Andamans, Surins and Similans – by Alex

Saturday, March 29th, 2008
This month we went to the Andaman Islands which are part of India off the Thailand coast. It took us two days and three nights to get there. We sailed there with another boat called Crystal Blues which is home to Neil and Ley. On the way saw dolphins and on the way back we saw whales. When we got close to the Andamans we started catching lots of fish including my favourite – Yellow Fin Tuna which makes sushi.    

In the Andamans we went snorkeling and visited loads of beaches. We saw some new turtle tracks, nests and eggs. The eggs had been eaten by monitor lizards and there were loads of sand flies. On Haverlock Beach No.7, a great surfing beach where there were huge breaking waves on the west side, we saw a Dugong (a sea cow) and caught some squid. The squid fired ink everywhere when caught – once I got ink all around my eyes and looked like a panda bear. It takes ages to clean all the ink stains off.  
With Neil and Ley we did lots of activities. In the left picture Neil is teaching me how to dive. We are diving without tanks but are using a compressor with tubes instead. We put weights around our hips to help us sink down. I went down under the boat to see the propellor and keel about 2 metres underwater. We stayed under water for about 10 minutes. In the right hand picture we are doing model making. I made a Dragon whilst my sister Nicola made a Phoenix. We also made an underwater collage with corals, fish, anemones and star fish.  
    On the way back from the Andamans we went to the Surin and Similan Islands which are part of Thailand. We were joined by some Hong Kong friends, Brendan and Kyra. We had great fun snorkeling with turtles – you could get really close and once I touched the shell. We also went on a nature walk and found some swings on the beach. Kyra fell off and got soaking wet. We went kayaking, the picture below shows us being towed by our dingy (called Zippy). We loved jumping and diving off the side of the boat and even the adults joined in. In the evenings we would watch videos, play board games and sometimes play on the computer or gameboy. It was great fun having friends to stay on the boat.  

2 Responses to “Andamans, Surins and Similans – by Alex”

Dear Alex and Nicola,
We all love the latest update and the photos. We also wish you and Nicola all the best starting school in Singapore. We suspect that you are going to have a lot of fun and make many new friends quickly. Everyone is going to be so interested to hear about your travel experiences, you are both going to have a wonderfully different perspective on so many subjects. Those parent teachers of yours must need a school holiday, time to delegate.
With love,
Nigel, Laurie, Anastasia and Tristan

Said by: Nigel Hale on April 9th, 2008

Hi Alex!
Sorry I couldn’t post on here the other day when I sent my report for your school work. Thank you for the beautiful card you made me. I’ve really enjoyed working with you and getting to know you these last 2 years. I hope everything goes well for you at school – I’m sure you’ll do well.
I’ve really enjoyed looking at your blog and seeing all the photos. What amazing and beautiful things you have seen and done!
Love from Mary x

Said by: Mary Michell on April 21st, 2008