Phi Phi Diving

Trip Start Oct 31, 2011
Trip End Nov 25, 2011

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Today is the day we went to Phi Phi (pronounced "Pee Pee") island for diving.  I had great expectations for these dives.  They are supposed to be some of the best in the world.  When we got to the boat launch it clouded over and threatened rain ... luckily, it just threatened.  The boat we were on is owned by a new dive operation in town (Jolly Rojer) and caters to the herds of Russian tourists that flock here to dive.  There were about 20 people on the boat and only the 6 of us from Kiwidiver didn't speak Russian.  How bad could it be?  
We started the journey by waiting an extra half hour at the dock for two Russians that couldn't get up that morning... so they were very late.  Everywhere else that I have dived .. if you snooze, you loose!  None of them listened to the briefing about the do and don'ts on the boat ... so naturally they didn't heed any of them (and yes the briefing was done in Russian and English).  When they brought out some breakfast items for everyone (hard boiled eggs, sausages, fruit, etc.) they pretty much bowled everyone out of the way to get to the food first.  Taking 3 or 4 boiled eggs and 5-6 sausages ... by the time it was your turn it was slim pickings.  Many of them were in the line for the second time before the first timers had gotten any.  The list goes on and on and I think you get my drift, so I'll stop the rant now :-).
After a 2 1/2 hour boat ride, we arrive at Phi Phi.  It's gorgeous !  Everything you see in the pictures and more.  We circle around past a cove where they filmed the movie "The Beach" and set up for our first dive.  Once in the water, I was disappointed to see how murky the visibility was.  It isn't always like this I'm told but I guess we drew the lucky straw today,  There is also a heavy surge underwater that picks up divers and throws them around like rag dolls.
The second dive at Phi Phi was some more of the same except that the serge was much stronger. I was exhausted after about 15 minutes !
For the third dive, we pulled anchor and headed for Sharkpoint.  Again, another murky dive but I can imagine how beautiful it is when the water is clear. Nature awarded us a spectacular sunset for all of our diving frustrations, so all in all ... a good day :-)
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