Early riser for the sunrise washing over the beach, slight clouds in the sky, pink haze danced over the sands. Life starting afresh and calm.
Reclined back with book on balcony as my eyes were glued to a juicy chapter, long and super detailed book but so worth it. (Dead Man Risen by Toby Harnden)
Today we had three dives to complete as part of the Advanced Diver course, so it was a jam-packed day of water time followed by classroom learning.
The wreck dive first- absolutely incredible- you could see all the engine shaft components, the pistons, the crankshaft and conrod. Which really brought to life a geeky module of my engineering degree, seeing them up front, big scale under water was beautiful. The propeller was also still intact, and a giant anchor. The skeleton of the main hull structure was like being inside the ribcage of a giant whale. Shoal of pale pink big eyed fish were hiding out underneath a ledge. Giant table coral, with candelabra of more table coral.
You get the wonderful impression that nature has absorbed the boat, and welcomed it into the marine world.
The third dive was Peak Performance Buoyancy: learning how to be most efficient with your air. One of the tasks was to swim through a metre ish square diamond. Manuel hit the top Apex each time and Parveen's reaction sent me into a fit of giggles each time, which then surrounded my face in a world of bubbles, which was even more hilarious to me. Then I needed to cough so hard even more bubbles around me- so smooth Ibbs!
After a cheeky nap and freshen up we decided to venture further afield along Nilaveli Beach. We reached the military base slap-bang in the middle of the beach, and so walked onto the wire fence into the island. After traipsing along for a solid 10 minutes, all beginning to get rather irritable and grouchy we gave up and got picked up by a passing tuk tuk, a very kind honest man- Rafik was a true reflection of all Sri Lankans.
We rocked up at an absolutely stunning hotel, minimalist design, serene square pools, smart concrete pillars, granite benches, bowls of floating flowers, soft candle glow on the sand, whispering of the palm fronds - a world away from the guesthouses we were used to!
Dinner serenaded by talented acoustic singer. Waitress had the cutest smile and was ever so attentive. Delicious seafood, inventive recipes and simply & generously portioned. We went all out and ordered a cocktail, treating ourselves to some luxury for one night!
Tuk tuk back home to shower, power cut & bed. What an adventure!