Scuba Diving in Koh Lanta, Thailand

I had always wanted to go scuba diving, but never took the plunge.  What better place to learn than Thailand?  It is one of the best spots in the world for diving, so I’d heard.

Upon arrival in Koh Lanta I started walking the streets and browsing the dozens of dive shops.  A friend had highly recommended 2 shops.  I walked to the first one and started asking questions.  The girls in the shop seemed kind of pushy and I had some questions but they were Thai with poor english and didn’t quite understand me.  So I walked to the other shop and there was a british lady working who I was able to ask all the questions I needed so I felt comfortable.

I signed up for a discovery dive, because I only had 5 days left in Thailand and didn’t want to waste 2 days in a classroom and pool getting certified.  Discovery dives are for uncertified divers and are more expensive because a master diver takes you by the hand practically the whole time.  It’s a great way to see if you like diving before you invest in the certification.

My first day of diving was to the island group Koh Bida.


On every trip, they post the dive list and important information on a wipe board.  Nai and Nok dives were around this group of islands.  Hin is a tiny jut of rocks that pop out of the water depending on the tide.  Hin is where leopard sharks like to hang out.  We didn’t get pictures on that final dive, but let me say it was amazing!


Here is a picture of the island group of Bida.  There are coral reefs all around these little islands.


This is where everyone gets suited up and then you just waddle off the back of the boat.


The cool italian photographer snapped a shot of me during the hour boat ride while I was daydreaming.  Having grown up on a boat, I enjoy staring off into the horizon listening to the engine.


My master diver was a nice british guy and the other discovery diver was a dude from Sweden.


Ready to go!


I had an OH SHIT moment before the jump because this is where I realized what I was doing.  It was too late to back out, so I took that first step.


Megan is a diver!  Good divers put their hands behind their backs all the time and just use their legs, but I had my hands out for my comfort.


These are cuttlefish.  I had never heard of them before.  They’re like an octopus-squid.  They were super cute!


There I go.


Here I am.


Sea cucumbers were my favorite creatures to find.


Me and a puffer fish.IMG_6899OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I survived!


At the stern, they pull all the divers in.


Here is Hin where the sharks hang out.  The current was strong but it was a great dive site.  I saw a very large leopard shark chillin on the sandy bottom.

By the end of this dive trip, all I wanted to do was go again and again!  When I got back to the shop I learned that they were booked the next day, so I signed up for discovery diving a different set of islands the day after next and went back to my A/C room to rub aloe on my sun burn from the day and relax with a bottle of Leo beer.

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