Tag Archive for Scuba

Bali Diving and the Economics of Happenstance

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Toward the end of our time in Bali, we traveled to the east coast of the island and the small village of Tulamben, where I took my advanced scuba course. Tulamben is an interesting place.  It’s a tiny village of just a few hundred people, located on a strip of beach that is significant only because of something that happened here more than 70 years ago. In January 1942, the USAT Liberty, a US Army transport ship, was headed from Australia to the Philippines with a shipment of railroad parts…

Diving the Great Barrier Reef

One of the highlights of our trip to Australia was the opportunity to see the Great Barrier Reef. We’ve taken two trips out the Great Barrier Reef to go snorkeling and so I could do some diving.  Our first trip was out of Port Douglas, on the far northern end of the Reef. Our second was to Lady Musgrave Island, near the southern-most end.  In addition, I took a diving trip out the wreck of the SS Yongala, a steamship that sunk in 1911.  This wasn’t technically part of the…

Fiji underwater

Coral wonderland

One of my goals on this trip was to get Scuba certified, and when we decided to spend two weeks in Fiji, I guessed that it was as good a place as any to do it.   It turned out to be a lucky guess.  I hadn’t realized how much of a destination location Fiji is for scuba divers, but Fiji’s reefs are famous for their diversity of soft coral, and people travel from all over the world to dive there; the manager of our hotel told us that foreign…