Saturday, August 7, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

We had to be on the other side of Railay Beach at 8:30, so it was an earlier rise this morning. We woke up to windy and rain flying around our bungalow. We got dressed, grabbed our rain jackets and headed to Walking Street to meet our diver guide and get some coffee/tea. We had some yummy Thai tea and watched as some long boats pulled up to shore. It turned out it was just the two of us diving and we were diving off a long tail boat. These are basically large wooden canoes with an exposed car engine that powers it. We loaded up and headed out. It was a bumpy 30 minute or so ride to the first dive site. Trey happily suited up and flipped backwards off the side of the boat. I went with the more conservative method of put on fins, wet suit (shortie), fins and snorkel in the boat, jump in, and put the rest on in the water.

For my 8th dive every and 4 in an ocean ever, I felt quite comfortable once we headed underwater. It’s just cool to be able to float around breathing underwater. The first dive had about 10-15 minutes of super low visibility. There were times when I could only see the dive guide’s fins, not even his tank! Luckily, that didn’t last and there was tons to see. There were all different fish everywhere, a jellyfish on the floor, and Trey saw a sleeping nurse shark hiding in the coral. On our second dive of the day, we saw tons more fish, a ray, a bunch of clownfish, and some seahorses, including one that much have been 8 inches long and yellow on the ocean floor! The boat ride back was chilly but the weather was beginning to clear up.

We returned to our bungalow, showered, and wandered to find a restaurant called The Rock. After a bit of trudging up some hills, we found a quaint place with a view of the ocean. We had a good meal and headed back towards the town. On the way back, we stopped at a little national park that was a path inside some of the monstrous caverns with the crazy stalagmites and stalactites. They reminded me of the salt mines in Krakow, Poland.

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