Cambodia and Thailand - February 2011

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After Cambodia and the temples of Angkor, we headed for southern Thailand. So much for the chronology of the story ... I zap directly in underwater mode, with my first underwater video: a turtle eating coral, at Phi Phi Leh.

Beneath the surface

You ran out of bubbles? I was, too.

After those few days in Cambodia, I was looking forward to arriving on the Andaman coast in Thailand. To see the azure sea, to jump in the water, to breathe again in my regulator, to play with my 7D and its subwoofer under the surface, to find small and large underwater creatures ...

I only did two dives on Koh Phi Phi. (I devoted myself to diving the week after, during a cruise to the Similan Islands...) But the first splash off the island of Phi Phi Leh was more than friendly, with the meeting of a turtle not shy.

Dream opportunity, for me, to me refamiliarize with the settings of the device under water, to switch from photo mode to video mode and vice versa.

The turtle has been more than cooperative. In fact, far too busy with his meal to be distracted by our bubbles... An easy and rewarding dive, on a piece of reef full of life. What could be better for a re-fins?

Tortoise. Phi Phi Leh, Thailand. February 2011.

Thank you, Turtle lady!


  Cambodia and Thailand - February 2011

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  1. Il faut sans doute lire entre les lignes écrites par Corinne 😉 : « La tortue a été plus que coopérative », elle ne s’est pas laissée « distraire par nos bulles »… => C’est vrai, cette tortue a été impeccable bien qu’observée par des novices en plongée — c’était un baptême pour moi. Alors… maximum de bulles et coups de palmes débridés… 😛
    Dame Tortue a été royale d’avoir superbement ignoré tout ça. Et moi, je suis ravie de l’avoir vue pour une première plongée. Tout comme sa cousine qu’on a vue un peu plus tard. 🙂

  2. @The other girl: Oui, tu as vu, j’ai été sympa : aucune allusion à ce « Discover Scuba Diving »… Très très cool, cette tortue. Elle doit en voir passer souvent, des DSD qui font trop de bulles en agitant bras et jambes frénétiquement. 😀

    @ Helen: It's the turtle that's lucky, or me?

  3. Tu balances un max. Déjà que tu fais des allusions quand tu dis que tu n’en fais pas… 😈
    I believe that the turtle is very understanding and likes frantic DSD. It reminds him of his youth.
    Et je suis sûre qu’Hélène a voulu dire que c’était la tortue qui avait été veinarde de voir une DSD (et une plongeuse, cachée derrière son monstre d’appareil photo). 😉

  4. Nice video Corinne! Ha turtles, I love it too! Especially since the Perenthian Islands, I had seen one in the water (3 legs!) But especially I had the chance to see a turtle lay on a beach, magic!

  5. Hello Corinne,
    Nice this little lady!
    First congratulations for your blog that I read for a while (in the shadows.) And for the successful alliance photos / stories / practice.
    Technical question: on which computer do you finally have your videos? Do you always carry your little Medion Akoya, even if you seemed to say that video was not possible on it. Questions of course low interest, I polish my equipment before a trip of 3 months, o) I hope not to break the atmosphere!
    See you soon

  6. @The other girl: Bah, ça te fait de beaux souvenirs, et à la tortue aussi… 😉

    @Thib: Oui, mais pour te dire la vérité, je l’avais un peu foirée, ma balance des blancs… Les couleurs étaient trop dans le rose-rouge. Du coup, j’ai réajusté le tir en post-traitement, dans mon logiciel de montage. 🙄

    @Fabrice: J’ai eu la chance d’en croiser souvent, moi aussi, des tortues, d’un voyage-plongée à l’autre. Mais je ne m’en lasse pas ! 🙂

    @Marine: Delighted that you come out of the shadows. And I see you're ... Oh, the question of the computer! I want to write a post on it, precisely.
    In fact, I do not take my Medion Akoya any more, since the trip to Pulau Weh (Sumatra), a year ago, when I released my 7D: I discovered then that the computer was unable to read the videos HD generated by my 7D. Huge disappointment.
    So, on the next trip to Sulawesi in July 2010, I took my old MacBook Pro instead. It made me a few frights, stalling: regularly, the screen refused to light, while the hard drive was started yet. Back at home, he went back to work almost normally and he still walks. I guess the heat and the humidity did not succeed.
    And then the new MacBook Air came out ... Santa Claus went there and gave me a nice present. So this time I left for this trip with a lightweight MacBook Air, all beautiful, which I am very very very happy (11-inch version, 128 GB SSD, Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz, boosted to 4GB Ram).

  7. Thank you for your answer Corinne! Well I'm not sure I have the budget this time and then with a brand new camera in my bag, I do not want to stress on the gear that I do not used to travel with small precious things . but good your father's gift, this is the ultimate goal we agree; o)
    See you soon, I do not know what is your next departure, I'm in the starting blocks for the Transsmongolian, Russia and China:.)) (... memories of Krabi is not bad to wait)

  8. A good time that I had spotted your blog, and I had not yet taken the time to read and discover the media content. I think I'll have a good time, starting with this video of "Lady Turtle", one of the underwater encounters I would like to do a lot. For that, I will have to multiply the immersions ...

    Good luck and thank you for this blog

  9. @Marine: Without Santa Claus, I would not have had the budget either, that's for sure. Apart from the HD video, for everything else, the Medion Akoya was doing his job very well, anyway. Ah, I envy you to be on the start !!! Question matos, pay attention to your beautiful brand new device, anyway.

    @Sandra: Merci pour le lien ! 🙂

    @Reev: Have a good trip in my Bubbles Elsewhere, then! 8)

  10. I just discovered on your blog and I admit it: you just converted me!
    I hope there will be cool places to do my dive in California.
    What advice could you give me for a first dive?
    Good continuation 🙂

  11. @Alex: No special advice, if not to relax, to listen to the briefing, and not to hesitate to ask any questions to the instructor who will take care of you, and even to tell him about your apprehensions if you have any, so that you feel confident when you step under the water. There is no question "stupid" when it's the first time!

  12. Quand j’ai commencé à suivre ton blog (ouh, il y a longtemps!), je ne connaissais rien à la plongée … Là je peux te dire que les choses ont changé avec un vrai coup de foudre pour cette discipline. Je relis avec d’autant plus de plaisir tes articles, ils prennent un nouveau sens maintenant 🙂

    I've done about 15 dives in overcrowded turtle sites and it's a delight every time ... Just this morning, I was fifty centimeters from a beautiful turtle, fascinated by his eyes.

    Good continuation!


  13. NowMadNow: Comme je suis contente de lire ton commentaire. Je crois que tu es en Indonésie en ce moment, non ? Ça expliquerait les sites « surpeuplés de tortues »… 😀
    Good bubbles !!!