I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with diving. Although John and I have been PADI-certified for a long time, it’s only been in the last couple of years (since we moved to Panama) that we’ve finally gotten a decent number of confidence-building dives under our belts. Up until then, I just didn’t see the point, because I hadn’t had any peak diving experiences. Murky water, dead coral, cumbersome and heavy equipment, and always a little twinge of fear that something would go wrong. Remind me again why I want to spend my day, and a chunk of money, doing this?
That all changed yesterday, when we dove the Fowl Cays National Park in the Abacos, Bahamas. It was by far the clearest water and best visibility that I – and John, who’s got more experience – have ever had. Lots and lots of beautiful fish, relatively healthy and colorful coral, and interesting caves to swim through. At times it felt like we were swimming around in a big aquarium in someone’s living room, and if we looked closely we could see couches, coffee tables, and TV sets in the distance. I’ve finally had my peak experience, and it’s the first time I’ve ever felt truly calm, comfortable, and at peace with the whole diving thing.
But wait, you say. You people just got back from a big trip to Colombia, right? What are you doing in the
Bahamas? The short answer is that we actually had this trip planned well before we decided to spend the holidays in Colombia, which is an easy and inexpensive trip from Panama. We usually try to go somewhere nice for our anniversary, and, well, the hourglass is sifting away. Carpe diem, Bahamas!
Here’s a shout-out to Michael (owner) and David (our dive master) at Dive Time, out of Marsh Harbor. If you ever find yourselves in the Abacos with a jones for diving, they’re your guys. Thanks again for a great day, Michael and David!