Today, Thursday, Gary and Burt were off Game Fishing which gave Jai and me the chance to go and have a dive without having to worry about looking after customers underwater.
The diving in Thailand is fabulous and this was a great day out with exceptional visibility, loads to see and a water temperature of 29 degrees.
The dive boats go from Chalong which is a 5 minute drive from the house. I go with Kon Tikki Divers who have taken on the Padi Open Water courses for my customers who have become interested in the diving through my little 'pre school' and shore dives.
The day starts at 0800 when we are taken to the boat. You can hire all the dive gear or provide your own...it's up to you. The boat crews do everything for you...you don't have to do a thing...the level of service for which Thailand is famous is top class. On the boat (which was a superb vessel with air conditioned saloon, sun deck, good coffee bar etc etc we were offered a good cooked breakfast...bacon, eggs, toast, coffee.....as we travelled for 90 minutes to our dive site.
Three Moray Eels watching me watching them
Angel Fish hovering by an old mooring rope
Coral Formation..it looked like someone's neck with a medal hanging from it!
Big turtle hiding in a cave
It's very hard to capture the magnificence of the underwater scenery on film...tumbling granite boulders, dramatic and colourful coral formations...stacks and stacks of fish...gin clear water...it's just great. This dive started with a nice current so we were off flying with very little effort required...just 'o with the flow' as the saying goes. Some dives just have everything on the go. I have never seen sailfish when scuba diving but on this dive three went above us at high speed...fantastic. We saw so many different species of fish, crabs, shrimps plus a couple of big octopus and a bonus turtle...brilliant.
Mantis shrimp....there were loads of these about
Mimic Octopus imitating a stone
Octopus just starting to reform into a different form of disguise
Another different kind of moray eel hiding in the coral
Mantis Shrimp....watch out..for its size, these pack the hardest punch in the marine world
The colourful but dangerous lion fish
Dive 2 was even better. Jai and I were accompanied by two instructors who were also enjoying a 'day off' and just wanted to have a day diving without any worries. It was a great little group as we were able to enjoy two very lengthy dives. This dive peaked at 17 metres but gave us a 70 minute dive...much to the annoyance of the boat Captain who thought we should be back after 40 minutes.