Finding Nemo.

By Posted in - Action & Practical & Travel on February 6th, 2016 koh_lanta_scuba_dive_15

What a bummer! Because of Johan’s ear infection we could not book the planned three days of scuba diving at Kon-Tiki Lanta Scuba Center. And we specially went to the island Koh Lanta for the diving!

So I booked only two days diving and Johan joined me for the second day for snorkeling.

The first day I went to Hin Muang and Hin Daeng. Hin means “rock” and Muang means “purple” and Daen means “red”. My buddy was dive master Marian, a German guy who was living one season on Koh Lanta. That day I did not see big fish. Some others from our group of scuba divers saw a giant manta ray swimming, who can reach 7 meters in width!

But I did see beautiful fish! For the first time I saw a big moray eel swimming. Most of the time they are in a cave or cavern. Okay, I expected colorful fish, but what I did not expect was such a gorgeous colorful plants, barnacles (zeepokken), coral, sea cucumbers etcetera. And all this on steep purple and red rock formations.

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

The office of Kontiki Lanta Center

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

Map of the diving locations

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

Early pick up

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

To the boat

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

Marian explaining where is what on the boat

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

The second day we went to Bida Nai, Bida Nok near Koh Phi Phi Lee and to Hin Bida. My buddy was Brad, from Fort Lauderdale Florida, the twin brother of Kon-Tiki dive master Brian. It was his first dive in Thailand, because he had worked in Indonesia.

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

The second day with Johan

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

The maps of the Bida islands

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

Bida Nok

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

The Florida twin brothers Brad and Brian

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

We saw the  giant pufferfish and funny boxfish, lots of longfin banner fishes and the moorish idol (maanvissen), golden damsel, bluefin trevally, the ugly bearded scorpion fish and lion fish who both can sting, the powder blue surge fish, the trumpetfish, and crocodile needlefish, a seasnake and the big facinating (and intimidating)  titan triggerfish who bites you when she has eggs.

The greatest experience for me were the two turtles we saw. The 1 meter long Hawksbill turtle was just laying on the seabed, watching us passing by. The green turtle was swimming near us. He had a bite in his shield, probably from a shark. Green sea turtles can become 1,5 meters.

And I also loved the clown fish. This little Nemo is very curious and comes super close to your mask and is watching you in the eyes, swims away and fast returns again close to your mask. As if he wants to fight with you.

We did not see the big blacktop reef shark or the big whale shark, which had been seen a few times at the Bida islands.

Now that we are back on Ibiza for almost two weeks I feel the urge to get underwater again! This was definitely another beautiful highlight of our holiday! The Kon-Tiki crew is very friendly, good atmosphere with fellow scuba divers and great breakfast and lunch and on our way back: pancakes! See their nice Youtube-video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjpflQwRcPw

Following underwater pictures are taken by Saladhine Lanouar.

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

Following pictures by Saladhine Lanouar

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

Gertjan underwater

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

Beautiful red coral

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

Johan had an ear infection

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

… so he could only snorkel

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

Big sea turtle

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

Lots of fish

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

Swimming moray eel (under)

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

The sea snake

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

Trumpet fish

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

Little Nemo

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

Giant pufferfish

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

Lots of fish

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

The moray eel

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

The whale shark spotted at the Bida islands

Johan and Gertjan #ourbigmove gay couple on their honeymoon holiday to Thailand Koh Lanta kontiki scuba diving whale shark manta ray turtle

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