A lovely Friday morning in Phuket after a hard working “3 weeks” in Eastern Europe and 6 hours jetlag after a nice Qatar Airlines flight. It always feels so good to get on board the Excalibur II with Seabees for a day of diving and photographing under water.
After a boat ride of a bit over an hour we reach Racha Yai and get on the mooring line in Bay 3. We are diving in a group of 4 with Megan Olivia, one of seabees most experienced dive instructors.
As we get in the water it is immediately clear that the current is not at 0.3 but rather feels like a serious “Maldives” style >1.0 (;,….so we work our way to the “far cubes” at 30m depth as a few weeks ago a frogfish was spotted there. As we arrive at the cubes, after an already labour intensive 15 min, we first see a stonefish on the top of the cubes. We swim around the cubes to find just before we head back just beneath the initial stonefish our very very well camouflaged frogfish. Luckily I am diving with Nitrox 36 and still have enough bottom time to make 1 shot before we had back to the mooring line. 34 minutes after we entered the water we finish the dive as we “enjoyed” the current……happy we have seen Mr Frogfish in all his glory (or Mdm Frogfish….who will tell).