Jerome-- Sorry for the long delay in posting. I accidentally went snorkeling with our camera in my pocket and we're still tring to figure out if we can recover our pictures from Indonesia. We'll post something about that later.
We had originally planned to visit Bangkok for about a week, but we decided to change our plans because of the coup, curfew and protests. AirAsia also canceled our flight to Bangkok. And we also wanted to try to do some more diving.
We searched for last minute deals on a liveaboard and found a great one in the Maldives on a boat called the Maldives Aggressor. Maldives is definitely farther afield then we were planning on going, but we also found cheap, direct flights from Singapore.
|The Maldives Aggressor
|Selfie with our safety sausage
We did 21 dives over the 7 days, including 4 night dives. Laura and I have now completed 67 dives (63 dives since we started our trip in April) and we've logged a total 56 hours and 42 minutes underwater! We also did our Nitrox certification before we went, which allowed us to use tanks filled with 32% oxygen (rather than regular air which has 21% oxygen). This lets us dive for a longer time at a deeper depth without having to worry about getting "the bends".
|Maldives anemonefish in a magnificent sea anemone
|Manta Ray and its accompanying remoras
|Lion fish - beautiful, but poisonous
|Snorkeling with a whale shark
|Whitetip reef shark
Our first liveaboard was a great experience and we'd love to do another in the future. Our trip is coming to an end - we're off to Cambodia tomorrow and then it's Hong Kong and back home in early July. Time's really been flying by!
|All the guests from our liveaboard