A (Diver's) Paradise
11.09.2012 - 16.09.2012 30 °C
Koh Tao is a small Island (21 km²) in the Gulf of Thailand and is worldwide kown as THE divers's Hotspot.
Cleary, I visited it immediately. It took me around 12 hours with the night train from Bangkok to KohTao (around 400Baht).
For me, finally arriving at an island was double spectacular: After one month of India and a few days of Bangkok, my heart was longing for some silent places.
It was hard to find some silent places on Koh Tao though. I met young, passionated backpacker-divers everywhere and i felt comfortable immediately. I mean, who needs silence if you meet people who are cut from the same clothes as you are at every corner? It was amazing. This island is so small but there seems to be a party every five meters. And everyone spoke my favorite language: Scuba Diving.
The best thing was that since Koh Tao is a diver's island there are special offers everywhere. Me and Andrea (who did her open water course on KohTao) where offered free accommodation at Ban's Diving Resort as long as we dive daily. We had a clean appartment with hot water, a television and a Pool! This was a luxury I couldn't even dream of! We enjoyed the time and had amazing dives at Sail Rock.
SAIL ROCK: A bullshark experience.
This part of the blog entry can be kind of boring for non-divers. But since i know so many people who share this passion, I will talk about it anyway.
Koh Tao is rather expensive for Thai circumstances. A Fun Dive costs around 1000 Baht and a day trip to Sail Rock even 3000 Baht. But i was longing for adventure and so i decided to go for it. And it was worth it all! After 2 hours we reached the small "island" between Koh tao and Koh Phangan. We descended to 20 metres and then we were in the middle of a Bullshark-meeting! There were seven (!) of them surrounding us! I have to admit, my heart was racing like crazy, even though I was prepared and fully briefed to this meeting. But still, bullsharks are wild, unpredictable animals and they are getting used to the divers more and more. Who knows, one day they might rise their interest in us. But not yet. I was lucky, they didn't care about me and my onervosity, although they came pretty close (about two metres away from me).
I definitely loved the experience and I will visit Sail Rock again. I am aware of the risks that are connected to shark diving but i just can't help. I love them, they are so beautiful, peaceful and stunning. And as long as you act appropriate, there will just be a little risk left.
What I didnt like was the overcrowding. I am used to a kind, family atmosphere at dive centers but this was more an anonymous, assembly line, trip. Ididnt get to know the dive instructor and their experience and life-story as I usually do. This waskid of frustrating, because i loveto listen to their stories.
I was entertaining the idea of becoming a dive instructor here. I could work and live in a fancy Resort on Koh tao and be happy all over, diving and practising every day, teaching other people the beauty of the ocean...But I decided against it since it was too expensive for me and since there are so many other places in South East Asia I want to discover during the next months. So, being a certified dive Instructor on Koh Tao will remain a dream...