We arrived on the fast boat to Gili Trawangan and were immediately mesmorized by the scenery of endless blue ocean lapping the sandy shores. And off in the distance in nearby Lombok, the view of endless mountains was increible.
Off the boat we headed straight for Manta Dive to sign up for our open water dive course. From their they suggested a place to stay – Pondok Lita- where we quickly settled in. The first afternoon on the island we spent watching the instructional DVDs for the dive course. The next day was pouring rain so we were happy to have a full day planned for the course. The morning included some skills in the pool and then in the afternoon we took our first dive in the ocean. It was pretty scary at first and I found myself to be very tense but we had an awesome instructor so he did a great job of keeping us calm and breathing. Despite my adiment fish phobia, I found myself largely distracted by my breathing and the sheer beauty of the under water world that I quickly shed the fear and replaced it with respect and admiration. Who would have thought that a girl who would refuse to go in the ocean at the first sight of a fish would voluntarily enter their world.
The second day of the course included so more advanced pool skills and again another dive in the ocean. The current was really strong so we found it challenging to find our neutral bouancy as we dove around a sunken pier but eventually we just rode with the current and it was far more relaxing.
That night was maria’s birthday so her and our new Autralian friends/neighbors, Stinky and Shaun, (brothers from australia) had some dinner and drinks in honor of her bday.
The next day proved to be a challenge getting out of bed for us and our scuba instructor so together we decided totaled a day off and resume the following day. The rest of the day made for incredible beach weather so the four of us took full advantage of it and did some swimming and tanning. That night we all, including the owner of our guest house, ventured down to sunset point to watch the sunset. Then it was dinner time and card time! The ozzys picked up euchre very easily so we spent the rest of the night playig cards and this set the tone for the remainder of the week.
Th next day included our third and fourth dives needed for our open water course and the test writing. On our final dives our instructor brought down a digital camera and took some great pictures for us. On our last dive we saw a nurse shark and a sting Ray! So cool!
The last day was spent again on the beach and playing cards with stinky and Shaun and packing up for our departure. This morning we said goodbye to our friends and the owner of the guest house and we are now on our way back to Kuta for the day to wait out the time we have before heading to the airport for our flight to Darwin tonight!!!!!