The divers in shadows at the entrance of the cave. Koh Haa, Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2007.
The divers in shadows at the entrance of the cave. Koh Haa, Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2007.

An underwater cathedral in Koh Lanta

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  Thailand: Southern Islands - January 2007

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Today's programme: Koh Haa, off the coast of Koh Lanta (Thailand). A dive full of atmosphere, with this strange greenish light at the exit of the cave.

Koh Lanta, starting point for dives

The dives in Koh Haa will make up for the disappointment of the new dives in Hin Deang and Hin Muang of the day before... The mantas so hoped for were not there, grrr!

Nice walks under the water however. Abundant and abundant wildlife, we do not know where to turn ...

Moray. Hin Daeng, Hin Muang. Thailand, January 2007.
Moray eel. Hin Daeng, Hin Muang. (Thailand, January 2007)

A few dolphins accompanied the boat on the way back. Always a great moment!

Everyone is exhausted after the dives, and then someone shouts after seeing a fin in the water. All of a sudden, the whole boat wakes up and everyone rushes from one side to the other, overexcited ...

Underwater cave

Today, so, dives to Koh Haathree pebbles lost in the open sea south of Lanta. Fantastic! I liked the site so much that I'm redoing it on Thursday.

Underwater walk more peaceful and comfortable than in Hin Muang, because there is much less current. We finish for the landing in a coral garden full of life and colors. Unpublished scene: the embrace, tentacles forward, of two cuttlefishes in love...

Two cuttlefish entwined. Koh Haa, Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2007.
Two cuttlefish entwined. Koh Haa, Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2007.
The divers in shadows at the entrance of the cave. Koh Haa, Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2007.
The divers in shadows at the entrance of the cave. Koh Haa, Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2007.
Small beach in Koh Haa, a set of three islets off Koh Lanta. Thailand, January 2007.
Small beach in Koh Haa, a set of three islets off Koh Lanta. Thailand, January 2007.

The snorkelers enjoy the beach while we dive.

But the "nail" of the dive is the cave. The entrance is very wide, easy to access, not too deep, in the fifteen meters. Nothing worrying or frightening.

We go inside, behind the dive master, and it gets darker and darker, even downright black, we can only see the rest of the dive deck in shadow, and we slowly, very slowly go back up. Ten metres, eight, five... When you look up, you can see our bubbles bursting through the surface. Yes! There's a surface!

And that's what's completely crazy. The "pchittt" stabs that swell and we can remove masks and regulators, breathe freely. We float under the rocky vault of a vast stone cathedral. With the green light coming from below, the effect is magical.

In Koh Haa Cave, Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2007.
In Koh Haa Cave, Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2007.

We distinguish, very high above, the stalagtites of the cave. We stay a few minutes chatting and watching the show before deflating the stabs and return underwater to the exit and continue the dive ...

A couple of fish-fish (banner fish) peck the sand. Koh Haa, Koh Lanta. Thailand, January 2007.
A couple of fish-fish (banner fish) peck the sand. Koh Haa, Koh Lanta. Thailand, January 2007.
A zebra shark or "leopard shark". Koh Haa, Koh Lanta. Thailand, January 2007.
A zebra shark or leopard shark. Koh Haa, Koh Lanta. Thailand, January 2007.
A moray staring at me, nestled in a coral hole. Koh Haa, Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2007.
A moray staring at me, nestled in a coral hole. Koh Haa, Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2007.
Angel fish with a ring. Koh Haa, Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2007.
Angel fish with a ring. Koh Haa, Koh Lanta, Thailand, January 2007.

  Thailand: Southern Islands - January 2007

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