I tried the “helmet diving” right after lunch. I couldn’t believe how heavy the helmets were, thankfully they were a bit lighter once fully submerged, but I’ve got bony shoulders and they’re a bit sore to the touch today from where the helmet was sitting. Since I didn’t have to worry about getting my ears to pop and trying not to hold my breath (that’s a huge no-no in scuba diving) with the helmet on I was able to get them to pop and had a good time.
On the cruise back to the port I ended up sitting inside and chatted with this lovely, older Aussie couple, Allan and Pat. They were so incredibly sweet and I just loved how they joked and teased one another. For some reason he reminded me a bit of a since-departed friend of mine, Mr. Baker. I had wanted to go up top and watch the scenery once the boat was under way, but I decided to just run up and take a few photos and then come back and chat with them. They were on their own and had told me earlier, when I’d asked if I could sit at the booth with them for the head count, that no one had sat there all day so I was free to sit down. All in all it was an extremely enjoyable trip, made all the sweeter by the fact that it only cost me $25. And that my friends is the perk of selling tours.