While on the island of Jeju, I already knew my other goal that I had to accomplish: scuba dive and explore the underwater sea! Of course, this attitude made a lot of people turn their heads with me as if I won the billion-dollar lottery. Most people that go to Jeju are there primarily for sightseeing and/or relaxing. That’s why they look at me weirdly as I clearly state my intention to scuba dive where there are no tourists! A huge change compared to be on the surface of Jeju Island which is crowded with people, all year-long. Time to jump in the water!
And what do I see? Well, coral like anywhere else but this coral appears to have more of a bushy, forest-like appearance.
On the second day of diving, we get on a fishing boat which then drops us off in between 2 islands in this shallow part where the tides and currents collide! It seems like a weird place to go diving but it was actually quite nice. There were even ropes/lines in the water to make it easy to go up and down as well as line that went through the trench because there was some strong current going through that would have made it very difficult to make it back without holding on. They really thought this through!
Note: It’s best to be scuba diver qualified prior to coming to Jeju because getting certified there is quite pricey and it could take a lot of time from other things that you might want to do, instead of studying to get that certification. The water in Jeju is also colder than it looks. Despite being the “Korean Hawaii,” the water is not quite THAT warm but it’s also NOT that cold either. The water to me was like being in Egypt… but even then, it’s best prior to coming to Jeju is to have scuba diving experience in colder waters as well. That way, you are not completely freaked out at the water temperature and you can simply enjoy the time spent underwater.
Tip: It’s best to have some knowledge of Korean or at least have a friend who knows Korean because the divemaster did not speak any English at all. But then again, this apparent all across the board throughout Jeju whether you go to the market area, restaurants, fishing boats, hunting place, etc.
Tip: Rent a car – everywhere is too damn far! Even from the hotel to the dive shop was still a drive.