Intro to diving

Trip Start Apr 20, 2010
Trip End May 15, 2010

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Flag of Fiji  , Western,
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Today is the day I am going to try my hand at diving!  I am going to spend the entire day on the smallest of the islands of the Mamanuca archipelago and the closest to the main island of Veti Levu.  The boat ride was a very short and smooth 30 minutes and here I was in paradise.  I would love to own such an island and live there permanently!!  Yes, you all think I am crazy but 30 minutes from civilization yet totally isolated!!  My kind of place :)

Anyway, after a quick briefing informing us of the various activities to be enjoyed on this tiny island, off I was to try scuba diving.  I kept being overlooked and once they finally noticed me, there were no more tanks available for me.  Boo Hoo.  No Worries 'Mate, I was asked to come back at noon for my dive.   It really was not an issue for me since I was on the island all day.  I grabbed some snorkeling gear and off I went into the water.  Because of my beard I had a few leaks in my mask so I had to go back and exchange them a couple of times.  It was not until the afternoon that I found out the easy way to clear the water!!!

The water was so warm and clear it was wonderful.  The sun was shining which made the colors so much more vibrant than up in the Great Barrier Reef.  The reef was extremely small in comparison but very enjoyable.  I took some pretty good photos (I think at least) and am getting a lot of use out of the underwater camera I purchased.  After about 30 minutes, I changes areas on the island and went back in for about an hour.  I really think I a part fish, I love being in the water.

Lunch time!!  A typical Fijian Barbecue with song and dance as entertainment.  How could one go wrong!!  The food was varied, plentiful and delicious.  Now, off to my dive session.  I am so excited but the dive crew keeps asking me if I am nervous.  Should I be??  I don't think so, after all if I don't like it all I have to do is swim back up to the surface and leave!  I doubted this would happen.  After a quick test of the equipment at shallow depth, off we were.   My ears bothered me for a bit but there is no way I was going back up to the surface!!  It passed and I really enjoyed the dive.  You can get so much closer to the marine life and actually stay and observe them for a bit.  Well worth it and I will definitely do it again!

The rest of the afternoon I just laid back and relaxed on the beach spending part of my time in a hammock, part in the salt water pool and taking a little snooze in a long chair.  What a great day.  And yes, true to myself, I did get a sunburn from my time in the water!!
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