So after a horrible experience attempting to become advanced open water certified in Cambodia (read about it here) being the stubborn person that I am, I decided to try again in Thailand. In Krabi to be exact. If the King Cruiser, a car ferry which transported people between Phuket and Koh Phi Phi, wasn’t going to get my mojo back then nothing was, and it didn’t disappoint.
Being slightly nervous from my experience in Cambodia, I decided to do two fun dives to see what the dive centre I had chosen was like prior to actually committing to completing my advanced course with them, and they turned out to be amazing. All my fears, well most of them anyway, were gone and I was enjoying diving again. So much so that I was sad when it was over and would have happily stayed and dived with them forever.
After diving in Cambodia, while not perfect, for me the visibility in Thailand was amazing, and there was so much life. I saw my first nudibranch and also managed to glimpse the tail of a shark, and most importantly I got my confidence back and was able to complete the final two dives of my advanced open water course.
While I enjoyed diving off Koh Phi Phi, and would definitely recommend it if you’re in the area, the highlight for me was the King Cruiser; after all it was the entire reason I detoured to Krabi (I was supposed to be in Myanmar) in the first place! While it’s starting to fall apart due to being underwater for the last 20 years, and penetration no longer safe, it’s still largely intact. It’s also sitting in only 32m of water (although there isn’t much at the very bottom) meaning it’s a relatively easy dive. Your biggest issue is going to be not throwing up at the surface before you get in the water. The King Cruiser sits in the open ocean, meaning you are going to get thrown around a bit while getting ready so make sure you take sea sickness tablets before you head out.
For those of you who are curious, after reading many reviews on TripAdvisor, I decided to dive with Aqua Vision in Ao Nang. The instructors were so professional, and knowing I was a little nervous, gave me the support I needed to regain my confidence. I walked away from the experience a better diver, and loving diving again.