I'm certified for Open Water SCUBA Diving!
Trip Start Dec 30, 2007
92Trip End Dec 17, 2008
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On Saturday I had my first two open water dives, just off Lovina Beach. There is an artificial reef, and it had some cool aquatic life, I saw a Moray Eel, a lobster, and the coolest was a spear fisherman that dove from the surface and speared a cuttle fish (like a squid) only 20 feet from me! I didn't even see him coming, but I saw him swimming back up with the fish at the end of his spear, and a huge line of ink following
On Sunday, today, I had my third and fourth open water dives off the east coast of Bali in a town called Tulamben. There is an old US war cargo ship sunk there. It was sunk by a Japanese torpedo in 1942, WW2. There is a fantastic array of life there, I bought a disposable underwater camera and use the whole thing
Tomorrow I'll take my fifth and sixth dives off of Menjiangan Island on the east coast. Each dive is about 45min, that's as long as I can last on a tank for now. Once I am more skilled (read more controlled with less flailing =) I should be able to get a tank to last almost 2 hours, so I've got room to grow. Diving is just as cool as I thought it'd be, it's like being in a big fish tank, only there is an infinite playing field. Every time Augustus says it's time to go, I'm always like, "nooo". He's a great instructor, and since I am the only student (slow season rocks!) I'm his best student!
On tues I've rented a motorbike, and I'm going to take a ride up the volcano to the Buddhist Monastery and the nearby hot springs. Should be a nice relaxing day. I've been picked up by the dive crew at 8am every day, and tomorrow twoo, ugh - so it'll be nice to sleep in a bit on Tues. Then on Wed I head down to Kuta Beach, on the south side to meet Sha and all her folks for the weekend in town there! I'd love to go see Tanah Lot Temple, Uluwatu while I'm down south. We'll see if Sha's interested, if not, I'll take them in once they've left on Tuesday.
I'm not sure exactly what I'll do after Tuesday. I've extended my visa for another month starting the 14th (I arrived in Indonesia on Feb 14th, I can't believe it!). I doubt I'll use the whole month here, but who knows? I think after I leave Indonesia, I'll trek up to Malaysia to Singapore (cheap flight) and then overland it north through Thailand. That's as much as I've planned so far, but I've got a list going of places I need to see in Thailand, next step is to find out where they are and try to string them together somehow.
Internet connection in Lovina is PAINFULLY slow, so no pics from here. I'll be down in Kuta in a few days and no doubt they'll be a better cafe down there. Until then!!! Thanks for reading! =)