The main motivation to come into these islands was diving. And for that, the best is Kho Tao. So I stayed 2 full days there, and had 4 nice fun dives (2 each day)! The many fishes in Chumphon pinnacle reminded me Bunaken, Indonesia, although Bunaken was slightly better. 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 Kho Phagnan and Kho Tao. I was staying in Big Blue dive resort, one of the biggest in the islands and in the top 10 worldwide: they run 4 boats every day, a huge one is dedicated only for fun dives. But the next trip with them to Sail Rock was already overbooked, so I had to find another solution to get there. No other resort in the Sairee village planed the daily trip to Sail Rock in the next days, so I went back to Kho Phagn and stay again 1 day there, just for this dive! Crazy, isn’t it?
But it was worth it! The dive with sailrockdivers.com was very nice! 2 dives in Sail Rock, we saw the bull sharks as we heard from other 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: my instructor 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: