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.
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.
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.
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:
Following underwater pictures are taken by Saladhine Lanouar.