Monday, April 11, 2016

Day 2370 - Snorkelling in Aruba

It's time to face my fears! 

Getting ready to board the boat to go snorkelling in Aruba
You may recall I ticked a major item off my bucket list three years ago.  That was a visit to the Great Barrier Reef.  Not only did I tick the item off but I also faced my fears of being deep in the ocean with the creatures that swim below.

Today I did it again.  I did my best to put the whole "legs dangling" fear behind me and I dived into the Caribbean Sea to snorkel with the fishies.

The ride out to the snorkel zones was amazing.  Seriously.  After spending time in Aruba, turquoise is definitely my new favourite colour.

Diving into the sea was not so amazing.  It took every ounce of bravado to dive into the ocean and trust that the aquatic life within wouldn't chomp my legs off.

I guess the shallower waters were OK.  I mean, the water is so clear that you can see the world beneath even before you put your goggles on.

However, we did one dive into the deeper sea to view a big ol' shipwreck and it was dark. I am talking eerie dark with cold water and choppy waves.

The SS Antilla was a 180 metre German cargo ship and now lies on its port side in Malmok Bay in up to 18 metres (60 feet) of water.  It scared the shit out of me.  But I did it.  I got in swam around for a bit with my peepers in the water the whole time.  While ever my legs weren't dangling I was semi OK.  I think I lasted all of about six minutes and then high tailed it back to the safety of the sail boat.

The turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea around Aruba

All in all it was a glorious day and one that will be remembered forever.

It's always a good day when you can look fear in the face and say "take that!" 

Have you faced your fears lately?

Ever  seen a ship wreck?

Could this water be any more turquoise?

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  1. Good on you for facing your fears head on. That water looks absolutely gorgeous! My anxiety has been so bad lately that even doing the groceries has felt like facing my fears, so I'm counting the small stuff as victories.

  2. Well done Leanne! You've faced your fear and managed not to be eaten by sealife... go girl! :-D

  3. It looks amazing!!! I think I would feel a bit the same as you going snorkelling there. I faced my fear of snakes when I was in Vanuatu about 15 months ago, and actually held one. It was scary, and I was tense as anything, but I did it. And afterwards - wow what an amazing high! I felt invincable!

  4. That is fantastic. Facing fears is one of life's greatest challenges and you smashed it. Now stop posting these amazing pictures Leanne.

  5. Well done. I'm really shark phobic so don't venture into the ocean at all. Even though I live opposite. I used to but not for years and years. I don't mind the idea of being in one of those nets behind a boat though....

  6. You are braver than me! I'd love to go snorkeling and discover what's under the water and see a ship wreck, but I would want a protective barrier around me so only pretty fishes can swim past me!
    Looks like you're having an amazing time! x

  7. There's actually a beached shipwreck not too far from my house.

  8. What a magical memory and good on you, Leanne! For facing your fears with such a stunning result.

    SSG xxx

  9. Good for you! It's such a beautiful spot to face a fear :)

  10. I have dived a shipwreck and thoroughly enjoyed it. You sound a bit like hubby who saw the movie "Jaws" when he was too young (or just impressionable). He has snorkelled in various places and can be tentative at times.

  11. That water is beautiful! I would love to do this. Thanks for the travel inspiration! #wkendtravelinspiration

  12. I love snorkelling but deep dark water on a wreck might test my nerves!


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