Koh Tao, Thailand
The past two days have been some of the greatest yet. We decided to get our Advanced Open water diving certificates and Evans and I were later convinced to do our Nitrox Enriched Air course. We have dove in Nha Trang Vietnam and back home, and let me tell you, nothing compares to this. Our first dive we were charted out to this site called Chumpon pinnacle. The swells were huge! A lot of people in our group got really sick from the rocking motion. The storm the night before was probably the cause of this. So we all got ready, let our air out of our BCDs and sunk into the giant fish tank. The visibility was amazing I could see so far! The reef was blanketed with fish then spun around creating cool reflections from the sun. All I could think of was "this is what dreams are made of." We swam around the giant pinnacles checking out all the different vibrant fish. If you have ever seen Planet Earth's shallow seas episode you can kind of compare. After the dive I was ecstatic, a whole new quality of diving was right down the road and I had 4 more dives! The next couple dives we just amazing, we had some skills to pass in order to gain our Advanced certification. Things like navigation, photography and other simple skills. We were also really lucky to see a bunch of blue spotted sting rays and puffer fish. Then..... there was the night dive. Something I had heard of but could never really grasp. Going down into the depths in pure darkness. Sinking into the abyss! We jumped off the boat and got our torches out and in a team of 6 we descended from the sunset into the darkness. It was so surreal like I was in space. All you could see was everyone elses lights and the area my light was exposing. I remember floating over a sting ray and the blue was absolutely stunning. I still can't believe how much fun it was, almost addicting. I really think I may be back here to do my dive masters course in a couple years. I recommend diving and this place to everyone it truly is as good as it gets.