Friday, February 11, 2011

Snorkeling around Koh Tao

Monday morning we took a journey back to the other side of the island. The more populated and party side, the islanders have parties here based on the moon. They have the half moon, the full moon and the blue moon party which was Monday night. Techno music was on until 4am.... Still our main focus was finding the best snorkel trip for Tuesday morning. AC tours was what we found. Starting at 9:30am we met Charlotte our French guide and the 4 other people in our group ( a couple from Italy and 2 guys from Greece) and walked over to the Long Boat with our gear to be transported to the dive boat about 400 yards off shore. First stop Shark Bay to check the Black Tip Reef Sharks, I saw 6. The sharks were cool but it was sad to see all the coral was dead. Next stop Aow Luek, then Hin Wong Bay where we returned to the boat to find fresh fruit waiting. Here Charlotte gave us the warning about the Trigger fish, they can be aggressive so in case you happen to see one don't panic and swim away slowly. Sure that is always what they say, again I saw 2 and panicked. Then I quickly exited the water. Next we headed to Mango Bay where we had lunch. We were lucky that we had such a small group, most other boats we saw had large groups and it was very distracting and people were on top of each other. Lastly we stopped at Nangyuan Island. This is a private island and a national park. We had to pay 100 baht (about $3) each to enter but it was worth it. We hiked up to the top of the island for an incredible view, then took a dip in the water where at high tide the beach gets washed away separating the islands. After the trek back to the boat we headed back. This trip was 550 baht ($16 each). Not a bad day on the island. Tomorrow it's back to the mainland.

1 comment:

  1. Sharks!!! Eric will make a diver out of you one of these days!!! It all starts with snorkling, then snorkling with sharks, then...well, you can see where this is going!!! So happy that you're enjoying your trip!!!