We didnt' realise until now, but there are no cars or motorbikes on this island at all as it is so small, so they just use boats. There are a few push bikes and they transport big things in a big metal wheelbarrow, cage things! Madness - but it works!
We are now on our way back to Bangkok, on a 14 hour bus journey and it's the first time since we arrive in Phi Phi 8 days ago that we have had chance to write anything as we have been so busy! I don't know how, but we seem to run out of time to do things! We will try and pick up from our last entry and tell you what we have been doing since then!
The four island tour was a really good day. It was like a cruise and adventure day. The first stop was at Maya Bay (Leonardo DiCaprios beach) - we didn't see him, but even so it was still beautiful. We got off the boat and went snorkling, it was brilliant and we saw big colurful fish and coral. We decided to swim to the beach, it didnt seem that far and couldn't understand why everyone else was going in Kayacs, so off we went , but soon realised why it was a bad idea. As we got shallower we cut ourself on the coral ! Suppose you live and learn!
Next we went to a huge cave called Viking cave, there was people living in the cave. bamboo island was the next stop, we got off the boat and thought we would try snorkling with the fins on like everyone else, Loz was ok, apart from been blown by the current, but i nearly drowned as I couldnt swim with the fins! Laura had to swim back to the boat with my fins in her hands and rescue me! The next stop was monkey island. This beach was the best beach we have seen yet, it really was like paradise island! After the performance at Maya Bay, we got a kayac to the beach, from the boat, it was real fun! The sand was the softest, whitest sand you could imagine and it was a secluded beach. We went for a walk along the beach and saw two of the cutest little Monkeys ever! Unfortunately we had to leave the camera on the boat incase we capsised, so we couldnt take any pics :( . The next part of the day, was the best. On the way to shark island the crew climbed around the side of the boat to the front (it seemed like a very dangerous idea, as it was only a tiny ledge and the boat was going fast, they was real excited so we thought it must be something goog and off we went!) The crew started clanging mental on the boat railings and with that a group of about 6 Dolphins came swimming alongside the boat in the waves and jumping along with us! They were so cute and real fast, the dolphins seemed to love it, they kept coming back and back. They are so clever! As soon as they heard the noise they came swimming from miles away. We definately can't wait to swim with dolphins now!
After this day, we came back and signed up for a diving course, as snorkling was so good, we realised how much better diving must be. We signed up on a three day open water Padi course with Seafrogs. We decided we had had enough of the ants in our hut, so we kept asking to move to a proper room and the next day they let us, thank god!
The next day was our first day diving, so the night before we was up till 1am doing homework! We had to at the shop for 9am, where we watched boring videos and did some quizes. Boring, boring, boring! In the afternoon we got kitted up and went into confined water in the sea, to learn the basis skills. Loz was ok, but i was scared, i didnt dare take my mask off under water and open my eyes or let go of my nose! You had to learn how to get the water out your mask by blowing out your nose, and i coludnt get the hang of it and kept breathing up sea water and choking! Horrible!
On the second day of our dive course, we had to go back into confined water, making the course 4 days long, so i could go through the skills again. Once I thought about what I had to do and calmed down, the next day I did it straight away. After this, we had to do loads more boring work, we was nearly falling asleep! Now we had done the boring bits, we was ready for proper diving!
The first dive was only to 12m, and I froze with fear when I realised I had to jump off the boat in full scuba gear (which weighs a ton). Loz was no problem, she was straight in and away, but I was stood on the side of the boat for ages shaking. Ha! It was real high and I was pertified! In the end my equipment got too heavy and I had to jump. Once we was under the water, i was fine, but at dinner time, because of the performance I made getting off the boat, they made me (or bribbed me!) to jump off the top of the double decker boat! It took me ages to stop shaking, but it wasn't that bad, i am still here!
On the second dive, we had to leave poor Loz on the boat, as she was having bad problems with her ears. The next day, we did dives 3 and 4, and went down to 18m, it was great. On the night we took our exam and both passed, so we went out for a drink with our diving instructor and his girlfirend and we was all hammered and completely wiped out the next day! Ha! Oh yes - and when we woke up in the morning, Loz had a new Tattoo and Lip piercing. Thought she went missing for a while. Ha! Karen that was not my fault, I thought she was at toilet!
We bought our own mask and booties and spent the next three days doing our advanced open water course, which means we can dive anywhere in the world. The first day, we had to be at the shop for 7.30am, but we slept in and Lee our instructor had to come and get us! That day we did a deep dive to 30m (it was real deep), A dive to learn how to navigate under water with a compass (quiet difficult to know where the hell you are) and on the night we did the night dive (the scariest thing ever) We went out on a longtail boat and had to go backwards off the boat into the pitch black sea, we had tourches, but they didnt give much light off, they was just for communication really. We went down to 12m and coludn't see nothing at all, and hardly each other, pretty dam freaky and not really much point as we didnt see any fish, just a few glow in the dark particles. We are both glad we did the night dive, but never again! It quiet dangerous as the current was strong and we coulnt tell where we was.
After that frightening experience, we went for a Thai massage. The woman nearly broke Lauras neck, it clicked that loud, and my woman was too rough and hurt me!
The last day diving was great! The first stop was king cruise ship wreck, we went right down to the bottom of the wreck (28m) and all the way around, then all the way around the top. It was amazing and didnt seem real at all, it was like something you see in a film. There were millions of fish and you could see things like toilets and tables (pic above)! The ship went down 9 years ago, and actually carried cars, but there was no cars on it at the time and no one died either, so it wasn't that spooky. We coludn't beleive how big it was. I had a camera so took lots of pictures! Loz was having more trouble with her ears so coludn't do the next two dives, which was a real shame as we got to see a shark! It was a leopardshark, it was ginormous, but apparantly only a baby one. It was bigger than me! We stayed around it for ages taking pics. We also saw the best coral yet, it was bright colours and there was some huge fish! We ended up making good friends with our diving instructor, and he might be meeting us in Oz in March as he is going there himself anyway. The diving course cost 250 pounds, but if we had learnt in Oz it would have been double that, it was well worth it!