Posts Tagged ‘diving’

I nearly died today…. Twice.

Monday, December 28th, 2009

I went scuba diving today and nearly died… Twice. Here’s the first story.

I’m in Thailand currently for a wedding in Koh Samui. (Great place BTW) and decided to go scuba diving one of the days I’m here for.

We went to Koh Tao via a speed boat. On my first dive down. I saw this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bull_shark

A bull shark. It was off in the distance about 40-50 feet away and in murkey water. Pretty cool. I whipped out my camera and snapped a pic. Then it came back a second time and then a third time. Each time getting closer. The last round it was about 20-30 feet away and it was huge, probably around 5-6 feet long.

After the second spotting, I put away my camera and pulled out my knife. This was probably the biggest predator I’ve ever seen while diving.

My scuba instructor seemed genuinely awed and alert, so I was scared. But he didn’t seem scared so I wasn’t too worried. Now that I’ve gotten on shore and looked up the type of shark it was… I feel really fortuneate to have experienced such a creature and walked away from it.

S.C.U.B.A. Diving in Malaysia

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

I went S.C.U.B.A. Diving this last weekend in Malaysia at Pulau Dayang. Very Very Very awesome. There was no current. Our schedule was basically, eat, dive, eat, dive, eat, dive, eat, dive, eat, sleep. Repeat.. The water was incredibly warm. 27 C/80 F That’s basically the temperature above water as well. Awesome. Here’s a link to where it is in Asia and a link to a new Photo Gallery I’ve setup for it.

http://www.philpham.com/photos/index.php?album=dayang


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The misadventures of Jason.

Monday, May 26th, 2008

So I was supposed to go to Thailand last weekend for a nice relaxing diving vacation. I ended up hurting myself and getting sick a few days before. Sucks, but I had to cancel my trip. Jason went 1/2 way around the planet to meet up with me and I was stuck in bed. He had quite a trip though and many stories to share. For those of you who know Jason personally, you’ll know that there is no such thing as an ordinary vacation or trip. Here’s a link to his blog to read about his (mis)adventures. Jason.. I love your stories. You need to write them down and publish them.

http://jasonphippsdigitalhell.blogspot.com/

Paradise

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

I’ll be heading here in a few weeks for a weekend of Scuba Diving. Anyone else interested? <grin>

http://krabi.langhamplacehotels.com/

It’s only $30 USD a night.

 

Seaview Deluxe Room for $30 USD a night