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 underwater experience that allows you to breathe underwater while walking on 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, allowing you to keep your eyes open to explore the marine life of Lembongan Island.
Though is 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 had never heard about and 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.