Koh Bida Nai, Koh Bida Nat, Phuket, Thailand
The diving was nothing short of stunning. Koh Bida Nai and Nat are two small lumps of rock just a short way from Koh Phi Phi islands - one of which is where they filmed 'The Beach'. Amazing vertical rock faces plunging into blue clear water with a green haircut.
The dive sites were in amazing condition. If there was a Tsunami through here recently, I couldn't tell you what it did. The reef is in far better condition than most of the Great Barrier Reef. Massive schools of fish, anenomes everywhere, colourfull coral.
I saw my first Leopard shark, having a nice little kip on the sandy bottom. I saw more anenome and clown fish than you could shake a stick at (if you are that game, they were a little ansi). I saw a huge school of baracuda that were all over 1 metre long. I saw schools of yellowtail and trevally that made shadows on the sea floor as they moved.
The reef is very healthy indeed in Thailand.
The boat ride over was a bit on the slow side, but the boat was not crowded at all, in fact a boat that could comfortably accomodate about 40 divers had 16 or so on board, and they were a generally friendly bunch. We were the only boat at the dive site - there were a lot of empty boats back at the harbour. I can't help but thing that the media beat up Phuket coped after the Tsunami isn't totally to blame...