Does nothing surprise you anymore? Do you feel like you've seen it all? What about oceans that cover 71 percent of the earth's surface?
The ocean that seems so uncomplicated on the surface hides another world that you can only try to imagine. You have not quite experienced the peace, the serenity and the sacredness of life under ocean until you have been inside its bosom.
“ Ah! sir, live—live in the bosom of the waters! There only is independence! There I recognise no masters! There I am free! ” ― Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
I was in my hostel common room in Gili Trawangan, Indonesia when a book, Neutral Buoyancy by a journalist and diver Tim Ecott caught my eye. I opened it to the first page and it had this quote by Jules Verne. I was very intrigued and even hypnotised by the way the author had passionately described his adventures under water in the book. Though Gili Trawangan and many other places in Indonesia are popular as excellent scuba diving sites, I had not planned to explore it given the amount of money required to experience this extreme sport.
As I was discussing the book with fellow travellers, someone told me about diving courses being cheaper in Labuan Bajo, which is a small fishing village in the westernmost region of Flores Island, Indonesia. Also, it is a gateway to Komodo National Park, which is one of the seven wonders of nature. Little did I know that not only would I experience the thrilling adventure sport of scuba diving there, but also get training to become an autonomous scuba diver.