snorkeling in Nusa Dua: why it's crucial we protect our oceans

I tend to be a bit of an adrenaline junkie when I go traveling. Sky-diving over Queenstown? Done it. Bungy jumping off the Auckland Harbor Bridge? Survived. Parasailing over the Mediterranean, cliff jumping in the Black Hills, whitewater rafting in Patagonia? Nailed them all. 

However, I don't like fish or swimming where a sea creature could eat me. It's irrational, but so are most of my fears. Despite this, I was determined to participate in some of the many water sports and activities the beaches of Bali offer. 

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After a bit of research, Luke and I set out to Bali Jet Set Marine in Nusa Dua. We had planned on snorkeling in Nusa Penida, but due to overbooking we decided to go to Nusa Dua and not hassle with our first snorkel company. In the long run, I have no regrets. Our snorkel was a tad less expensive, private, and as fun as I had hoped it would be. 

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We saw heaps of black and white striped fish and got to take in the coral reef below us, though they were maybe not as technicoloured as Australia's reef or the reefs near Nusa Penida. I was constantly laughing and pretending to be a mermaid while the little fish families zipped past me. I felt truly filled with joy. So joyful, in fact, that I completely flubbed taking any really 'blog-worthy' GoPro shots. I was too busy accidentally swallowing saltwater and trying to remember to breathe through my mouth. 

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Honestly, the only thing that upset me about our time in the open ocean was that more than once my views of nature's wonders was blocked by plastic bags, straws, and other various bits of trash. It's a total shame too, and not because it made my views less appealing-- because I was swimming in what is considered to be one of the most well preserved reefs in the world and there was still rubbish floating around. 

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This year I've made serious strides to change my lifestyle so that I can help the planet I live on. I want future generations to have reefs to enjoy on their snorkels. Me pulling what plastic I saw on my snorkel from the sea is such a tiny percentage of the waste that exists in the world's waters. 

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So, why I am talking about all of this? Because it's important. It's really important. My travels around the globe have put me in places that are swept clean of litter with sparkling streets and also to {near} slums where people throw the plastic bags which hold the fruit they've just purchased from a local vendor out the windows of trains and city buses. Regardless, we all have power to help clean up the messes we've all made. 

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Snorkeling in Nusa Dua is still something I highly recommend. The water in Bali is {for the most part} beautiful and the views underwater {for the most part} are stellar. But something else I highly recommend is thinking harder about the trash we produce in our daily lives, guys. Because it doesn't just go 'away.' It ends up where it should never be.