After another beautiful morning on Koh Tao, everyone met up at the shop to pack their bags and load them onto our boat. We would be diving at Shark Island and Pottery so we knew we were in for a good afternoon of diving. With the boat ready to go we departed from the beach and made our way out to the first dive site of the afternoon, Shark Island, one of my favourite dive sites on Koh Tao. I would be following Emma and Tim for the afternoon on the last day of their Open Water Diver course with their instructor Wilco.
Arriving at the dive site, we donned our equipment, jumped in and descended down the buoy line onto the dive site. The visibility was not quite as good as it has been for the last weeks at this site but it was still very clear. The group completed a few skills needed for the dive before we were free to go off and explore the wonders this dive site has to offer. Along the way we enjoyed the stunning coral formations that line the reef as well as all the fish life on offer. We saw a few different scribbled filefish as well as a few grouper, loads of snapper, a huge school of barracuda and one of the biggest titan triggerfish I have ever seen chilling out on top of a pinnacle eating a sea urchin or two.
With our tanks running low it was time to return to the boat and climb back on board to swap our tanks over ready for the second dive. We started up the engines and made our way back towards the second dive site for the afternoon, Pottery, just a few minutes out from the dive shop. After a nice surface interval in the sun, we donned our equipment and jumped in for another dive. Once we had finished the skills needed for the dive we made the decision to go off for an exploratory dive in the sand that surrounds the dive site to see what weird and wonderful creatures we could find lurking away from the dive site.
We swam for quite a while before we came across anything, but after the first sighting we started to see things all over the place. We first swam past an anemone full of saddleback anemonefish and their eggs, then a tiny pufferfish flying across the sand, a little while later we came across a strange looking cuttlefish hiding in the sand completely camouflaged and finally one more pufferfish before we arrived back on the dive site. The visibility was not great for the dive, with the water being quite green giving the site a strange atmosphere. As we swam under the boat I ascended to pack my camera gear away and unfortunately missed the tiny octopus the group found just a minute later, only about the size of a fingernail.
With everyone back on board we made the 2 minute journey back to the shop where we could pack away our equipment, fill in our log books and certification paperwork and take a look through all the pictures form the day over a few cold beers.
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