With our “beloved” night boat we went back to the East to our new (old) home, the island of Koh Tao. The end of the year we spent with a cozy New Year’s Eve and Steffen’s birthday celebrations on the beach with friends and an amazing fire show.
Steffen also finished his dive master course on his birthday and began to work in the dive shop where he led groups of divers through the underwater world. Since I was threatened by “cabin fever”, I looked for a new task and began a ten-day Thai massage course.
The last few days on Koh Tao I spent with yoga, looking for victims for practising my Thai massage and went diving a few times. In the evening we did a lot with the people from the diving school. So we played cards or poker, relaxed in bars with friends playing the guitar, had barbecues, joined a sunset cruise on a huge sailing boat or played crazy golf and bowling (on Koh Tao bowling lanes are not yet automated, but at the end of the lane a Burmese is waiting to set up the fallen pins again).
The absolute highlight was a group birthday-dive of a friend. With six other dive masters we dived at an underwater rock a few miles off the coast of Koh Tao, when in front of us a large whale shark of about four meters appeared out of the blue of the ocean. Although, for Franka nothing special (number three), this wonderful spectacle was an unforgettable moment in my diving life. And to make the day perfect, we held a mutual underwater picnic on our second dive.
There is an awesome Video of these two dives on YouTube!
Next to Koh Tao, we also visited the two neighboring islands of Koh Samui (to extend our visa) and Koh Phangan (which is known for its party life). After this long and leisurely time, we left the island with a laughing and a crying eye and strapped on our backpacks and off we went to great new destinations ….