Diving in Koh Tao
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Itâ€™s called the turtle island; the scuba dive capital of the world. And thatâ€™s not for want of a good reason. Only 7 kms long and 2 kms wide, this small, mountainous island boasts close to 40 different dive schools and a myriad of diving sites sure to fit any level or taste. Koh Tao is also one of the cheaper places in the world to do certifications, so obviously it pops up quickly on the radar of backpackers like us. :D
It was here that we made our way to from bustling
Our first afternoon she went to the classroom and I rented a snorkel to check out the magnificent bay we were situated on. Unfortunately, the skies were gray and visibility was nil. I thought Iâ€™d have better luck in the morning. That night Koh Tao got some torrential thunderstorms, supposedly the first ones since January! I guess we brought the rain.
I rented a scooter that evening for $5 for 24 hours and the next morning while Ji was in class, I got my snorkel gear and headed out around the island. I hit some seriously dodgy roadsâ€¦â€™pathsâ€™â€¦. though so my going was a bit rough and slow. I actually had to walk the scooter down one road and push it up another one when the gradient got too steep. I was seriously going up a wall carved into the side of a mountain! Unfortunately again, due to the rain the night before, the seas were a bit rough and visibility was seriously lacking. This is supposed to be the dry season. Whereâ€™s the sun!?!
That night I signed up for my refresher course the next day since I havenâ€™t done any diving since my initial cert.
We finished up the review rather quickly and set off to explore the reefs along the site. When I first did my certification, I was always a little hyperactive and was the first one to get low on air every time we dove. This time, however, I took things much more slowly and we wound up doing a 12 meter, 52 minute dive. Success! And the sun came out! Finally!
Back on the boat and just in time to see Ji coming in from her exercises, but not before she had to get her gear off, jump back in the sea, and redo her 10 minute â€˜float testâ€™ that sheâ€™d failed the day before. HA! This time she had no problems and even did her swim test around the boat.
Tomorrow Iâ€™m back in again taking in two dives at sites called Chumphon Pinnacle and Twin Rocks, so Iâ€™m excited about that. Ji will do her open water dive to 12 meters as well so itâ€™ll be interesting to hear how she likes it. Until then!