Diving in Phuket
So today I completed the third and final day of my PADI open water divers course; it has been one of the best experiences of my life and I am so glad I decided to do it. I would like to give a special thanks to Super Divers Phuket for making this experience such an amazing one, you guys made it fun, exciting and easy. Anyone wanting to do any sort of diving adventure I would highly recommend going through Super Divers, they are really well priced and extremely professional. This final day consisted of a further three dives, the first two dives were just off an island called Racha Noi. The waters here are that dreamy turquoise blue colour and the visibility was at an amazing 20 metre range.
Crystal clear waters for our day of diving
So my first dive of the day was amazing we went down to about 18metres (deepest I had been) where the water was still a lovely 30degrees. During this dive we managed to see much sea life with my highlights being a well hidden Flounder fish, and ugly looking Giant Moray eel and a fantastically colourful Kuhl Stingray- which the instructor had to point out a number of times as the stingray was near impossible to see and how he found it I will never know.
The second dive of the day was another fantastic underwater adventure with some great visibility at a depth of 16meters. Through this clear blue water we managed to see a great variety of sea life including a number of gardens eels, a large Titan Triggerfish and cool looking Peacock Mantis shrimp. During this dive however we were also made to complete a few diving skills as part of the course, these skills included the controlled emergency swimming ascent (CESA), the alternative breathing option and the clearing of our masks while underwater. Completing these skills was actually a cool experience, as during these 6 dives there were a couple of times when my mask leaked and let in some eye burning sea water, and knowing how to clear them without surfacing is a handy skill.
The Peacock Mantis Shrimp
Our third and final dive was the deepest by far, in this dive we ventured down to 24meters, this was an amazing experience- although it was filled with a great deal of equalizing- and I enjoyed every minute of the adventure. This dive was very different to the other dives as this time we were fortunate enough to travel down to a shipwreck (Harruby Shipwreck) and a look around the man-made reefs near by. The ship was sunk on purpose to act as an artificial reef following the damage caused by a storm a couple years ago – for me this was by far the best and most exciting dive I went on. The fish in this area were also a lot friendlier and more accustomed to humans and this allowed for better photo opportunities haha. Some of the fish I saw along this dive were a Yellow Boxfish, the Shaded Batfish, a Devil Scorpionfish and the Giant Pufferfish. There was also a huge school of barracuda which just kind of floated around the area, at one time I even found myself encircled by these fish and it was an awesome sight to have these fish swimming all around me.
The Giant Pufferfish
A lonely Star Fish
I have managed to upload a video of the shipwreck and the fish I found within it. Enjoy watching it.
I must also say that after completing this course I am definitely going to further my diving repertoire by getting my advanced open water certificate and possibly even doing a speciality course in wreck and cave diving, but that is research for another time. I hope you all enjoy the photos and video attached, I am also in the process of uploading some more videos and will post them when I get a chance.
On some other news we are nearing the end of our holiday here in Phuket and that means we have some big decisions coming up. For starters we have to find a place to live for the next year in Bangkok, and we are hoping to get this done this Sunday. I shall be keeping you guys informed every step of the way and will hopefully be able to give you guys some good advice should you wish to do the same thing haha.
Thank you for reading.