A few days ago I got once again reminded about how fortunate I really am! I got to show 18 youngsters from Nawatapume International School, in the age 7 to 16 years, how to snorkel and explore the Andaman Sea.
We set off in the morning from Ao Nammao Pier with layers of sun lotion and a Colgate smile from ear to ear ready to find what was waiting for us under the surface.
After giving everyone a briefing about the boat, so they could start investigate it. They quickly found the Captain Samits cabin and I believe it is the first time I have ever seen so many people in there. There was not room for first mate Karim even!
The kids took turn in steering the boat and having a good time. Slowly we were passing Railey Beach and Poda island waving at all the tourists. The kids surely know their local islands!
Next island was chicken islands, which was easy to recognize with the head like a chicken and of course the mandatory chicken dance was performed.
Into the open sea we travels and the kids spotted large pink jelly fish, flying fish and spotting Bamboo islands in front of us. Our destination for the first stop was the largest reef in southern Thailand.
We gathered for a snorkel briefing on the top deck, so our snorkelers knew how to fit the mask, understood how to use the snorkel and how the fins would get them moving. We talked about the importance of wearing a lifejacket and informed the students about the different marine life we were expecting to encounter such as clown anemone fish, moon wrasse, sergeant majors, sea fans and lots of different hard corals. The only thing we just needed now was the water and all the fish waiting for us.
We jumped in in 3 different groups, got the equipment adjusted and all the fish came to greet us. Different groups spotted different things, but of course lots of damselfish, sea urchins, moorish idols, snappers and the cutest little box fish.
After a bit of lunch, we continued to Koh Yung for the second stop. Quickly all got in the water and some were lucky enough to spot a banded sea snake, squid, triggerfish, anemones, and pipefish dancing together on the corals.
Like any other tour with Kon-Tiki we made sure everybody learned something new. So on behalf of Kon-Tiki I would like to thank you all for one of the best days out this season!!!!