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Manta Queen I, trip #18, Macro lovers heaven

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Manta Queen I, trip #18, Macro lovers heaven


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Second day at Paradise, with a amazing sunrise next to island number 4 we sailed north to do our first one in one of the most knowed ones:

Elephant Head Rock: This maze of huge granite boulders is always hiding amazing new surprises. We started with a Green Turtle sleeping underneath a boulder, a Marble Ray doing the same underneath another one, the smallest Devil Scorpionfish ever!!!!, both families of Seamoths, Octopus, Juvenile Emperor Angelfish, Giant Barracuda, Porcelain Crab and the beloved Sexy Shrimps.

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Koh Bon West Ridge & Hin Luang: We split the groups in different places because experience levels and needs. Reef Stonefish, Hawksbill Turtle, Napoleon Wrasse, Octopus.

Koh Bon West Ridge:  We jumped at the wall to head slowly to the West Ridge, where we spotted Napoleon Wrasse, Octopus, Devil Scorpionfish, Ribbon Eel, Barracudas, Huge Moray Eel, Big Eye Trevallie.

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The Dome (Koh Tachai): Wauuuuu!!!!, is the perfect resume of this dive, right when we jumped in we noticed the top of the pinnacle was covered of Rainbow Runners, we never saw such amount of this ones together. With that show was hard to concentrate with something else, but other usual suspects like octopus, Moray Eels, Tunas make appearance in our sight frame meanwhile.

Third day of the trip, the day a lot of people is waiting for we started with another dive at

The Dome (Koh Tachai): Amazing sunrise dive, were most of the groups went to check the second pinnacle finding in the way another Ribbon Eel and 2 Jenkin´s Whipray, plus a white Devil Scorpionfish and a amazing White soft cowrie.

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Richelieu Rock: Three dives like usual were for many not enough, the abundance of plankton attracted more life than usual to the pinnacle. With a lot of schools around it like Skipjack Tunas, Barracudas, Batfish, Big Eye Snappers, Spanish Mackarel and in the rock tons of different Moray Eels, Cuttlefish mating, Octopuses, Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Orangutan Crabs, Toadfish, Tigertail Seahorse, different kinds of Pipefish, Ribbon Eel, Seamoth....amazing like always!!!!

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Forth day we decided to do two wrecks

Boonsung Wreck: Being the first ones in the water allow us to enjoy a great visibility. Frogfish, Ornate Ghostpipefish, Crocodile Flathead, Orangutan Crabs, Honeycomb Moray Eels, Soles, Spearing Mantis Shrimp and tons of nudibranches.

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Premchai Wreck: a lot of juveniles like two color Parrotfish, Angelfish, Razorfish together with the usual suspects like Flatheads, Cuttlefish, Orangutan Crabs, Spider Crabs, Shortnose Pipefish put a perfect ending for this trip.

We believe the energy feedback between us and our costumers is vital for a great trip, and we really want to thanks to everybody on board for their part in this great trip. Thank you very much and hope to see you back again.

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Congratulations to our brand new Advanced Open Waters, Karl, Anna and Michael.