Welcome to Between Two Worlds. That’s where I am right now, travelling around the globe while taking every chance to explore the underwater world. These experiences I would like to share with you in this (dive) blog.
I have been travelling for more than two years. After starting my adventures backpacking through Latin America I am now mainly travelling to places to scuba dive. My first liveaboard (as the name suggests – living on a boat which brings you to all the great dive sites) in the Galapagos after half a year of travelling screwed my plan on exploring the world on a low budget.
The Galapagos live aboard was the best thing I’ve ever done. Just diving, sleeping, eating …perfect 🙂 Not to talk about the wildlife you can see in Galapagos, most of the dives I felt like being in a documentary on TV. There were so many sharks (I always loved sharks) rays, turtles, marine iguanas, sea lions and a lot more. It felt like in paradise. I kept on backpacking for a while after this exploring Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Panama and Costa Rica – which brings us to the next liveaboard. I found a great half price offer to go to Cocos Island in Costa Rica.
Cocos is a remote island, it took us 37 hours to even get there and I found another paradise. The shark paradise. And I knew that I want to dive more and more and more. People started to ask me why I wouldn’t want to become a dive professional. I don’t know, I had never thought about this. I did dive in Belize and Mexico (oh how I love the cenotes, I need to go back there) and more and more people suggested I should become a dive instructor. Hmmmm….
After a year of travels and diving in Latin America I moved on to Asia. I did backpack there for a couple of month before I got stuck in Malapascua, Philippines where I qualified as a dive master and an instructor. I chose this beautiful island as it is the only place where you can encounter thresher sharks every day all year round. As an instructor you kind of have to bring your own dive equipment which was the end of backpacking. No chance to squeeze all the dive gear in a backpack and not even close to travelling light anymore!
After that, the way I travelled changed a lot; I spent more time in dive resorts than in hostels. I carry almost 40 kg (88 lbs) around instead of 15 kg (33 lbs). I travelled to Malaysia (Sipadan, what a wonderful place, have to tell you more about that later on), through the Philippines, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Bahamas and now I’m in Mexico to dive with sea lions tomorrow.
This is the reason I am starting this blog. I have been to so many wonderful places and I would like to share all the wonderful things I have seen, and will see, with you, no matter if you are a scuba diver or not. The underwater world is fascinating and wonderful, there are loads of mysterious, gracious, weird or funny looking creatures. I will tell you about places I have been, special things I’ve seen along the way and find out more about the creatures to present them here.
I hope you are enjoying my blog 🙂