Similan Island's Snorkeling Tour
Hellooooo, I'll continue the story about my backpacking in Phuket :D
The second day's journey was: going to Similan Islands!! <3
It was the most expensive islands tour (compared to Koh Phi Phi, Phang Nga Bay, James Bond Island, and others), but we were able to lower the cost. We negotiated that we booked for 7 persons and asked for discount (the negotiation was done by email since we were still at Indonesia, given reference from Kaskus--the largest Indonesian's forum)
Sooo, at 6 am a van picked us up from our hostel (and other people from their hotel too). The transportation was included in a tour we arranged. This is the view from our van:
The nature is pretty much like Indonesia, ya? :D
About 1.5 hours later, the van arrived at a dock. We had some times to drink tea/coffee and eat biscuits. At this place, the tour agent gave us snorkeling equipment PLUS anti-sea-sick tablet.
We were not allowed to wear sandal/shoes into the boat. All the shoes were put together at the dock. Whoa, I was so excited to go snorkel for the first time!
Similan Island has 9 islands (Similan ~ Sembilan), and at the tour we visit 4 of them.
At the first island, I was so happy I ran from the beach through the sea. Alone. My friends were still preparing their equipment. I THOUGHT I CAN SWIM buuuuut, I drowned when I got nervous in a deeper sea. I lost control and couldn't breathe through the snorkel equipment. Drink lots of sea water. Asked for help to Japanese tourist but they thought I was waving to them -__-" So when I got panicked, actually it only make it worse. Swimming leads to nowhere, energy had already gone. Alhamdulillah at a point I could stand up and feel the sand! Thanks for saving my life ya Allah!!
My friend Novita experienced the "drowning" too, and we promised each other not to go too far :D
At the second island, the boat anchored in the middle of the sea. It's for people who want to see fish in deeper sea. That time, I was still afraid of drowning but my friends keep telling me that as long we were together, we'll be okay (some of my friends are good swimmers!!)
So I wore life jacket and stick to my friends. I drowned again -__- (well, not really drowning, but I panicked and can't swim and can't breathe)
The picture a: actually it's a "saving mission" for me. My friends swam and hold me but also asked me to smile in front of camera while swimming back to the boat :))) I couldn't swim at all, due to my panic-ness.
b. My friend Novita hold the boat, so she wouldn't drowned
c. Underwater photo
d. Adhit underwater
At the last island, we saw the beach were so beautiful! Sand were white, fishes could be seen without diving, and the scenery....subhanallah!!
We decided to just play around the beach. All my friends agreed that this last island was a "happy ending" from our Similan's story. Well, I really loved my tour & my journey that day :)
Very very thankful to Allah for the experience, and for keeping me still alive! Alhamdulillaaah!!
Budget that day (until afternoon)
Tour by Fantastic Similan Tour,
catalog price: 3200 baht/person
what we pay: ummm the amount is a secret :D You could negotiate with them by yourself hehehe
*about 2000-2500 baht*
Lesson learned: if I have a chance to go to a beach again, I will wear loose cotton outer like Novi did (the yellow one) with spandex inner a.k.a manset. It's much more modest :D
I wore thick t-shirt and it's so cold at the speedboat with wet clothes >_< (other tourists wore bikini which dried easily)