Diving with nemo

Trip Start May 25, 2012
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Trip End Aug 02, 2012


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Flag of Indonesia  , West Nusa Tenggara,
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Today was our first full day on Gili Meno. We got up early and went to the harbour, to the dive centre (blue marlin dive center) to be precise. When we arrived Joel and I got our first instructions. Well, to him it was all repetition and I knew a lot already since I'm familiar with the whole compression/decompression thing when diving down because of my flight attendant training. And thanks to my Dad I also recognized some of the hand signs. What was totally new and a little difficult for me at first (or still) was getting a feel for the air in the BCD (the vest that holds the bottle). I did get to practice that in the pool though so it wasn’t too bad. After all the instructions and practicing on Gili Air we went back on the boat and drove to Hans Reef. There we got in the water and went for a 40 minute dive. It was amazing! I didn’t panic, I didn’t die and I didn’t kill anything. :D I did however see my sea turtles, which was definitely one of the best parts! They are so beautiful, I love them! The way they move in the water is just awesome. I wish I could really swim with them. Tomorrow Daria and I are going to snorkel and look for them on another part of the island. Well not ON the island of course.  But there’s a place called Turtle Heaven between Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan. Anyhow, the dive was great. We went down to 12 meters. We saw a whole bunch of animals, corrals and anemones. We saw green sea turtles, lionfish, fusiliers, tuna, angel fish, some sort of striped eel, another bigger kind of eel, clownfish, etc. While we were diving Daria was snorkelling above us and taking pictures. She loved it and says that she adored the turtles. But unfortunately the jelly fish were a bit too social for her liking and she got a nice souvenir covering her body… Oh well, the vinegar shower afterwards helped a bit. She does, however, have a date with a couple of them tomorrow… ;) After the dive we went back on land - happy and satisfied. :) In the afternoon Joel went for a second dive, a navigation dive, which is the first part of his padi advanced diving course. Meanwhile, Daria and I hung out at the beach, tanned, read, slept and took pictures of funny little things in the water. There must be hundreds of starfish. I also saw different snails, crabs and Seeigel (who knows what they’re called in English…). And then last but not least we walked around the island for a bit and saw some houses of the locals, a salt lake and lots of cows that actually looked more like a mix between deer and a cow. They’re quite cute!

Anyhow, we’re all looking forward to tomorrow! Joel is diving again and Daria and I are gonna snorkel and look for turtles… Aaaaand work on our tan! ;) We’ll miss Joel dearly though! ;)

p.s. seeigel = sea urchin.. hail wikipedia!
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