How to Make Your Movement Underwater More Energy-Efficient

The duration of your dive is limited by your own rate of air consumption, which in turn depends on how much energy you expend. Good finning technique, buoyancy control, and a streamlined profile will all make your movement underwater more energy-efficient.

Efficient Propulsion

Your movement through the water should be driven and controlled by your legs. If you watch experienced divers, you will notice that they use their arms very little, and move effortlessly through the water, saving energy, minimizing air consumption, and avoiding damage to reel’s and the marine environment.

Swimming with fins should be an extremely efficient way of propelling yourself through the water, but many divers are let down by a poor finning technique. There are several different strokes you can use, but all should be carried out with strong, rhythmic movements, fully extending the leg (or legs) with each kick. Uncontrolled thrashing and incomplete kicks will simply waste energy. It is worth asking your buddy to give you feedback on your technique even to photograph or film you. You may be surprised at the results.

Scuba diving is not a race, and the faster you go, the less you see. Learning to pace yourself and move at a leisurely speed will help you to relax, and a relaxed diver is an aware, efficient, and safe one.

Profile and Buoyancy

To achieve the most streamlined (and therefore most energy-efficient) swimming position, you should be almost horizontal in the water. Your hips will be slightly lower than your upper body due to that area being weighted. During a dive, you should look forward and downward most of the time raising your head too much will lift your upper body and make your profile less streamlined.

Carrying the correct amount of weight is important. Being overweighted will drag your hips and lower body downward. Swimming will then require greater effort due to your unnatural angle in the water, which will produce increased drag. You can improve your profile by repositioning the weights in your BC, or refining your weight requirements.

Achieving neutral buoyancy is the key to maintaining a good dive profile with ease, and also increases your efficiency. If you are positively buoyant, you will be constantly swimming downward; if negatively buoyant, you will have to swim upward all the time or crawl along the bottom – all of which require more effort than horizontal, neutrally buoyant, swimming.

Pristine and Serene Beach Front Villas in Bali

Beach front villas in Bali are a culmination of modern sophisticated luxury and untouched aesthetics that make for a soothing setting. Efforts have been done in providing comfort to the tourists while at the same time giving a flavor of the local beauty and natural fervor instead of the concrete lifelessness of many tourist hubs. A massive Hindu temple in the ocean and lovely beaches provide enough reasons for many tourists to flock this part of the world and the beach front villas in Bali help accentuate the feeling of calm and relaxation provided on the pristine beaches of Bali.

One of the more popular beach front villas in Bali is the Villa Ombak Laut with 50 meters of private beach frontage that is safe for evening walks, early morning contemplation of sunrise or the midnight promenades. This stunning villa overlooks the temple in the ocean and a lovely beach that sends allaying winds all through the day and the night into the villa. The beach of Ombak Laut is positioned very strategically. On one end it has winding roads that lead straight to the Balinese villages which offer a culture into the culture of Bali, the paddy fields, the Hindu temples and the banyan trees. On the other end, one is just 10 minutes away from hotels like Le Meridien.

Those who love golf, will find it exciting that this villa is just 10 minutes walk from Nirwana Golf Course too, which was designed by none other than the master Greg Norman himself. Other amenities of this beautiful villa include a private swimming pool, private rebound Ace tennis court and a lovely green garden full of frangipani and coconut trees making the villa, a gigantic home like retreat sprawling over 7500 square meters. For the nature lovers, the Villa also offers the serene vista of the cloudy peaks in the North of the Gunung Agung and the rocky Java coastline.

The Villa Shalimar is one of those exquisite beach front villas in Bali, that are tailor made for wedding, birthday and anniversary parties. It offers the beautiful scenery of an ocean and paddy fields and lives up to its exotic name, meaning nest of love, in all ways. There are 3 villas, a 2 bedroom villa, a 4 bedroom and a 6 bedroom villa which together can cater for up to 24 guests. The villa is apt for parties because of the accommodation and 2 excellent cooks on site who can provide you with a range of delicious cuisines. The villa rents range from 2200 USD per night to 3750 USD per night varying according to seasonal demand. The villas are laced with amenities including media and entertainment appliances, open dining area, a swimming pool and spacious bathroom with bathtubs. The beautiful villas are located right on the beach of Pantai Seseh, adding to its serenity.

Villa Bali Becik, with its unique architecture, is also among the list of Bali villas that you can consider opting for. Built on the basis of the open style architecture in Bali, this villa overlooks the beach. With rates ranging from 400 USD to 550 USD, this is among most affordable villas in this region. This three bedroom villa is equipped with all luxurious amenities and houses a swimming pool as well.

Top Five Tips for Backpacking in Bali

Congratulations, you’ve packed your bags and booked your tickets. You’re just about to step out the door, wave goodbye and embark on your Bali travel. But are you ready? Before you set off on your backpacking trip, make sure you’ve completed the following tasks on this last minute checklist.

Be Prepared: The better prepared you are, the safer and more enjoyable your travel will be. If you’re travelling in an organised group, find out what arrangements have been made for you and what arrangements you need to make for yourself. Do some research on your destination and prepare the necessary documentation.

Travel Insurance: This is very important. You are strongly advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance. Is it too expensive? Can’t afford it? If you’ve said yes to these two questions, you cannot afford to travel. Accidents happen. You should not base your decision to take out insurance on the assumption that “it will not happen to me”.

Passport and Visa: Make sure these are valid and up to date.

Who are backpackers? According to the dictionary, a backpacker is a person who hikes with a backpack. To most people, backpackers are independent travellers on a tight budget. Seeing that backpackers have a tight budget to keep, here are five tips for backpacking in Bali.

Top Five Tips for Backpacking in Bali

Sleep Cheap: There is no lack of cheap accommodation in Bali. These affordable yet comfortable hostels and motels dot the coastline and can be found in the city as well. You can sleep in a private room and one with a view no less for as little as $4! With such a good range of hostels, you can forget about the expensive international chain of hotels.

Eat Local: As tempting as they may be, try not to fall for “big Aussie breakfasts” in Bali. They may remind you of home but they can cost as much as your accommodation – $4! Eat at local food stalls instead. It is worth taking the time to venture out to the back roads to look for local warungs. These are “semi-restaurants” that serve dishes you would find in restaurants at a fraction of the price. The names of these places usually begin with “warung”.

Take a Walk: The best way to get around Bali is on foot. If your next destination is not within walking distance, take a public bus or minivan. These options are way cheaper than the transportation offered by travel agencies. The most reliable bus company with the widest network is Perama. Another option is the ojek. This is an informal type of transport where local bikers ferry you to your destination on their motorcycles. It is a cheap, fast and fun way of getting around.

One for the Road: Travellers buy souvenirs. It is what they do. Just remember that when you are in Bali, don’t buy souvenirs in Kuta or any other tourist area. Head to the central market in Denpensar on the Pasar Sukowati instead. Here, arts and crafts, clothes, paintings and souvenirs are cheaper.

Haggle Your Heart Out: Bear in mind that whatever vendors ask for their authentic, mass-produced Balinese paraphernalia, it is the price they hope you’ll pay for it. The rule of thumb is to pay what you think it’s worth to you. Yes you should haggle but try not to go overboard. These sellers are also trying to make a living.