When we were planning our honeymoon to Bonaire – the biggest factor involved in the decision to go there was Chris and his past experiences with the island. He’d been about 4-5 times before.
The island is known for it’s diving. As a matter of fact, Bonaire is one of the premire dive locations in the Caribbean.
Problem? Neither one of us were certified as scuba divers. When Chris travelled to Bonaire, he snorkled, but never dove.
Me? I’ve never really had an interest in scuba diving – – I guess it’s just something that never occurred to me. Once I thought about it – I thought it might be fun. But, you see – I have this small problem of claustraphobia. It’s not so small really – – it’s a factor. It’s not the fear of small confined spaces, specifically – but rather a fear of small, confined spaces with limited air supply that freaks me out.
I know – I’m weird. I’ve always had issues with air, for whatever reason. Example? Want to freak me out? Put a blanket or something over my face and leave it there, even lightly – – I freak out. Breath into a paper bag? Forget it, not me! Nuh uh!
I had some worries that I wouldn’t do well with scuba diving because of my air issues. I mean – – a tank with a little tube with a mouthpiece – – immersed in water and that is your ONLY air supply?
I was concerned.
Yet – see that picture of me? That’s me. I did it – overcame the whole air supply issue (note – why is the song “I’m All Outta Love” going through my head at the moment?) and went through the 4 day course and am now a PADI open water certified diver. Yay me.
Not only did I do the course – but I LOVE scuba diving! We spent almost all the rest of our honeymoon under the sea communing with the fish, jelly fish, octopus, sea turles and what not. We did some really awesome diving on Bonaire and saw all sorts of wonderful creatures under the water. We went down as far as 100 feet during a dive that involved a ship wreck that sat at the bottom of the reef we were diving at the time.
It was truly awesome. Diving also gives you these incredible moments of relaxation and meditation – I think it would be impossible to stress about life’s matters while floating around the beauty that is found beneath the surf. It’s simply incredible.
We’re looking to plan our next dive vacation again – we can’t wait!