Finally some island fun!
6.9.10 88 °F
I woke up at 6:00am when our atrocious bus came to a stop. We were at the boat docks and had an hour to linger until our boat arrived to take us to the island of Koh Tao. I unrolled my sleeping bag and set up a nice bed on the concrete floor. It was the best hour of sleep I’d gotten all night. We had a two hour boat ride where I drifted in and out of slumber until we finally arrived at our island destination.
After only a few hours sleep I promptly checked in to our hotel room and spent a good portion of the day sleeping like a baby.
When I finally woke up I decided to go survey the sights of our beautiful hotel.
We were staying at the Ban’s Diving Resort on the beach of Koh Tao. It was an attractive resort with a relaxing jungle vibe.
They brought the tropical rainforest right to us with rooms surrounded by a wealth of plant life and small ponds with swimming fish and snapping turtles.
There were two large pools and a restaurant/bar that over looked the beach.
I headed down to the Fishbowl Restaurant and Bar for a refreshing glass of iced green tea. The restaurant was stationed right on the beach with seating just a few feet away from the rising tide.
I had my choice between lounging floor seats or tables and the only rules were no shoes allowed.
I walked in, ditched my sandals, plucked a flower from a tree and stuck it behind my ear.
It wasn’t hard to get into the spirit of the island life. I sipped my tea and looked out into the glittery ocean.
This was a nice change from the rest of my trip. Finally some R&R.
One of the main reasons we chose Koh Tao and Ban’s Diving Resort is because of their reputation for scuba diving. Ban’s is known for their PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) dive certification classes. They have one of the best and cheapest scuba training in the world and Koh Tao is one of the top diving sites in the world, making it a ideal recipe for dive enthusiasts. I have always been interested in scuba diving and being a So Cal native, I feel at home in the water. They offered us an amazing deal; a free room at the resort if we signed up for one of their dive courses. How could we say no?
We signed up for the PADI open water course. This five day course consists of a classroom training session, a pool orientation course and 4 ocean dives, and of course 5 free nights at Ban’s Dive Resort.
I was pumped up. At 5pm we reported to our first class. This was the boring part. We were introduced to our instructor, a bald-headed English guy named Dave. He had been diving for over 10 years and it was apparent that he was very qualified. He handed us some enormous PADI education books to study with and turned on an instructional video to prepare us for the multitude of tests we had to take before we were allowed to dive. The poor videography and amateur editing of these videos killed me as I sat through hours of instruction. We completed a few tests and were done for the day.
I was ready to dive. Unfortunately I had another early morning class to report to and a pool training session before I could ever step foot into the water. Bummer.
After class we headed down to the Fishbowl Bar & Grill for some dinner. When we arrived we noticed a few large tables lining the exterior of the restaurant. There were iced troughs full of fish and shrimp and uncooked kabobs waiting for the grill.
They had a great deal on the BBQ offering two kabobs, corn on the cob, and potatos for an unbelievably cheap price. We ordered two and watched them grill it in front of our eyes. It was delicous.
- SIDENOTE: The show I was working on at AMS Pictures in Dallas TX, entitled "Ma's Roadhouse", premieres on September 15th at 9pm! http://www.trutv.com/shows/mas-roadhouse/index.html
From Executive Producer Andy Streitfeld and AMS Pictures, comes Ma's Roadhouse a new reality show on truTV!
Rick Fairless is the owner of Strokers Dallas, a Texas motorcycle shop, tattoo parlor and biker bar. His greatest asset is his 71-year-old mother, who's also his best, but most outspoken, employee. Can Rick keep his business afloat? And can Ma keep her hands off the bartender?
I wish I could be there to watch it with all the hardworking people at AMS but at least, by then, I will be back in the states and watching intently from my TV at home You guys are the best!