Floored by Bali aquanauting

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Travel - By TYLER BROWN

HAVE you ever wanted to know what it felt like to be an as­tro­naut?

To wear a gi­ant space hel­met and move around weight­lessly?

It may not have been at the top of my wish list but af­ter hear­ing about the aqua­naut ex­pe­ri­ence while cruis­ing the wa­ters of Bali, I had to give it a go.

Aquanauting is a unique ex­pe­ri­ence that en­ables you to breathe un­der­wa­ter while walk­ing the ocean floor. It was like noth­ing I had ever done be­fore.

Af­ter go­ing through the safety brief­ing and learn­ing the cor­rect hand sig­nals to com­mu­ni­cate while un­der the sur­face, we were given our reef shoes and told to pre­pare for the weight about to be placed on our shoul­ders – all 40kg of it.

That hefty Seawalker hel­met is prob­a­bly what sinks you to the bot­tom of the ocean but also leaves your face dry, en­abling you to keep your eyes open to ex­plore the ma­rine life of Lem­bon­gan Is­land.

Though it wasn't easy to keep a steady walk with the cur­rents, and it was cer­tainly a core workout, I soon adapted to my new sur­round­ings and was able to take in what looked like an aquar­ium around me.

For about half an hour we ex­plored the depths of the clear blue wa­ter, feeding fish right in front of our faces and jump­ing like space trav­ellers.

It was an ac­tiv­ity I was glad I dis­cov­ered.

Aquanauting is of­fered as part of Bali Hai's Reef Cruise to Lem­bon­gan Is­land. Trav­el­ling on­board Bali

Hai II, we moored along­side the pur­pose-built reef pon­toon for a day of ac­tiv­i­ties, which also in­cluded para­sail­ing, ba­nana-boat rides, snorkelling, scuba div­ing and a 35m wa­ter slide.

The writer was a guest of Tig­erair, Bali Dy­nasty Re­sort, Men­jan­gan Dy­nasty Re­sort, Beach Camp and Dive Cen­tre, and Bali Hai.

Next week we visit Kuala Lumpur and jour­ney in­side the Batu Caves.

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