Welcome back 🙂 we’ve been super busy at Roctopus as the island has filled up with divers and party goers alike.
For this episode, I wanted to fill you guys in on my day out on our speedboat. Myself and a few others got a private charter on our speed boat to go and cruise around the island for half a day. We hopped on the boat at 12pm, however, when you grab the private charter, they can tailor make the trip to suit whatever your heart so desires. With an esky (cooler box) full of ice and all the beers we could carry, it was time to cruise to the best spots Koh Tao has to offer with Captain Wes and a personal guide! I even got to get behind the lens and snap a few pics of the other guys I was cruising with.
First spot we went to was down at the south end of Koh Tao, past shark island at a cool little site called Tanote Bay. Here, we climbed up the rope ladder onto the top of a huge rock, and did some cliff jumping. Once we jumped off, we had a cheeky snorkel session amongst the coral and epic marine life. The visibility was awesome and there was a tonne of smaller schools of fish chilling within reach. Time for the next site!
We headed over to shark island, aptly named as the rock formation looks like a sharks fin breaching the water. Another sick snorkelling site with crystal clear waters. We hopped in the water with our personal guide to show us around which was pretty cool, because, as a diver on the island, I don’t get much time to check out the shallower snorkelling areas. Angel fish, blue spotted rays and parrot fish are in abundance here. Unfortunately, we missed the whale shark this time, but if you’re lucky, they do hang around shark island at times!
Back on the boat, we had a couple cold beers on route to our next destination.
Sidang and shark bay was next. We saw 6 black tip reef sharks which was epic and our guide took us to see the resident sea turtle who is approximately 60 years old. 60 years old! He has quite a big home so it was pretty lucky that we got to hang out with the old boy for a while 🙂
Back on the boat, we had a couple more cheeky cold ones while heading over to the final destination, Japanese gardens on Koh Nangyuan. Japanese Gardens is rated in the top 100 dive and snorkel sites in the whole word and you’d be silly not to bring your camera as Koh Nangyuan is the most photographed island in Thailand! We managed to spot a Great barracuda while we were here which was sick! A super inquisitive fish, he hung by us for most of our time in the water!
After this, we cruised back to Roctopus HQ and were all finished at about 5pm. Probably the best day off work I’ve had, I highly recommend the trip to anyone on Koh Tao! Hopefully I’ll be out there again soon!
Until next time guys 🙂 thanks for reading!