After three long days of traveling I’ve arrive in Thailand finally. I’ve based myself on the island of Ko Phi Phi. I’m staying on long beach, which is around the back side of the island from the main harbor and ferry stop. Getting between the main town and our beach requires a taxi ride in a long-tail boat, so named because of the huge propeller shaft connecting the motor to the water.
The island is simply amazing…pure white sand, emerald green water, cheap beer, cheap accommodations right on the beach, and fun people all around. I picked this beach on the recommendation of the British guy I met in Bukit Lawang…he works at a dive shop right up the beach, so I figured I go check it out. The diving has been fantastic. We’ve been to several local reefs that were nice, if a bit average…typical reef fish and corral. However yesterday they asked if several people wanted to get together to rent a speed boat to head out a lot farther go see Hin Daeng and Hin Muang.
These are two distant reefs that were some of the best diving I’ve ever done. The names mean Purple Rock and Red Rock, and they were very descriptive. Hin Daeng was especially amazing…the very top of the rock sticks out of the water, and continues way past recreational scuba depths. The corrals were all an amazing purple color…I saw so many new (to me) types of fish and animals…it completely took my breath away…and that’s a bad thing underwater! 🙂 Hin Muang was nearly as amazing…red corrals dominated the underwater landscape, but the highlight of the trip was the manta ray that showed up during our surface interval. I’d never seen a manta in the wild before, and it was simply majestic. It was the closest thing to an underwater bird I’ve ever seen…it didn’t seem to swim, but instead flew thru the water. We all jumped in with snorkel gear and spent a good 10 minutes swimming with it before it got bored and headed off for deeper water.