Category Archives: Diving

Try Scuba…at the Similans !

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Try Scuba

Try Scuba…at the Similans !

Whether you’ve never been underwater or have a slew of diving hours under your belt, you’ve come to the right place. Try it — you’ll love it. Diving is easy, fun and exciting!

Try Scuba is your chance to get wet and experience what scuba diving is all about. Signing up for a Try Scuba is a great way to decide whether getting a scuba diving certification is right for you. We know that once you come in and try it, you’ll love it!

Mantas

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Mantas

When tide and current turn a tiny bay into a bowl of plankton, than it is Manta Time…
A little less than 30 miles off the west coast of Phang Nga, in the middle of the Andaman Sea, there is an uninhabited island named Koh Bon.
It’s not much to see: a rocky place, no beach, no paths. The island’s size isn’t unusual for this area in the Andaman Sea. But several times a year, when time and tide align, manta rays from throughout the region converge here to feed in a spectacular coral-reef ballet.
From December to May, when the Indian Ocean’s northwestern monsoon current brings plenty of plankton up from deep water, a massive concentration of plankton builds up in just a few hours, a swarm so thick it turns the water cloudy.
These massive fishes, the manta rays, are dynamic filter feeders, shoveling their shoe-box mouths through krill like threshers through wheat, inhaling prey. They barrel roll when they hit a rich patch, somersaulting backward to stay in the hot spot. They chain feed, following each other in a train of open maws.

Wreck Diving from Khao Lak

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Khao Lak /wreck diving – seachart

Wreck Diving in Khao Lak – Part 1
Diving the Sea Chart Wreck

The descent line disappeared below us after we splashed in above the ‘ Sea Chart ‘, the most exiting one of the few diveable wrecks off the coast of Khao Lak.

There is a long moment between when we leave the sunny surface of the Andaman Sea and the first hint of the ship’s shadow blackening the blue water below us.

The wreck is a cargo ship about 80 meters long and lying on it’s starboard side with it’s cargo of teak wood still on board. The ship had departed with it’s cargo from Burma in August 2009 heading for Vietnam, but was caught in bad weather and ended up on the sandy sea floor 38 meters from the surface.

Wreck Diving from Khao Lak – Part 2

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Khao Lak /wreck diving – seachart

  Wreck Diving in Khao Lak – Part 2

  Boonsung Wreck

A tin dredger called Boonsung sank more than 20 years ago. It is located to the North of Tab Lamu Pier, about 7 nm offshore from Khao Lak beach. It has become a favorite destination for ½ – day trips that depart from Khao Lak. The wreck lies on serene flat sand at 16 to 20 meters. The wreck is around 10 meters wide and 30 meters long. The average roof level of the wreck is at 13 to 16 meters, and the highest part of the wreck is at about 12 meters depth.  After Tsunami, the wreck has been broken into 5 parts. All are fully covered with barnacles and sponges, and only a few corals can be seen here. Sometimes you can see the remains of a fish cage near the wreck. Boats can moor at buoys attached to the wreck.

Diving Similan Islands

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Diving Similan Islands

Finally we start again…
And waiting is over!
The time between the seasons was not only used for the maintenance and repair of equipment and boats, it was also a time to develop new concepts and services, which will make the periods on the boats and the     underwater adventure experience even more interesting, relaxed and intense.

As always, the trips to the Similan Islands are one of the main attractions for the water sport enthusiasts among the visitors to Khao Lak.  The Similan Islands, Koh Bon and Koh Tachai, the latter two belong to the Similan Islands Marine Park as well, offer breathtaking landscapes – above and underwater – to the visitors.