📍 Blue Marlin, Komodo
⚓ The Cauldron (North)
⏱ 42 minutes
📅 April 2018
♬ Feeling Good, by Vienna Ditto (licensed under CC BY 2.0, sourced from Free Music Archive)
🎥 GoPro Hero 5, edited with iMovie
I’m having the most fun. I’m not entirely sure how I got to this point in my life. It’s been a random series of events that has led me here, none of which was anticipated or planned. I never imagined that I’d be a diver, let alone a fullblown obsessed junkie. I’d always wanted to dive, but never thought I’d get around to it, and it’s been a year since this random series of events was set in motion with my trip to the Maldives.
Even with all the unexpected twists and turns of the last year, I certainly never-in-a-million-years expected to experience or fiercely LOVE a dive like The Cauldron in Komodo. Mind officially blown. I knew going in that it was going to be an intense ride, and I won’t lie, I was pretty nervous (ok, terrified) during the dive briefing. I thought for a moment that I may be overextending a bit, but armed with the reassurance from the Blue Marlin team and a whole lot of courage, I threw myself into what can only be described as the underwater rollercoaster.
I’d done maybe two drift-ish dives since I started diving, and they were super tame – probably not even worth classifying as drift dives now that I have something serious to compare them to. I was very honest about my level of experience with the crew and doing these dives wasn’t a decision that I took lightly. If I hadn’t loved the first epic ride of the day at Castle Rock so much, I would’ve probably backed out of this one, but the fire was properly fuelled after that first dive.
I don’t really need to write about this dive because the video says more than I can put into words. What I will say is that despite being deer-in-the-headlights terrified and running on pure adrenalin for the entire dive, I was also having the most fun of my life.
You can’t dive north without your advanced certification (unless you’re doing your advanced there of course), but let’s be honest, certification doesn’t qualify actual experience as a diver. I wouldn’t suggest diving north Komodo if you aren’t a somewhat experienced diver, not only for your own safety but also because you can do some irreparable damage to the exquisite coral if you lose control. I would definitely recommend that you only book with well-trained guides, particularly in the north as the dives are far more challenging. I’m incredibly stoked to have chosen a dive centre that knows what they’re doing, with a professional team capable of guiding me through this mindblowing experience.
I stuck around specifically to dive The Cauldron again but the conditions on my last north dive day just didn’t play ball so we had to skip it (I had an amazing day of diving regardless though). I really hope that I get to dive here again one day so that I can film it knowing what I’m going into and capture more of the craziest, raddest ride of my life.
TOP TIP: I highly recommend Blue Marlin Dive if you’re planning on diving in Komodo. The team is incredibly professional and just generally rad to be around, and I would suggest staying on their hop-on hop-off liveaboard to get the most out of your time (and money) there. While I didn’t stay on the liveaboard myself (because I didn’t know any better), if or when I go back, that’s where you’ll find me.
PS. How epic is the song I found for this video?! Get it on iTunes here.