Day 6 - diving in Dubrovnik

Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
Trip End Jan 09, 2013

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Flag of Croatia  , Dubrovnik-Neretva County,
Saturday, October 6, 2012

Today we ventured out of the old town to do a dive. We caught a local bus to a fancy hotel a couple of kilometers away. It was great fun catching the bus with the locals despite being told off by the bus driver for eating our breakfast croissants on board - hee hee!
We arrived the hotel and took a very interesting side-sliding lift to the beach level. We both laughed a lot when we nearly wiped out as the lift started its downhill slide. Our dive boat pulled up to the little pier and we set off for our dive at around 11. There were four of us diving, a Latvian and a rather large German - we think. Both nice guys. Our dive master was a very enthusiastic Croat in his 50s. His name was Antun!
Our dive was very interesting. Despite me (Tess) having a small and unusual claustrophobia attack at the beginning of the descent all went well and we discovered a very different under the sea experience to what we've seen before. Our first stop was a wreck. There isn't much sea life but the silvery sea grass and wreck were very intriguing. We then headed to the wall which is a vertical side of the cliff that stretched way down into the sea. Saw lovely star fish and a few open water fish hunting smaller ones. The highlight was definitely heading into a small cave that actually lead under the rocky outcrop that had a lighthouse on it. The colours were exquisite, oranges, reds, pinks and blues all covered the cave wall and roof. I got quite a surprise when my head popped out of the surface inside the island cave. I didn't realize we were so close to the surface.
After the dive we warmed up with a quick shower and lie in the sun and then caught the bus back to the old town. We grabbed a slice of pizza each and then headed to our apartment for a much needed nap. At around 4 Anton felt the allure of the rugby match between SA and New Zealand and we found a festive Irish pub to watch the game. Ant enjoyed the friendly banter between some kiwis and a few Irish folk and we had some interesting conversation with other travelers including a South African English couple. The game ended a bit sadly but Ant wasn't disappointed in our team so at least he didn't have a grumpy face. The several half litres of local brew might also have helped!
It was then off to the pier for a delicious prawn, squid and salad dinner followed by an ice cream on the stroll back to our room. Dubrovnik has been wonderful and the old town especially feels like something out of a fairy tale. We are very glad we popped this stop onto our itinerary. Tomorrow we'll enjoy one more day in the town before heading off to
Turkey for our next leg. Exciting! We'll be posting pics of our dive when we get a chance to pull a few off the disk we received so stay tuned.
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Glen Boonzaier on

Lots of Pizza, its awesome.
But I gotta say that I do prefer the pizza in RSA as opposed to any other country's pizza I have had, including Italy.

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