The Great Korean Road Trip – Day 20 -Jeju Seopseom SCUBA Diving

Seopseom Island Diving

Okay okay okay… full confession, this was one of the days I was looking forward to the most in the entire trip. Since I first got my PADI open water certification back in 2011, SCUBA diving has been a huge passion of mine and it has largely been a solo endeavor. Today, this was all changing.   

I did some research, and apparently, Jeju has some rather decent diving down at the south end of the island. I didn’t wan’t to leave anything to chance though, so I booked a flexible diving day with Allblu, Trip Advisor’s top rated dive shop. Okay, there were like 4 shops in total, but you get the idea! Anyways, we waited for the perfect day (weather-wise) to make sure Sid’s first experience would be a memorable one. Nothing else was booked for this day and all I hoped is that she wouldn’t freak out.

The diving, for her at least, went without a hitch. The crew was all very professional and everything went smoothly. Unfortunately, it was I who had a big issue. In 30 some odd dives, I’ve never had any problem equalizing or pain when going under. However, this time around, an intense sinus pressure built up and I couldn’t really dive below about 10 meters. It’s all good though, there was plenty to see closer to the surface and Sid had a great time.

I really don’t make it a point any more to go out of my way to meet travelers these days. However, Bob (I think that was his name) definitely stood out. He was a keen diver with 3000 dives under his belt. Yet, he was so humble and full of wonder. I guess this is a diving cliche, but I liked what he said when I asked him about his favorite dive. “My next one.”

Today has quite a few honorable mentions like

#1 – This fascinating packaging














#2 – This cool bar where they bottle Jeju Ale


#3 – And this hilarious feud between a local restaurant and their neighboring delivery company

“Lotte Delivery – NEVER PARK HERE!”
“Eunhoe’s Haejangguk Customers – NEVER PARK HERE”
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Julio Moreno

Julio is a California native who has lived abroad since 2009 as an expat in South Korea and New Zealand. He is especially passionate about experiencing other cultures and visiting as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites as possible.
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