This was the first day of our open water dives and we were all very stressed. We were to do 2 open water dives at Nemo Reef.
After a 30 mins practice of finning, I was buddied with another instructor JuJu and another student.
The first dive was up to 5 metres where we saw various fishes like Parrot Fish, Angel Fish, Butterfly Fish, Anemone Fish (lots of them, hence the name), and Damsel Fish.
The first dive will always be the most closest to my heart. The calmness I felt when I was underwater cannot be explained. It is truly an amazing experience.
We then came up for a small break. You need to take 10 mins break between your dives. Our tanks were filled with more air while we enjoyed some tea, biscuits and samosas.
The second dive was 7.5 meters deep where we saw Clown Fishes (Nemo fishes), pipefish, Leafy ghost pipe fish , Angelfish, Sweet lips and Scorpion Fish.
Post the dives, we came back to Diveindia where I had prawns curry with rice and Appalam. We then had another theory class which went on for about an hour.
At about 4, my trip buddies and me enjoyed some amazing filter coffee.
I gave my SSI Theory exam at the same time. The exam is a requirement which needs to answer 40 questions correctly out of 50.
You can give the test anytime during your 4 day course.
Post that we headed to the market. The market is a nice long 30 mins walk from Diveindia. The medical stores and ATMs are only here.
We walked around for sometime and on recommendation went to Squid. This small restaurant is famous for all its seafood. We tried the Squid Masala and Prawns Masala.
A 5 minute walk before Squid is a small mithai shop which has delicious sweet boondi.
We then walked back to Emerald Gecko. That was a slightly longer walk back.
This was the night before my birthday. On request from my trip buddies, they put out a candle lit table on the beach. It was beautiful. We relished some Andamans Fish Curry and Coconut Fish Curry with rice and parathas. Yummy!
I was surprised with a birthday cake which surprisingly was really good.