Diving, Holding Animals and Snorkelling
Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
298Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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I went down towards Nusa Dua to the harbour and settled down. The guy asked me if I wanted a cd of photos/video of the dives. I thought this sounded good and surely wouldn't cost any more than a couple of pounds. Wrong! £31 he asked for! What a joke! He then said I should put everything in a locker, I really wasn't sure why, wasn't I going out on a big boat like all my other dives? No. I was going in a traditional looking boat, one of those long thin ones with 2 stabilisers made of bamboo, I was going to get wet.
I put everything in a locker and put the wetsuit on before boarding the tiny boat and we headed out to sea. The sea had quite a large swell which tossed the little boat up and down quite a lot but we got to a reef and tied up to a buoy. I put my fins and weightbelt on and jumped over the side once I had my BCD to hold onto (that's the inflatable jacket with the air tank strapped to the back, usually you put it all on before going overboard- not here!) as you can imagine, wearing a weightbelt without the inflatable counterpart meant I'd probably sink like a stone! So I jumped in, holding the BCD and put it on in the water- something I had to learn on the open water course.
Down we went below the water to the sea floor. The coral here is dying and the ground is littered with what looks like the White bones of a dying sea, it was a little sad, but there were plenty of beautiful bright fish who started following us which I thought was interesting until I realised that my buddy had a stash of bread on his person so the fish expect divers to feed them! He gave me some bread and the fish all dashed over and will even eat from your hands. This was quite special, being able to see the fish so close up. There was quite a current under the water also, which swayed you to and fro. We were out for 40 mins at a depth of 9m before surfacing. This was interesting, I took off the weight belt of course, all the while trying not to be clonked on the head by the bamboo stabilisers in the high swell of the sea, BCD off too then a frantic kicking up and hauling myself into the boat in not a very elegant manner! We sat a while then went to a different spot, threw the anchor over and went down again for another 40 mins to 54 feet which is just under 20m I think.
We returned to the shop and I had a free (cheap) noodle lunch and then went to turtle island. It was just me in the glass bottomed boat and we went speeding off inland this time, the guy let me drive the boat too. I must point out that in all the pictures, as I had been diving I had a wet swimming cossie on, I put the tshirt on over the top, but didn't put shorts on because I didn't want them getting all wet! Now that I look at all the photos it looks a little odd/indecent that I have nothing on my lower half! So ignore with great pains, the bright whiteness of my legs please!
At the turtle farm place it was a bit weird and tragic actually. I paid 5000 to go in, saw a whole bunch of baby turtles in washing up bowls and my 'guide' then proceeded to show/rush me round the rest of the animals frantically handing them to me and telling me to pick them up in the case of the turtles all whilst he took loads of photos of me with them. It wasn't like, "here's an iguana, these are native to blah, live blah years and eat crickets" it was "here! Put this on your shoulder!" snap snap snap, Next! I protested slightly about the python, particularly as the box full all had their mouths sellotaped shut!! But he plonked it on my anyway! So there I am, half naked looking, with a selection of random poor animals which I am none the wiser about, which spend all day being manhandled by humans. Poor things.
After the whistle stop animal tour we went back to the boat where we raced back to the Marina shop place once again to pick up the fins and snorkel, then raced out to the reef for snorkelling time. I wish I hadn't used up all my film on my first dive, better yet, I wish I had an underwater casing for my camera! Because there were hundreds of fish at the snorkelling point, all just hovering about there in a bit of a man made/protected area. Again I had been handed some bread when I went in so I could feed them from my hands. I wish I could tell you the names of everything I saw, pictures would be better still, but I have neither, all I can tell you is that I saw loads of really pretty bright fish, and also a whole lot of silver ones who were all shoaled together.
I swam for about an hour before returning to the boat and going back to land again.
In the evening I sat in the restaurant at the bottom of the road and I confess, I have found an online game to play on a favourable subject to me - Battlestar galactica online! Yes, something idle to play with that even works when you have half a bit per hour Internet speeds, amazing really.
Worst: the glum feeling i had when I realised that this wasn't a whole day out thing at all and I had been duped into doing things I wasn't actually all that bothered about doing - I had been totally misled.
Beautiful: the fish! For heavens sake, if you go anywhere that advertises/You know is a good diving area with amazing marine life then at the very LEAST go snorkelling. You don't even need to be able to swim because you can wear a lifejacket and just float, but the fish HAVE to be seen