I woke up at my alarm. It was 5 a.m. I quickly got up from the bed and looked outside from my cabin window and could see a lighthouse at a distance. I got my breakfast and headed up to the upper deck. As the twilight lit up the horizon, I could see a small piece of land in front of us amidst a beautiful blue sea. We had left Cochin on a ship yesterday evening and after a full night voyage, we have reached Kalpeni , our first island visit in Lakshadweep.
We reached the island on a speed boat and was taken to the western side of the island where we spent the entire day. We went for SCUBA diving to the north of the island. We were given instructions by PADI an international reputed organization and were asked to practice on shallow waters before they could take us into the sea. It is quite an easy thing to do if you have at least taken a dip in a swimming pool. Then they take you to a slightly deeper portion of the sea and then you are asked to enter the sea. Once you enter the sea it is really a different world. It is so different and so calm that you feel disconnected from the world we live in. Everything seems to have paused and you dive deeper till you reach the corals and the beautiful and colorful fishes all around you. You will be amazed to see such bright colors and variants. The scuba divers will bring some fish food which they will place on your hand and you will find swarms of fishes coming in and trying to nib the food from your palm. It is kinda ticklish yet wonderful. They take a picture of yours and a small video and then your dive ends. You are brought back to your boat and asked to get up. I found this the most difficult part of the dive as you feel very heavy after the dive which I am not sure maybe because of the buoyancy your body was experiencing for the past few minutes. I came back to our site and tried snorkeling as well which did not interest me as much once I had done the SCUBA. We saw a dance performance by the locals in the evening and then returned to our ship by sunset.