Today we were diving at Mango Bay on the north end of Koh Tao. Everyone met at the shop and slowly loaded up the boat before we departed to make the journey around the island to the dive site. The weather was beautiful, almost too hot in fact, and the sea was as calm as it could possibly be.
After the short journey we arrived at Mango Bay. We moored up, got into our equipment and jumped in for the first dive of the afternoon. For this dive I would be following Jen, Guy and Joe on the last day of their Open Water Diver course. Landing on the sandy bottom below the boat, the group completed the skills needed for the dive before we were free to explore this coral reef lined bay. The visibility was not great at some points on the site, but there was still plenty to see to keep us entertained including loads of black and white Nudibranches, Grouper, the huge resident school of Fusiliers and loads of squid eggs all over the mooring lines.
With our tanks running low, it was time to head back to the boat and enjoy a nice relaxed surface interval with plenty of fresh fruit and refreshments available on the boat. For the second dive I would following Mats and Trine on the last dive of their Open Water Diver course with their instructor. After the nice long break on the boat, we once again geared up and jumped in.
The group settled on the sand and completed the last skills needed to complete the course before swimming across the sandy area in the direction of the reef. Once again, the visibility was not as good as it usually is at Mango Bay, but like the first dive, there were still loads of things to see on the dive. We came across loads more Nudibranches, some juvenile Barracuda and all the usual reef critters.
With the reef finished, the instructor made the decision to skip back along the sand back towards the boat, straight over the top of were the elusive Seahorses live. Along the way we once again came across the huge school of Fusiliers and spent a few minuted swimming between the mass of fish. After quite some time searching, we were about to give up when in the distance we spotted the unmistakable figure of a large seahorse.
With it sitting there relaxing on the sand, we were able to spend a nice amount of time watching it, it even appeared to be coughing or sneezing. But before long, our tanks were running low and it was time to end the dive and return to the boat to make the journey back to the shop. Once we got back and washed our gear, we were free to look through all the photos from the day up on the big screen.
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