KH came along with us – despite over 70 dives, this was the first time he was diving outside of Malaysia and was excited. Jeff was too, since this would be his very first trip. I was just excited about the prospect of going underwater again.
We might have picked a better location to go to… It was off season diving in Phuket, so choices were somewhat limited. But in any case, the weather was on our side. Three days before we went, divers had to contend with relentless rain and three/four feet waves. Yuch. When we were there, the sun was out in its full intensity, and the waters calm (but full of jelly fish) and clear.
Moray eel – sadly, the water temperatures were way too warm (30 degrees C)… most, if not all, the coral we saw were bleached. It was somewhat depressing hovering over the seeming wasteland underwater. At least we saw quite a number of eels, if not any clown fish.
Overall, both KH and I were a little disappointed with the dives. I have been spoiled by Sipadan, and also lamented the bleached corals. And where were the manta rays and leopard sharks that C was raving about? The four short dives we had also seriously whetted my appetite for more (Hopefully next year… maybe we could squeeze in a trip to the Caribbeans?). Overall though, we had fun. It was nice to soak in the sun, sand, and sea, and the deliciously spicy Thai food. Jeff really enjoyed his discovery dives and can’t wait to get his actual OWC. 😀