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As a veteran of recreational scuba diving since the days when we invented it I could be tempted to fall into the trap of waxing lyrical about the good old days. You know what I mean, the days before global warming, over fished oceans, pollution, shark fining, coral bleaching, rules and regulations creating a granny society where divers don’t take responsibility for themselves! The good old days when sex was safe and diving was dangerous!
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Kevin in Papua New Guinea in 1980's when sex was safe and diving was dangerous! We suggest you don't take this caption seriously![/caption]
But do I miss it, no way! Sex was free but dive travel was a lot more expensive, when we did travel we had to organise our own expedition to get there. My first trip to Papua New Guinea involved modifying an outrigger canoe to accommodate a Hookah, no, not the hooker you are thinking of, I already told you sex was free back then!
A Hookah in professional diving terms is a low pressure compressor with a couple of hoses 60 metres long that fed air continually to the divers below, until the petrol ran out! It took its name from the instrument that Middle Eastern folk suck on in order to inhale substances that give an effect similar to Nitrogen Narcosis. I find it very interesting that these days many of my clients are very familiar with this version but have never seen the compressor I am talking about!
The outrigger canoe worked well, our Papuan paddler followed us all over the reefs so we never ran out of hose! Sure we ran out of petrol but hey, who cared!
So why don’t I miss the good old days, well, these days we can travel anywhere in the world with relative ease, and when you get there you find excellent diving infrastructure and dive guides capable of delivering encounters with rare and unique species we never dreamed existed.
In the last couple of years we have explored the pristine reefs of Cuba, waltzed with Giant Manta Rays off Baja, Mexico, come face to face with Great Hammerhead sharks in the Bahamas and snorkelled with Manatees and their calves in Florida.
However, one favourite world class destination we return to every year is Bali. Not the tourist Bali most people know, we travel on our dive safari to the remote region of Tulamben and then to the Bali islands of Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Penida, well away from the tourist dens of Kuta.
Why Bali? Well you would think that after 50 years of diving the world I would have seen it all, but no!
There are many reasons we take our groups of keen divers/photographers to Bali. These include the great coral reefs, the beautiful coral encrusted, fish infested wreck of ‘The Liberty ‘at Tulamben where Giant Bumphead Parrotfish are a daily occurrence, the amazing variety of rare marine life species residing in mere metres of water off the beach and schooling manta rays feeding at Nusa Penida. Of special mention are some creatures that had previously eluded me all my life. These include the bizarre Harlequin Shrimp and the Giant Oceanic Sunfish (Mola Mola).
We never had these opportunities in ‘the old days’ so I am constantly inspired to keep travelling over new horizons and revisiting favourites discovered along the way.
So, if warm tropical seas beckon, clear water filled with amazing marinelife is calling, your Bali adventure awaits. If you want your dreams fulfilled, I will see you there, Sept 2016.
And if that doesn’t excite you, don’t be disappointed; keep an eye on our travel pages because I don’t intend to stop finding `New Horizons’!
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Kevin on the Nile, Egypt, before leading our divers to the Red Sea, always seeking out the World's next dive frontier![/caption]
By Kevin Deacon. Dive 2000 Dive Travel & Photo Centre Dive 2000