15.03.2011 33 °C
the journey to koh tao was probably the most interesting, but also the most worth it. from Krabi town we got on a bus that took us to a shady ghetto in the middle of what can only be the thailand projects. from here we jumped on a bus that was missing a sheet of metal off the side that took us to surrathani pier. from here we took the night ferry, o wonder of wonders. this small beauty packs about 90 ppl onto small foam mattresses (think fred flinstone comfort level) that are pushed all together in a row down each side of the boat. on one side the thai ppl slept and on the other, backpackers. we crammed in like sardines, literally your shoulder either had to be on top of someone elses or below it or you couldnt lay flat. laughing at the situation i decided to tell the german girl beside me "hope your a good cuddler" she did not laugh and i knew it was going to be a long night. she did however decide to cuddle with her boyfriend as i was awoken by the two of them kissing beside me, as we all lay touching. going to the bathroom was a hole in the floor, beside the hole was a bucket of stagnent water with a soup bowl floating with it. you reach into this water and scoop some of it out with the bowl to do a manual flush of the toilet. trying to stay upright on a rocky ship whilst peeing proved to be quite the challenge.
once arriving on the island we were not greeted with a taxi, as we had been promised. figuring it was probably late we just hung out around the pier. an hour later a truck that said "simple life" (our dive company) pulled up. it was actually the owner and he was quite mad we hadnt been picked up. he had come to the peir to check out this new boat his friend had made and personally gave us a ride to the shop. from here we checked into our awesome guesthouse, which was a duplex not 50 meters from the beach where we each had our own bed and a bathroom to share.
we grabbed a quick swim and meal before class started. class was very slack we watched a video for two hours, then went for supper. after this alison and i grabbed a chaing beer to drink while doing our padi homework on our balcony. when we went inside we were horrified to see a colony of ants had set up shop all over our things (mostly mine). we battled these ants for the full duration of our stay, having to hose off my backpack twice.
the next day we did more class work and found out that our diver lee is from england and his DMT (dive master in training) is from kelowna! we quickly became his favorite students im sure. we went out to do a couple dives and seen lots of neat fish!! throughout our dives (we did 4 in total) we seen angel fish, trigger fish, bat fish, banner fish, a blue spotted ray and even a clown fish among others. im fairly certain the clown fish we seen was actually nemo and his dad, as it was a baby one and a older one who hang out near an anenomie in a circle of rocks. really neat to see!
after we became padi scuba certified we went out for supper with cameron and then for drinks with the rest of the simple life crew. everyone here was amazing and it was very sad to leave!