Trip Number 264: We were waiting for our 28 Korean dive guests at the reception area. We knew it was going to be a good trip as soon as we saw the ton and a half of food they had brought with them come off the bus. We then promptly made it onto the boat, and started making our way towards the Similan Islands.
Our first day of our diving liveaboard was challenging, with strong current, but also rewarding, with pigmy pipehorses, batfish, triggerfish, yellow snappers, and many more reef fish. Elephant head rock offered some amazing swim throughs, and as the night started settling in, we explored the shallow reaches of Gorilla bay, full of red crabs, lobsters, shrimps, eels and sleeping parrotfish.
North Point had amazing visibility the next morning, and had pigmy pipehorses as well. Breakfast came with a side of lightning and thunder, as we waited for what turned out to be an amazing drift dive. Koh Bon West Ridge was a bit green, but we made our way to Koh Bon Bay for a calm dive. Koh Tachai Reef was very pleasant that evening. Liveaboard diving at it's finest.
The following day started out amazing, with a dive at the Koh Tachai Dome, where we saw barracuda, rainbow runners, nudibranchs, tuna, etc. But somehow that was surpassed by our three dives at Richelieu Rock, with napoleon wrasse, flabellinas, a seahorse, fibrillated moray eels, banded boxer shrimp, and so much more.
Our last day was equally amazing, with a leopard shark, a stonefish and a marble ray at Koh Bon Hin Luang, followed by a peaceful dive at the West Ridge of Koh Bon. And finally, we went to Boonsung Wreck, where we spotted porcupine pufferfish, lobsters, devil scorpionfish, and a few blue spotted sting rays!
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