The "Typical" Honeymoon
Trip Start Mar 08, 2010
35Trip End Sep 04, 2010
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Our room is a beautiful wooden chalet (with air conditioning, thank God!), located a 2 minute walk from the beach. The resort has everything you could ever dream of, including a spa, 4 restaurants, tennis courts, an exercise facility, 2 swimming pools and a dive center. Its a bit different than the other places we have been staying, to say the least.
We made use of the dive center and immediately signed up for diving classes
The course took three days at the dive center, whcih flew by and before we knew it, we were diving in open water. How to describe diving? First of all, Terry was a natural, I was TERRIFIED of breathing underwater. I knew that there would be oxygen in my tank, but I couldnt make myself believe it. I panicked/hyperventilated a lot in the beginning. But my tank pulled through and it got easier for me with every dive.
It is unlike anything I have ever experienced. You float like an astronaut underwater. At least youre supposed to. Terry and I are still working on our bouyancy, so sometimes we would find ourselves at the surface without understanding why, other times we would hit the bottom without understanding why. Like everything else diving related, we're getting better.
The scene underwater was incredible
We saw several sea turtles. Sometimes they fought.
As we got less clumsy, fish would swim right next to us. In the beginning we flailed so much we must have scared them off. But it was really neat to swim right next to clownfish.
We are officially PADI certified Open Water Divers, which means we can do diving up to 18 meters beneath the surface with an experienced guide. The more dives we get under our belts, the deeper we can go and someday perhaps even dive without a guide, but thats a long ways off for now.
As well as three days, the course took it out of us. All we had the energy to do after the fact was sit by the pool. (Life is rough, we know) The idea of exploring the island came up but was quickly voted down after realizing how nice sitting by the pool with a cold coke can be.
We have also been able to (temporarily) break out budget induced sobriety here in Malaysia. They tax alcohol %300, so its a bit out of our price range. But for some reason, this tiny island has duty free alcohol, meaning we can afford the odd beer here and there. Mostly, though, we just drink water trying desperately to replace the fluids we lose each day! Dehydration can sure ruin a vacation!
So this week has been very adventurous (diving) and very relxaing (lying on the beach).
We will be sad to get on that puddle jumper tomorrow and go back to peninsular Malaysia, but are also anticipating the new adventures that await us.
We will also miss (perhaps most of all) the local food shop that has been faithfully providing us with roti (flat bread wrapped egg & onion with curry sauce) for breakfast and satay with peanut sauce for dinner. Mandi has become addicted to watermelon juice with lychee, while Terry prefers a fresh pineapple juice in the morning. Like I said, we will be VERY sad to see this place go!