Diving Again!

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Blue Season Bali Dive operation

I’ve decided to head to Sanur and go scuba diving!  I hire a guy to drive me there on his motorbike.  I check into a lovely hotel that has been organized by the dive company I’ve going with (Blue Season Bali).  One of the instructors there is a friend of Lou who I dove with in Malaysia.  They were really helpful with organizing my hotel, they got me a CHEAP deal at a great place.  I have a huge room, with a comfortable bed, and reliable WiFi (well holy crap it’s a miracle!).

I went to the dive shop and yow this place is NICE!  Great facilities, new equipment and a huge pool for practicing.

First Dive Site - Manta Point, get ready for Manta Rays!
  Budi greets me, they know exactly who I am and get me through the paperwork quickly.  They are also picking me up in the morning before we go diving, I thought that was a nice touch, seeing as I didn’t think I was going to feel like walking there at 7am. 

Its good to be diving again!!  Blue Season Bali is a quality operation!  They had my gear ready for me, with perfect sizes!  They carry everything for me, give me towels, water, food.  Hot tea, come on, these people are going straight for my heart!  AND there is toilet on the boat.  Yow this is luxury!

The first dive we dove with Manta Rays!!!  AMAZING!!  A HUGE black one with a white marbel belly swam on top of a corel shelf.

Next six shots show me getting ready to jump in...1..
  The divers stayed on the outside of the shelf, along the sides, swaying with the current.  The current was REALLY strong, pulling and pushing us trying to crash us into the cliff face nearby.  While I’m watching the black manta, my dive guide signals to me to look to my left, when I do a beautiful white manta swims right by me, within 2 metres of my face!  Then another one came, this one is small and black.  I was freaking out it was so awesome!   We sat there for nearly an hour, watching these three graceful beings feed.  Mouths open, gills showing, divings, swaying back and forth over the coral.  The only sound is the bubbles from my respirator and the hum of joy resonating through me lighting up my body.

We dove at Nusa Penida next.

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  At Crystal Bay I saw, a banded sea snake (VERY POISONOUS!), giant travelley, beautiful coral and ananome, a HUGE aggressive trigger fish and huge lobster!  The next dive at SD and I saw 2 octopus!  WOW!!  Among other things I saw a tiny hairy crab, and a green turtle.  This was a beautiful wall dive.  These dives remind me of the macro life at Mabul in Malaysia.  How we were finding things with every turn of our heads. And how Sipadan had the best of the large fish!  I am so happy to have dove those sites and to now be here in Bali diving again!

Day two of diving takes us to Tulamben. The first dive is at The Drop Off.  I saw 2 orangotan crabs (so cool!), hingebeak shrimp, cleaner shrimps, and a huge trigger fish playing with a starfish, it reminded me of a dog with a bone.

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  Too funny!  I love being an explorer on these dives, looking into and out of nooks and crannies, discovering new things, places you’ve never seen before.  Its like its my own ocean, belonging in this moment, to no one else.

Our next dive is why I'm here...we're diving the Liberty wreck!!  The Liberty is a 120 metre long war ship, used during WWII to bring supplies from Australia to the Philippines.  It was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine on January 11, 1942 but didn't sink.  Two destroyers tried to tow it to saftey but as they pulled the ship took on too much water and was beached at Tulamben in Bali.  In 1963 Mount Gunung Agung, Bali's highest mountain erupted.  The quake was so powerful it pushed the Liberty into the water which broke her bow and stern.

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  The Liberty now lies at the bottom of the ocean between approximately 7 to 30 metre below sea level (deepending on where you are on the wreck).    

The Liberty Wreck is gorgeous!!! I didn’t think I would like it but I LOVED it!  Seeing the bright sunlight shine through the wreck, extending its beautiful rays deep into the water brightening up the already vibrant colours of the coral.   Coral is growing everywhere on the wreck!  It is so colourful!  There is no current here, which means you can get really close to the fish and coral.  Our Dive Master really takes her time, letting us focus on the tiny macro life and finding our own paths through and around the wreck.  I LOVE THIS DIVE!!  Its amazing to feel one with everything and have the fish be so oblivious to you being there.

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  Its like you’re part of their lives.  I loved charting my own path in the waters, wriggling into holes in the wreck, looking into the dark parts of the ships belly.  Seeing what there is to see.  Being my own explorer.  I am a more confident diver now.  Ready to take on my own ideas, see my own things.

I swim in and out of the tiny holes, barely able to squeeze through with my gear on.  I’m in the ship, its dark, and big eyed fish look out at me from their dark homes.  I can see parts of the ship, a ladder, random pieces of metal.  The wreck isn’t very deep, so the coral grows everywhere and is easy to see, its not muted by deep water.  I saw a white frog fish, a VERY tiny one.  What a find!  You could really see the details of things today.

6..Go!
 It was perfect.  Saw a huge pufferfish, schools of jackfish (they made an amazing tornado above us, you could see right through the centre), blue spotted sting rays, threadfin hawkfish, GIANT BARRACUDA!!, also saw a huge manta shrimp in a sand hole (awesome!).  I felt like I was in a movie on this dive.  It was so perfect.  The light, colour, lack of current, visibility, pace, swim throughs, oh those swim throughs.  Sigh.  Who knew I’d love wreck diving!

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Blue Season Bali Dive operation
Blue Season Bali Dive operation
First Dive Site - Manta Point, get…
First Dive Site - Manta Point, ge…
Next six shots show me getting rea…
Next six shots show me getting re…
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6..Go!
6..Go!
Chilling on the boat
Chilling on the boat
Gorgeous boats along the sea side
Gorgeous boats along the sea side
Our favourite local restaurant
Our favourite local restaurant
Owner of our local restaurant.
Owner of our local restaurant.
Eatting dinner at our favourite lo…
Eatting dinner at our favourite l…
My hotel restaurant - posh eh!
My hotel restaurant - posh eh!
Fish pond at the hotel - too cute!
Fish pond at the hotel - too cute!
On our way to Yongala
On our way to Yongala
Views
Views
Ditto
Ditto
More Views
More Views
At the Yongala dive site
At the Yongala dive site
Ditto
Ditto
Getting our gear ready
Getting our gear ready
Where those divers are is where th…
Where those divers are is where t…
My AMAZING salad at the italian re…
My AMAZING salad at the italian r…
Italian coffee - sweet heavens abo…
Italian coffee - sweet heavens ab…
My porch
My porch
Hotel pool - too a few swims in it…
Hotel pool - too a few swims in i…
Local temples
Local temples
Sanur
Sanur
One of many dogs roaming the stree…
One of many dogs roaming the stre…
Sanur
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