It all seems like total chaos but somehow it all works. The mountains of dive gear, the piles of snorkling apparatus, the loads of fruit and bags of ice all magically appear onboard the boat they were intended for. The bewildered divers, sight-seers, anglers and the snorklers are all guided onto the appropriate shuttle buses that run the considerable length of Chalong Pier and then led towards whatever vessel they are booked onto for that particular day.
We were due to dive on the well known wreck of the passenger vessel, the King Cruiser but it was far too windy out in the open sea (not as windy as back in storm blasted UK tho!!) and so the boats were taken to sheltered dive sites. We ended up at Koh Doc Mai (Flower Island) which is a firem favourite of mine.
There were a few little moray eels dotted about like this little White-eyed moray sheltering in the coral.
The Padi Open Water Course video opens with the declaration that you will see more variety of life in 10 mintues on a coral reef than 10 hours in a forest. Everywhere you look there are wonderful things to see.....like this spectaular Feather coral....
And there are ven divers who know what they are all called.
I do not....but I like taking photo's of them.
The fish life is, as always, overwhelming. There are so many different varieties it is impossible to keep track of what you see.I possess the fine I.D. book the Fish Guide to Southeast Asia and it is just insane how many different types of fish there are. The species hunts back home would be blown apart with this lot!!!
But I am very pleased with how well Kannika has come on. Those of you coming to stay will have the pleasure of meeting her. Kannika experienced, as do too many learner divers, a rather thoughtless instructor who frightened her. But thankfully it hasn't taken long to get her confidence back up and now she is enjoying the Kata shore dives.
Her first attempts at photography are coming along nicely as well.
|And it's back to the pool for a bit more work on the skills ....|
There's a bit of a way to go before Kannika is ready to come on the offshore PADI dives...but if you are determined than everything is possible....watch this space.
So, in conclusion, thanks to Asia Divers for giving me and I am sure everyone else on the boat, a very pleasurable day with great diving interspersed with plenty of excellent food served up between the dives.
It's a great way to spend the day!