We woke up at 4:30 am and got freshed up. The cab was waiting for us near the resort entrance. We headed to Sitapur beach to see the sunrise. At 5:30 am we could see a giant red ball rising above the sea. This was simply beautiful to watch. The atmosphere was so serene and calm, watching the sunrise along with the music of the waves, birds chirping, cool breeze, this is enough to fade all our tensions, stress. We left the beach around 6:00 am and reached Barathpur beach where we had booked scuba diving for 6:30 am slot. I was still not mentally prepared of doing this. Before going for diving one has to undergo a training for 20 minutes. If we clear this training then only we are allowed to dive. I decided to take the training, if I am not comfortable during the training I thought I can quit. We were only 2 members in that slot who were performing this dive. The diver came at 6:20 am and just gave a brief introduction about scuba diving. The way he explained made me to change my mind completely and I decided that I am going to dive no matter what it is. The trainer was so friendly and he boosted our confidence in such a way that we geared up ourselves to experience the best moment of our life. He made us to feel so comfortable during the training and said your safety is my responsibility so no need to fear for any condition. During the training we need to wear the diving jacket and an oxygen cylinder. The diver initially explained what are the challenges that one needs to face underwater. Later he explained how to communicate to the diver if we face any problems during our dive. He showed us different hand signs that we need to show him while we are under the sea. After this we wore the oxygen cylinder and told us to just put our face inside the water and breathe. Untill and unless you feel comfortable breathing inside the water they will not take us for the dive. Believe me it's completely different of how we breathe inside and outside the water surface and its not so easy. We did this couple of times just to ensure that we are completely ok with this. The training went off very smoothly without any hassles. Just to cross check the diver asked are you guys ready for the dive.? We said we are ready for it.
We boarded the speed boat accompanied by two professional divers with us. We went some distance from where I could barely see the shores. We were completely surrounded by crystal clear water. I was the one who decided to dive first. Once I was ready to dive the diver just pushed me from the boat. Ooh my god wat experience it was..!!! For a moment I didn't knew wat was happening with me. I was upside down and was completely wondering where I was. The moment I regained my sense I was astonished to witness the beautiful fishes around me. Such a colourful world it was. All words fall short to explain this feeling.so many different types of fishes and their vibrant colours. The diver slowly took me down and I was completely lost in this new marine world with those colourful fishes and corals around me. The moment I hit the sea bed, there was another surprise awaiting for me. It was a giant turtle named Bob who was just creeping towards me...!! I have never seen such a giant turtle in my life from so close.
I was there under the sea for about 25-30 minutes. Believe me guys this time frame is the best time of my life till date. Finally we came slowly to the surface and just relaxed for a while. Later I realised that I would have lost some precious moment of my life if I had not done this activity due to fear. It's all about courage guys. Just keep that fear aside and best moment will be yours for sure...!!! It all reminded me the quote "One cannot discover and connect with marine life in the ocean unless he has the courage to loose sight of the shore". I would definitely thank the whole scuba team who helped me in making my dream come true. Special thanks for the divers for their patience and filling the confidence and making the dream to reality. This was one of the best experience I have ever encountered in my life.
After the dive we were dropped back to the shore and we changed the dress and bid good bye to the team and headed to resort. We got freshed up and had our breakfast. We came to our room and packed all our luggages and checked out at 9:00 am. The driver dropped us to Neil port from where our cruise was booked to Port Blair. During this journey I was just recollecting my experience of this trip. We reached Port Blair at 01:00 pm, collected our baggages and booked the cab to airport. We had our return flight at 3:15 pm. We reached the airport at 01:30 pm and finished all security check in formalities and boarded the plane. We reached Bangalore airport at 5:30 pm.
And that's the end of our vacation. We were back with loads and loads of memories with tanned faces. Which was absolutely worth it. I remember a quote from one of friend who is also a travel freak like me. She used to tell "I'd rather feel good at my tan lines with plenty of memories rather than feeling good at clear skin with emptiness". These lines are so true for every travelling freaks. I sincerely thank my sister who took the initiative of this trip, planning the iterinary, implementing and completing without any difficulties.
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