Trip Start Jan 13, 2009
70Trip End May 17, 2009
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I have been lucky enough to snorkel some of the best reefs all over the world and have always refused to dive. The hassle of the tanks and mostly the lack of control one has when fully under the water have kept me on the top all these years...... What would your life be like if you lived without fear????? I kept repeating that as I came up with a million excuses not to dive and I was pleased with myself for pushing my comfort zone and I DOVE!!
Either way, my new buddy Joshua, talked me into trying it as he had taught diving for 15 years and knew the area we were in: he insisted I try it as the underwater stuff here was to be worth it. Josh lives here in Indonesia for 6 months, the other 6 months in Japan. We rented a boat and gear and I did it!!! Wild! I now get it - yes it is different (way better) than snorkeling and we were able to see some spectacular coral mountains, amazing colors, cool fish of all sizes and shapes. Truly magical. I swam under a huge school of pretty big fish and saw so many beautiful things.
Janice and Val - I get why it is your passion.
The sunsets on the island were amazing as you can see from the pics. The color changes as the sun set against big thunder heads was stunning and the sky was always changing. As soon as the sun set. the sky cleared and the stars in the milky was resembled the northern lights - streaks of heavy white, laden with stars.
This island is one and a half hours from the island of Bali and Sunday morning I hopped the 8 am public boat back to the big island to stay for one night before flying off early Monday morning to fly to Kuala Lumpur for a night and then off the next day on to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand
I am glad I came to Indonesia, specifically Bali, as it will be remembered for my first diving experience, yet the country, as much as I saw of it, was not how I imagined. Way more crowded and it is not yet the busy season! That starts is June as the surfers and divers come from Australia to escape their winter. I can't say I loved it - it is beautiful but too much traffic everywhere for me.