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Japanese Gardens and White Rock 17th Feb’12

Another beautiful morning on Koh Tao, we all met at the dive shop bright and early, eager to get out on the boat and go diving. As it has been all week, the weather and sea conditions were perfect, with a beautiful sunrise to admire while we waited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would be following the last day of an Open Water Diver course with David, Nicola, Lee and Jonathan.

 

 

 

 

Our first dive was at Japanese Gardens, with the bay looking more like a pond than part of the ocean. The group completed the skills for the dive and we spent the remainder of the dive exploring the pristine coral formations that fill the bay.

 

Sightings included a Seal Faced Puffer a rather cowardly Triggerfish being chased away by a Damselfish as well as a huge school of Juvenile Barracuda who seemed to have moved in to Japanese Gardens permanently.

 

 

We then made the short trip over to White Rock. Unfortunately the visibility at first was not quite as good as the previous dive but cleared up as we continued the dive. The group completed the last of their skills for the course and were free to enjoy the remainder of the dive and marvel at what the dive site has to offer in term of fish life and coral. The group were also lucky enough to enjoy the sight of a Hawksbill turtle relaxing under an overhang on the reef, letting me get nice and close for some beautiful photos.

 

 

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