After living in Korea for 1.5 years, I decided it was time to make the long journey home to Toronto to see my fam jam and Canadian Chingus during my summer vacation. It felt incredible to give real legit hugs rather than the usual happy face emojis on messenger and peace signs via video chats. I stuffed my face with all the foods I had missed in Korea while marvelling at how much the little ones in my family had grown. On my way back to Korea, I stopped off in Vancouver to see my bro, followed by a trip to Hawaii to visit my friend Bryan.
Bryan and I are both diving enthusiasts, so most of our time was spent in the water exploring the underwater world. My final day in Hawaii was the most memorable. A few weeks ago while we were planning my visit, Bryan asked me if I wanted to go cage less shark diving. Without really thinking about it I said “FOR SURE!” Both of us admitted that shark seemed scary so this would be an opportunity for us to face our fears. We signed up with One Ocean Diving, an amazing company that leads dives conducts research and promotes the conservation of sharks through education.
I was a bit apprehensive about swimming with sharks, but it wasn’t until our boat dropped an anchor 3 miles off shore and we could see the shadow of sharks in the water below that my heart was beating faster. My fears, however, were short lived. As I snuck down the ladder and slipped into the blue, I found myself surrounded by 24 Galapagos sharks, 6 Sandbar sharks and a really big barracuda. For some unknown reason, I was no longer afraid. I edited together a few clips of what we saw plus a bonus sea turtle we saw at Hanauma Bay. Enjoy!