Welcome to Cabo Verde

First impression after landing? Not so great. Dark, empty, gloomy. That changed after two days of being here. Cabo Verde is not only beach and desert, but there are also many interesting places on the island. Also, when it comes to diving. I didn’t expect much from diving here – caverns and wrecks but after two diving days I’m seriously impressed. Cabo Verde in my country’s ranking is very close to reaching the top 10.

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Diving, how to get started

Found on the internet, dive humour what different people think how scuba diving looks like 😛

Last time I raved how fantastic the diving experience is and what my dive drives are. However, you need to start somewhere, which is the most difficult bit if you don’t know where. First time I heard about diving was from my bestie PRS, she is always an inspiration 🙂

We were in the Philippines and she wanted to do a diving certification there. I went with her to one of the dive shops and man, I have to say the diving instructor was a mix between Bear Grylls and Steve Irwin. Anyway, firstly diving didn’t appeal to me until Kleo, or as I like to call him – my Dive Guru showed me some cool underwater pictures. He also told me which reliable dive shop to choose if I wanted to get certified. Two days after the meeting with Kleo, I called him saying – guess what? I’m starting my diving course in three weeks 🙂

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Alice, why do you dive?

Diving routine: dive, eat, sleep, repeat 😛

To pee in my wetsuit is the sarcastic answer. The long answer is a bit more complex. It means in this and the next two posts you will get to know why I’m crazy about diving, how to get started with diving, some funny stories related to diving and most of all what is it with the whole peeing in the wetsuit thing.

Somehow, every time, when I say that I do scuba diving, people think it’s dangerous and that it is some kind of extreme sport that is associated with high risk. Somehow it is when you are not careful, ignore basic safety rules and play all yippee ki yay cowboy. However diving is not only about jumping into the water and watching fish, there are rules on how to watch marine life. When you do it for some time you figure out it’s more like an escape from reality and very much eye opening when it comes to environment matters like ocean pollution, shark finning or global warming.

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Welcome to Horizon 3 Dive Boat

Alice, the happy diver 🙂

This post will be more about pictures than about text as it’s the fourth day on the dive boat and I already saw mantas, sharks, stingrays, turtles, big morrey eels, lobsters etc. and today we had a beach BBQ. However, I bet you are asking yourselves, how does a normal day on a dive safari look like?

Well, it’s pretty simple. You wake up and you dive. After the first dive you have breakfast, then you sleep. Second dive, you have lunch and you sleep. Third dive, then you have dinner and… nope, you sleep later. First you look at the pictures you took, chat to your fellow divers, have a beer and then you sleep. Next day, repet 😀

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Welcome to Maldives

Maldives were on the bucket list for a long time, especially a dive safari to see all the sharks, mantas, turtles etc. Drawback was that trips to the Maldives were always expensive and I’ve balanced on the edge of reason thinking, am I really that crazy to pay shit lots of money for a one week diving trip… logic always took over here. Finally somewhere mid April this year, out of pure curiosity I went on the page liveaboard.com to see how the Maldives dive safari situation looks like. And there it was! a 50% reduction on one of trips. My reaction was immediate, book it, do it now, what are you waiting for, do it. So I did and now, while writing this post I’m in Male, the capital of Maldives, waiting for my dive adventure to start tomorrow.

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