The Ritz-Carlton Magazine - Winter 2012 - Chinese - (Page 72)

OutdOOrs WAT ER WONDERL AND From left: Master diver Brian investigates a sunken engine; a rock hind grouper confronts the lens. DIVING THROUGH PARADISE Off t he shOr e s Of s t. t hOm a s , I a n Da ly DOn s a ta nk a nD DI scOv er s a fa n ta s t Ic a l unDerwOr l D ju s t bene at h t he Oce a n ’ s sur face As a frequent traveler, one of my favorite ways to experience a new place is to fly in at night. You arrive groggy — plane-weary and disoriented — and your imagination is forced to render details only sunlight can verify. By morning, you can see how right you were. This is how I experienced St. Thomas on a balmy Thursday evening in October — not above ground, but underwater. I met Arnoldo Falcoff, divemaster of Patagon Dive Center at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, on the little beach by the rental kayaks and sailboats. A nearly full moon shone through the swaying palms as we loaded our gear onto an inflatable gray dinghy and made our way out to the dive boat anchored offshore. It was a quiet night. The sound of clanging air tanks and the lapping tide was all we heard. “We’re going to a place called the Pinnacle,” Falcoff said over the low hum of the outboard motor. Just 10 minutes 72 w w w. r i t z c a r lt o n . c o m photography by Ian Daly http://WWW.RITZCARLTON.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Ritz-Carlton Magazine - Winter 2012 - Chinese

Ritz-Carlton Magazine - Winter 2012 - Chinese
Editor’s Letter
President’s Letter
Falling in Love With... Hong Kong
On the Boulevards
Palm Beach
Kuala Lumpur
Let Us Stay With You

The Ritz-Carlton Magazine - Winter 2012 - Chinese