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I’m back on Koh Tao and life is good! Well, life is all kinds of busy and hectic, but the mayhem is currently happening on my favorite little island in the Gulf of the Thailand, so it is good indeed. I’m all settled in with an apartment, a motorbike, and all my clothes unpacked in a closet — a strange little thing that made this nomad so happy she took photos and texted them to the family. While I was mostly nesting and spending any spare moments catching up with friends, I did make time for one great adventure this week — Sail Rock Sundays with my friends over at . I’ll have a full post in the future about this trip, but enjoy this little preview (some topside photos — including the team in our Roctokinis! — will be on this afternoon).

And for now, I’m looking forward to the week ahead. I’ve got some great travel stories to share from Malta, the finishing touches are going into my site redesign, I’m finally going to get my inbox back in shape, and I’m going to be here on this beautiful island!

Happy Monday!

Photo A

The island I’ve been dreaming of

Photo B

This was an accident, and one I almost deleted before realizing I was in love with it!

Photo C

Big schools of barracuda and little baby shrimps

Photo D

A clown fish coming out to say “Welcome back!”

Which photo is your favorite?

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  • Camels & Chocolate
    September 1 2014

    D! What great clarity and color!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 2 2014

      We were so lucky — I was on a locals boat and some of the instructors were saying it was the best visibility they’ve seen at Sail Rock in years!

  • Caity
    September 1 2014

    Glad to hear you are feeling the calming effects of island life. All pics are beautiful (as per!) but I’m going for Photo D this week. There is something about the capture of textures that makes it look 3 dimensional..I’m resisting the urge to outstretch my hand to touch it! Haha.

    • Meihoukai
      September 2 2014

      And that clownfish was more than happy to pose for me, too πŸ™‚

  • Steve
    September 1 2014

    I’m choosing D this week Meihoukai. A cheeky fish brightens up my Monday.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 2 2014

      He certainly brightened up my Sunday, too! πŸ™‚

  • Chris
    September 1 2014

    Another week, another photo B for me! πŸ˜‰
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    • Meihoukai
      September 2 2014

      Glad my little mistake is getting some love!

  • Dad
    September 1 2014

    D…so happy to see fabulous underwater pics again.

  • Sarah Somewhere
    September 1 2014

    She’s baaaaack! Welcome home! All the best with your latest adventure and I look forward to catching up on your recent ones. I love C! that baby shrimp – what a shot.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 2 2014

      Thank you Miss Sarah! It feels so calming to be here. Happy days! And yes, got lucky with that shrimp — I grabbed one exposure before he scuttled off. Thankfully it was a good one!

  • Cat
    September 1 2014

    Underwater photos! Beautiful! Koh Tao looks like a gorgeous place above water and below water. It’s making me want to work on some travel plans!

    • Meihoukai
      September 2 2014

      Answer the call of Thailand! πŸ™‚ Any trips coming up at the moment?

  • sara
    September 1 2014

    I love Photo B too, and I agree with Caity’s comment that D looks 3-D β€”Β incredible shot! β€”Β but you can’t beat a baby (shrimp) for me so I have to go with Photo C πŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      September 2 2014

      Thanks Sara! He was a cutie indeed…

  • Ashley
    September 1 2014

    Photo D is so vivid!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 2 2014

      I know! I was lucky the sun was out because I don’t have a strobe — so I was chasing light all over that dive site πŸ™‚

  • Annie of TravelShus
    September 1 2014

    love the clownfish. glad you are back home! πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      September 2 2014

      It feels really, really good πŸ™‚ Thanks Annie!

  • I LOVE C – incredible!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 2 2014

      Thanks Katie! It’s not considered the best dive site in the Gulf for nothin’…

  • May be an accident but I’m loving B! I was in Koh Tao last year but I’m pretty indifferent to it. It must be such a warm place for you to be back in though, since you have such wonderful memories of all the time you have spent there. Enjoy!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 2 2014

      Yeah, you never know what place will be a fit for what person πŸ™‚ Koh Tao just slips on like a glove for me!

  • Justine
    September 1 2014

    I love photo C…beautiful shots! It looks like you’re settling in nicely!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 2 2014

      I am indeed πŸ™‚ So nice to be back… and back in a bit of a routine!

  • Leah
    September 1 2014

    That tiny shrimp photo is incredible!!! And I also love photo D, I can’t believe you get these shots with a point and shoot!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 2 2014

      This little camera impresses me ALL the time! Especially since I don’t have a strobe. It definitely has its limitations, but for the size and the price I can’t complain.

  • Wes
    September 1 2014

    Barracuda. Like the idea of going off piste onto the urchins to chill with a school of yellowtails. The shrimp is cool too.

    • Meihoukai
      September 2 2014

      I actually meant to send you the picture of that shrimp and ask its proper name — I fully consider your Head of Fish Identification at Meihoukai in Wanderland.

      • wes
        September 2 2014

        Anemone Shrimp. Couldn’t be easier. Quick google reveals Periclemenes brevicarpalis for the wonks.

  • Rika | Cubicle Throwdown
    September 2 2014

    Loving D and also loving that you are back on your fave rock!! Looking forward to stories of diving & island debauchery πŸ˜‰
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    • Meihoukai
      September 2 2014

      Ugh, hit the debauchery a little too hard this weekend. Back in the office now πŸ™‚

  • Hannah
    September 2 2014

    Photo A because it’s of where I consider home to be, I love that island and I’m counting down the days until I’m back.

    And photo D, it’s so colourful!

    • Meihoukai
      September 2 2014

      I know how that feels! Are you returning soon?

  • Steffi
    September 2 2014

    OMG! Photo D is simply amazing, the colours are so beautiful!

    • Meihoukai
      September 2 2014

      They were indeed — the ocean never ceases to amaze!

  • Janice Stringer
    September 2 2014

    Hi Meihoukai,
    Yay – you’re on Koh Tao. You should check out my daughter ChloΓ« – at Sunshine. She is learning AcroYoga from her friend Abby who is an aussie Yoga teacher!

    I love B. Into the blue indeed. Sometimes our mistakes become our greatest triumphs. Beautiful. Have a wonderful time!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 3 2014

      I just saw a poster for the Sunday AcroYoga the other day — I’m hoping to make it there one of these Sundays! I will definitely say hi!

  • Jason
    September 2 2014

    B! Good thing you didn’t delete it!

    • Meihoukai
      September 3 2014

      Gotta remember the beauty is sometimes in the mistakes πŸ™‚

  • De'Jav
    September 2 2014

    Sounds like you’re about to have a great time. Picture D is so vivid and lively. I wish I could be there!!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 3 2014

      I know the feeling… I have it whenever I’m not here πŸ™‚

  • Joella in Beijing
    September 2 2014

    D is beautiful but I pick B because I love that an accident turned out so awesome!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 3 2014

      Me too πŸ™‚ Such a fun surprise!

  • Rachel of Hippie in Heels
    September 2 2014

    D like how could anyone pick another one!? that photo is amazing!!!!!!!!! literally my favorite one you’ve taken, ever.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 3 2014

      Wow, that’s a massive compliment Rachel, thank you so much! I’m a pretty big fan myself πŸ™‚

  • Maria from Nerd Nomads
    September 2 2014

    Photo D is just stunning! Love the colours! So happy for you that you are back on your favourite island Koh Tao! I have been to Thailand many times, but never to this island. Look forward to see more underwater photos from Koh Tao, they are the best!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 3 2014

      Thanks Maria! Hope I’m able to get out to dive once a week or so!

  • Ron
    September 2 2014

    D for me, but I like photography in general. Glad you are back in Koh Tao! An apartment, hanging clothing and a motorbike! I am impressed! (:->)

    • Meihoukai
      September 3 2014

      Me too! It’s almost like I’m a real person living a real life, and not just a hostel ghost πŸ™‚

  • OMG! Those are incredible underwater photos! What camera are you using? I’ve been to Sail Rock but my photos look NOTHING like that!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 3 2014

      Hey Oksana — check out my shop page for more info πŸ™‚

  • Neysha
    September 3 2014

    The best pictures are often little accidents! Like #followmeto!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 3 2014

      I know of that series but I didn’t know it was an accident — what’s the story? Now I’m curious πŸ™‚

      • Neysha
        September 5 2014

        It’s super cute! The couple traveled together, and he kept stopping to take pictures. She was getting frustrated and was pulling him to the next site, but he kept taking pictures. He captured the first one of the series by accident when she grabbed his hand. When he looked later he thought it was an interesting shot, so they kept doing it and posted them on Instagram. Obviously it caught on! πŸ™‚
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        • Meihoukai
          September 8 2014

          Wow, that is super adorable! I had never heard the backstory… now I love following them on Instagram even more!

  • Julie
    September 3 2014

    Photos B and D are my favorites! You really have a knack for pulling out color and movement in your underwater shots.

    • Meihoukai
      September 3 2014

      Thanks Julie! That’s a great compliment to hear — it’s always fun to hear analysis/critiques of your own work!

  • Meihoukai
    September 3 2014

    Guess it’s time for you to give a try for freediving at Blue Immersion if you feel like it :)I’m just back from 4 months with the creator of the school on his sailboat in the Med, we talked a lot about it and I’m sure they’re still doing a great job!

    • Meihoukai
      September 3 2014

      I’ve actually been talking about possibly doing a freediving course when I’m here! I’ve always been intrigued by it…

      • Meihoukai
        September 3 2014

        Though I am officially an instructor since last week, I am a bit far to guide you, but will be very happy to put you in touch with the best pros there!

  • Kristen Noelle
    September 3 2014

    Your underwater photos are always bomb! These are all cool, but I’ll go with D.

    • Meihoukai
      September 3 2014

      Thanks girl! Feels good to be taking some again…

  • Mita
    September 3 2014

    D! the color is superb! what camera you used?

    • Meihoukai
      September 3 2014

      Thanks Mita! Check out the Shop page for details on all my camera gear.

  • Stef
    September 4 2014

    I’m definitely choosing Photo D this week. Love it!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 4 2014

      Thanks Stef! I think that’s the winner this week πŸ™‚

  • Sterling
    September 15 2014

    Hi! Love your posts. Heading to Koh Tao end of November and was wondering if you had a recommendation for a hotel please. Person I am traveling with is quite fancy, unfortunately and would prefer to be on the beach

    (I am definitely going to take him to all the places you list in ‘where to eat!)

    • Meihoukai
      September 16 2014

      Unfortunately I have never actually stayed in a hotel on Koh Tao, only long term accommodation! However if you hope to book ahead the best place to look is definitely Agoda. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

  • Arianna
    September 16 2014

    Just wondering if you have ever posted a article regarding good places to stay in Koh Tao? My friend and I will be staying there for three-four weeks and just wondering if you have any suggestions of a place with good rates/near beach!

    • Meihoukai
      September 17 2014

      Hey Arianna, I actually haven’t! I only ever stay in long term accommodation here. I don’t have any pulse on the hotel or guesthouse scene. I’m sure you’ll find something great though πŸ™‚

  • carolyn
    October 9 2015

    THESE ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if i HAVE to pick (i mean HAVE to…) i would pick the clownfish.

    can you tell us any tips on your underwater photography?? how do you get these amazing pictures??? all I do is take a gopro3 on a selfie stick and take screenshots later, they look nothing like your shots.

    • Meihoukai
      October 10 2015

      Unfortunately, I’ve found the GoPro doesn’t take the best still shots underwater. I much prefer it for video. You can see a full list of my camera gear on my obsessions page!