Peak season is here!
It’s that time of year when loads of people come to the island for their Christmas and New year vacation. Klong Dao, where we live, is filled with pale (mostly) Swedish people who escaped the gloomy, cold weather in the North. The beach restaurants are busy with tourist looking for the best red curry and the coldest Singha. The island comes to life big time and it’s all in from early morning until late and we love it! We are so happy for all the customers, both new ones and the ones who keep coming back to us year after year! Thank you! It’s amazing to see people try diving for the first time and loving it, families diving or snorkeling together and kids getting more and more confident in the water! I am so very grateful for our staff who takes care of everyone the best way. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner diver, a professional diver or a snorkeler – everyone gets the same attention and treatment. Today was the first day in school after the Christmas break and wow so many new students! But even though there are many students, the school keep the gropus small, which is very appreciated. Yes, Koh Lanta is very busy this time of year but for those looking to find a quiet spot, this is still possible. That is one of the things I love about Koh Lanta, there is something for everyone.
Whale sharks – the friendly giants
Some lucky divers and snorkelers have seen Whale sharks on our Dive trips the last couple of weeks and we are very excited about that! They are the largest fish in the sea, reaching lengths of 40 feet or more, whale sharks have an enormous menu from which to choose. Fortunately for most sea-dwellers—and us!—their favorite meal is plankton. They scoop these tiny plants and animals up, along with any small fish that happen to be around, with their colossal gaping mouths while swimming close to the water’s surface. Whale sharks are in no way related to whales. Although they are sharks, they are very docile and pose no real threats to humans. A Whale shark can reach up to 14 meters, but the ones we see in the Andaman sea is much smaller. Swimming with Whale sharks must be done responsible. Never touch them, keep your distance and never jump into the water without a guide. Please only use reef friendly sunscreen. This of course applies whenever you swim in the ocean. At Lanta Diver we sell Reef repair, a sunscreen that is kind to the reef and the marine life.
Enjoy your holiday folks and happy bubbles!