Monday, February 11, 2008

Friday, 8th: Phi Phi Islands

Dive: 11
Dive Site: Anemone Reef, Phuket (*)

Max Depth: 15.5m
Bottom time: 36 min.
Water Temp: 28C
Visibility: 15-20m
Comments: Sophiya and I were first on the dive site, before PP Scuba dropped in. Sophiya saw her first shark, leopard, that was bigger than her. She got excited, but back scatters prevent her from taking a decent shot. The viz was quite good, and I bumped into Henry Gills, from PP Scuba, under water like I always tend to see him.

Dive: 12
Dive Site: Ko Bida Nok, Phi Phi (*)
Max Depth: 13.1m
Bottom time: 47 min.
Water Temp: 28C
Visibility: 15-20m
Comments: At 12m for most of the dive, Sophiya and I saw the usual reef fish, common lionfish dominated the dive, with a few baby western clownfish so adorable & small, we can't even focus our camera on it. Another leopard shark and a green turtle made their appearance, but too deep for my young jedi to approach (around 18m deep).

Dive: 13
Dive Site: Ko Bida Nai, Phi Phi (*)
Max Depth: 13.4m
Bottom time: 49 min.
Water Temp: 28C
Visibility: 15-20m
Comments: Sophiya used up her battery for her camera on the last dive, mine emptied out in the first minute into this dive. So, we settle in for just enjoying the wall off the east side of Bida Nai. Blue ring angel fish, another gorgeous nudibranch (magnificent slug), and a playful green turtle (1m long) that hung with us for a good 10 minutes. We watched him try to wedge himself in between a table coral, probably attempting to relieve an itch on its shell :-)

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