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Scuba Diving in Koh Tao through Photos

It was one of the most amazing experiences and it was a totally unexpected and unplanned adventure. Although we knew Koh Tao was considered one of the places to get certified for scuba diving, we hadn’t seriously considered doing so. As we mentioned, we thought it would be a great way to celebrate our anniversary, and also learn some new skills we could use while travelling to different places.

scuba diving in koh tao

Learning to dive up to 18m in depth, we are now certified open water scuba divers and hope to take our training to various places around the world. While we started out wanting to see as much of the world as possible, we’ve discovered a whole other universe under the water just waiting for us to explore.

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We shared our 8 tips for beginners when learning to scuba dive when we discussed our open water scuba certification training in Koh Tao with Scuba Shack and we even added some amazing photos and an underwater scuba diving video taken by Fat Fish Movies. What we didn’t do was share the remainder of the photos and point out some of the amazing underwater life to be found when diving in Koh Tao. The dive sites there are veritable playgrounds for those looking to spot beautiful and different underwater creatures and habitats.

Running, Or Diving Rather, Into Dangerous Creatures

coral scuba diving in koh tao

Since we had an underwater photographer (another shout out to Charlie!!) from Fat Fish Movies taking photos and videos, we were able to relax and enjoy the dive and the sights around us. On the first dive with Charlie, he was equipped with his video gear and was the first to notice we happened to be swimming with a handful of box jelly fish. Those of us learning to dive were completely oblivious to the fact that box jelly fish are considered one of the deadliest creatures in the world. Some of us attempted to get a closer look! With Charlie’s and our dive instructor, James’, sharp eyes, we descended out of range and made our way down. If you are interested in seeing just how close we were, take a look at the video footage of that day and the box jelly fish taken by Charlie and see if you can spot us amongst the divers. It should be noted that there was a strong current that day that had brought the jelly fish to the dive site and that, while box jelly fish are sighted off the islands of Koh Tao, Koh Samui, and Koh Phangan, they are not overly common.

What You’ll Find Underwater in Koh Tao

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Charlie managed to capture some pretty incredible shots of our dive, enabling us to take you on a brief photo tour of the amazing sights to be seen underwater in Koh Tao, Thailand and bring you along on one of the most memorable moments of our journey thus far.

Angelfish

angel fish koh tao scuba diving

Banner Fish

Banner Fish Koh Tao Scuba diving

Giant Clam

giant clam koh tao scuba diving

Butterflyfish

butterfly fish koh tao scuba diving

butterfly fish koh tao scuba diving

Blue Spotted Sting Ray and Squirrel Fish

blue spotted sting ray koh tao scuba diving

blue spotted sting ray koh tao scuba diving

Nudibranch

nudibranch koh tao scuba diving

Grouper

grouper koh tao scuba diving

grouper koh tao scuba diving

Wrasse

wrasse koh tao scuba diving

Trevally

trevally koh tao scuba diving

 What’s at the bottom

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Do you know what this fish is above? We’ve been searching and can’t seem to identify it! If you know, comment below and help us end the mystery!

In addition to those that were captured on camera, Koh Tao hosts a variety of other species – some we managed to see, and some we didn’t – including barracuda, triggerfish, sea turtles, whale sharks, moray eels, seahorses, sea snakes, snapper, batfish, and parrotfish.

We can’t wait to continue our scuba diving adventures and explore more of the hidden world underwater. Where will our next dive site be? You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out!

 

Our First Scuba Experience with 8 Tips We Gathered For Beginners

Banner Fish Koh Tao

18m deep. Colder than the rest. The only sounds are your steady breath in and out through the regulator and a tapping sound from a nearby fish pecking at coral. Visibility is much less now but you can still see large schools of fish circling above and many others swimming calmly around you. The anemones, coral, and Christmas tree worms present a beautiful, waving display on the ocean floor below even though some of the colour is lost at this depth. Finding a clearing of sand, you finally stop and kneel at the bottom of the ocean.

You look down at your depth gauge and then up towards the surface and realize just how deep you are; the surface seemingly further in reality than any number on a gauge could ever suggest. At that moment it’s as if your mind has decided to depart from your body and head up to the surface, but you swiftly catch it and bring it back. 

Moving through the water now, concentrating on your breathing and the amazing marine life around you, you start worrying that your air pressure is lowering and you’ll have to end your dive and surface soon. You don’t want to. You never knew how awe-inspiring it was, never knew what was truly under the sea. But now you do. Now you see. Now you want more.

Scuba Diving in Koh Tao Wasn’t Part of Our Itinerary

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While scuba diving isn’t for everyone, we found it to be an absolutely incredible experience. It was a chance to explore a world unseen by most and we relished having that opportunity.  Until we made our first dive, we had no idea what we were missing.  Of course we had heard what people would say about scuba diving: “It’s amazing!” “ You have to try it!” “It’s so addictive!”. We heard what they were saying, but we never believed the hype. Now we realize that these people, crazy about scuba diving, were right. We’ve become one of those people.

Believe us when we say it is an unforgettable and truly amazing experience and one we hadn’t planned. While visiting Koh Tao, a small island in the Gulf of Thailand, we ended up walking past Scuba Shack and a sign advertising their options for scuba diving and certification. We hadn’t given it much thought and weren’t sure if we wanted to dive, but we opted to get some information anyways. After all, we were told that Koh Tao is the place for diving and diving certification and since our anniversary was coming up we thought it may be a great way to celebrate even though the voters had not chosen Koh Tao as our anniversary island in our poll. So changing our plans a little, we decided on Koh Tao and diving for our second anniversary celebration

Finding The Right Dive Shop For The Job

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Walking up to the large, wrap-around patio of the small dive shop just metres from the beach, we noticed people were milling about, sitting and chatting, most with smiles on their faces. We found the people at Scuba Shack to be very informative and helpful and discovered that a portion of those on the porch were students who were invited to stay and drink water, or tea and relax after their dives.

scuba diving equipment check

After a thorough rundown of their dive packages and courses, followed by a couple of hours to explore our options and soak it all in, we decided to take the open water diving certification course and since we felt most at ease with Scuba Shack, we headed back to book our course. We felt this was a great option to take should we want to go diving in the future as the certification would allow us to go on our own and dive as deep as 18 meters.

While this is the first and most basic course available, there are many others that we can upgrade to in the future, like wreck diving, night diving, navigation and deep dives of 30m.

Scuba Diving: An Experience Like No Other

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We were incredibly lucky. Not only were we impressed with Scuba Shack itself but our instructor, James, was awesome. Friendly, funny, professional and incredibly knowledgeable, he eased any qualms we had and was just generally a great guy to be learning from and leading our team.

Our ‘in-class’ training was conducted with another soon-to-be diver from Holland and covered everything from safety to equipment to techniques while under the water. Once that was completed we moved to a contained dive where we practiced the essentials of diving but in shallow water.

learning to scuba dive koh tao

Learning to empty our goggles of water once we were submerged was probably the most difficult. It’s a weird feeling once you start breathing with a regulator underwater to then remove your mask. It’s like your mind says “since your breathing you might as well do it with your nose!” Meanwhile your instincts are screaming for you to hold your breath and your brain is reminding you that the worst thing you can do is stop breathing through that regulator.

scuba dive team

The contained dive was where we built a bit of confidence and worked on our skills in preparation for the real dives the following day  It was during the dives that we were especially thankful for James’ experience, knowledge and even humour as all of us were a little bit nervous, and a little bit unsure, of what to expect and how we would react.

Taking That First Dive

learning how to scuba dive

Our dive team was joined by an American who had completed the written portion back home and was looking to finish his certification. With two pairs of dive buddies and James leading the way, our first descent was filled with anxiety (at least for some of us) and anticipation.

scuba diving team

There really is no way to describe those first few metres. we descended that first time with the assistance of a rope. The frayed, moss-encrusted hovering piece of entwined rope strands were the only visible thing, besides our fellow divers, as we slowly dropped down through the water. During this portion of the descent was where we discovered a slight disorientation may occur.  With no visibility to what’s below, it becomes an eerie float downward, several moments of uncertainty and relative internal disquiet.

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On that first dive, when James told us to let go of the rope and follow him, we’re pretty sure we all hesitated but once we gave ourselves over to the moment and the water around us, we instantly fell into a trance, a kind of meditation. The constant worry about breathing washed away, our sense of sight overwhelmed the rest, and the ocean had us so relaxed the only thing we could do was enjoy what it had to offer.

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That first dive was without any tests or practice of techniques and allowed us to get comfortable with swimming at such depths, maneuvering among the coral, fish and other underwater creatures (such as the nudibranch) and working with our buddies. In the end, that first dive also allowed us to fall in love with scuba diving itself.

We were fortunate to have someone from Fat Fish Movies (hey Charlie!) videotape one of our dives! Watch ours below:

 

We’ve put together a photo tour of our second dive with Charlie from Fat Fish Movies who documented it all in photos this time!! You can also check out some more amazing videos from Charlie and the team at Fat Fish Movies’ YouTube page. The box jelly fish one is particularly interesting to us since we were on the dive in which that was shot!! Yup, we swam with some box jelly fish unbeknownst to us the possible danger and the fact that we were swimming with one of the world’s deadliest creatures!

Now that we’re certified we are constantly keeping our eyes and ears open for great diving spots. We’ve already made a trip to Key West, but we hope to go back and add one more – scuba diving at the reef! With so many places to visit, we’re excited to be able to expand our adventures to the incredible unseen world underwater.

8 Tips For Those Considering Scuba Diving For The First Time

Learning to scuba dive in koh tao certification

We’ve put together a list of 8 tips for those who are considering scuba diving for the first time. If you’re looking for a spot like Scuba Shack to learn to dive, or if you haven’t gone diving for a while, we think these tips will help put your mind at ease and help you get the most out of your diving experience:

 scuba shack koh tao thailand

1. Do research to choose a good diving school. Make sure the group is small and that they are PADI or SIS certified. Even though they were the first dive shop we talked to, we were so comfortable and at ease with Scuba Shack that, although we looked around and did our research, there was really no better option for us. They were professional, had good quality equipment, knowledgeable instructors who were actually pretty fun to spend time with and came with a recommendation. Ask around and do your research.

2. Do not dive past your certification. It’s dangerous to dive without the right training, so if you want to dive in that cave or through a ship wreck to try and find some treasure, get certified first. Along with this, do not dive without certification or without going through a well-researched (see tip #1) dive shop for a fun dive (A dive with an introduction to the equipment, techniques and safety but with no certification)

scuba diving buddy teams

3. Value the Buddy System. We are fortunate in that we were able to learn together and thus develop our “buddy skills” together. It became another type of partnership as the responsibility for your partner and their safety is ever-present 18 meters below the surface. Always dive with a buddy, make sure they are doing okay throughout the dive and remember to ask where their air supply is at, once every 5-10 minutes. (Carolann obsessively asked Macrae this question about 30 times in a 45 min dive). With deeper dives and as air gets lower, ask them a little more often.

4. It’s normal to feel nervous before your first dive. In fact, several of us on the boat  were nervous for all of our open water certification dives. It can be helpful to know you are not alone in those worries and fortunately with an instructor like James, our minds were put at ease fairly easily.

learning to scuba dive

5. Some things don’t come naturally or easily. Clearing your goggles of water when submerged or equalizing your ear pressure is not always easy but that’s why there are contained dives to practice and drills throughout the regular dives. It may feel repetitious but it definitely helps in making them feel more natural. It’s a good idea to practice or brush-up on things like clearing your goggles and switching from regulator to snorkel to breath at the surface if you’ve been away from diving for some time.

6. It’s okay to take your time, to equalize, calm down.  Your instructor will wait, no one will mind, and in fact chances are someone else is thankful for a bit of a break. Don’t feel compelled to keep up as you have a buddy to stick with you and an instructor who should be patient. The pace is so much slower then you would think so taking your time is generally not an issue.

Scuba shack boat

7. Hiring a photographer/videographer is worth it! If you don’t mind the extra cost, and are able, hiring someone to take video footage and photos with you on your dive leaves you with an incredible documentation of your time under the water. We were fortunate to have someone from Fat Fish Movies dive with us and take some incredible photos of one of our dives. The video found earlier in this post was also taken by them on the previous dive.

8. Remember to have fun!! This is perhaps the most important point but one that is hard not to do once you are amidst the aquatic life below. The time goes by faster than you expect so enjoy!!

Comment below and let us know what locations are your favourite for scuba diving. Or, if you’ve never been, where would you want to start?

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My Thai Massage: A Lesson In Pain

By Carolann

It started with pain. With each cracking sound of my back I grew more concerned and within 5 minutes of the hour long torture session which, for some reason, I was paying for, I questioned exactly what I had said that brought me to this point and to the discomfort I wasn’t positive was going to end.

I’m sure I pointed to, and asked for, the neck, back and shoulder massage with coconut oil NOT the traditional Thai massage which was advertised with terrifying photos of women being held in ridiculously uncomfortable looking positions. But maybe, just maybe, I wasn’t clear.

Crack, crack-crack-crack. I hear the masseuse giggle at the constant noises coming from what I assume is the joints of my ribs and spine. “It’s a good pain, yes?” she asks after noticing the grimace on my sideways-turned face. I attempt a smile and close my eyes praying this is just the prelude to a relaxing back rub. It wasn’t.

I thought back to the naive me of 10 minutes prior, walking through the curtains separating the front area from the four massage tables clustered to one side. That ‘me of the past’ was excited to be getting a back massage after months of riding on the back of a scooter, curling up in airplane seats and stiffening up during long bus rides.

Added to the body punishing travel, each place we stayed had a different version of what a comfortable bed should feel like, with very few matching my own. So it was only natural that I would be eager to get some of the knots worked out and for $13 per hour I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity.

As the masseuse climbed on the table and hovered above me I was brought back to the present. The smell of the menthol oil, the thin sheets above and below me, the silence from my friend receiving a massage on the table beside me. Wait! Surely she should be experiencing a similarly painful massage? But there were no noises that would indicate any torturous activity was occurring and certainly no giggles from her masseuse in response.

Positioned over top, leaning all her weight onto her hands as they pressed down on my back, the masseuse pushed harder forcing my rib cage walls together, leaving my breath to escape in a whoosh-like sound.

A few more cracks of my back with the whole of her weight pressing down and she steps down from the table and starts a more gentle exploration of the numerous knots around my upper back. It was in that moment that I found some hope that the massage was turning tide and would morph into the relaxing event I had in mind when I stepped into this den of pain.




Unfortunately, that was just before I felt her elbow dig its way underneath my shoulder blade.

Started From the Bottom… Cracking the Joints
ckassical thai massage

Photo credit/model: Sophie Oliver

Needless to say, the remainder of the back massage was as painful as it started and when she asked me to flip over I no longer held on to any false hope of gentleness to come. This time every crack was intentional as she endeavoured to workout each joint in my body from my little toe to my neck, the latter being the most horrifying and unexpected part of the entire procedure.

The quick snap of my head to one side had me letting out a yelp of surprise and fear. Laughing at me again, the masseuse told me to relax and not to tense – as if having one’s head rapidly snapped to one side is a commonplace occurrence not warranting the extreme fear that was now coursing through my body. Slowly twisting my head to the other side, she patted my shoulder and I tried to relax for what was to come, knowing that it could not be good to be braced tight. With one final motion she had cracked the other side of my neck leaving me wondering if paralysis was instant or if I could expect it to kick in at any moment.

I didn’t have too long to contemplate as what followed was a series of stretches even more uncomfortable and awkward than the aforementioned photos of the advertised Thai massage had portrayed. Legs, back, arms – no joint was left un-cracked, no muscle un-stretched, and all the while my tormentor was obviously enjoying the gasps of surprise and grunts of pain as she went.

An hour after it began, cracked, twisted and stretched, I was informed that the massage was over and I was allowed to dress in relative privacy as I attempted to regain my composure and keep my mind off of the unpleasant sensations now distributed, fairly equally, throughout my body.

As I left the curtained-off area, I was offered a seat, given some hot tea and told that since I had so many knots in my back, and she had to work them out so much, that I would most certainly feel pain the next day and concluded that I would benefit from one more session before I left the island. Luckily I was leaving the next day so that wasn’t even an option.

Leaving the spa with my friend, who looked far more relaxed and comfortable than I did, I debated whether it was the massage itself that was painful or my obviously knotted and apparently decrepit body that was the real source of the pain. Never in my life had a massage given me so much discomfort or so much fear and I reminded myself that I had paid for it. Sure, only $13, but perhaps that was the going rate for a session of torture?

As this was my first massage in Thailand, I’m certain it isn’t representative as the vast majority of people with whom I spoke, claim only good things. Perhaps the massage was beneficial, perhaps the pain served purpose but for the next few days I definitely felt the pain she spoke of and unfortunately was left to try and ease the discomfort on a 3 hour ferry ride, followed by a 2 hour bus ride, a 5 hour wait at a train station, the 11 hour train ride to Malaysia and the hour or so it took by ferry and foot to get to our hotel where I could finally lie down straight.

If there is a next time, I’ll make sure it’s not before a long day of travel and should I smell menthol oil wafting my way, I’ll probably decide to make a mad dash out the door.

 

Diving in Koh Tao, we finished our scuba diving certification at the diving site Twins. With so much to see, it’s hard as new divers to catch the more subtle and hidden creatures. Luckily, our diving instructor was quick to point out what he saw and made a point of looking for interesting finds. This creature in particular, the Jorunna Funebris, probably would have gone unnoticed had he not pointed it out.

The Jorunna Funebris, or dotted nudibranch, is sometimes considered a shell-less sea slug.  Just one type of nudibranch (nudi being Latin for nude), they are so called because they have gills that are exposed externally. There are 3000 species of the nudibranch and there are divers who dedicate their dives just to locating these mollusks. Although we only saw the one during our dive, nudibranches are apparently found in abundance in the waters around Koh Tao.

There were so many incredible things to see at the dive sites we went to and we’ve got footage galore! We’ve posted about our scuba diving certification , a video of one of our dives and our tips for those learning to scuba dive but we’ve also got a lot more great photos on what you can expect to see under the water in Koh Tao.

We can’t wait to find our next dive location – there’s a whole other world just waiting for us to discover!

This image was taken by Fat Fish Movies, an amazing underwater photography and videography company. Our cameraman Charlie, was fantastic and provided us with great footage of our dive!

Do you dive? If so what hidden creatures have you managed to find? If you don’t, what hidden creatures on land have you found when you’ve least expected?

 

 

During monsoon season, Koh Tao has varied showers during the day. While the rain can come down hard and without warning, it usually lasts no more than an hour. We were pretty fortunate during our time on the island as we had beautiful weather, calm waters and very little rain during the day. It was on one of those calm, sunny days that we were sitting at a beach side restaurant with our scuba instructor and some of our dive team (as we were learning to scuba dive in Koh Tao and had just come from an amazing dive off the island).

Taking in the heat of the sun and enjoying a refreshing drink, it took us a while to notice that many people were pointing their cameras in the direction of the water. Our instructor pointed and told us to look towards the water where a waterspout was forming in the distance. The waterspout started off pretty narrow and fuzzy but quickly changed into a denser, larger funnel and finally a thin, dense, defined waterspout. We watched this for a while making note of the boats on the water around the waterspout and the nearby storm rolling in.

If you’ve yet to see one, waterspouts look like funnel shaped clouds and are column-like vortexes over water. They do not suck up water but instead are weak, rotating columns of air over surface of the water. Typical to tropical and sub-tropical climates, they are usually non-tornadic and short-lived but can still pose a danger to swimmers, aircrafts and watercrafts. The one we saw from Koh Tao lasted only about 15-20 minutes but we were told by divers nearby that there were actually at least 3 that formed at the same time and moved around the area. It was a really neat sight but we were both glad we had finished our dives early

Comment below and tell us what crazy weather systems have you witnessed unexpectedly!

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So, it’s not exactly a Halloween costume but we thought it is pretty fitting to be posting our first photo of our scuba outfit on Halloween and it’s also the closest thing we’ve got to a costume. That’s right. We’ve decided to get our open water scuba diving certification. As we mentioned in our anniversary post yesterday (see here), we chose to stay on the island of Koh Tao, Thailand for our anniversary for various reasons, one of which was how we chose to celebrate. That would be scuba diving!

We figured since we are travelling and trying to see as much of the world as possible, why wouldn’t we take the opportunity to get certified and see an entirely different part of the world.

Koh Tao not only has amazing sunsets and sunrises, it is also well known by tourists for scuba diving and many people come here specifically for that reason. It’s one of the top places to dive and get certified and it has some of the most amazing dive sites (or so we’ve been told!).

We’re just in the final stages of our certification. We’ve completed the practical component (just finished our written test so wish us luck!) and we’ve got two more dives left in the morning. Already, with only 3 dives, we’ve seen some amazing things underwater. Our course is through PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and the Scuba Shack in Koh Tao, Thailand and we’ve been having one incredible experience with our dive team (shout out to our amazing instructor James and the rest of our diving team!)

We’ll be posting more on our scuba diving experience and what it was like for us as first time divers soon. We can’t wait to see what more the blue has to show us!

Today we are foregoing our Daily Digital as we are taking the time to celebrate our anniversary – which leads us to revealing on which island we chose to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. The island is…

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Koh Tao!!

 

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Alright, you’re probably wondering why Koh Tao was chosen. We’ve already been talking about being on the island; we’ve actually been here for a few days. It wasn’t even on the top of the voter’s list for where everyone else thought we should go. So why did we stick around to be here on our anniversary? Well, there are several reasons why this island won out above the rest.

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For one, just looking at the pictures tells you a bit about how gorgeous this island is. We’ve seen amazing sunsets everyday and, when we had a chance, a great sunrise. It just doesn’t get any better than watching these over the water of a beautiful beach. The island itself is quite spectacular. The beach by our hotel (pictured above) makes for a great afternoon or evening stroll when the tide is low and the rest of the island has several beaches you can go to during the day that make you feel like you are in paradise, such as Sai Daeng Beach.

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Secondly, the life of the island is so laid back and relaxed we aren’t in any hurry to leave, but it also has a good mix of entertainment and nightlife . It may be the beginning of high season but it hasn’t felt too busy or crowded yet. We are in a great little area for food (but really, where in Thailand isn’t good for food?) and if we chose, we could easily find a bar on, or off, the beach in which to spend the night socializing.

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Third, we changed our travel plans for the remainder of Thailand (more to come) and so it suited us best to stay on this side of the South, reducing costs and travel time as opposed to going to the other side or up to Koh Chang area.

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While all of these contributed to us settling on Koh Tao, the main reason has to do with how we chose to celebrate our anniversary. We’ll be posting about our anniversary celebration tomorrow, and we don’t want to give it away, but we will say that it is related to our Halloween celebrations as well.

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We’re incredibly excited to celebrate our 2nd anniversary in such an amazing place with such stunning views and can’t wait to share more about our time on the island! Thanks to everyone who voted and helped us decide. We were leaning toward what the majority was going for but in the end it was Koh Tao that offered us the best options for our anniversary.

Stay tuned to hear about our anniversary celebration! If you’d like to follow our journey, don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and join our mailing list!

 

 

We decided that while we loved exploring the area of Koh Tao we were staying in, we wanted to be able to see more of it and find some other beaches. Renting a scooter once again, we hopped on and made the drive along the coast from where we were on Sairee Beach. We started seeing signs for Sai Daeng Beach and decided to check it out. Up some rather steep hills we wound our way off the main road and down even more hills. As we were going down one particularly steep incline we both looked up, at what seemed to be the same time, and saw a gorgeous view of the water and of a small rocky island in the distance. Stopping abruptly, we took a few photos before continuing to drive. We reached a “Park here. Do no drive down” sign before a ridiculously steep hill so we parked as we were told and walked, carefully, on foot for a couple minutes until we reached a fairly private, beautiful beach with a great view of that island.

The rocky island we were looking at was Shark Island. Fortunately, and despite what we initially thought, the island is not named after the sea creatures dwelling nearby. Also known as Red Rock, it is named Shark Island due to it’s shark fin shape. It is a popular location for divers, as many different fish can be found, and on days with good visibility, snorkelers.