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Koh Tao Diaries

Just back from a very fulfilling trip to the Koh Tao island in Thailand. Sea-Sun-Sand is the best combo always, but this time it was very special. I did this solo diving trip for a week and did 8 dives, including 2 night dives. (In the past 8 years, I had done 12 dives!)

Some glimpses  (and of course, sketches) of Koh Tao coming up

Started my sketches from Mumbai airport itself. I had to spend nearly 8 hours on the airport. But when one has a pen and paper, and an urge to sketch, there’s no place for boredom!

The sketching continued in the plane from Mumbai to Bangkok and then to Koh Samui.

There was a ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Tao. This was done while waiting for the ferry at the pier.

Koh Tao was another magical place where I got many sketching opportunities.

These were done from the restaurant belonging to the diving resort (Big Blue) where I did my diving.

And I did this one of a taxi boat near the shore and gave the soft copy to the boat owner (Faan), who was ecstatic to see it.

Faan’s friend requested me to sketch his boat as well. So I did that too!

Koh Tao had experienced massive floods in the months of Nov-Dec, and though the cleaning has been done, so aftermath is still visible in broken roads and water clogging at places. This is a glimpse of the road where my dorm was located.

The group of islands like Koh Tao, Phi Phi and Samui enjoy great rock formations alongside lush greenery. I tried to capture some of it in this sketch.

After a week  of diving in Koh Tao, I returned to Samui via ferry. Sketched this one at the pier when waiting for the ferry.

And ended the sketching adventure with this sketch of Samui beach, just behind the hotel I was staying in.

Video of My PADI Certification Dive @ Lakshadweep

It’s been more than three months since I completed the PADI Open Water Certification course in scube diving in Lakshadweep.

A couple of days ago, I completed making a film on my underwater experience. I had carried an adventure cam with me (Oregon Scientific model # ATK2000). The cam captures bit low res video, but this is one tough guy!

The official specs for the camera said that the camera is ‘water resistant up to 5 meters depth’. But I took a chance with it, and it actually worked perfect for a depth more more than 16 meters! I love this gadget.

So here’s the footage of my underwater dive in the pristine Lakshadweep lagoon. The actual footage was more than 3 hours, which I have edited down to less than 12 minutes of (interesting) video.

Click on the picture below to watch the video and enter a new aquatic dimension.

Yippi!!! I am a Scuba Diver!

I spent the last week in Agatti.

Agatti is a small island within a bunch of coral islands called Lakshadweep, in the Arabian sea in the south of India.

It was a dream since last two decades which has finally come true. I completed a course in Scuba diving, and that, too around the beautiful corals of Lakshadweep.

The course is designed and certified by Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI, for short). This certificate entitles me to scuba diving anywhere in the world in a PADI dive resort.

I will post photos and detailed diving course FAQ shortly.

Currently, I am basking in the glory of my new hobby 🙂

Going for open water dive.