Due to its geographical location, the overall ocean condition in Liuqui Island is fine for most of the water recreations. Diving sites here is diverse as well as being flooded with sea turtles. For those pursuing for depth, here is a training paradise.
DIVECUBE HOTEL is currently the deepest indoor pool in not just Taiwan, but among the Asian areas. It is 21 meters (68.90 feet) deep and is divided into several depth sections so that divers in different levels can enjoy these spaces with their own needs.
Unlike many destinations overstated for their underwater beauty, Saipan is an authentic diving paradise where should have earned a more dazzling title long ago. For Freediving fanatics, this offshore-friendly island will feast you on a lifetime experience for “all-you-can-dive." Crystal clear water in a visibility over 30 meters is a norm here, with spectacular blue hole and vigorous marine life, you will hardly not fall in love with this precious sapphire. One more good news, here is jellyfish-free.
This trip was initiated by my Freediving buddy, who were interested in Freediving in Bali Island with Mola mola (Ocean sunfish). Yet I had visited Bali few months earlier, so we chose Gili Islands to be our destination after a meticulous research. It was still sort of an arbitrary decision. Many images and articles about the underwater resources in Gili Islands could be easily found online, however, we realized many information is incorrect shortly thereafter.
The question popped out to me for the first time when I pursued a deeper personal depth record in Moalboal, the Philippines. It had been uncomprehending that I could not broke my Personal Best (PB) while there was still enough air in my mouth, and my chest and stomach felt no stress. Also, as far as I knew, I feared nothing except for lacking confidence and deft skills in my Frenzel equalization technique. I had been questioned by a Chinese ADIA instructor I hired locally for tons of times: What happened to you under there? You must know what’s going on with you because you are the only one knows and the one can settle it, he said.
Equalization is one of the most essential underwater skills to learn for Freedivers. We must equalize pressure in the middle ear to avoid pressure-related ear injury. If not equipped with equalization techniques, we would be too painful to continue diving down. The most pragmatic equalization technique is Frenzel equalization; however, I began with Valsalva maneuver, a forced expiration of air against a closed airway that leads to increasing pressure in ears.
According to Collins Dictionary, Freediving is the sport or activity of diving without the aid of breathing apparatus. In other words, if you swim in a common 1.5-2m deep pool diving down by holding your breath for several seconds, you are literally freediving.
The 2016 vacation in Palawan brought me to enter the world of Freediving. I was so amazed by a Palawan boatman who could just dived down to the ocean with one single breath and limited equipment. His way made the ocean more accessible to me and attracted me immediately because I noticed that this could be the potential method for me to fulfill my all-time long dream. This, is called Freediving.