Diving the Deep
Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
148Trip End May 30, 2013
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But who really cares about rain when you're diving? One you're below the surface, you're wet anyways and the waves don't really matter anymore.
Within a minute or two of our descent, our first sea turtle flew over us. Yes, flew. They flap their front fins and lift off and move more effortlessly than a bird. I've been dying to see a turtle, but it didn't happen in Thailand. Now they are everywhere! Flying overhead, on the sand, at cleaning stations...I can't keep up!
We saw lots of different fish and a ridiculously huge barracuda (at least 6 feet) and my new spotted sweet lips :) Some blue spotted rays which were so fast if you didn't see them right away, you missed them completely. We even saw a cuttle fish that dodged around from place to place changing colours as he went. On the 2nd day I could hear dolphins in the water, but didn't see them anywhere.
We even got to swim around an old wreak. What an unearthly experience swimming into the blue. Suddenly in the distance you start to see something. A few blinks and a few kicks closer and things start to come into focus until it's right there in great detail!
Brian unfortunately missed a dive as he wasn't feeling well. We think he's trying too hard to conserve his air (to dive for longer periods of time). Over time this can cause a build up of Co2 and gives bad headaches. After 2 dives with headaches he made himself sick. Luckily it's easily rectified, all he has to do is BREATH! Thankfully, a little rest and he was fine.
Time seems to stop when diving. As soon as you're beneath the surface sounds dull and light
But even the surface is a little different out here. Some beautiful little islands out in the water. One was only inhabited by a small group of 'sea gypsies' who make their living off the sea. Most of us would spend millions to live where they do! They're homes are perched over the water, they're children play in the sand everyday, and they're out on boats most of the time. What a life!
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