So it is the 10th January now and it is our last day in Thailand before we head through to Malaysia tomorrow.
After having a chilled out Christmas and New Year, we upped the tempo again and headed to Koh Tao to learn to become Open Water divers.
We had to get there first though, which had its stumbling blocks! We had chosen a highly reccommended dive school to go to and booked to start our course on the evening of 2nd January. So we got picked up at 06.00hrs from our hotel and was expecting to arrive in Koh Tao around 2 o clock. That would have been the case if our bus hadn't broken down (making us, and everyone else, set off on the boat an hour and a half late!) and the fact that it was hammering down with rain, causing us to be asked to swap boats in Phangan, only to be told that we weren't able to go any further and so would have to stay on Koh Phangan for the night and continue the journey the following morning IF the weather had improved!
The weather did improve and so we started our diving course on 3rd January and became SSI Open Water certified scuba divers on the 6th January. It was a challenge, but a fantastic experience and we can't wait to improve our skills and see what else is down there!
If you can believe the coincidence, we started our course with Rick and Kirsty, a couple from DONCASTER!!!!!! We had never met them before we all got picked up off the ferry and taken to Scuba Junction. Anyway, they were great people to be around and i'm sure we'll see them again. Unfortunately Rick didn't take to diving so just me, Dave and Kirsty completed the course. Hopefully when we meet again the four of us will be able to dive together.
Koh Tao is only a small island (9x2.5 miles) but is stunningly beautiful both above and below the water.