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Koh Tao Travel Blog

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No need for self portraits, I've got dive buddies!

So we ended up staying a total of five nights in Koh Tao, with me diving every single day. Just wow. The girls stayed with us for two nights before heading to the west coast, so I finally got my own bed again.

The diving in Koh Tao just never ended. I never did get to see any sharks (bad luck, I guess), but I got to see a lot of other rare sea life. On the Chumphon deep dive we saw three HUGE gruppers - probably close to 7-8 feet long. Big fish. Diving at Mango Bay - the one dive I didn't bring my camera - we swam into the middle of an ever-present school of fish. From a distance it looks like a huge rock wall, and it isn't until you get close that you realize it's a school of fish. Incredibly dense, far too thick to see through.

Matt with jelly.
You can swim underneath the school and then come up, completely surrounded on all sides, unable to see anything but walls of fish. Amazing. On the Red Rock dive we swam through a cave that was about 150 feet long. On our second dive at White Rock we saw the turtle again, and ended up spending about 40 minutes literally having a photoshoot with him. Somebody would swim up close (2 feet) to him, get their picture taken, and then someone else would take a turn. The turtle didn't mind at all.

On my last day of diving, the day we left, the conditions were shit. On the truck ride to the boat it was pouring buckets, and then we had to hop into a small boat and motor through 15+ foot swells. ''If you need a life jacket, some of the other boats probably have them.'' No sweat, we'll just grab our BCD's. What was going to be our third dive at White Rock was quickly aborted.

Colorful! If you wave your hand, they instantly suck back into the coral.
 After jumping into the water we noticed a big jelly about 6 feet away. And another 15 feet away. And another. And another. In the time it took to jump in the water and swim to the other side of the boat we saw 8 big jellies, and my divemaster was stung on the arm. Sketchy. At least they weren't the thumb-sized jellies, which apparently will kill you in just a few minutes.

We got back to Bangkok in the same manner as before, boat to VIP bus. Next time I'll save myself a few baht and take a government bus instead. We arrived at Bangkok at 5am and hopped on a 7:30am government bus for Aranya Prahthet, a town bordering Cambodia.

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No need for self portraits, Ive g…
No need for self portraits, I've …
Matt with jelly.
Matt with jelly.
Colorful! If you wave your hand, t…
Colorful! If you wave your hand, …
Divemaster training. Really.
Divemaster training. Really.
Turtle!
Turtle!
More turtle!
More turtle!
Charlie with turtle.
Charlie with turtle.
Me with turtle.
Me with turtle.
Koh Tao
photo by: RyanCorrea