At the end of 2007 I decided to do an Open Water Padi course. The places near Buenos Aires are not particularly striking for diving, taking advantage of the fact that I was planning to travel alone to Thailand, I asked for the famous “referral” to do all four compulsory dives there.
Koh Phi Phi Island
Ornate ghost pipe fish on my third dive. Beginners luck!
My instructor turned out to be Thai, Champ. I think the first experiences of diving depend a lot on who is your instructor or the dive master in each dive. In the case of Champ, he is one of those people with the ability to find and show you incredible things, which in my case motivated me to continue diving. At that moment I was not aware of the things he showed me. Today I check my logbook and when I read that in my third dive we saw an “ornate ghost pipe fish” and in the fourth a yellow “frog fish”, I simply cannot believe it. Thanks Champ!
Finally, I decided to do five more dives to get my Advanced certificate, which was very useful for my next dives
How to get to Phi phi:
At Phuket Airport, after picking up the luggage and before leaving to the arrival area there is a counter where you can buy the ferry ticket. It costs the same as in the port. The time between the airport and the pier from where the ferry leaves is 45 min to 1 hour depending on traffic. The ferry then takes 2 hours to get to Phiphi Don.