Travel Contrasts: Above and Below the ocean’s surface

I’ve been scuba diving now for close to 10 years and have done so in multiple countries with multiple types of dives. Despite that, my favourite part of the sport has been the same: the first moment my head bobs below the surface.

Sometimes the water can be so clear that when you’re standing on the boat you can spot fish darting around and make out the shapes of coral. But the full wonder of the underwater world isn’t completely revealed until you empty the air out of your BCD.

It is almost unfathomable to behold the stark difference between above and below, and what is revealed to you when your eyes drop below sea level. Usually when you dive wide eyes are considered a song of distress, but mine are always stretched right open as I descend towards the coral city I am planning to explore.

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The contrast isn’t just about the scenery though, it’s within me too. When I haven’t got a regulator jammed in to my mouth at 40 feet, it is nigh on impossible to shut me up. Unless I’m faced with a rather dashing bloke I can’t stop words from tumbling out of my mouth in quick succession. People often tell me to slow down my speaking; my mind races along as my mouth struggles to keep up with the pace.

But all that changes when I dive. There’s no choice but to keep your mouth shut, tightly clamped around the thing that’s delivering the air supply. While you can use hand signals or eyebrow wiggles to convert messages you are ultimately silent when you dive. The only sounds come from your inhale and exhale, or the fish going about their daily business around you. And for me, the forced silence becomes underwater meditation. I watch my thoughts flick past along with the fish, as quiet underwater as I am talkative above.

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  • Reply Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi

    This makes me want to try diving – what an experience!

    August 1, 2015 at 3:29 pm
    • Reply Cheskie

      It’s the most amazing feeling, I can’t recommend it enough!

      August 1, 2015 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Camille

    I fell in love with diving within about 1 second of trying it! I’ve always loved swimming underwater, so it was clearly going to agree with me… The peace and discovery of this whole other world you can’t imagine from the surface amaze me every time!

    August 1, 2015 at 10:07 pm
    • Reply Cheskie

      It’s just a gorgeous thing to do isn’t it 🙂

      August 2, 2015 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply anna parker

    I love this – I can’t dive (just jumping into a swimming pool fills me with dread) – but would love to see the view of under and over at the same time, looks magnificent!

    August 2, 2015 at 5:48 pm
    • Reply Cheskie

      If you are scared you can always hop on something like a semi-submersible trip, you don’t have to get wet to peek under the surface 😉

      August 2, 2015 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply Jasmin Charlotte

    This just sounds so awesome. I have been diving once and really enjoyed it, I really want to go again! xx

    August 2, 2015 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply Liz of Passport Packed

    Wow! I really want to learn how to dive! Those photos just look so inviting – the water is so blue!! Great take on the blog link theme!

    August 3, 2015 at 6:34 am
    • Reply Cheskie

      Thanks Liz! Diving is so amazing, it’s the reason I live in Cairns. You should definitely tick it off your bucket list!

      August 4, 2015 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Alexa C. @ The Spotted Bulldog

    Love this topic idea of above and below the water! I snorkel when I can but I have yet to get the nerve to dive!

    August 3, 2015 at 11:17 pm
    • Reply Cheskie

      You can still see so much snorkelling too though 🙂 Diving isn’t too scary when you learn how, I’m sure you’ll do it one day!

      August 4, 2015 at 10:40 am
  • Reply Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad

    This is so cool! I’d love to try diving, you describe it so well. I’ve snorkelled the barrier reef but I feel like it’s probably not quite the same as actually diving it…!

    August 4, 2015 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Camels & Chocolate

    Your photography is so gorgeous! And I love discovering fellow divers’ sites. Thanks for commenting so I could bookmark yours; consider me a new avid reader 😉

    August 17, 2015 at 3:02 am
    • Reply Cheskie

      Wow thank you 🙂 I’ve been reading your blog for a while so thank you for hopping on over to read mine! Although after over a month out of the water your Bonaire posts are making me a little bit too jealous…

      August 26, 2015 at 8:47 am

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