All of us headed to Peel Island and Slope for our 2 dives. It was going to be an experience as we were not going to do any sessions as such, but just dives. We would be witnessing various corals, different types of fish, etc. Before going for our dives, Sahil had shown us a chart with the various types of fish and the hand symbols to communicate to us the name of the fish.
The 4 of us did a somersault together and that was being captured in Ayush’s GoPro. It was a beautiful sight unlike the previous day. We did not have to worry about our learning skills today but just observe the various species that the underwater had to offer. In between my dive, I had to remove my mask as water had immersed into it and I just could not put it back properly without the water not seeping. I got a little petrified, lost control of my movement, could not spot the dive buddies (since the vision wasn’t clear) and I somehow started moving towards the surface of the sea. Worst case, I would have to swim towards the boat. As soon as I reached the surface, the instructor had come in search of me and calmed me down. He made me wear my mask properly and accompanied me below. I got quite annoyed with myself. In a while I was enjoying my dive again. Akash was doing pretty well today and hence he was able to complete both the dives without any issues. The other 2 dive buddies were already experts. We witnessed Octopus, Star fish, Corals, Stingrays, Flounders, Scorpion Fish, Bat Fish, Clown Fish, etc. We came back on the boat and discussed the various sea life that we had observed. We even had some samosas and cookies.
Once we headed back to the resort, changed and had our lunch, we had to go for our theory sessions with our instructor. We went upstairs of the café wherein we sat on the wooden floor and listened to everything that the instructor was explaining us. The session went on for about 2 hours. After the session, we thought of going to Radhanagar beach which was about 12 kms away from the Dive resort.
We hired 2 bikes and headed to the beach. I did not know that I was going to witness the most beautiful beach I had ever come across. White sand beaches with red leaves with the sunset was a perfect view. Just behind the beach was a thick green patch of trees. The view in the front, back, sides, and on the sky – was totally mesmerizing. I had never come across something that was so pleasing to my eyes. We took a path behind the beach which was covered with trees. There again, the entire land was covered with red leaves. At a time I had seen multiple colors – Red, Green, Brown, White… It was the most vivid path I had come across. Felt like staying there for a while. We were there for quite some time and headed back to the resort in our two wheelers. It was getting dark but I must say that the ride back was totally adventurous. Pitch black sky, no streetlights, with the only thing visible – few steps ahead and the twinkling stars. I happened to gaze at the sky during the entire ride. At that point, I was living in the present. All that mattered to me was what I was gazing at, the ride and this journey. I was thankful to the Almighty for making me experience all of this! We reached the resort and headed for dinner at a different restaurant and went back to our respective huts.