Last weekend we went to the beaches of Sihanoukville. We woke up at a quarter to five and loaded up in our twelve passenger vans. Our van was piled high with scuba gear and luggage. Many in our group were headed directly to their next training in Thailand at the end of the weekend.
We arrived at Otres beach about 9am, had a delicious western breakfast and prepped for our snorkeling and scuba trip. We packed up our inflatable motorboat with all our gear and headed out into water. Our group included two guys from my program, two girls who were learning to scuba dive, our English teacher/scuba instructor/ motor cycle enthusiast and and local scuba instructor.
I went snorkeling with the two guys from my program while the others went scuba diving. It was awesome! The coral was the most interesting part because there was so much variety. We were kept a little on edge though from the plethora of poisonous, black sea erchants close to the surface.
After about thirty or forty minutes of snorkeling, a dark cloud came over us. A huge rain storm complete with thunder and lightning began. It was incredible, a bit scary and beautiful.
We waited for our scuba crew to finish up and then headed back to shore. Our boat was a bit defective and stalled about a dozen times on our way back. When we got close enough to shore, we ended up hopping out of the boat and pulling it by hand to the shore. It was quite the adventure!