June has always been a peaceful month on Koh Phangan for the diving school and of course, this year it’s much more so. The weather has been surprisingly nice, along with some occasions of well needed rain.
The diving at Sail Rock is good again after a short poor spell at full moon time – a whale shark is also making appearances every few days to make it even better!
Diving conditions here on Koh Phangan are OK in Chaloklum Bay, but the prevailing south westerly wind is messing up the dive sites on the west coast at the moment. Needless to say, dive and snorkelling trips to the Marine Park and Koh Tao are currently on hold until the island gets busier…
We do still have the occasional fun diver and student or 2 who can benefit from these ideal circumstances, which definitely helps to keep our PADI professionals happy. We have also had the pleasure of training a new PADI divemaster over the last month; Thibaut has been an excellent student and we’re hoping that he can stay on for a while to lead a dive or 2 for us. He’s also been helping us with the ongoing diving clean-up programme as we work further along the western reef towards Wattana Resort.
Our non-diving time has been spent on a few projects. Frank has been helping Nick developing the Chaloklum Diving facebook presence (we don’t like ’em but we have to work with ’em, hahaha), while Nick and Jan put in time on their never ending backlogs of underwater photos. Michi in the meantime is continuing to practice and refine his guitar technique (as well as entertaining fellow residents on the hill) – maybe a star is to be born!
The general feeling at the dive centre is that we’ve been so very lucky to be living here on Koh Phangan in these difficult times. Our sympathy goes out to those whose lives are still seriously restricted – hoping that we can all get back to normal life soon.