If you’ve never tried diving – you should. It’s a completely different world down there. It’s hard to describe. Imagine feeling totally weightless, you can do what you want; use your lungs to hover right above the surface or you can be upside down looking at a funny fish. And the life down there, just amazing. On every single dive you see something you’ve never seen before and sometimes “what the fuck is that?” is the only thought in your head.
I’ve always been very curious. I remember myself turning over stones when I was a kid to see what dwelled underneath. I would catch bees, spiders and whatever I could find back home in Iceland(which isn’t that much mind you). I once spent a whole weekend digging up what I thought was dinasaur bones but I later learned I had excavated a whole horse. When I was a kid I told my mom that I was going to become a diver when I grew up so I could find her a pearl. I’m still looking mom, don’t worry.
So why do I like diving so much?
To me, it’s just like a treasure hunt. What can I find and see that I have never seen before and most people never see in their lifetime. Also, just defying the laws of physics breathing underwater is awesome.
The diving on the Komodo trip was amazing! All in all on the way there and back I did 23 dives bringing my total number of dives close to 50. So I could do a divemaster course in the not so distant future when I can afford it. Diving in Komodo can be quite challenging. Strong currents and cold waters can be a bit much for the novice divers so I missed on a couple of dives on the way over. One dive only took 7 minutes as we got caught in a strong current and FLEW several hundred meters in a few minutes. But was AWESOME while it lasted!
The dive sites varied a lot: from bubbling volcanic sands to drift dives, walls and pinnacles. From tiny nudibranches to turtles, gigantic mantas and dozens of sharks.
Often schools of manta rays can be found in cleaning stations in the national park. Although not so lucky to find the schools, I spotted four mantas and one of them came close enough to swallow me whole. Good thing they don’t eat humans.
Did I mention sharks? At times, there were som many you didn’t know where to look!
On most dives I saw at least one turtle and a moray eel, and a couple of times we spotted a beautiful blue and black, but extremely venemous sea snake.
Of course, there were a lot of scorpionfish and lionfish, beautiful fish but very venomous.
If you ever find yourself in Indonesia, Komodo national park is well worth the trip. Just take a look at this video and judge for yourself!