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Day 31

Last day on Koh Tao

semi-overcast 32 °C

Day 31 - July 14.: A day of mixed feelings. Our last two dives on the course and our last day on Koh Tao before venturing on.

We had to get up real early since we had to be at the dive centre at 6 in the morning. To have a memory of our two last dives a videographer joined us and filmed everything. I prefer being behind a camera instead of the other way around, but still, it was fairly painless ;)

The boat left at seven and it didn't take long before we were in the water at our first dive-site: Hin Peewee. The waves were quite big, but we didn't stay at the surface long and as soon as you get under everything is calm :)

This was our deepes dive to date; 18 meters and the maximum you are allowed to go witha a PADI Open Water Certificate. To be able to go deeper (30m) you have to do "deep dive" which is part of the Advaced Open Water. On this dive we saw trigger fish, angel fish, butterfly fish and rabbit fish amongst others.

Back on the surface the sea was still rough and with the height of the waves I couldn't see the horizon. Without a stable reference point I quickly became really seasick and promptly puked my guts out no less than three times before it was my turn to get up the ladder and into the boat. It took me a bit by surprise since I haven't become seasick before at all.

Having fed the fishes with my breakfast I felt a little better as long as I didn't look down ;) Getting out of the equipment and setting up for another dive without looking down isn't exactly easy so it took it's time and I ended up needing a bit of help in the end.

Our next dive-site was Potteries and fortunately the sea here was a bit calmer. I didn't help much thoug and I puked a couple of times more before it was my turn to try out the compass skills on the surface. Back down on 10 meters things calmed down and we got to see a lot of different fish :)

The visibility was 15 meters, better than the first dive and we saw giant puffer, moray eel, blue spotted stingray as well as titan triggerfish. We even saw a Hawksbill turtle thanks to our videographer. They haven't spotted turtles around Koh Tao for several weeks so we were really lucky! We got really close too since it was hiding behind a rock when we rounded on it :)

After that we joked around in front of the camera doing backflips and such. I kind of new on the forehand, but I didn't care to much so I learned a new skill: puking under water. Not something I had planned to do, but not as bad as one would think either. As long as you take a deep breath first and keep the second stage in the mouth you'll be ok. Don't take out the second stage since the body sucks in air in reflex right after you puke!

Back up on the surface I had to go at it again a couple of times before I got up into the boat. By then there wasn't much left ;)

First stop back on land was a pharmasy to buy seasickness tablets. Then we got something to eat before we joined up with a norewgian couple we med at the dive-boat. They had been diving there for a couple of days and would be staying there a couple more days before travelling home.

We ate our dinner at an excellent italian restaurant. Here they server the best bread yet: home-made. I may have mentioned it earlier, but you just can't get good bread in Asia. Not the way we like it anyway.

At 7 we met up with our dive instructor for a beer, filling out our dive log and most important our temporary dive-licenses :) We also got to see the 20 minute long movie (along with everyone else in the bar ;)) from earlier that morning. Really fun to watch :)

The slowboat (ferry) to the mainland left at 11 in the evening and we got there early enough to find two bunks right next to the captains cabin. We even got to put our luggage in there :)

We also met this old danish guy who lives in Chompon. He were quite drunk I think; talking danish to english speaking people and english to us who understand danish ;)

Posted by atle 12:15 Archived in Thailand Tagged round_the_world

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