We arrive here after a long bus journey from Bangkok at 5.30 in the morning with no stops!! and then a nice boat ride to the island of Koh Tao! Have to say I was so excited to get here and dragged Abi about to look for a dive center for me to do my open water course! it didn't take long before i found one called Siam Dive Center. I went straight into watching the videos for the open water! 5 hours of videos to try and catch up with a couple who were on their second video! have to say i am glad i got it over and done with. Abi had a good explore whist i was doing this and met a cool Brazilian called Diego! I have to say by the end of the videos i was brain dead so we both had an early night. we both got up together and then headed our separate ways for the day, in the morning we went through the chapter reviews of the book as we had an exam at the end of it. was too much like being back at school, my brain still wasn't fully functional, but in the afternoon we went for 2 dives!! the first was in the shallowish water to learn the skills needed like how to empty your mask underwater and sharing the regulator if you run out of air etc, it was actually really fun and wasn't as scary as i thought it would be! I pretty much fell in love with it there and then with the fish just swimming past your face as you practice the skills. then the second dive was a fun dive to about 12 meters where we didn't need to do any skills, it was so nice to just watch all of the fish. we saw loads of things such as, long-tailed banner fish, bat fish, grouper, butterfly fish, trigger fish and so much more, i loved it! ( i would upload so pictures as well but the computer won't let me) Meanwhile Abi had gone off for the day with Diego and his motorbike exploring the island, she managed to fall off a rock and cut her hand and the bottom of her feet and so when we were reunited in the evening she took herself to the doctors, and came back in a bit of a mood because they charged her so much for bandages for her feet, But no worries i helped her bandage her feet up and we had a good laugh about it! it was another early night though as more diving the next day!
The second day of diving was more skills and a fun dive again! The skills included taking your BCD off under water and then at the surface. CanaRy first all these skills seemed pretty scary but as soon as you do them it's fine! Can't tell you how much I had fallen in love with diving already! The two dives were really fun and the second fun dive at about 12 meters we had to do a few skills including taking the mask off and flooding it etc! We saw the same usual fish! And lots of trigger fish which have. Territory which you have to watch out for but everything was fine! On our second dive we also saw a whale shark in the distance from our boat which was awesome! But we didn't manage to swim with it on our dive as we had to stay near the dive site!
These photos are all from our video of our last two dives on the third and final day of our open water! For the final day we had morning dives which you have to get up early for but are definitely worth it! There are a lot less divers about which is nice. We went to one of the best dive sites on koh tao which is called chumphon pinnacle, that is amazing, there are so many different colourful fish and although we saw many similar fish somehow they all seem different and you don't really care that you see them so often! It's an amazing underwater world down there! We had these last 2 dives videod which was great fun and the video is really good! Me and the Dutch couple got on really well during open water course so all agreed to come back to do our advanced together!
We had a couple more days on the island to explore a bit so we decided to take a visit to Shark Bay to do some snorkelling with 2 girls that were sharing our room with us! Abu sat on the beach doing what she does best and soaking up the rays on the beach which I went snorkelling with the girls, all in all I saw 12 reef sharks and 3 cobia, which are massive fish which people sometimes mistake for the reef sharks! The sharks were very beautiful just swimming along the bottles floor not bothered at all by the people floating above! I could have stayed watching them for ages, but when your hands start to look like wrinkly prunes you know it's probably time to get out!
I have to say that I loved koh Tao and met so many nice people which I hope to keep in touch with! The dive instructors were also really lovely and so easy to get on with! I especially enjoyed the showings of finding nemo in the dive shop! And I enjoyed going out with the dive instructors, they really know how to make you feel like a part of a family!
Ps sorry for the lack of posting entries! It's been hard to get to computers, we are currently trying to catchup on ourselves hope everyone Well at home! Xx