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 program: Koh Haa, off 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 at Koh Haa will compensate for the disappointment of the new dives at Hin Deang and Hin Muang the day before... The mantas so much hoped for were not there, grrr!

Nice walks under water though. Abundant and teeming fauna, we do not know where to give our head...

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 screams after seeing a fin in the water. Suddenly, the whole boat wakes up and everyone rushes from one side to the other, overexcited...

Underwater cave

Today, therefore, dives to Koh Haathree stones lost in the middle of the sea south of Lanta. Fantastic! I liked the site so much that I'll do it again 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 Unpublished scene: the embrace, tentacles in front, of two cuttlefish in love...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 "highlight" of the dive is the cave. The entrance is quite wide, easy to access, not too deep, about fifteen meters. Nothing worrying or scary.

We go inside, behind the dive master, and it is getting darker and darker, we can only see the rest of the group in shadows, and we go up slowly, very slowly. Ten meters, eight, five... Raising our heads we can see our bubbles rising to the surface. Yes! There is a surface!

And that's what's so crazy. The "pchittt" of the stab that inflates and we can remove masks and regulators, breathe freely. We float under the rocky vault of a vast stone cathedral. With the greenish light coming from underneath, the effect is magical.

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

We can see, high above, the stalagtites of the cave. We stay a few minutes to chat and contemplate the show before deflating the stabs and going back underwater to reach 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 eel watches me, huddled 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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  1. This is not Plato's cave... 😉
    Well! I remain bluffed, amazed (and any other synonym) by what I have just read, the episode of the cave in particular; it is so exotic and exotic that I will reread it again before sending you this little mail!!! Mil besos to my little mermaid from Brittany, Lydie.

  2. That's it, I've just caught up and read the whole trip from another cave, located guess where, and bathed in a yellowish light... It's good to know that such things exist! With the cold weather here, your little report would almost make you want to take a plane to join you! Have a good time.
    🙂

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