Toot, Toot :^)

Awoosh.Com Images - Richelieu Rock

I have been approached by Sport Diver Magazine to do a series of photocentric features for them. The first piece was on Raja Ampat, in Indonesia, and appeared last month.

This most recently published piece is on diving in Thailand – the Similans, Surins, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. I will be doing a future bit on diving around Phi Phi, Anemone Rock and Shark Point – too many wonderful sites to cover in one article.

I hope you enjoy.

About Judy G Diver

Born and raised on the west coast of Canada, I have always felt a strong connection to the sea. But for many years, I stayed on the surface, afraid of what lurked down deep. When I was in my early 30's, with three young children (aka the P's), my husband (aka Mr G) signed us up for a SCUBA certification course, as a surprise. Although I had my fears, my stubbornness prevailed, and somehow I made it through four murky, frigid, cold water dives in Vancouver to successfully pass the course. Soon after we went diving off the west coast of Mexico, in the Sea of Cortez, where my eyes were opened to the beauty and other-worldliness of the life down under. And the rest, as they say, is history. I currently have well over 2000 dives under the belt, and I have been fortunate to travel extensively in Asia, Australia, Fiji, Galapagos, Costa Rica, California, the Caribbean, Mexico and here in British Columbia. After shooting hefty DSLRs for many years, I just switched over to a groovy Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera, in a Nauticam housing, with dual Sea & Sea strobes and a bag full of lenses. In addition to this blog and my personal website (Awoosh.com/Directory), which is linked at the top of the blog, my stuff has been widely published in a variety of magazines and websites, including an ongoing regular monthly feature on Scubadiving.com. All links to this work can be found in this blog.
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2 Responses to Toot, Toot :^)

  1. Rick says:

    Could you tell me exactly where to see the mantas and schooling barracuda in Thailand? Exactly what city and dive location/dive resort? A guy told me the very best place he ever dove in Asia was Komodo Island, where the Komodo dragons are. Do you have an opinion on this? I do like seeing the big animals or schooling fish. Let me know. Thanks.

    • Judy G Diver says:

      Hello Rick. The mantas were at Koh Bon in Thailand. There are day operators out of Phuket that can take you there, but the better choice is to dive this area from a live aboard boat. I really like The Junk – have gone with them three times, and would go back. Not super expensive, but excellent crew, great food, safe dive ops, comfortable cabins. Some of the live aboards are truly cattle boats, dumping too many divers at once on the sites.

      Komodo is right up there with my favourite diving in the world that I have done. Very colourful and lively reefs, a lot of fish, not overly populated by boats or people. There are many live aboard boats that do the Komodo itinerary (it is a seasonal destination) – depending on your budget you can go super luxe to quite inexpensive. The Grand Komodo boats aren’t fancy, but I think they run a good op. You can day trip to Komodo from land-based operations in Flores, but like Thailand, the best way to do this diving is from live aboard. Also beware the cattle boats that have too many divers on board. No more than 18 would be recommendation.

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