Due to our very minor injuries -grazed shoulder for Joe, grazed knee and foot for me- from our recent motorbike accident we were not quite sure whether diving was going to be the fun experience we had planned. We even thought about cancelling but in the end decided due to only a small amount of time left we should go! So we set our alarms for 6 am and headed off to catch the ferry to Koh Rong. We’d been previously informed that there was to be a film crew documenting the whole thing for a Cambodian documentary. This was very interesting as they whipped out the camera and Joe commented that he thinks Taid has a similar model!
I finished a book on the boat ride there and we were both tired. When we arrived we were met by Tom who introduced himself as our instructor for the two days. We discussed modules and theory for the course and what dives we would like to complete. we decided on Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night Dive, Fish identification. Deep Dive and Navigation are compulsory. After this we got changed and then headed for the boat… after some spring rolls and chicken wings (making of an alternative breakfast). The boat was nice all be it slow as there other boat had broken. There was a nice relaxed environment and we both started to get excited for our first dive of the day. First was Buoyancy, so we had a quick dive briefing and jumped in. I was pleasantly surprised that the graze on my knee didn’t sting too much and now really excited. First test passed with flying colours. We didn’t take any underwater pics for the whole trip because I was concentrating and my underwater photography is questionable but i’ll put one here of me!! On a dive a few weeks ago and if you want to see more underwater pictures try Underwater in Koh Tao or Koh Phi phi with Papa Dre
With the first Dive having been a great success we headed to town in Koh Rong for some lunch, fried rice with chicken. For an included lunch on a trip it was lovely and we all sat together discussing our mornings dive. Back on the boat and dive number 2… the one i’d been dreading… NAVIGATION. Those of you that know me can appreciate how much i struggle with directions at the best of times. I can get lost with a Sat Nav! Tom was very patient and explained it above the water at least four times. When we jumped in I still wasn’t really sure I knew how to make a square at the bottom of the ocean using a compass but I decided i’d try wing it. Surprisingly I managed it first time!! And there were a lot of underwater high fives! Dive number 2 passed obviously Joe had no problems performing the same task! Woop.
Dive number 3… By now we are very tired and back at the accommodation, which by the way was provided free and lovely. We were told it was basic but not by our standards i mean there was a flushing toilet and everything! We had a little rest and a bit more theory and then went to the pier to jump. We had a few set back as some how joe had the wrong fins and they were like 4 sizes too small but one of the Khmer staff ran back to get them and we changed them over quickly… Dive number 3 as you should be able to guess is the Night Dive. A first for both of us! We headed down and it really is bizarre I must admit it wasn’t my favourite. its very strange, but after a few minutes i’d settled into it a little. The highlight was seeing an octopus! I’d seen one before but at night it was amazing and this one was a bit bigger and walking- if octopi walk- plus at night it looked AMAZING! We also got to see a small wreck of an old dive boat. So although we didn’t choose a wreck dive kind of a two for one! ;). We were invited to a BBQ with the staff and the TV crew that evening so headed off but chose an early night due to being very tired. The next morning up bright and early and off for Dive number 4! The Deep Dive. This was my favourite I felt like a mermaid descending into the blue where that is all you can see blue blue blue. It was amazing I was so happy. At the bottom the red and orange light are filtered out and everything looks brown. But never have I seen brown look so beautiful. My fave dive of the lot. Back to the boat for some fish revision before Dive number 5 and the view was pretty cool despite some on and off rain.
Dive number 6 to look and identify fish! We had to get 3 each I think, but spent the whole dive looking at different fish and identifying them one by one. it was harder than I thought as i’m quite easily distracted but safe to say we both passed again with flying colours!! And are now qualified Advanced Open Water Divers! WAHOO! I’m so happy as been wanting to do this forever. We headed for lunch to fill out dive logs and I celebrated with not one but 2 mango shakes.
Back to Sihanoukville after saying goodbyes to all the team that have been so helpful. So glad we chose REEF to dive with after shopping around a little bit. AMAZING team and location you are doing a spot on job guys, if anyone is interested in diving in Cambodia these are the guys check them out, http://reef-dive-resort.com/
Back in Sihanoukville and we booked a room at Smile we’d stayed there before and it was easy to haggle a few dollars off a room with Air con! $12 in the end so cheaper than a dorm. We headed out for some food and then to Jack and Daniels for the eve. we planned on having one. But… Becky has brought a puppy so we were busy having cuddles and then we got hit by a torrential downpour and no longer fancied the walk home. So we waited it out and enjoyed our last evening with some good friends.
Thankyou once again for reading we are getting very near the end of our Asia adventure and things are exciting and scary once again as we look forward to our next leg. I have a jam packed few days panned in Bangkok, maybe with a few surprises along the way. So keep reading as always its been a pleasure, you know what to do like, share and subscribe!
New Years Resolution update:
28.04.2017 (Week 17 of challenge) Books Read:
- A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
- A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
- Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
- Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
- Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
- Girl Undone – Marla Madison
- The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
- The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
- On The Road – Jack Kerouac
- Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
- The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
- Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
- Sabotage – Dale Wiley
- Dracula – Bram Stoker
- First They Killed My Father – Loung Ung
- War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Among others still a work in progress but I am making progress!)
Status: TWO WEEKS BEHIND