Kicking it on Koh Tao

We’ve spent the last few days off the coast of Thailand on the island of Koh Tao . When you look at pictures of paradise, they’re of this place.

One thing pictures don’t convey is just how bloody hot paradise is — it’s really hot, as demonstrated by all the lobster-red tourists.

Sasha has spent most of her time here in class. Koh Tao is the number one trainer of scuba divers in the world. Luckily a good chunk of her time in “class” has been underwater since she’s been working on her Open Water Diving Certification. Diving here is wonderful. You can see some of the world’s best reef life and escape the heat.

While she’s been in class, I’ve been diving. My third dive was to a place called “Chumphon”. The site is about a mile or two offshore in what appears to be the middle of the ocean. As I started to descend, I couldn’t see anything around or below me. The dive site is a pinnacle that rises up from the ocean floor and has a coral reef at the top.

In addition to the typical reef inhabitants, and there are more than I can recount, I saw a scorpion fish, a batfish, a grouper that was only a little smaller than I am and a school of barracuda that numbered well into the hundreds.

It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed diving as much. We’d be sad to leave if we didn’t think there was more diving in our very near future.

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