The boat trip
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!