29.10.2008 - 03.10.2009
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We travelled to Koh Tao from Bangkok by bus and boat, which was an overnight journey that took about 12 hours. We planned to learn to dive while on the island so one we stepped off the catamaran we found a place called Easy Divers and decided to book with them. This is the pier and view from where we got off the ferry.
The diving course we chose lasted for 4 days and was an open water dive course. It was AMAZING and really exciting to see all of the fish and coral deep under the water. We did six dives in total and went to a maximum of 18 metres below sea level. Koh tao has some of the best diving in the world and is also a very cheap place to learn to dive. Here is a picture of me and Jay preparing to go on one of the dives.
It felt strange at first breathing under the water and as Kim put it..."it's just not natural". I eventually got the hang of it though and can't wait to do more diving in Oz. We might even do our advanced course there.
The diving was pretty tiring but we still managed to head out in the evenings and check out the local bars. Our favourite was AC bar where we made friends with the fire twirler (poi I think is the correct name for it) and we even had a go ourselves. Here is a picture of a bar called "Cave Bar":
And all four of us enjoying our drinks:
And here's me:
I did have loads more pictures from Koh Tao but unfortunately our room got broken into and me and Jay had most of our valuables stolen, including our cameras :-( I'll hopefully be getting a new camera soon but until then the pictures will be limited.
After finishing our diving course we decided to make our way to one of the neighbouring Islands which is where the famous "Full Moon Party" takes place.