The oddest part was the complete silence, punctuated with a constant,wierd crackling sound in my ears. My lead diver showed me around, pointing out some wonderful fish, sea urchins and even some fluorescent slugs!
Half an hour seemed to go by in a jiffy, the only sign of passing time the pressure building up in my ears.
Soon enough, we came up , and were back on the boat. I did feel quite nauseated back then, and had to sit still for a while for it to pass.Which was good enough, since the other set of divers went in for their second round.
We finally made our way back to land, said our goodbyes, and made our way to Malpe beach for the evening.
It was a scenic auto ride, with the road hugging the shore almost the full journey.
Malpe was a surprise, bustling with local tourists, food stalls and even camel rides!We took the ferry to St.Mary's Island, its claim to fame being its distinctive geological formation of columnar basaltic lava. Ours was supposed to have been the last ferry for the day, and we were to return in half an hour, which was hardly enough to actually explore the island.