July 8, 2013 by Sharon Loh
Traveling is all about adventure, wanderlust, and trying new things. I can’t believe I never snorkeled before. Well, I did scuba-dived once. But that was 4 years ago if I recalled. And I was accompanied with an instructor who always held my hand (or my oxygen tube) here and there under the water. It’s like you can’t even swim freely, you know. So, I’m not really into diving anyway. It’s troublesome, I can say. You’ve got to carry a huge oxygen tube with you. You’ve got to wear the suit, the fin, and well I don’t know… a diving mask?
So…. this summer I got a chance to try a new sport I never did before. Yes, snorkeling! I’ve alwayssss wanted to try it from a looong time ago. It’s like much easier and much much fun than diving, I imagined. Turns out, I pretty much enjoy it. Even if Fred hate it so much. He thought he’s gonna puke looking at those living fishes and living corals. They are disgusting, he said. But anyway, there are 2 things that somehow bother me actually. First, and the most important thing is, breathing with my mouth for a considerable amount of time is quite uncomfortable. Not to mention that I consumed some amount of salt water several times by it. And secondly, the fact that I should normally wear my prescription glasses under the snorkeling gear is also quite disturbing. But I decided not to wear it anyway. I can still see the fishes clearly however.
Our first snorkeling spot was in Blue Lagoon Beach, Bali. Believe me, the color of the ocean was as blue as the picture I share. The view from up there is beautiful….. and breathtaking that I didn’t wanna go home.
We rent a snorkeling mask (I don’t know how to call this thing) for 15.000 Rupiah and a pair of fins for 15.000 Rupiah. (Both for around US$3)
Well, I didn’t wear a life vest at first. Until I reach the snorkeling spot – the one which is quite far from the shore, and then I realize I couldn’t even reach the ground with my feet standing. I mean, I felt like I’m gonna drown and that’s impossible I’m gonna float in this damn salt water. But somehow later I found that that floating in salt water is incredibly easy. Well, that was just the time I went panic. I couldn’t even breath normally, and I keep drinking the salt water, so then I swam all the way back to the shore and rent a life vest for 20.000 Rupiah (around US$ 2). I know I shouldn’t have act like a whiz because I’m not. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I WENT SNORKELING FOR GOD’S SAKE. I should’ve rent a life vest in the first time. It’s not as easy as it seems when you got your panic attack.
But anyway, the next one hour, I was able to swim without my life vest. And without the fins too. The cheap fins slowed you down, really.
I personally enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the blue sea. And I’m looking forward for another one in another place! (Although Fred doesn’t).