The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
(videos courtesy of Scuba Iguana)
I am so grateful for the travelling I've done, and I am especially grateful that it introduced me to my favourite hobby, scuba diving. I've now been diving in seven countries and have another dive expedition planned for this May in the Red Sea.
Some of the best diving I've ever done was in the Galapagos Islands; I was blown away by the amazing animals and fish I saw as well as the physical and mental challenges it brought. I had never been in such cold water or such strong currents (save a drift dive I did in Indonesia) and after my 4 dives there, bringing my dive total to nearly 40, I feel even more capable underwater.
I love the above video for many reasons, mostly because a shark swims right above Kerri and she doesn't know it (I'm the first girl who waves at the camera, and she's the last). Whenever I watch this I think, how many other creatures have swam right past without us knowing? I bet a dozen whale sharks swam beside me in Honduras while I was looking at some tiny nudibranch. Harumph.
Diving in the Galapagos also provided me with one of the best moments in my entire life:
If I could have screamed with joy, I would have. Instead I did my best underwater freak-out after a 5-metre manta ray swam directly above my divemaster and me.
Only three more months until I'm underwater again. I can't wait; scuba diving is one of the most natural, peaceful, and exhilarating things I've ever done. I've never felt happiness like the happiness I feel when I'm under the sea.*
Have you ever been diving? If no, is it something you'd like to do? If yes, do have any dream diving locations?
*I don't know what the hell Ariel was thinking when she gave up her fins. Love or no love, I'd kill to be at that party.