Wreck diving, nearly a wreck myself!
Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
297Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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Warung Mama near Jemiluk
After the initial challenge of just getting into the water, we went down a few metres and found ourselves at the wreck, it really is only a very short distance, maybe 20m from the shore, and completely submerged so you wouldn't even know it is there. The current took us past it at a gentle pace, and I was surprised to see so much life growing on the rusty old wreck. It was barely recognisable as a boat at all in fact as it was so broken up, but the corals growing on it were vibrant and varied in species, with lots of great big barrel corals too which the fish liked hiding in
After 40 mins we came out of the water, and the waves were stronger now. I’m sure you know how it feels to get out of the water after 40 mins of swimming around feeling weightless – your body feels horrible heavy even, with just a swimming costume on. Now recall how heavy and awkward I said all the kit was going into the water….now imagine coming out. I felt a whale! My legs could barely support my weight after floating round for 40 mins, not with all this extra equipment and the waves trying to take your legs away, all whilst making the ground underfoot move even more than normal, it was SOO hard getting out.
Once we were out, we had a rest for an hour and a drink, because when diving, breathing in dry air makes you very thirsty. I chatted with my other 2 dive buddies, Amalie and Alex and told them my life story practically, before we headed out again, in even heavier waves! I part groaned as we went in with the prospect of having to get out again in another 40 mins time!
For the next dive, we swam a little higher, seeing a different area of the wreck, but this time we swam into the hold area. It was really cool to be around this 3 dimensional object and able to swim higher and lower around it, swim through little holes, and just be surrounded not only by the metal of the structure, but also all the beautiful corals and fish associated with it
It’s hard to describe just all the wonderful things you see when you learn to dive, mostly it’s all the colours of the fish. Who would have thought that so much colour would exist under the water in a world where not many people really get to have a look.
After the second dive, the exit was predictably difficult, and as sorry as I was that the dive was over, I was glad to be back on dry land not fighting with the waves trying to knock me over.
We returned to Amed and had lunch at the dive school together, then I went to meet Amalie and Alex on the beach nearby and we continued to chat, then me and Alex went snorkelling together. The area around Amed and Jemiluk, right in front of the 3 Brothers Café was a wonderful coral garden filled with more fish and coral, and gave us another 2 hours (!!) of fish watching. I’m hopeless with names, but I took my underwater film camera out and hope to have a few good shots. Around sunset they went for a massage and I walked down the black beach to a little café with wifi and had some dinner all the while, watching the sun set behind Gunung Agung which towered in front of me.
I went back to my room and slept well, as it had been a busy day of swimming.
Best: going on a totally new sort of dive – a wreck dive
Worst: feeling like a total whale getting out of the water
Beautiful: all the life that had grown around the wreck