18.03.2013 - 24.03.2013 30 °C
I have found one of my most favorite beach-towns in the world. Correction: my MOST favorite beach-town. (Side note: Rio de Janeiro does not fall under the "town" category).
The water ranges from bright, light blue to turquoise and darker shades if azul, the sand ranges from white to whiter, people are friendly, it only rains at night, beaches are never-ending, the city itself is quaint, food is absolutely amazing, and anywhere you turn there are fish leaping out of pure joy (really, I've seen more jumping fish than in my whole life combined, and it actually looks pretty funny.. Fish don't really "bend" so they don't really "leap" gracefully so much as suddenly appear from the water for half a second before flopping back in again with a splash) and sea turtles swimming by, sticking their little heads out of the water like the cutest periscopes ever before heading on their way to bite off the toe of some unsuspecting tourist (just kidding -we still have all our toes and fingers despite close proximity to sea turtles).
To be noted, this is also basically the first beach in brazil where we have been able to swim. As in going in the water deep enough for us to not touch the bottom, float around outside the breaking point of the waves or bodysurf at the breakpoint without our lives being in danger. WONDERFUL.
However, what I really want to talk about is going DIVING. When I started reading up on Arraial do Cabo, it became clear that the small town hosts some of "the best diving in all of Brazil". Instantly, I knew that above all else, I really wanted to explore the underwater world again. I got my diver's license in 2009, and have since then only done a couple of dives. Man, it had been about 2 years since my last dive, and that is quite a bit! But I couldn't let the chance pass me by.
I set to studying, and basically read through all the theory of the PADI open water divers course to freshen up my mind. That gave me enough confidence to go to a scuba diving agency and ask about their offers. I was very careful to explain how long it had been since my last dive and that I was feeling rusty. They assured me that this wouldn't be a problem. Also, it turned out that Christoffer and Asia would be able to come along on the boat and snorkel while the rest of us were diving for a small fee (which, turned out to be free because they forgot to ask for payment). I payed my 180 Reales for two dives including all the equipment (good deal!) and proceeded to wait for the next morning with more than a few expectant, happy-but-a-bit-anxious butterflies in my stomach.
Big surprise (not) - the day turned out to be absolutely amazing, wonderful, mind blowing, deeply satisfactory.. Oh I LOVE being underwater so much!!! It is such a totally different world and it makes me so calm, harmonic and happy deep into my bones. By the time I was finished with the first dive and came out of the water I was elated. And the best thing ever was to have Christoffer and Asia on the boat, sitting up front in the sun having fika and being the wonderful captive audience that let me go on and on about my dive, seeing fish of all colors shapes and sizes, rocks, plants, anemones, corals, SEA TURTLES.. So amazing.
The second dive was just as good! I did t encounter any sea turtles that time but nonetheless a SEA HORSE! Soo cool!! It was a lot bigger than I had expected and DO CUTE! Absolutely adorable! Oh, I could have stayed right there totally enraptured by the creature for like the rest of the dive :P
Arraial do cabo was a little piece of paradise. Everything from the nature, beaches, ocean, cliffs to the excursions and the weather and food.. The town itself has a really friendly feeling to it, we didn't get gawked at and actually it seemed like people couldn't care less that we were obviously tourists/not from there and we loved it!
Until next time, I will dream about this wonderful town (and as it is so close to Rio, I can actually nurture (for once) realistic plans to go back!) (not that my dreams are in any way unrealistic otherwise but..).
Yes. There will be a next time.