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My three weeks in Maldives were blissful , the only problem i had was in the initial few days when Ramadan was on .I got no food during the day , but i still managed to find a restaurant called Gourmet that served food to foreigners who had arrived in Male . I mainly travelled by taxi which cost me 25 rupiya per ride . From Male to Hulumale i use to travel by ferry which was 10 rupiya for a ride . Hattu the owner of Dive Club Maldives was very generous and gave a a few dives extra .I did around 12 dives in my stint their and also went into the lagoon , where i learnt how to navigate myself in Shallow water . i leant how to remove my regulator a stay underwater also how to remove my mask underwater and how to take my guides regulator and berate when the oxygen tank was switched off .These were important skills i needed to learn in oder to qualify my open water course .

Hussain and my instructor then took me through the written exam also which i cleared easily. I had my lunch at the Jade restaurant in Male , which was where i enjoyed lobsters and other exciting dishes ,like blueberry cheese cake and Shrimp platter . Diving can get very exhausting and for me it was a great meditative experience , seeing the world under the sea . Maldives is an islamic country but i found it to be liberal in many ways .I saw guys with their girl friends chatting in bars or in the park s or going out on the road on motor bikes .

The island is full of mosques and the early call of Azaan invites people to come in for prayers . Alcohol is illegal and in not served with food .

I was not allowed to dive on the last day because i had to fly the next day to Sri Lanka .This is because of the pressure underwater and the pressure one experiences when one is on a plane may cause an imbalance in the body and could lead to a problem.

I had great discussion with Hatthu where i decide that i will promote Scubba Diving to School’s in India . The deal is yet to be inked but we shook hands on it .
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Posted by Anuj Tikku 14:10 Archived in Maldives Republic Tagged diving scubba Comments (0)

Me The Scubba Diving Instructor

Instructor

Me the Scubba Instructor

My three weeks in Maldives were blissful , the only problem i had was in the initial few days when Ramadan was on .I got no food during the day , but i still managed to find a restaurant called Gourmet that served food to foreigners who had arrived in Male . I mainly travelled by taxi which cost me 25 rupiya per ride . From Male to Hulumale i use to travel by ferry which was 10 rupiya for a ride . Hattu the owner of Dive Club Maldives was very generous and gave a a few dives extra .I did around 12 dives in my stint their and also went into the lagoon , where i learnt how to navigate myself in Shallow water . i leant how to remove my regulator a stay underwater also how to remove my mask underwater and how to take my guides regulator and berate when the oxygen tank was switched off .These were important skills i needed to learn in oder to qualify my open water course .

Hussain and my instructor then took me through the written exam also which i cleared easily. I had my lunch at the Jade restaurant in Male , which was where i enjoyed lobsters and other exciting dishes ,like blueberry cheese cake and Shrimp platter . Diving can get very exhausting and for me it was a great meditative experience , seeing the world under the sea . Maldives is an islamic country but i found it to be liberal in many ways .I saw guys with their girl friends chatting in bars or in the park s or going out on the road on motor bikes .

The island is full of mosques and the early call of Azaan invites people to come in for prayers . Alcohol is illegal and in not served with food .

I was not allowed to dive on the last day because i had to fly the next day to Sri Lanka .This is because of the pressure underwater and the pressure one experiences when one is on a plane may cause an imbalance in the body and could lead to a problem.

I had great discussion with Hatthu where i decide that i will promote Scubba Diving to School’s in India . The deal is yet to be inked but we shook hands on it .

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Kings Of The Sea

Maldives Hulumale Island

You see sir we are the Kandurassefanu, the kings of the sea. We are the greatest divers in Maldives and now you are now going to be part of this elite club," said Dost my diving instructor. It was my first attempt at scuba diving. I loved every bit of it.

Having reached Maldives the previous day, I fell in instant love with the coconut palms thriving on more than a thousand islands that comprise the nation. Grouped into 26 low atolls in the Indian Ocean, less than 300 of the islands are inhabited. The Maldives is flat with white sandy beaches and excellent reefs with an abundance of marine life. Scuba diving is one of the major activities and is done at a leisurely pace.

The scuba guys had come to pick me up in the morning from my hotel. We took an old trawler deep into the sea in the reef areas. I wore my scuba gear as Dost, meaning ‘friend,’ in Hindi, barked instructions at me.

I jumped into the sea with my fins on and started breathing through the regulator. I began to sink into the cool blue waters and the bubbles from my mask rose upwards.

The feeling was like it must be for astronauts walking on the moon with zero gravity. My limbs became light as I sank deeper and deeper, almost to 25 metres below. The dance of nature started to take shape. Multicolored fish, the ray fish, the black frog fish, a giant sea turtle, all whizzed past me in a play of light and shadows. The dark green seaweeds danced amidst the swirl of the currents.

I stared chasing the turtle and was successful in touching it. I wanted to sit on it and go for a ride. But the reefs were thick and I lost the turtle. To be so close to nature, however, was a rare treat. How effortlessly nature moves and how infinite its scale! One infinite exists up in the universe the other exists below the sea in the abyss. This saltwater slammed up along the walls, stirring the sponges and soft corals clinging to the rock sides. Inside the lagoons the rock pinnacles vaulted up from the bottom to scratch the water’s surface. Nature at its best

Time slowed down as I sat on a rock absorbing the surreal life all around me. All this while Dost was taking pictures and recording the video for my blog. At 50 dollars a dive it was worth it, the vision of beauty and peace. Slowly Dost shook me out of my tranquility, held my hand and took me upwards to the surface. "You see many people go to the spa for meditation trying to lose themselves. I dive to lose myself this is my meditation," reflected Dost.

I agreed. I had forgotten all my worries during the dive. I had enjoyed the richness of nature. How strange it is that the more we take from it the more it gives us. If it can go on endlessly so could I. It is amazing, wondrous and boundless.

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