1. Boonsung Wreck, ~1 hour north of Khao Lak by boat. The boat was a dredger that sank in the 1970s and was split apart in the 2004 tsunami, creating a huge wreck site with a number of segments in the general area. This was my first wreck dive and it was AMAZING!! There were points where I couldn't see more than 5 feet in front of me because there were too many fish. Seriously... this was an incredible first fun dive in Thailand.
|This is a relatively small school of fish... you can imagine how busy it was around the wreck!|
|Beautiful superstructures are still intact|
|Honeycomb morays - only visible in the local sites around Khao Lak|
3. Seachart Wreck - this was my first dive to 30+ meters (95+ feet) in depth. The boat sank in the early 2000s carrying a huge load of mature teak wood, so there are still giant logs spilling around the wreck. There weren't quite as many schools of little fish, but there were lots of bigger fish around.
|Sea cucumber with beautiful oral tentacles|
|Sea feathers - these look like giant mopheads slowly moving around the wreck. They are amazing, but at night they look like tarantulas. It's a little creepy, but cool.|
|Here's a sampling of what the boat looked like - Dani is at ~95ft, and the boat still goes further down! Great visibility and lighting even at that depth.|
|Nudibranchs getting really friendly|
|Scorpionfish (my own photo this time)|
|me, Ana (my instructor right now), and Ploy (who works in the shop and is amazing and helped me pick out some pretty dresses at the tourist shop)|
|Teeny nudibranch (this pic is kinda blurry, sorry...)|
|OMG A JELLYFISH... wait no... :(|
|Octopus coming out of its hole :)|