Baby Eagle Ray, Giant Manta ray, Whale shark, turtles... : a cruise full of good surprises
Our awesome guests came from 11 different countries this week: Germany, England, France, Belgium, Denmark, Nederland, Portugal, Luxembourg, Austria, Singapore and Thailand, which made for a very multicultural experience :)
The trip started from Phuket on the 12th of April 2022 in the afternoon and we sailed to koh haa overnight to have our check dive there before heading South to the infamous hin Daeng and hin Muang for the other 3 dives, including the first night dive.
This week was a week of Full moon, which brought its share of current and action along!
So many trevallis hunting on top of Hun Muang!
What a great idea! That allowed us to enjoy the dive sites without having to fight the current.
Massive schools of barracudas and jacks in the blue and ghost pipe fish and seahorses in the reef, enough to please both scenic and macro enthusiasts.
We had only 3 dives this day because of the long navigation to the south of Similan the next day…
We didn’t see the sharks we were hoping for but we still had a nice Wahoo and giant barracudas visiting us and were surrounded by thousands of surreal jellyfish!
Next dive was at shark fin reef, where 2 turtles and a big school of barracuda came un front of the lense.
We carry on our route northward and had the 3rd dive at West of Eden. Even if the site is very scenic, it is a great place to hunt for the Psychedelic batwing sea slug…
For our last dive that day, everyone wanted to try again the end of the continental shelf to see what's there at night so we headed back West for our Blackwater dive…
We jumped above 150m of waters and drifted in dark water where we spotted a juvenile flying fish, post larvae pufferfish, larvae ribbon eel, shrimps and squids but we had a squad of juvenile trevallies hunting in our lights making it very difficult to take photos without exposing the larvaes to the predators…
The 2nd dive at 3 trees, allowed me to take few shots of our guests and to try new photo angles on the barrel sponge ;)
The next 2 dives were at Koh Tachai Pinnacle, and we marvelled in front of the jacks, batfish and red snappers!
After the sunset dive was time for our fun-filled barbecue night! The courtesy cocktails and lamb legs got everyone in the mood for a great party night!