Nadia Aly is making her dreams happen. After realizing that life is what you make it, she left the corporate world for the ocean. She is now living her dream of travelling and creating compelling content for her website. With a focus on content creation and social strategy, she has grown Scuba Diver Life to over 1,000,000 scuba divers in under 4 years.
My love affair with humpbacks began in 2008 when I stumbled on some crystal-clear pictures of the whales, taken in the Tongan Islands. I spent the next few years dreaming of a Tongan encounter of my own. There are only a few places in the world where it’s possible to get in the water with them, so in the meantime, I visited both the Silver Banks in the Dominican Republic and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico to snorkel with humpbacks. Although both experiences were worthwhile, I came away without any memorable encounters or thrilling photos. I finally set my sights on Tonga in 2014.
From my very first trip, the experiences didn’t disappoint. I spent over a month interacting with the humpbacks and, to my surprise, got in the water with them every single day I went out. The water was clear; the humpbacks were gentle; and the experience was beyond amazing. As someone who spends roughly 300 days a year in or on the water, snorkeling with humpback whales in Tonga is and always will be the best ocean experience of my life. Watching a 40-ton humpback whale dancing and twirling in front of you, or simply floating next to one while it stares at you is incredible.
"Scuba diving is just a different world! 70% of our world is covered by oceans, and the animal life you find down there is just incredible. When you dive, it’s like you’re James Bond on a mission—there’s so much to check out, so much to be aware of. At the same time, it’s also meditative: you’re on your own, you can’t really communicate with anyone, it’s just you and your thoughts. It’s a really great way to disconnect from constantly being online. I would go scuba diving over anything else—camping, hiking… I’d far rather be under the water, checking out all the cool animals there." Nadia