My time in Moheli ended up being fully completely different to what I had initially deliberate.

I had anticipated to snorkel and swim, and I had additionally booked us in for a ‘inexperienced persons guided dive’ to present us a style of the scuba diving expertise. I had no concept that I would go away Moheli with my PADI Open Water Certification – however I’m so glad that I did.

We met one of many Laka Lodge dive instructors on our first evening in Moheli and hit it off along with her fairly instantly. A Czech native that had simply obtained everlasting residency in Australia, Katt was outgoing, likeable and severely enjoyable to be round. We chatted for a bit about our guided dive and ended up deciding to attempt to smash out our open water course as an alternative.

I want I might say that it was the magic of the Comoros that made me need to do it, however truly, it was largely Katt. We received on along with her so effectively that we thought she’d be the proper individual to show us find out how to dive.

I had all the time deliberate to study to dive someplace the place the course was grime low-cost – similar to Thailand or Guatemala – and regardless that my checking account positively didn’t love the thought of shelling out a piece of moolah for the course, I’m so deeply pleased that I did.

Studying to dive began with studying the entire principle. I had thought this is able to be fairly boring, however because it seems, when you’re studying about one thing that really excites you, it’s the the farthest factor from boring. Plus, we had some actually cringe-worthy nineties period PADI movies to maintain us entertained.

Fortunately, we smashed out the idea aspect of issues in a short time as we had to have the ability to go on our dives within the slots that hadn’t already been booked up. If we had been sluggish on the idea we might by no means have had time to get all our dives in.

As soon as that was all executed, it was time to really go diving liveaboard Indonesia!

Many individuals do their first ‘confined water dives’ in a pool, however within the Comoros there aren’t precisely any swimming pools wherever, so these first dives are executed in comparatively calm components of the ocean.

Throughout these confined dives we wanted to carry out a complete bunch of scuba expertise. Many had been fairly easy, however some had been a little bit trickier! Getting the hold of your buoyancy positively takes greater than a strive or two, and taking off your masks, changing it and clearing it’s rather more disagreeable than it sounds.

Fortunately, we had been each in a position to do virtually the entire expertise on the primary try, which meant that we had been in a position to fly by means of the primary few ‘confined water’ dives and get to the great things, correctly diving and exploring the magical Moheli sea life!


One of the vital thrilling issues we noticed was two octopuses (octopi?) mating! For those who look intently, you may see one octopus reaching a tentacle round to a different ready octopus. I had by no means seen an octopus within the wild earlier than, so to see them mating was actually fairly fascinating.

If you study to dive, among the most vital issues to study are the assorted hand indicators which let you talk along with your dive buddy. Nonetheless, watching our teacher Katt sign “intercourse” wasn’t precisely included in the usual PADI coaching!



What I actually beloved about diving, was the way it allowed you to get a lot nearer to the wild for a lot longer. It actually means that you can admire the main points of the myriad creatures that decision the ocean house.

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