Japanese Gardens and Twins on the 23rd March’12
Another beautiful day on Koh Tao. The sun was shining and the conditions out at sea were about as perfect as it gets for a day of diving. I would be following Greg and Josi and their instructor on their Discover Scuba Diving Experience. We loaded up the boat and headed out to our first dive site of the day, Japanese Gardens.
After the 20 minute boat ride, we arrived in the bay at Japanese Gardens and moored up. With all our equipment on and full tanks on our backs, it was time to jump in and make the swim to the shallow waters near the beach where we could kneel down and practice a few important skills before heading out into deeper water. Arriving at the beach, Josi realised she had lost a fin strap somewhere along the way, and after a bit of modification to make sure the fin would stay on, we completed the few skills and aimed towards the coral that lines the bay.
The visibility was beautiful, and there were fish in every direction you looked at, from the Pink Anemone fish to large Grouper and Barracuda. The group enjoyed a lovely long dive between the pristine corals and reef fish, with Josi looking more like a professional diver than an 11 year old Discover Scuba Diver, hovering perfectly to pose for the camera. But before long, our tanks were starting to run low and it was time to slowly head back to the boat and climb back on board.
We packed our equipment away and enjoyed the short journey to Twins, the second dive site of the day. On the way we had plenty of entertainment from the Rescue Diver Course going on, with various scenarios from divers falling off the boat with full weight belt to aquatic life injuries. Greg and Josi chose to skip the second dive, preferring to snorkel from the side of the boat and observe the divers below on the shallow pinnacle of the dive site. After about an hour and with everyone back on board we turned the boat around and headed back towards the shop to wash our equipment and take a look at all of the photos from the day up on the big screen.
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