I talked on Wednesday about the ‘inevitable scuba dive I would do’ and sure enough yesterday was the day!

At 11am I headed down to the jetty to meet ‘D’ my Japanese dive instructor.

Within an hour we were exploring the reef which was teeming with life! 🐠🐟🐡🦈🐢

I felt like I was in a live version of ‘Shark Tale’!

I swam alongside sharks, a huge turtle, my favourite Bat Fish & a multitude of marine life. It was fabulous. 😁

Later that day after the sun had set over the pristine horizon, I once again ventured down the jetty to meet D.

This time I was a little apprehensive as we were off to explore a dark reef and see if we could spot Manta Rays.

The only downside? At nighttime the reef is full of dangerous fish! 😳

Lion fish, stone fish, trigger fish.

D informed me that if I did not keep perfect buoyancy and happened to make contact with one of these venomous animals, ‘make big problem’ he said.

‘Hospital in Sri Lanka’ he said with a huge smile on his face which did nothing to calm my churning tummy! 🥴

I remembered a conversation I’d had with my extreme sporting friend, 8 years my senior, Nikki when we were skiing.

‘You don’t get old & stop doing these things Jo’ she said. ‘You stop doing them & so get old.’

Not wanting to age prematurely I heeded Nikki’s words & ventures into the dark waters knowing somewhere down there unaffected by venomous fish were also sharks. 🦈

Good god what was I doing! 😯

As it turned out I kept perfect buoyancy, even as the Mantas swooped and played through our torch lights.

We saw a beautiful turtle swim above us, all sorts of brightly coloured fish including the beautiful but dangerous Lion fish.

Then we turned off our torches to watch the neon plankton dance through the water. It was magical!

I’ve had a few magical moments on this trip & I do feel truly blessed (and also very brave!) 😂😂😂