Koh Tao, Thailand

Scuba dive in Koh Tao

Koh Tao. Beautiful beaches, clear water and tons of aquatic life – it’s easy to fall in love with the place. And we did! We spent one week here. Honestly, we wouldn’t have even gone if it wasn’t for the recommendation from other travelers to get there and get scuba certified. Thanks to the deposit I received back from my old apartment complex, we could actually afford the $500 it took for both of us to become PADI certified open water divers (which is dirt cheap compared to other places). So that was on the agenda. Become divers.

Plunging into the ocean in full scuba diving gear near Koh Tao

Honestly it’s something I never thought I’d do. It’s actually something I went out of my way to TELL people I’d never do. I had heard way too many horror stories about decompression sickness or people running out of air and never making it back up to the surface. *Cringe* Who would willingly participate in this activity?!

I did some research and noticed that 10 year olds were doing it – am I actually scared of something that children can do? That, paired with Francis’s childlike excitement about the course, pretty much sealed the deal. I didn’t have a choice. I had to face my fear of diving and my fear of being in the middle of the open ocean without a paddle. I had to suck it up and at least try. So I did. And it was one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life.

Diving above a school of yellow fish off the coast of Koh Tao Thailand

The first breaths you take underwater are indescribable. It’s like entering a whole other world. It’s a million times better than snorkeling and there’s so much to see. The fish are often curious about you too, which makes it even more exciting! I frequently found myself wanting to take out my regulator and yell at Francis “holy crap, look at that!” but obviously I couldn’t do that. I just pointed and ooohed and awed on the inside. Some of our favorite sightings included a school of chevron barracuda (1:47-1:55), a spotted stingray (3:00),  a titan triggerfish (2:21), and a white eyed moray eel (not caught on camera). It was truly incredible. And it obviously helped that we had an incredible instructor (Julien) and an incredible photographer (Ross) along with us! (Side note: all underwater photos shown in this blog were taken by Ross Bronzan.)

A batfish in the ocean off of the coast of Koh Tao

After our last dive and our final exam, which we all passed (us and the other lovely couple doing the course), we had such a fun time hanging out with our group and celebrating our “victory” over the open water course. Us, Julien, Vim (a loving foster-dog dad and another employee of Asia Divers), and Nathan and Lindsey (the Canadian couple in our class) all went and explored Koh Tao in our fancy, new “Asia Divers” T-shirts. #Squadgoals.

While we did have a huge hiccup in the trip – anyone who is a friend on Facebook probably knows about our puppy, Tuna – we still had an amazing time. And Koh Tao ended up, to our surprise, being our favorite island on this trip (on par with Langkawi). We’ll be coming back to the island at the end of our trip to finish out the vacation the right way… 18 meters below the surface in Koh Tao. 🙂

Until next time!

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    April 6, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Lovely post! Great to see like minded people 🙂 My husband and I had just started a travel blog. Please check it out 🙂

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    April 6, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    You are amazing,braves adventurers.Very interesting underwater sights.So glad you can have this experience.Thanks for sharing.Love and prayers gram

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    April 6, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Another dandy video captured and money well spent to become divers. Bob and I went diving on our honeymoon almost 16 years ago and I was scared to death so I can relate Kristin! Once you get over the fear aspect it really is an incredible experience…so glad you got to do this! Charly did a pool dive 2 years ago in Kauai so we might all three have to try an ocean dive as a family. You inspire me! God bless! Carry on!

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      Kristin and Francis Quinn
      April 7, 2017 at 4:19 am

      Awesome! It is on our bucket list to dive in Hawaii – maybe with some spinner dolphins if we’re lucky! Would be so cool if you became a family of scuba divers 🙂 Love you!

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    Linda Armstrong
    April 6, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    WOW! Amazing. You sound and look like you are having the time of your life. I am so happy for you and I am sooooooo enjoying all of your sharing. Keep blogging and sending videos and I will keep grinning and enjoying. Miss you. XXXXX

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      Kristin and Francis Quinn
      April 7, 2017 at 4:23 am

      We are having an amazing time! The more time we spend here the more I don’t want to ever leave! We’re currently in Pai, Thailand (huge hippie town) in a nice cottage and I’m already working on our next video and blog 🙂 I think you’ll like it! Miss you a lot!! xxx

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