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Bali may have become a popular romantic wedding destination – thanks to Mick Jagger – it is also famous for world-class surfing and diving. I piggybacked my first dive of the year at this only Hindu island in Indonesia, on my recent business trip to Asia.
(and yes, this is me below...)
Bali is rich in culture and traditions. Hinduism in Bali is a religion which owes its origins to India, but has developed independently and been practiced differently from anywhere else. Hindu Balinese celebrate their rituals in the form of dance and performance. If you don’t stay in your villa or resort the whole time, or hang out only in tourist spots, chances are you will see some bizarrely dramatised rituals being performed somewhere on and off the street. Our visit happened to coincide a religious celebration, and it was fascinating to see the festivities going on everywhere.
But let’s not forget we were there to dive! We went diving in Padang Bai – the Blue Lagoon, a little away from the usual tourist area, where night diving is also possible. It was my first time to test-drive The Reef. You would think that I should know everything about The Reef by now, and exactly how it should perform, so there would be no surprise…my goodness, wasn’t I impressed!
I wanted to go easy on my first dive and there was plenty to see even without going too far out. The dive site was absolutely amazing and filled with marine life: oriental sweet lips, moray eels, napoleon wrasses, turtles, giant flatheads, lion fish, octopus, cuttlefish and leaf scorpion fish.
The Oktopus Moonphase has been on my wrist in recent months, and it told me the current was strong in the Blue Lagoon as it was new moon. So we didn’t go for the night dive.
In any case, I was happy to have been able to start my dive season in such a wonderful place. Much like when I’m skiing, being underwater really takes everything off my mind. I can’t wait for my next diving trip!