The boat trip

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Me on a tour round the island at the end of my stay in Koh Tao

Ended up doing the trip alone today as I thought I would. So when I woke up I got all my stuff together as we were moving rooms today as Shir was going off to Koh Pha Nagn so Jo was going to stay with us for a night. As I was about to leave she turned up and wanted to come on the trip but wasn't going to be ready in time so off I went on my own down to the meeting point.

I seemed to be the only one waiting so I ended up ordering myself some breakfast as not everyone was there. The majority of the people that were on the trip were German, this is where being half German should have come in useful but I didn't know any of the language. Once the people had all turned up we all walked down to the beach and chucked all of our shoes into a basket and the guide had already got our snorkels and jackets.

This was the long walk up well part of it to the top of of a hill with an amazing view.
I got quite daunted by the fact that we were going on to a narrow boat and thought that was what we were going to be on for the whole trip, thankfully we ended up swapping on to a bigger boat.

We seemed to go along for ages whilst taking lots of pictures along the way. As I was getting on the boat I was classed as a child!! Now at the time I thought it was quite rude but now I look back on it I guess at 27 to be classed as a child should be classed as a compliment! :)

Our first bay was Shark Bay and I was actually quite nervous about snorkelling - guess it was the thought of potentially seeing some sharks! With snorkelling you just seem to float without having to do much and just look at everything - or that's the way it started anyway. I managed to buy an underwater camera whilst on board from the guide, Mike.

and this was the view!
Although whilst he was opening the packaging with a knife, he ended up slicing a chunk out of his finger!! Felt quite bad as I felt like it was my fault. We had about 35-40 minutes at this bay before moving on to the next one. When we all got back on board a couple of the group said that they had seen sharks - not sure whether I was pleased that I hadn't seen them or that I would have been scared if I actually had seen them. I was a bit panicky when I was swimming as I was underwater and swimming for so long that when I finally came up there wasn't anybody around and I was no where near the boat so I would swim back. I didn't know where to look when one polish girl who was snorkelling with her boyfriend would suddenly just pop out of her bikini top. I had to swim away as it kept happening and she wouldn't realise until she got to the surface.

The next bay was Tanot Bay and Mango Bay. We were told that the majority of the coral had been damaged in the Tsunami but what I did see was beautiful, there was still some colour down there especially with all the different fish down there. I was a bit more daring this time as to where I went snorkelling. When we climbed back on board to the boat we had melon and pineapple which was just what we all need to get rid of the salty taste in our mouths.

Our last stop was Nanyuang Bay which was very touristy but still beautiful all the same. We paid 100 baht each to get into the Bay which helped to go towards the conservation of the area. We went off to do some snorkelling and when you look at the pictures from there it's no surprise really. It was slightly daunting when fish started attacking my feet though.

They had some adorable cats here
We weren't allowed to use fins as it was quite shallow and they damaged the coral and rocks.

It did amost look like something out of Finding Nemo in the water. When we were snorkelling around the boat before we went to the bay, the Sergeant Major fish would swim right towards you and not move until the last minute. We were told not to feed the fish as it was damaging to their digestive system. But people still did and when we were swimming someone would throw food down and the fish really did not care what was in their way!

At the bay there was a view point so even with my fear of heights I left the group to go and walk up the mountain to the view point. It was a rickety old wooden walk way to start with then long winding steps which looked quite daunting.

Finally got to the top and was absolutely knackered! I was taking pictures all the way up just incase my phobia of heights got the better of me. The last bit of the trek was a bit of rock climbing and knowing how high we were and the fact all I had on was a bikini and a pair of flip flops! Got a Thai girl to take a picture very quickly to show that I made it to the top! The walk back down was such a huge relief and went back to sit with everyone else and we had to wait for our boat to pull up. Think everyone was in the same situation as they all had to wait for their boat so it was like a mass exodus of people. We had to walk over a few boats to get to ours. Thankfully the journey back on the boat was quite short as I was really starting to feel knackered. Was back by 3.
30.

Spent quite a bit of time trying to get hold of Liat who had the key to the room. Couldn't get hold of them but managed to get the people at the hostel to let me in so that I could freshen up. I went off to the bar just to chill out for a bit and had made the decision that I was going to leave the following day to go to Koh Samui - it was time for a change of scenery. Gave Jo the option to come if she wanted, I know that Liat wanted to stay on Koh Tao for a bit longer and Shir had already left. She decided to come with me so we went to the local tourist office to book the boat and the transfer to Lamai. I was going to go back to the place I stayed in when I came nearly 10 years ago!

The three of us had to share 2 single beds in the night as Liat hadn't found anywhere to sleep so we pushed them together. Technically shouldn't have done it as you are supposed to pay an allowance. Finally got to bed around 12 ready for the onslaught of a journey tomorrow!

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Me on a tour round the island at t…
Me on a tour round the island at …
This was the long walk up well par…
This was the long walk up well pa…
and this was the view!
and this was the view!
They had some adorable cats here
They had some adorable cats here
The scenery on the way round the i…
The scenery on the way round the …
One of our snorkelling points
One of our snorkelling points
Nanyuang Bay
Nanyuang Bay
The crazy fish that attacked you!!!
The crazy fish that attacked you!!!
Such a stunning beach
Such a stunning beach
Where we snorkelled
Where we snorkelled
On the way up to the view point
On the way up to the view point
Me getting a picture in quick befo…
Me getting a picture in quick bef…
That was the actual view point.
That was the actual view point.
Koh Tao
photo by: RyanCorrea