These four pictures are of Nudibranches, or sea slugs. They're only about an inch long. Despite the fact that they move as slowly as land slugs, most of my pictures were blurred. I still think they look great. There's more information and pictures about them here and here.
Well everyone knows that Phi Phi was devastated by the tsunami. Although we were only there for a week we were impressed by how friendly and helpful everyone was; from the camera shop owner who leant me a charger for my camera battery and the people in Tonsai massage, to the staff of the resort and the dive school. We have many happy memories.
We stayed at Phi Phi Princess, not the cheapest place on the island, but not the most expensive either. It had an attached Spa, although I always went down to the place just down the road. My hectic daily routine was:-
Most of these pictures are from our diving trips. We were diving with Princess divers, easily the most professional outfit we've dived with since we trained in Saba.
I used a Minolta Dimage Xg with an underwater housing. It was my first time with this camera underwater and I had quite a few teething troubles. The main problem was shutter lag. I also tried using a few different white balance settings, cloudy seemed to work OK, but best when the sensor was covered until just before the picture was taken. Unfortunately I ignored the manual and tried using the fluorescent white balance setting. This meant that my Manta pictures came out an interesting blue colour.