Blog 17

Wednesday February 3, 2016

Today we went out with Sabeye Divers at Sunset Bay. Gary did 2 dives and Linda snorkelled 3 times, twice while Gary dove and once with Gary while Sean the dive instructor did a DSD – Discovery Scuba Dive with a “new” diver”. The diving was great and Linda enjoyed the snorkelling too as there were lots of coral and fish to see at the places we stopped. It worked out really well for Linda to come along and the boat Captain ferried Linda into better water for snorkelling once the divers had gone down. After the first dive we had a shore lunch of rice and ginger chicken, oranges and chocolate chip cookies that were home made, and quite delicious.

The second dive site was much better with thousands of fish. There were schools of smaller yellow reef fish and a huge school of barracuda and jack.

A sample of the cloud of fish that we saw diving at Stonehenge in Koh Lipe Thailand.
A sample of the cloud of fish that we saw diving at Stonehenge in Koh Lipe Thailand.

The jack here are nothing like the northern pike jack fish we know at home. We also saw an aggressive trigger fish that didn’t like that we were in his territory. They attack at the ends of your flippers and try to bite. The fish I’m guessing was about 6 or 7 pounds and 16 inches long.

After diving we laid on the beach and soaked up the sun, as Gary is still while from a wet suit and being under water while Linda is bright from being on the surface snorkelling. She’s starting to look like a local, just slightly taller!

We tried a new restaurant tonight. Both of us had Thai dishes that we’ve acquired a taste for. They were ok but not the best we’ve had. We’ll likely head back to the Indian restaurant tomorrow night again. It was different and really tasty! On our way back to our room, we stopped at the small restaurant where the hotel provides breakfast for us every morning. She makes a mean mango shake that we usually have on our way home, but tonight we had her pancake with ice cream. Likely a heart attack in the making but it is very fine dough that she tosses like pizza dough until it is very thin, then cooks it on her grill with butter and oil. Then you get a few scoops of ice cream and chocolate syrup on top!! Very tasty! You can also order them with banana, mango or coconut folded inside. She is very busy in the evenings creating those and does a strong business in the morning whipping up fried eggs on her grill along with fried ham. She puts in a long day – starts by 7:30 and doesn’t finish up after 10 or 11 at night.

After a long day in the sun and surf I think we are heading to bed soon!

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