Mango Bay on the 30th April’12
Today we had the arrival of a large group of divers from Singapore, most of who were here to complete the Advanced Open Water course, so we split these into 2 groups of 3 and a group of 4. Joining them were 3 others who were starting their Open Water Diver course and one member who was just here to fun dive. We met nice and early at the shop and sized them all up for equipment for the day, and with all our bags packed and a very empty looking equipment room we loaded up the boat and made our way out to the dive site for the day, Mango Bay.
The journey out was nice and calm with the sun shining bright above us and we were soon pulling into Mango Bay where we moored up and got ready to start the first dive of the afternoon. For this dive I would be following Ngoc, Jingwei, Jeremy and Kezia during their Peak Performance Buoyancy dive for their Advanced Open Water certification. We jumped in and descended onto the large sandy area in the middle of the bay to complete the skills needed for the dive. The visibility was perfect as we reached the sea bed and the water was a lovely temperature.
We spent the next 45 minutes completing buoyancy games such as upside down hovering, swimming through hoops at various angles, and a whole load of other exercises designed to improve buoyancy during your dives. After limiting the visibility to almost nothing with all the sand being kicked up, we made our way over to the large coral garden underneath the boats. Here we were free to admire the pristine corals and huge abundance of fish such as angelfish, bannerfish, snapper, grouper and loads of nudibranchs.
The air in our tanks was soon running low and it was time to climb back on board and swap our tanks over for the second dive. This time I would be following Richard, the fun diver of the group and his Divemaster to see what we could find. After about an hour on the boat enjoying plenty of fresh fruit and refreshments, we put on our gear and jumped in, descending down onto the dive site. We headed to the shore across an area famous for it few resident sea horses but had no luck and soon reached the coral reef. The visibility here was not as good as it was in the centre of the bay but we carried on in search of the large school of fusiliers that live here at Mango Bay.
When we reached the area where the large school of fish live the visibility dropped even more to the point where we could not see them so we continued along and out onto the sand to see what weird and wonderful creatures we could find hiding in this sandy desert. We swam for a while in the direction of the boat, searching every little coral pinnacle we came across finding all sorts of nudibranchs, shrimps and little critters. We arrived under the boat and just as we were about to ascend, the Divemaster spotted a huge short nosed pipefish, a species we see very rarely on Koh Tao. We sat and admired this weird looking fish before climbing back on board and making our way back to the shop to look through all of the photos I had gathered throughout the day.
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