Similan Island Liveaboard Manta Queen 7 Trip Number 58
On the 6th of March Manta Queen 7 set off on a very special trip of the season
Aboard was the 2016 interim team from the Hong Kong International School, with their fantastic teachers Dee, Kevin, Paul and Steve.
Day one started in the beautiful Similan Islands, that surrounded us with their sheer beauty and crystal clear water.
Day one and two was a very exciting and educational day for most. We done dive sites, like Beacon Reef, Anitas Reef, West of Eden, Elephant Head Rock and a few more where we enjoyed all the lovely underwater world had to offer. Some students were doing their open water and got exposed to the lovely world of the ocean for the first time and others spent their time furthering their dive education on advanced and specialty courses. Good thing, that even though they had work to do, they were completely surrounded by turtles, octopie, clownish, shrimps and crabs and loads more. We even plunged into the darkness several times, for some awesome night dives.
On the end of day three we decided to leave the lovely Similand Islands behind and set off towards Koh Bon island where we enjoyed a lovely sunset dive at Koh Bon West Ridge and enjoyed a few Mantas coming by to say hello to the very excited dive groups.
On day 4 we spent another 2 dives at Koh Bon Island where we enjoyed Mantas dancing all around us, giving us an amazing show. For the last two dives of the day we headed towards Koh Tachai Island, where we dove the Dome and enjoyed yet again sighting of Manta Rays and the various other marine life and coral gardens the Dome has to offer. When darkness fell we plunged into the water for a last night dive of the trip and we enjoyed plenty of moray hunting, shrimps, crabs and even a turtle.
To start off day 5 we dove the Dome once more where we enjoyed the trevally hunting for the glass fish and various nudibranches hanging about. The rest of the day was spent at the world famous Richelieu Rock where we enjoyed plenty of shrimps and crabs in the cracks and crevices, frog fish, pipefish, barracuda and loads more.
Our last day started at Koh Bon Island where we dove Hin Luang and visited the resident stonefish. We were also visited by 3-4 Mantas saying good morning to us and enjoyed a massive Marble Ray taking a relaxed swim across the dive site. Dive two was at the Northridge where we enjoyed seeing two Leopard Sharks and plenty of Manta Rays again.
Our last dive of the trip was at the Boonsung Wreck where huge schools of fish surrounded us and we saw plenty of nudibranches and honey combed moray eels.
The Manta Queen 7 boat and dive crew wishes all the students and teachers from Hong Kong International School all the best in their future careers and studies. We wish you happy bubbles and all the best!!!
The Team of Khao Lak Scuba Adventures