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...
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...
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 Unpublished scene: the embrace, tentacles in front, of two cuttlefish in love...
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.
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...