Doing this course has made me a lot more confident in the water, and really deepened my understanding of this sport, and it’s been a whole bunch of fun at the same time.
I’m intrigued by the notion of navigating reefs because it all still seems like such foreign terrain to me and I get too distracted by all the awesome floating by to pay attention to where I am most of the time. But I have proven myself to be compass-worthy.
While the Gili islands are predominantly a tourism hub, there is still something magical about them and I certainly wouldn’t mind getting stuck on any of them for any length of time.
The second dive of my SSI Advanced diving course was technically the “deep dive”, although it proved to be a great example for the “Tides, Waves & Currents” speciality that I did the following day.
I wouldn’t stay in Kuta for any longer than a night, but I found it intriguingly overwhelming (which is strangely a good thing) to experience my first night in Indo there.
The first dive of my SSI Advanced Adventurer course with Manta Dive on Gili Trawangan was “Perfect Buoyancy”. It was a super chilled and beautiful first dive in the Gilis, complete with octopus, and I totes rocked my zen float.
I set a mid-range budget for this little adventure, and have generally just aimed for clean, aircon preferable, centrally located accommodation so far. Nothing fancy, just standard private rooms. My new criteria is simply four walls and a door.
I think turtles always look like they know something incredibly important that you don’t, like they have some ancient wisdom to share. It’s one of the most beautiful experiences a person can have in my opinion, just sharing a quiet moment floating in space.
I woke up before sunrise and made my way through the darkness to the other side of the island in search of “Nest”. I was the only person there and it was an eerie, magical morning that I won’t soon forget.
I felt like I’d entered an alternate universe when I touched down in Singapore. This is a collection of photos from my first whirlwind visit to “fine city”.