Descendants of the Sun ended. I felt like my life has come to a standstill after the end of the drama series. Girls, you know what I mean. No more rewinding to the scenes of hunks and their half-naked bodies doing morning jogs against the backdrop of ancient ruins, no more romantic yet ridiculously unrealistic gestures of love to fawn over. Or for the most of us, no more of Song Joong Ki. The best bits of the show is here.
A good storyline and good actors need to be supported by the setting and location of filming. The iconic scene of the lovebirds on the beach with the wreck, that was Zarynthos, Greece. According to the most reliable source of information online, i.e. Wikipedia, said the production crew spent one month filming in Greece. When we mention Greece, we think of the white and blue houses overlooking the ocean in Santorini, and perhaps most recently, the country that almost went under in the 2008 Financial Crisis. Greece was one of the ancient civilizations which gave us Plato, Socrates and Aristotle, whose wisdom inspired generations of philosophers around the world and continues to be relevant till today. Mythological figures like Thor, Apollo, Zeus, were products of Greece too.
Whilst watching the show, the azure blue water bodies and the beautiful Grecian shorelines amaze me the most, other than the flashes of half-naked bodies of course. The water looks so welcoming and just beckons me. Unbeknownst to most, there is a lot of diving that can be done in Greece. Water temperatures range from 16 to 23 Degree Celsius depending on the time of the year. And of course, the visibility is the usual astounding 20 – 30 meters in the Ionian Sea. The Bay of Leganas is also the breeding place for rare species of sea turtles known as the Caretta-caretta Sea Turtle. On the Southwest Coast, Monk Seals, or adorably known as Monachus Monachus, can also be found lying around idly on the shores of the beaches. There are 44 villages by the seaside that offer a range of accommodation that suits different wallet sizes. The locals are extremely protective of the environment, hence the development of the area is done in full consideration of the sustainability of the environment.
Diving is usually done at bay areas at Zarynthos. The underwater architecture is filled with caverns and swim-throughs. There is a cave named Poseidon Cave, where porous rocks divide both chambers, exhaled air from the divers in the lower chambers passes through the rocks and goes up to the surface building a veil of air-bubbles. Marked by sandy bottoms and patches of moderate to dense corals that are made of hard and soft corals. Groupers, octopuses, eels, barracudas. Of course not missing sightings of the Monk Seals taking a dip or suntanning on the shores occasionally. Hard and soft corals can be found in patches scattered across the underwater terrain.
Steeped in rich culture and history, the underwater world is just as fascinating if not even more than on land. Expect Greek hospitality and service under the Mediterranean Sun next time when you’re there.
On a final note, the series has ended but there are pictures we can remember it by. Here’s one of my favourite. And yes, if you’re wondering, it is my Mac’s wallpaper.