|LTH Gambling Ship|
We walked away and I saw snorkeling in Pulau Payar. Was curious about snorkeling so bought the tickets. It was meant to be for the two of us on a romantic getaway. Romantic??? Hey, it's not romantic at all. No rooms, no nothing. There was just a pontoon to support all the humans and a few steps for those who were afraid to venture out of their comfort zone. I ended up asking my eldest, my precious and my youngest to join me.
The two-hour boat ride to Pulau Payar on a choppy sea was not pleasant for my hubby and my girls. I'm okay with it... I am blessed enough never to get seasick in any circumstance. I can even read and write while on a choppy sea. But I guess I've not experienced a real choppiness of the ocean.
Let me share with you the first snorkeling experience. I was excited to see such crystal clear sea water. Then one of the working crew called me all of a sudden to see a huge garoupa fish near the surface on the other side of the pontoon. That was really amazing. I have seen all sorts of fish from the aquarium but to see them in their own habitat, was something else.
|Hey fishy~! Did you just peck me??|
I almost drowned in a wave pool when I was 13. I'm a self-learn swimmer after that drowning episode. I can swim and keep myself afloat but this is way too deep. My girls started turning back as well. We were kinda shocked but then I told myself I wasn't gonna freak out with the depth of the sea. It was 10 metres deep down under. After a 2-minute pep talk to self, I'm out in the open. It was really fascinating what was down under. I was excited to even see the brownish corals not knowing that most of them are already dead. I spent at least 5 to 6 hours in the sea.
|Baby sharkie on the move~!|
Next was moving around in the glass-bottom boat that threatened to capsize anytime as the whole boat was lopsided on one side.
We went back to the floating platform but instead of changing up, I went back to the sea to have a good look at the corals and to swim about. While waiting for our ride back to the island, we spent some time feeding the fishes in our own creative way.
I find that one doesn't have to look gorgeous in a swimming suit to go snorkeling. One needs to be fully covered, not fully exposed. I came back with charred ass and limbs. It was so difficult to sleep and it's not my first time getting charred skin. So, next time round I will need to be covered from head to toe. I need to cover my neck, fingers and toes and face as well.