Today we would be heading out to Mango Bay for a nice relaxed afternoon of diving. Everyone met at the shop, prepared and packed our gear before loading it onto the boat and departing from outside the shop to start the journey to the north end of Koh Tao. The sea was nice and flat and the sun was shining making it a pleasant boat ride into the bay.
Arriving at the dive site we moored up and got into out equipment. For this dive I would be following Matthew and his instructor during his Discover Scuba Diving experience. We jumped in and made the swim across to the shallow beach in the corner of the bay to complete a few skills before we could head out into deeper water and see what we could find.
The visibility in the shallow water wasn’t great with the sand being stirred up by the waves but we headed to the right hand side of the bay to see if it improved. We swam for about 10 minutes across the coral reef that lines the bay but the visibility did not improve so we decided to surface and swim at the surface out to the large coral garden underneath the mooring line.
Dropping down on this buoy line, the difference swimming just a hundred meters or so was huge. The visibility was beautiful and there was no current or swell at all. We spent a nice hour long dive meandering between the large coral formations observing the beautiful fish surrounding us. Along the way we came across a few different species of flatworm and nudibranchs, loads of reef fish like butterflyfish, angelfish and bannerfish and a large grouper or 2.
We returned to the boat and swapped over our tanks for the next dive. The boat was staying here so the surface interval was nice and relaxed, sitting in the sheltered bay with fruit and refreshments. For the second dive of the day I would be following Laurent and Lu on the last day of their Open Water Diver Course. We geared up and jumped in, descending down onto the sand to complete the last skills for the course. With these skills completed we swam across the sand towards the reef in the bay to try and find the huge schools of Fusiliers that are always hanging out in the bay. After a few minutes of swimming the huge dark shadow of fish appeared in front of us, allowing us to play between the fish until we were completely surrounded.
When we were finished playing between the huge school of fish, we headed back to the coral garden, knowing that the reef in the bay didn’t have very good conditions today. We enjoyed the remainder of the dive with the coral and fish in the centre of the bay before ascending and climbing back on board to make the journey back to the shop were we could wash and pack our gear away, fill in our log books and take a look through all of the photos from the day.
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