Koh Phi Phi
Trip Start Feb 16, 2006
28Trip End Jun 16, 2006
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Where I stayed
Andaman Dive Resort
It wasn't long before we realised how beautiful and fun the island is. The first place we stopped at was called Gipsy village - cost 500 baht per night but was the worst accommodation we have seen so far. We soon moved on... After searching in the heat we found a nice place at Andaman diving resort (With a nice bathroom for Susie!), and the luxury of a pool.
There were some lovely restaurants there which we ate in and loads of pancake stands - Susie is going to turn into a nutella pancake I think
There is noticibly still a lot of damage from the tsunami there. Many of the palm trees are broken half way down and there are still areas with a lot of rubbish around. Also when we visited the viewpoint it is clear to see which parts were hit the worst. Still the island has done an excellent job of quickly getting themselves back to normal.
The second day we ventured into a diving centre and looking back we chose the best place (Harlequin diving centre). The prices were all the same on the island so that wasn't an issue so we signed up for the Open Water Course. This now means that we are certified scuba divers anywhere in the world up to 18 meters (Sorry we dont have any pictures to prove it!) We first had to complete the theory and exams which was fairly interesting and came in useful for the diving we did. The second day we braved the pool with our instructors Jo and Sharky.
Susie took to it really well - me for that matter I cant say the same! I was terrified. I hated putting my face into the water and having to breathe which is a bit of a problem in diving! I also found it really hard to use the snorkel - in fact I hated it
The next afternoon we set off on our first 2 dives and they were in beautiful locations. We set up near Phi Phi Lei and got into the water. The first dive went very smoothly. Susie spent a lot of time waiting for me to equalize (popping my ears) but there were no problems. Susie took to diving like a fish and loved every minute of it! The second dive however I started to panic a bit when going down on the rope, so had to come back up. (Susie spent the time playing naughts and crossed under the water with Sharky!) Once I was down though I started to enjoy it a bit, although still kind of wanting to go up! We had to do skills when we were down there as part of our course. This included taking off our mask, cramp removal, throwing away our mouth piece and finding it again (I loved that one!)
The final day we had a morning dive. I have to say that we both loved it - I couldn't belive how much I changed. I did everything and felt totally comfortable. I actually saw some fish that day! We were really sorry that it had all ended, but hopefully we will go in Australia. We saw Angel fish, moray eels, nemo fish, a huge barracuda and the most beautiful corals and fish ever! Wish we had an underwater camera! We also went out for a meal that night to Papaya, a restaurant that Jo recommended and the massaman there was out of this world
After the diving we had a lot to do in one day! Susie got a massage and a pedicure which she enjoyed a lot. While she was doing this I did a cooking course - learnt how to cook Massaman curry, green curry and fried rice (thai style). It was good because once cooked I (and Susie when she turned up) could eat it and they were really nice. I also got a free cookbook!
Note from Susie: I thought it was a fantastic day. Massage, pedicure then Andrew cooking for me. What more could a girl ask for?
We went up to the viewpoint that day too which was a pretty strenuous walk even though it was the morning! Still as you can see from the photos it was worth it. Also a pretty strange moment of seeing two cats up there playing together!
Unfortunately we had to leave but loved every minute of it. Susie really loved the diving and I came round to love it on the last day.