The main motivation to come into these islands was diving. And for that, the best is Koh Tao. So I stayed 2 full days in Big Blue dive resort, one of the biggest in the island and in the top 10 worldwide: they run 4 boats every day, a huge one is dedicated only for fun dives. So I had 4 nice fun dives (2 each day) there! The many fishes in Chumphon pinnacle reminded me Bunaken, Indonesia. The dive on the wreck was nice; even it was artificially sunk some years ago. Andy brought me under an impressive rock in Laem Thien: the rock is the sea level and the waves tapping it create an amazing deep boom you feel through your body: better than the bass in a hard rock concert!
One main dive site in the area is called “Sail Rock”, between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. When I came in Koh Tao on the 12th, 2 Israeli guys –Amir and Niv– and I asked for the next dive trip to Sail Rock. We just missed the weekly trip! We asked other resorts in Sairee village but similar story: nothing planed or free in the next days. So we had to find another solution to get there. I went back to Koh Phangan the 15th and stay again 1 day there, just for this dive! Crazy, isn’t it?
But it was worth it! The dives with sailrockdivers.com were very nice! I was diving with Amir and Niv since I told them about this plan back in Koh Tao. In the 2 dives in Sail Rock, we saw the bull sharks as we heard from others before! They were about 2m big! We saw them by a distance of ca. 10m. I really wanted to get closer, but to let them quiet, it is better not: the instructor Niel had to catch my leg to avoid my mistake: I was reading later that bull sharks are among the most aggressive to humans!
If I could not bring my camera under water, Martin, another diver, could shot the shark: