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Japanese Gardens and Junkyard on the 28th March’12

Todays dive sites would be Japanese Gardens and Junkyard, and after a spectacular sunrise over Koh Tao, we packed up our gear, loaded it onto the boat and departed for our first dive of the day. For this dive I would be following Stefannie and Patrick during their Discover Scuba Diving experience.

 

 

Arriving in the bay Japanese Gardens, the water was completely still. We moored up and jumped in to the crystal clear water, then made our way over to the shallow water by the beach to practice a few skills before the dive. With the exercises complete, we turned to face the reef and slowly made our way out into deeper water. On our way out, I came across a huge Pleurobranch moving along the sand. After taking few pictures and looked at the confusion on the guys faces trying to work out what they were looking at, we moved on to find the coral and fish.

 

 

The rest of the dive was beautiful, with tonnes of fish to look at such as Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Anemone fish and Grouper all over the reef. Before long though the air in our tanks was running low and it was time to make our way back to the boat and climb aboard. We swapped over our tanks and headed of back towards the shop for the second dive of the day at Junkyard, an interesting man made dive site, with various metal and concrete structures attracting all sorts of weird fish life and critters.

 

 

For this dive I would be following Simon, Danial and Gloria again on the last day of their Open Water Diver course. We geared up and jumped in, and looking down on the dive site from the surface, I had never seen the visibility that nice at this dive site. We descended down the line and headed off onto the sand to take a look at the resident sea hares at this time of year. We spent a bit of time watching these bizarre creatures before heading back to the dive site to complete the skills needed to finish the course.

 

With these skills complete, we ventured off around the artificial dive site to see what weird and wonderful things we could find. One of the first things we came across were 2 different pufferfish hanging out underneath a coral nursery structure. The group seemed to enjoy watching these odd looking fish swaying back and fourth with the tides. A bit further on we came across the huge Batfish school that are here almost everyday, relaxing just above our heads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately the air in our tanks can only last so long and it was soon time to return to the boat, pack our gear away and make the 2 minute journey back to the shop. Once we were back, everybody washed their equipment and filled in their paperwork and logbooks before sitting down to look through all of the photos from the day.

 

 

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