Monkeys in Bali – I found myself surrounded by macaques (monkeys) in Ulu Watu, in Bali, Indonesia. They were everywhere! I had never seen so many monkeys in the wild, in their natural habitat. Photos of these Long-tailed macaques from Bali are below:
Imagine looking in a cave-like crevice and realizing for the first time, you’re face-to-face with a Whitetip Shark! When you’re a beginner SCUBA Diver, you have plenty of things to worry about – equalizing, breathing, buoyancy… but sharks??
It was my last dive of the day after getting Open Water Certified – while I cognitively understand the basic essentials of SCUBA Diving, I’m still very much a beginner. I needed to get better at everything – breathing, equalizing, buoyancy, but it’ll get better with experience. I was really nervous and that might have overwhelmed my excitement.
Each time you dive you follow a “Dive Master,” regardless of your experience level. This is someone that knows a lot more than me and the dive site really well. Beyond looking out for your safety, they act as your guide, and point out things that you should notice. Especially in my first few dives, I barely noticed anything, hyper-focused on breathing properly and equalizing. Read more...(913 words, 2 images, estimated 3:39 mins reading time)
We went SCUBA diving in 2 sites in Bali — Tulamben and Nusadua, both right off the beach. The second dive at Tulamben featured a shipwreck. The USAT Liberty (often referred to as the USS Liberty but it’s actually USAT – US Army Transport) was heading across the Lombok Strait in 1942, working as a cargo ship during World War II, when it was hit by a torpedo from a Japanese submarine. They tried to toe it but it didn’t make it. For years it was beached in Tulamben, grounded in the shallow part of Tulamben bay for more than twenty years until Mount Agung erupted in 1963, pushing it off shore. The subsequent earthquakes caused the ship to roll out into deeper water and broke its bow and stern.
I saw nearly everything in this youtube video:
Video clip of the USAT Liberty shipwreck, Tulamben, Bali
Mother Nature did not cooperate for my trip to Bali, Indonesia, and after attempting to spend the day at a beach with overcast, I decided it might be better to use the time in Bali productively. When you’re under water, a little drizzle really doesn’t matter.
After 3 days of classes, I’m now PADI certified for open water dives! Most courses have you stuck in a classroom all day, but my instructor just took the classroom experience on the road, with 1on1 instruction on a 2-hour car ride and then at the beach. After knowledge development, we moved on to confined water dives, and then finally open water dives.
Why and what is means: Getting PADI certified will make going SCUBA diving quicker (no mandatory beginner course each time), sometimes cheaper, and give me the ability to go to depths you can’t w/o it. Some of the best sites in the world are only visible from deep in the water, so without it you’d never see them.
While Belize has some of the best diving in the world at the “Blue Hole,” Johnie and I weren’t PADI certified and thus couldn’t see it. You can see great photos of it on this site: Read more...(342 words, 13 images, estimated 1:22 mins reading time)