Travelfish correspondent Ayesha Cantrell
Ayesha first travelled around South East Asia over 10 years ago on her way to Australia via South Africa. With the firm belief that the travel bug would be out of her system she returned to the corporate rat race and very quickly realised her mistake.
She soon ditched her power suit in favour of a wetsuit and ventured back to Ko Tao to indulge in her passion for scuba diving. Her love for Koh Ta established itself as she lived there throughout her progression to Scuba Diving Instructor.
Leaving was hard but she tore herself away and travelled and dived working in The Maldives, Egypt and visiting many other far flung spots to take in underwater world.
Ko Tao was always calling and four years ago she returned, unpacked her bags and accidentally bought into a dive centre.
Apart from writing for Travelfish she manages the Master Divers Blog and whenever possible is underwater with her camera shooting fish!
Posts by Ayesha Cantrell:
Bam Bams in Ko Tao is one of those rickety looking, plastic chair, roadside Thai restaurants with garish wipe-clean table covers. While that description probably does little to entice you in, those who have travelled through Thailand will know that these can often the best places to eat, especially when you’re on a tight budget. … read the full post
When asked to write about life on Ko Tao from a longterm stayers point of view, all I could think about were the three biggest lies told on the island. I’ll leave you to ponder the other two but the biggest, without a doubt is, “I’m leaving tomorrow.” This is not used to wheedle one … read the full post
As a going away gift for my first backpacking trip one of my comical mates gave me a travel tips book. This wasn’t your normal travel manual by any means. It included topics like how to stop a runaway camel and how to avoid dying in an airplane crash. The best way to avoid crashing … read the full post
Cappuccino Bistro is the only French-owned bakery on Ko Tao. It serves a variety of cakes, tarts and sandwiches along with arguably the best cup of coffee around and is well located up the hill on the main road in Sairee running from the pier. This spot is a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. … read the full post
While it has been said that Ko Tao is a drinking island with a diving problem, you can easily avoid the mayhem if you wish. However you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog unless you wanted to find out where the party’s at and there’s certainly a party to be had on Ko Tao on … read the full post
Ko Tao is almost a year-round destination but depending on what you are looking for during your visit there are considerations to take into account when deciding which month to come, such as weather, crowds, visibility for diving and which critters are around in the ocean. The busiest times are between July and early September, … read the full post
As if choosing a dive centre on Ko Tao wasn’t a big enough task in itself, you are then likely to be asked if you would prefer an SSI or PADI course. Here’s what you need to know. Firstly, both PADI and SSI are internationally recognised and you can dive anywhere in the world with … read the full post
Thailand’s Ko Tao has somewhere in the region of 40 dive centres, so choosing one can feel daunting, particularly if you have never dived before. As with any choice, you need to keep in mind what you are looking for during your experience; don’t waver or compromise, and you should get what you want. So, … read the full post