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Day 32 - Padang Bay - Seahorses and Sushi

sunny 31 °C

Our last diving day in Bali and also our last early start !
Still we left at 7am to get geared up and then travel across the island to Padang Bay,
another famous dive site in Bali, about an hours drive from Sanur.
However, today was again not a long boat ride, just about 1/2 hour from shore.
Plus today was our first "relaxing" day diving, as the last 2 days/5 dives were part of my course,
hence I was doing tests, exams and being assessed all of the time.
So today we could just enjoy the diving for what it was and to view the marine life.
Our first dive was at Pura Jepun, which means Jepun (a flower) Temple.
The water was again 30c and today beautifully clear after last nights rain.
Descending down we passed by a sunken boat now taken over by nature with an abundance of coral and sea life inhabiting it.
Then came the highlight of the day - a large Octopus scurrying along the seabed,
Then 2 Lionfish - very poisonous, so we gave them a wide berth only to then spot another creature with a sharp bite -
a Moray Eel hiding in between rocks waiting for it's prey to swim past !
Slowly we made our way back, surfaced and moved on to the Blue Lagoon -
another good site close by for dive number two.
This time we followed the sandy bank down and along towards the "Sunken Temples" an array of sunken stone Buddhas !
that had been sitting on the ocean bottom for many decades, now taken over by the sea.
It looked quite strange, a bit like an underwater graveyard,
But then came the real highlight of the second dive when we spotted (and my first) -
a Seahorse gently swaying along the seabed, quite large by all accounts and it was totally oblivious to our presence.
Once back to the boat we returned to shore and had some lunch relaxing in a seaside restaurant before driving back to Sanur.
It had been a great 3 days; 9 dives completed and 11 in total during the time we'd been in Bali,
In which time we'd dived all the 4 main dive sites of the island.
Finally we got back to the dive centre, said our goodbyes and
returned to the hotel to go out for a celebration dinner as we'd missed out last night. The Hotel had 7 restaurants and
we'd booked to go it's Japanese restaurant called Sakura.
The quality of fish was excellent and we managed to work our way through plenty of
Sashimi, Nigiri, Maki rolls, sat outside on the roof terrace watching the sun go down.

Posted by Andy-Irene 05:33 Archived in Indonesia

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