Last week three of my fellows from my hometown visited Boracay for a one night getaway. I was called to serve as their tour guide, or something like that. But for a two days and one night stay in the island there’s always an irrisistible dilemma on choosing which activities to try out for aside from the swimming in the beach. There’s simply too much to try out in Boracay from water activities to island adventures, there’s even an helicopter adventure. We chose the water. Helmet diving + Island Hopping.
I was really hoping I could see SpongeBob below. Hahaha
In the picture above locals call that stuff ‘helmet diving’ but just recently I learned tourist calls it ‘reef walking’. Sosyal. It’s a fun activity and its not really expensive. For P250-P350 (depending on where you line.up) you’ll be able to experience walking and breathing under the sea for 15 minutes! It’s a short period, but in my case I was barely 2 minutes underwater and I wanna call it quits. “Get me out of here!” Kuya Benjie and the gang seems to enjoy it so I stayed and somehow enjoyed it.
I was really surprised that when submerged the 25kg helmet weighs only a mere 3kg underneath. The alien-investigation-looking helmet by the way supplies you the much-needed O2 for you to remain alive out there. But what it doesn’t do is to protect your ears from experiencing the pressure. It was a little painful at first as the pressure of the water underneath weighs down on the most sensitive are of the head, your ears. I wonder how Sandy Cheeks, Spongebob’s squirrel friend, manage the pressure. Anyways, there is a safety lecture on how to control that irritant and what to do to get rid of it. In a few minutes you’ll be OK and jumping crazy like me in the waters.
I’m glad I’ve experience reef walking but it certainly one activity I may not try once again. Unless it’s offered for free.