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Japanese Gardens and White Rock on the 24th April’12

After a lovely morning on Koh Tao, we all met at the dive shop, packed our gear away and loaded up the boat. We would be diving at Japanese Gardens and White Rock, with a nice mixture of courses going on on the boat from Open Water Diver to Rescue Diver. The journey out took no time at all with nice calm conditions and we were soon ready to jump in and start the first dive. For this dive I would be following Alex and her instructor on the last day of her Open Water Diver course, accompanied by her friend from back home, Kento, who is completing his Divemaster course with us.

The boat dropped us off at Red Rock so we could make the swim along the coast and into the bay while the others stayed inside Japanese Gardens. We dropped down and began the nice slow swim admiring all of the beautiful coral and fish that surrounded us. Along the way we saw some huge triggerfish, pufferfish, loads of nudibranchs and all the other stunning reef fish we get here on Koh Tao. Towards the end of the dive, a Hawksbill Turtle came dive bombing down from the surface right behind the instructors head and onto the reef. It didn’t seem to want to hang around and it had soon disappeared into the distance, but not before I was able to get a few nice pictures on the way past.

 

After a nice long dive, we were inside the bay and our air was running low. We climbed back on board and swapped our tanks over ready for the second dive. We enjoyed a nice long surface interval in the sun with loads of fresh fruit and refreshments while we made the short journey to our second site of the day, White Rock. For this dive I would be following Miceala and Andrew on a fun dive after finishing a Scuba Review on the previous dive. We put on our equipment and jumped in to enjoy a nice dive at one of the nicest dive sites on the island.

The visibility was nice, dropping slightly in the deeper areas of the site, and there seemed to be fish everywhere. We started to explore the reef and came across all sort of life, including nudibranchs, pufferfish, filefish, some huge groupers and snappers as well as an array of small colourful reef fish. Once again, about half way through the dive, we came across another Hawksbill Turtle, this one fast asleep underneath a large overhang away from the hustle of the open reef. We sat and watched it for a few minutes before leaving it to sleep and moved on to explore the rest of the dive site.

We all enjoyed a nice long dive of almost an hour before we returned to the buoy line and ascended to end the dive. We got back on board and packed our gear away before having a bit of fun with some scenarios for the Rescue Diver course. These included lost buddies, injured divers and worried and panicked customers.

We slowly made our way back to the shop where we were free to wash our gear, sign our logbooks and look through all of the photos from the day.

 

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