I have never been a big fan of massages, wellness or spa treatments. On the other hand, my mom is a different story. She loves massages as much as I love food. I have always tried to be a good daughter. So for a Christmas gift I booked a treatment for her in one of the most recommended Thai massage centers in Bratislava a few years ago. Unfortunately, she got sick and it wasn’t possible to change the date of the appointment. Instead of losing the money for the expensive prepaid treatment, I forced myself to have a spa day. My experience was not the worst I’d had, but it didn’t cause me to fall in love with massages either.
Diving is becoming an increasingly popular activity for water enthusiasts and travelers, and Bali is considered to be one of the best diving locations due to its clear waters and diverse sea life. With diving now an important part of the tourist industry, marketing strategies are being developed to encourage more sport enthusiasts to try diving.
Dance with mantas and an odd fin
Manta point, Nusa Penida. During the 3 months that have passed since my arrival in Bali, I have heard from our diving guests at least a million of absolutely amazing experiences from this dive site. To be honest, sometimes it was pretty hard for me to listen to their stories (you see, it’s not always easy to smile at guests when you envy them so much and would immediately swap sweating on a chair in a dive center for a nice trip to Nusa Penida and, as a bonus, enjoy a dive with giant manta rays).
Scuba diving with Nemo
I slept awfully. I was constantly waking up and when I was up, I tried to breathe only through the mouth, without using the nose. When I came to the pool at OK Divers in the morning, I felt terrible, but I was determined not to give up. "Laci, I'm taking a snorkel and a mask, and I will try to do the impossible here in shallow water." "Yeah, I'm just gonna prepare the bottles and I'll be right there."
I try to calm down and immerse my face in the cool water, without a mask, just with a snorkel. Until I have only my face in the water, I don’t use my nose. But once I dip the whole head, I can instantly feel the salty water in my throat.
My crazy decision to become a scuba diver
When the instructors at OK Divers told me that I would handle the PADI Open Water Diver course with no problems, even though I had never dived before, I was kinda skeptical. 28 years have been enough time for me to realize that I am often quite hysterical. Actually, I was panicking about potentially starting to panic underwater. At the same time, however, I was ready to do what it took to become a diver.
How I started my Bali adventure
I've always been an adventurer. It usually occurred to me that I had the sudden need to escape my promisingly developing professional life. Because of this need, for example, I decided to travel to Rwanda after college, with an original plan to save the world. Later, I changed a convenient job at a law office for a non-profit job, which among other things, ensured the exchange of used syringes for drug users.
Scuba diving, or any other outdoor activity for that matter, should all be about enjoying being in nature and marveling at the beauty of it. Unfortunately trash has become a somewhat integral part of almost any adventure. It seems to be literally flooding our planet. Sadly, only a small percentage of people actually seem to care.