Dive 276: Tachai Reef, Koh Tachai (Thailand)

Dive time: 00:41:00
Max depth: 15.5 metres
Temperature: 29 C
Visibility: 30 metres
Buddy: Tom
Surface interval: 03:08:00

Night dive

A pretty nice and relaxing dive off the back of the boat straight into the reef. I was hoping to see a giant moray swimming out hunting but no such luck for me, although everyone else bloody saw one!

Saw quite a few parrotfish sleeping in their holes, lots of feather stars that closed up with the light shining on them, hundreds of cleaner shrimp, a spiny lobster’s antennae poking out of a hole, a red crab that was about 15cm wide, and bannerfish.

Still had 150 bar left at the end of the dive – shame the planned dive time was so short!

 

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Dive 191: Mandarin Valley, Pulau Kapalai (Malaysia)

Dive time:  00:35:00
Max depth:  17.1 metres
Temperature:  29 C
Visibility:  5 metres
Buddy:  Jose
Surface interval:  02:17:00

Night dive

Jose and I decided to do a sunset dive off the jetty just to check it out, and it was a great dive.  We hit the water a bit later than expected due to the difficulty I had in getting into my half damp wetsuit!  It’s just such a mission, plus it just kills your fingers!!

We didn’t go deep enough to the artificial house reefs and the wrecks, but stayed along the natural reef.

I didn’t have a torch with me, although Jose did borrow one.  Despite that, I was amazed at how many things I spotted by fading sunlight – two beautiful lion fish right next to each other (one of them inside the hole), a very well camouflaged crocodile fish, another smaller juvenile lion fish, and a cute little baby flamboyant cuttlefish that was rippling and pulsing dark purple, yellow and white along its body.

Almost underneath the jetty was a massive moray eel too – I could only see 20cm of its head/body but it was so broad that I have no doubt that it would’ve been longer than me!!

A brilliant, relaxing dive.