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Greetings from Koh Tao! It’s been a crazy busy week and in many ways I feel like I’ve barely looked up from my laptop, though these photos prove otherwise. I suppose I did sneak off for a 6am dive call time one morning, and sign off early for a 6pm sunset paddle one evening. Although the diving conditions were less than ideal, it felt so good to get back in the water! Not a bad deal for an otherwise incredibly hectic work week.

This week on the blog is going to be all about Bonaire — I can’t wait to start sharing my summer trip to the Caribbean with you! And here behind the scenes, I’ll be getting ready to leave the island again for another short getaway in just about a week’s time. It’s amazing how quickly I can go from having two months like these to suddenly feeling completely overwhelmed at the idea of a six day trip off Koh Tao. Looking forward to checking in with you then — and crossing my fingers for a productive week inbetween. Happy Monday, guys!

Photo A

SUP TaoAbove the surface

Photo B

Diving in Koh TaoBelow it

Photo C

Diving Self Portrait
Self portrait in bubbles

Which photo is your favorite?

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46 Comments...
  • Rashaad
    December 7 2015

    Photo C – that photo is amazing!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 9 2015

      Thank you! You never know how an underwater selfie is going to turn out 😉

  • Gemma
    December 7 2015

    Photo B – all about the colours. Looking forward to getting in the water in Nicaragua this February. However, we’ve been skiing in Whistler so can’t complain.
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    • Meihoukai
      December 9 2015

      Both sound pretty amazing. Where are you going diving in Nicaragua? Corn Islands?

      • Gemma
        December 10 2015

        I am 100% making my way to the Corn Islands. Anywhere else that you recommend for diving specifically? We’re staying at Las Penitas for a fortnight then travelling for another 2 – 4 weeks.
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        • Meihoukai
          December 10 2015

          I sadly didn’t dive in Nicaragua — I tried in San Juan del Sur, but they wouldn’t run the boat with only one customer, and no one else inquired in the two weeks I was there!

  • Marni
    December 7 2015

    Photo A, although it was another hard choice!
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  • Janice Stringer
    December 7 2015

    Photo A!!!
    Love the feeling of calm I’m getting from it, as I write this at 3am…
    Needing the calm in my life!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 9 2015

      Tell me about it! I had to slow way back down to island time to find it…

  • Dani
    December 7 2015

    Photo B because colors!
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  • Mark
    December 7 2015

    Photo A! That silhouette is amazing!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 9 2015

      I never get sick of sunsets 🙂 Thanks for chiming in, Mark!

  • Kristin
    December 8 2015

    Photo C! It’s just awesome seeing someone in their happy place!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2015

      Thanks Kristin! My happy place is indeed anywhere in or around the water.

  • Megan
    December 8 2015

    I loved diving in Koh Tao!! So insanely beautiful!

    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2015

      Indeed! Looking forward to getting in the water more often when the weather is hot and sunny!

  • Bas
    December 8 2015

    Going for B, just love them fish!
    You’re going to have such a good time at Bonaire when it comes to diving! Just went there for a week last month and totally loved it.

    Recommendations:
    Salt Pier (A MUST!): amazing to swim between the with beams below the pier which are overgrown with corals&sponges and during the day the place is loaded with Baracuda’s
    Karpata: Beautifull for nightdives (coral in good shape)
    1000 Steps: Quite a nice bay to see and easy to enter (quite rare for Bonaire).
    Divesites below Salt Pier: best for spotting Eagle Rays. Saw my first one, hope you’ll manage too as well!

    My first post now because of Bonaire, but following your stories regularly 😉
    Have a great time on the island!

    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2015

      Hey Bas! Sorry I was unclear — I was actually in Bonaire this summer, but I’m just starting to blog about it now 🙂 I LOVED Salt Pier and would go back simply to dive it again and again. Hope you’ll chime in on my posts and let me know what you think!

  • tammyonthemove
    December 8 2015

    Looking at those photos make me realize how desperate I am for a relaxing holiday. I don’t even have time to read all of your posts anymore. What has the world come to? One week to go and I will be on a R&R break from Ghana, hopefully having more time again to read your great blog posts. Haven’t forgotten about you. Promise! 😉
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    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2015

      You’re so sweet Tammy 🙂 Haven’t forgotten about you either! Glad to hear you are getting a much deserved break. I’m looking forward to going on a little holiday as well.

  • Susan
    December 8 2015

    They’re all beautiful! I’m partial to C because it inspires me to get back out and try scuba again. I loved my DSD class, but I’m still building up my resolve to maaaybe get certified. 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2015

      Just wait till you see the Bonaire posts I have coming up — if they can’t get you back in the water, nothing will 😉

  • Kacy
    December 8 2015

    Love Photo A! Just seems so peaceful. I can’t wait to read about Bonaire!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2015

      I’m GIDDY with excitement about all my posts coming up. Can’t wait to share!

  • Photo B! Always love an underwater picture 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2015

      Tell me about it! The conditions were pretty rough that day but I was thrilled I managed to salvage some.

  • Meihoukai
    December 9 2015

    I love the one with the fishes ?. You make me want to get my certification. Maybe if I hit up Koh Tao
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    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2015

      Koh Tao is an amazing place to learn to dive! One of the most popular spots in the world…

  • Allie
    December 9 2015

    I love diving and paddle boarding, so happy you fit in some water time!

    I haven’t been diving as much this year (our poor boat is broken), but hope to start getting back into it soon!

    Have a great day love – xoxo.
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    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2015

      It’s funny how easily it can be on an island to go days without so much as seeing the water! It’s a good reminder to step away from the computer and towards the beach 🙂

  • Steve
    December 9 2015

    I am choosing photo C Meihoukai. It’s not all about work.
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    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2015

      Nope, it’s not! Some weeks are more balanced than others… these ones have been crazy work focused as next week, I’m going on vacation. Woo!

  • Sky
    December 9 2015

    The first shot is gorgeous! And it makes me reallllly wish I was somewhere, anywhere near a beach. It’s abnormally warm for a PA winter so far but I have no doubt negative temperatures and snow will be here soon. 🙁
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    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2015

      I can’t wait for all the snow pictures to start piling my newsfeed… they always help ease off the homesickness, ha ha.

  • Dominique
    December 10 2015

    B! I’m still loving your underwater shots! I can’t wait for your Bonaire stories! I’m planning a short trip to the Caribbean in February and I’m trying to decide where to go
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    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2015

      That’s awesome, Dominique! I looooove the Caribbean and can’t wait to slowly explore more of it.

  • Julia Nix
    December 11 2015

    photo A! BB effect.

  • Michaela
    December 15 2015

    Love all the photos…but my favorite is definitely C for its uniqueness…not everyone can capture that. Not long until we arrive in Thailand and have several months lined up for Koh Tao!!!! Hope to meet you there x

    • Meihoukai
      December 23 2015

      That sounds awesome, Michaela! What are you planning to get up to while you’re here?

  • Priya
    December 4 2016

    Hi Meihoukai. I’m going on a solo trip to Thailand at the end of the month to dive and snorkel. What do you do with your valuables (phone, cash, credit cards) when you’re out on the ocean? Do you use a waterproof bag and snorkel with your belongings? Leave your belongings on the boat?

    • Meihoukai
      December 6 2016

      Hi Priya! When I’m diving or snorkeling off a boat yes, I leave my valuables on the boat. Hope that helps!

  • natasha dobbs
    January 19 2017

    Hi Meihoukai im making my way to Koh Tao solo in March, to mainly do my divers license. can you recommend the best place to learn and stay at? im a very chilled person, and seeing this holiday as time to relax, so would love to be close to the beach and bar or something, would really appreciate your imput.

    • Meihoukai
      January 31 2017

      Hey Natascha! If you prefer to be in Sairee I love diving with Sairee Hut. They have a fun pool bar and a great dive team! If you’re basing yourself in Mae Haad, Master Divers provides an excellent, really thorough education. And down in Chalok, Ocean Sound Dive and Yoga is a great bet! Enjoy and let me know how it goes!