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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dive Certified!

  • Swimming with Triggerfish (watch out they charge!)
  • Crystal clear water
  • Watching sea annonemies sway with the water

It was our mission in Koh Tao to find the perfect diving school to get certified. With over 60 schools on the island we wanted to do some research and find the best one for us. We spent the morning scoping out the competition before we decided on New Way Diving.

I didn't know I would love diving as much as I do. It opens up so much more opportunity for exploring and the underwater world is just as diverse as the earth above it. I love the adrenaline rush I get when a giant fish swims by, and the excitement I feel when I see something new for the first time. Diving is like going into the unknown, you see the blue ocean beneath you, but until you suit up and jump, you'll never know what's down there.

Colorful clams

Sea urchans

It took us a mere three days to get certified. We watched a few videos, took a test (which we never actually got our results back), geared up and got in the water. It's a very strange concept just assuming that you'll be able to figure it out once in the water, but everyone does, I guess. After a few skill drills, we were diving. We had a total of 5 dives for our certification, but of course continued diving after that. People are crazy about diving here and after talking to fellow travelers we have unfortunately (or fortunately!) just added so many places to the bucket list. Lucky for us some of the best diving in the world is in Malaysia and Indonesia, and we're headed that way!

Bucket List Dive Sights
  • Sipadan Island, Malaysia
  • Komoto National Park, Indonesia
  • Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
  • Diving with whale sharks
Have you ever been diving? Comment below and help us grow our bucket list!

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