Mar Dourado Company


Many thanks to Visit Madeira and Visit Portugal for this wonderful discovery of the island of Porto Santo. Thanks to Miguel Matos, the Rhea Dive team and the Mar Dourado Company too! As always these are my opinions.

Hillside Beach Club, Turkey: Watersports And Beach Party

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I need to move, don’t you?

I love beach, but soon I need to walk, swim, dive (a must), surf (no comment, lol) …! Well to enjoy sports related with water: the only ones sports that really interest me at the seaside!

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Here at the Hillside Beach Club, I started with the best: diving of course! Followed by a fast catamaran initiation: I haven’t done it for ages (picture 1)! Awesome when you can take the speed! 

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I regret not having had time to do a bit of water skiing. The facilities are new and the location is stunning: the pontoon is down a hillside (pictures 2, 3 & 4).

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After sports, beach party!

No, I won’t play the jaded! It’s fun. A touch of Daft Punk, Pharrell and Azealia (Banks) mixed with stars in the sky, ephemeral bar on the beach, cool people and the sea, the sea, the sea … Good vibes!

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Bye bye beach bar, we head to Le Pacha whose the small disco is desert tonight! Too bad, excellent extended remix of a song of Azealia (again!). Seriously I’m more into strawberries and almonds than alcohols (picture below)!

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People prefer staying outside and chatting in comfortable white seats, along with a soup! Apparently it is a late evening habit in Turkey, just before going home. Around 1 am, I left the small team, to collapse in my bed! Tomorrow will be beach?

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Photos : Mademoiselle Le K – copyright 2014, tous droits réservés.  


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I was invited by the Hillside Beach Club and as always, these are my opinions! Thanks to the Hillside Beach Club.

Scuba Diving @ The Hillside Beach Club, in Fethyie, Turkey

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I haven’t dived for ages!

What an indescribable pleasure! Invited by the Hillside Beach Club in Fehtiye, I enjoyed to do a scuba diving refresher and a “real” dive during my stay.      

When I enter the water after the theoretical part of the refresher, I feel some apprehension (unbelievable!) and hesitate. What if I couldn’t remember the right gesture … I’m certified Advanced Open Water Padi.           

Musti, the excellent diving instructor, gently challenges me: if I don’t feel to dive, I can stop it at any time. Everything is finally going great and no question to quit before the end of the refresher, with the famous “mask clearing” and tutti quanti


We schedule a dive in the early afternoon 

with Musti and Philippe, my buddy. We are the only divers aboard the boat of the Move Diving Center, where our bottles and equipment wait for us (last photo)!

The visibility is okay and the dive is not very deep, less than 15 meters. I found back the feeling of the intense blue. 50 minutes of pure bliss! Few dives to get more fluidity in the water …  

Important: when I dive, I never touch fauna or flora, as we learn it in the PADI course. The sea urchin that I have in my hand was placed by Musti who is also an engineer of the sea sciences and knows how to approach the fauna and flora of this part of the Mediterranean.      

Like many divers, I am very respectful of the ecosystem of seas and oceans, considered as our rubbish for too long. Please do not touch living organisms except if a competent person shows you how to do it! EXCELLENT DIVING TO ALL OF YOU!

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Photos: Thanks to Philippe Berkenbaum for allowing me to use his underwater photos and videos taken with a GoPro. More photos: Mademoiselle Le K – copyright 2014, tous droits réservés.


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I was invited by Hillside Beach Club. As always, these are my opinions! Big thanks to all the team and for the great diving experience to the Move Diving Center.