Starting the trip in the Surin National Park, the highlight of the first day was a curious guitar shark visiting us on our very first dive!
Big school of fish, trevally, barracudas and fusilier were present around the famous Richelieu Rock. Looking on the reef we could spot ghost pipefish, a seahorse and 2 pairs of harlequin shrimps for the pleasure of all!
The first night dive was at Koh Bon where we saw the tinniest Pygmy squid, plenty of moray eels hunting (some where huge!!!), cool crabs like anemone crab or decorate spider crab. The reef was alight with shrimps eyes shinning in our torches and getting closer we recognised Durban dancing shrimps, transparent cleaner shrimps, marble shrimps and tapestry shrimps (both are saron shrimp and oh so colourful!)
The following day, we had a little change of plan because the princess of Thailand wanted to go diving in the similans and closed a few sites to make sure she wouldn't meet any diver underwater... Fun to think the Similan islands as a Royal-worthy dive destination. Three big military ships where guarding the princess and made sure we didn't get close...
We dove at elephant head rock first where we saw 2 resident Ribbon eel (black and blue), a tinny octopus and tunas. Our second dive was at shark fin reef which had many huge boxfish hanging out and a school of batfish. The third dive was at boulder city and a group got super lucky with a Leopard shark!
I think they are my favorite type of shark... what's yours?
Following by the incredible Stonehenge and his beautiful coral garden where a school or Baraccuda came by to say hello to the lense. That day ended with a Blackwater dive on our way back West.
What we see Blackwater diving in Thailand
We spent the rest of the day in Koh Haa, hunting a variety of nudibranch that even some guides had never seen before ! We went through the scenic Cathedral and Chimney perfect prop for our annual group picture!
Last dive before heading back to Phuket was at Shark Point with the perfect finish to this wonderful cruise: a long and chill encounter of a Zebra Shark !
Stay tuned for our next adventure ! Thanks for reading, more fishy stories for you next week !