So we get on our bus to head to Surat Thani. From here we was to get a connecting bus to the near by Koh Sok park. The bus to surat was to take about 6 hours. We arrived there and then found out we should of got off at a near by stop to Koh Sok park. Marks lack of planning took us 120 km past it. Good work lad. So we booked a ticket to stay in a hotel for a night and get a bus back there tomorrow morning. We got chatting to some italian dude on the journey and he stayed in the same hotel as us so we all went looking for this specific italian restaurant to eat in. After an hour of searching we finally find it. Whilst dining in there Neal walks past and joins us. He telling us that himself and nick are on there way to Koh Tao tonight on a over night boat. We asked them about Koh Sok park and he said you will need at least 2-3 nights there. Well we had only planned to do 1 as it was man utd vs liverpool in 2 days time. I told mark we cant do it as there is no tv's to watch in the jungle so we can't go. After a bit of thinking we decided to ditch all our plans and get on the over night boat to Koh Tao with the other lads. Unfortunately we didn't get any money back on the hotel or bus tickets but they wasn't much. We cut our loses and got on the boat. What a sweat box this was. There was about 50 of us all crammed in this room which was roasting and festering with a disgusting smell. Off we went.
We arrived in Koh Tao about 7 in the morning. From what i can remember i had a fairly decent nights sleep. I only woke once fearing the boat was going to turn as it was really choppy. we got a taxi to an area called had siali beach. Here we would look for some accommodation which we found really easy. We had some wicked little bamboo huts to stay in and they were only 350 baht a night. We decided to check the area out so me and nick went for a run around the beach and town. After that we all went for a spot of crazy golf. Me and mark are quite competitive towards one another as we both think each other cheats and never admit to people who really won. Honestly i got off to a dream start and then on about my sith hole it all went wrong. 20 strokes which was the limit. After that i struggled to get it back and mark won, neal,myself and then nick. Nick is a really placid guy but you could see his frustration whilst playing golf. After golf we headed back to our resort and i booked my open water diving course starting for tomorrow afternoon. That night we all went out to a bar called choppers and then on to another called lotus. A good night from what i can remember.
The following day we spent most of the day down the beach and then i had to go and start my course. I didn't really know what to expect but we watched some video's went over some notes and then got given so much home work. A huge book to read with about 300 pages of questions and answers. Great this is just like being back at school, but this time i was determined to try and pass with flying colours. I was a complete nerd that evening and did my first to chapters. Before we left the dive centre we got told not to drink. Like that is going to happen. If you work hard then you can play hard, right! That night we all went out to the same bars and then a club called the Cave where we played pool with some spanish girls and a lady boy. About 3 i decided i best head back as i have to start at 8 30 in the morning.
I woke up at 8 so i had 30 minutes to get my self together. I showed up looking a stste and didn't think i was going to last the day. My diving instructor is called nat. She's from essex so we got on really well both being southern. she's fairly hot to so a bonus. I was also learning with some norwegian chick to but there isn't much good to say on her. So class room in the morning and then diving skills in the afternoon. It all went really well. I was nervous about equalizing my ears as one time i did it a few years ago and thought i popped an ear drum. Luckily it went well this time. "Dan what ever you do don't get drunk tonight" ok!!. Our homework wasn't meant to start until tonight so i looked like a swat having already done it so i went out and got drunk again. By this time Laura and Steph had arrived so we all went out together. I set myself a limit of going home at 2 each morning which i thought was fairly good of me.
Once again an 8 30 start, class room and then go over our homework. Flying colour for the first 2 parts. That afternoon we did 2 proper dives which took us down about 12 meters. I realized that the homework isn't too important as they give you the answers the next day anyway. Needless to say i still went back and did most of it. Every page i was reading twice but it took so long i didn't have enough time to complete it before we went out. Same old thing, same old bars and once again i went home at a respectable time of around 2 or 3 ish.
Today was the final exam. We watched some more video's and then did the test. At the end of the exam we go through the answers correcting what we got wrong. Star pupil here as i got 90%. Ok, the exam, is really easy and a six year old can pass it but who cares. In the afternoon we had to do 3 dives. One was a skin dive with snorkels. Unfortunately we wasn't naked but never mind. The other 2 dives we had to go down to 18 meters do some skills we have been shown and navagiation. With the navigation skills you have to swim with your buddy going north for ten kicks. Your buddy is like your wing man " you never leave your wing man" (Top gun, i love it). On this time i had to follow her direction of north whilst i count the kicks. She started going straight up to the surface thinking north is up. I just let her go as i was creasing up with laughter. North points up, what a jack ass.. I did mine fine. On the second dive it was a fun dive so we played i have never under water. Did you know it's possible to have scuba sex? If only they taught us that skill in the course. We also did a few rolly polly's and cart wheels. Finished i am now a certified diver for open water which means i can go to the max of 18 meters with a buddy. That night we all went out to celebrate with our instructors and friends and had a great night. Me Nick and Neal was all meant to be leaving at 10 30 that morning to Koh Phanang but all missed the boat as we didn't get in until 6 in the morning. Me, Neal and a girl called Maloose passed out on the beach for a couple of hours. When i got in i trod on my mask which is a really good one which i have had about 6 years. I became quite attached to it so i was fuming when i woke up and sore the damage.
That day we spent down the beach recovering. I went off to buy a new mask. A bit of a result as thy messed the price up by about 800 baht so i got a huge discount. Once again we went out to the same old places, seeing the same faces and had a great time again. It's a close knit community here and everyone is really friendly so you will always have a good time. Mark was staying an extra night with steph here so us three lads managed to board our boat the next time and off we went to Koh Phanag. Full moon party here we come.