As luck would have it, a group of haenyeo have taken to performing twice daily in a cove right in the shadow Seongsan Illchulbong. So after our Sangumburi excursion, we headed over there -- to a place whose scenery and geology proved to be quite the draw for me along with the remarkable women whose diving tradition dates back to the 5th century AD and involves their learning how to hold their breath for more than three minutes at a time so that they don't require breathing apparatus when going about gathering seafood underwater...
Early morning view of the haenyeo dive spot
The afternoon sun turned the water as well as sky a brighter blue
Down in the cove, one finds a volcanic rock surface
-- with lots of rock pools -- rather than sandy beach
Boats used by tourists rather than haenyeo
The haenyeo wade straight into the water (after offering prayers
at the waters edge to the goddess of the sea)
An outlooker got so excited he joined the haenyeo in the water!
The water was on the shallow side in the cove but still yielded a catch!
Along with octopi, there also was sea urchin -- which I can
well imagine is best handled with gloved rather than ungloved hands :b