New Dive Sights In A New Dive Site

Trip Start Aug 02, 2010
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Trip End Feb 15, 2011


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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Koh Haa is a local dive site about two hours away from Koh Lanta, in the Andaman Sea, and is a location of some of the best diving in South East Asia. We spent a day there diving and snorkeling with Blue Planet Divers. Again due to the poor weather, we were a small group of divers and so had practically one to one support from the dive crew, a rare thing. They were really friendly and gave some insight into places to go for the best local nightlife.

The site has six islands, even though haa actually means five in Thai - we dived the shallow
reef between the islands and the fantastic 'Cathedral' cave. When you enter this tunnel, there's
an opportunity to surface inside. The air inside is exchanged twice a day with the tidal flow
and when you surface inside, the current continues, forming condensation in the air inside with
each 'breath'.

As we improve our diving skills and get better at buoyancy control, things slow down and it's easier to identify marine life. We had many 'new sights' which are always good: the black and white banded sea snake (very strange looking); Christmas Tree Worms in various colours that hang out on the coral wrapped in a conical shape and hide at any sign of strange divers staring at them; nudibranchs of different sizes and colours with their lungs clearly visible on the outside (from which they derive their name), a cornet fish with a long thin snout, masked porcupine fish, white eyed moray eel and a royal-blue jewel urchin.  All that together with the cave meant for a great day diving.
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