Today is great for many reasons.
1. The recent hurricane like conditions that sent weary travelers running for the vomit inducing boats off the island has subsided. The past 4 days has seen horizontal rain storms, high white capped seas and strong wind throwing coconuts like a castle siege. But today is hot sunny and calm, back to life like normal!
2. With the great weather we conducted a local wreck trip to the Hishidaiya Maru (Unicorn) with eager divers looking to explore a deep ocean wreck. The trip was successful and everyone came back with smiles and their “Done It” t-shirt so proudly worn by many on Koh Tao.
3. We have a Tec Deep 2 trip planned for the 23rd of August for those who choose that as part of their tech course we’ll be off exploring for 3 days and 3 nights.
Yesterday the Big Blue Tech crew joined the Mv Trident on the local wreck the Unicorn. This was a chance for recreational divers to explore the wreck and get an insight into technical diving.
During the day many different types of diving were conducted from recreational limits to technical training. Some tasks were completed from cleaning a memorial plaque outside the engine room to exploring the wheelhouse.
Our instructor James Thornton-Allan was able to enter the wheelhouse and because of the recent wreck cleanup being conducted a lot of items were shifted and revealed. Inside was found a box with medical supplies inventory with the name “Hishidaiya” repeated in several locations along with several different medical items.
After removing these items it was found they were bottles for IV use and other medical tools. One the second dive we found the box again and this time had a plate on the box itself that identified the wreck was from Osaka Japan and again the name Hishidaiya repeated.
We’ve always know this wreck was not called the unicorn but now it has an official name. You can see images from the items removed below.