Sea of wonders, I have missed you… Once more we are alone on every dive sites and feel privileged for all the healthy life we can witness here.
We brought our new toys, sea scooter that we can finally try out on real dives. So cool! Diving takes a whole new dimension.
We make our first dive on “Volcano”, we go into a swim through to discover the interior of the island, not a sound for the outside world, peaceful is the word that describes it best. A few birds circle the sky but the monkeys are not of the party today.
We then explore a new dive site on the way to Western rocky. While we never dove this site, it is once again full of good surprises, cuttle fishes run away when we surprise them on the sandy bottom telling us through black clouds of ink that they didn’t appreciate the encounter just as much as we did. We decide to stay around for our night dive. Spanish dancers are out with their party clothes, one of them is swimming and its dance is mesmerizing.
Back onboard, we appreciate a delicious dinner made of Thai delicacies and cruise in direction of Western rocky. We make our first dive the next day around 7 am, the food frenzy is on, schools of fishes of all colors are feeding or hunting. The small ones feed on the coral reef, larger ones try to get a bite on the most chubby ones when they aren’t looking and tuna, on the top of the food chain comes in and out of our sight.
We explore then the cathedral, a beautiful tunnel through the island, one part has very high triangular ceiling which has given it its name. It ends up in a smaller tunnel where numerous lobsters found a comfortable home. The ground is full of broken shell, proof that the cave was also used by nurse sharks. At this sight, I can’t stop but comparing it to caves on the land, used by bear.
Our next stop is at Seafan Forest, with hundreds of gorgonian seafan hiding nudibranches of all colors. Looking up, we see schools of batfishes and barracudas.
We take the opportunity to ride the sea kayak between two dives to explore the surrounding.
North rock was out next stop we were lucky to spot porcelain crabs in the anemone garden, squat crabs were popping up from cracks here and there.
We take the way back toward the East and stop in a gorgeous crique for the night and wake up to a stunning sun set.
We ask for permission to visit a cave were birds make their nest, a famous and priced delicacy making the cave a gold mine. Unfortunately we didn't get the authorization this time, they had some bad experience in the past and do not let the tourist enter the cave anymore, too ad. Our first dive will be on slop rock were we were welcome by some blue spotted sting rays and many colorfull nudibranches.
We go back to Ranong for 2 days and then back again on the Mergui Archipelago for 6 days on the 11th.
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