The day started with another 8am pickup from the hostel followed by the tide to the pier. We hopped on to a different dive boat and set sail for our first dive. Some of the people on board were the same ones from the previous day. So it was good to see familiar faces around.
Our first dive spot for the day was a wreck known as king cruiser wreck. This ship sank in 1997 after hitting Anemone reef. This was supposed to be our wreck dive and was by far he best dive over the two days. The ship lay on the sea bed at a depth of over thirty metres. As a advanced open water diver, this is the deepest you can dive to. This was a wreck that you could not penetrate barring just one part, in which you can go through a doorway. Wreck penetration is a another speciality level in PADI. It is extremely dangerous if it's not done with the right technique or equipment. Most of the ship was still intact and had become home to loads of different fish. We even got to see some lion fish. On this dive, I also felt the effects of Nitrogen Narcosis which is basically a kind of narcotic effect that Nitrogen has on your body at depth. You start to feel dizzy and your vision starts to blur. To get over this, you just have to swim to shallow waters for a few seconds and then swim back down.
All in all, this was a great wreck diving experience.
Our next dive was Koh Doc Mai, which is a wall dive. Basically, in a wall dive, you have a huge nearly vertical wall on one side and open sea on the other. Most of the life is on that wall, except for the rare Manta Ray sighting in the open sea. The visibility could have been better on the day. This was supposed to be our Multi level planner dive in which you plan your dive using a dive planning computer. We got to see some good stuff here. This included shrimps, clown fish and Moray eels.
This dive was followed by lunch and then we headed over to our third dive spot, which was shark point again. I was hoping for some better luck today. Maybe we get to see a leopard shark or, even better, a whale shark. This last dive was to be our deep dive at 19 Meyers deep. Technically, we had dove deeper for the wreck dive but to be an advanced diver, you need to fulfill five different types of diving. So this was going to be our deep dive (anything over 18 metres is considered deep depth). Here we got to see a lot of great fish but the leopard shark was elusive yet again.
This was the last dive of the course and after this one, I was going to be a certified advance diver. Yayy!!
Today we got done early and I reached back to the hostel at 6pm. Rest of the day was as usual. Drinking games followed by the bar crawl. I partied it out till 3am with the fellow hostellers. The owner of the hostel, Dan, treated us to free shots at a club. All in all it was a wonderful two days in Phuket.