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Special trip

  • Friday 28 April we have the last daytrip of the season to Richelieu Rock. 2 dives, 5,100 Baht per person, 700 Baht national park fees, share of the transfer costs and equipment rental if applicable. Experienced divers only.

Tuesday 25 April 2017


Special offer

  • We have a last minute offer for Bunmee 3: 4 days/5 nights, 15 dives, to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock from 26 April till 1 May. Now for only 24,900 Baht per person in a two person cabin.

Saturday 22 April 2017


Special offer

  • We have a last minute offer for Bunmee 3: 4 days/5 nights, 15 dives, to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock from 17 till 22 April. Now for only 25,900 Baht per person in a two person cabin.

Friday 14 April 2017


Dolphin Queen and Similan Explorer

    The new schedules for the 2017-2018 season for Dolphin Queen and Similan Explorer have been published.
  • Dolphin Queen offering 4 days trips to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock, 5 days/6 nights trips to Myanmar (Burma) Southern Mergui Archipelago and 6 days/7 nights to Myanmar (Burma) Mergui Archipelago and Black Rock;
  • Similan Explorer offering 3 days and 5 days trips to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.

Friday 7 April 2017


Manta Queen Fleet schedule 2017-2018

  • The new schedule for the 2017-2018 season for the Manta Queen fleet has been published: 3 days/3 nights trips to Similans and Koh Bon, 3 days/3 nights trips to Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock and 4 days/4 nights trips to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock for the budget traveller.
  • Manta Queen 1
  • Manta Queen 2
  • Manta Queen 5
  • Manta Queen 6

Thursday 6 April 2017


Andaman Tritan

  • The new schedule for the 2017-2018 season for Andaman Tritan has been published. An attractively priced boat, maximum 16 persons, with a choice of several cabin types. There are also two private 1-person cabins available without a surcharge, so much cheaper than other liveaboards. Excellent value for money for 4 days/4 nights trips to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.

Wednesday 5 April 2017


Special trip

  • From 5 till 8 April we have a special trip to Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa, Koh Phi Phi and Shark Point area on Marco Polo. 3 days/3 nights, 11 dives, to Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa, Koh Phi Phi and Shark Point area for 22,000 Baht in a fan cabin, 25,000 Baht air conditioning.

Tuesday 28 March 2017


Oktavia

  • The new schedule for the 2017-2018 season for Oktavia has been published. A comfortable and spacious boat with experienced boat crew offering excellent value for money in the more basic class. Oktavia offers some 4-days trips, but mainly 5-day trips and also 2-day trips to Similans and 3-day trips to Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.

Monday 27 March 2017


Special offer

Saturday 11 March 2017


Hallelujah

  • The new schedule for the 2017-2018 season for Deep Andaman Queen has been published. A very comfortable and spacious boat, really experienced boat and dive staff, offering good value for money.
  • Book a trip on Deep Andaman Queen 3 months in advance and receive nitrox free of charge.

Monday 27 February 2017


Special offer

  • We have a last minute offer for Bunmee 4: 4 days/4 nights, 15 dives, to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock from 1 till 5 March. Now for only 25,650 Baht per person in a two person cabin.

Saturday 24 February 2017


South Andaman

  • It has taken a little while, but we have found worthy replacements for the Scuba Adventure liveaboard trips to the Southern destinations of Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa, Koh Phi Phi and the Shark Point area: Bunmee 3 and Bunmee 4. More comfortable and more spacious boats than Adventure was, also offering 4-days trips to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock and Bunmee 3 also offers trips to Myanmar (Burma)

Saturday 11 February 2017


Hallelujah

  • The new schedule for the 2017-2018 season for Hallelujah has been published. A very comfortable and spacious boat offering good value for money.
  • Book now a trip on Hallelujah between October 2017 and May 2018, pay in full before 31 August 2017 and receive a 10% discount.
  • And we still have the 10% last minute discount for all April 2017 trips on Hallelujah.

Thursday 9 February 2017


Special offer

  • We have a last minute offer for Hallelujah: 4 days/4 nights, 14 dives, to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock from 4 till 8 February. Now for only 31,500 Baht per person in a twin bed cabin.

Tuesday 24 January 2017


Pawara and Sawasdee Fasai

  • The new schedules for the 2017-2018 season for Pawara and Sawasdee Fasai have been published. Two comfortable and spacious boats offering excellent value for money.
  • Book now a trip on Pawara or Sawasdee Fasai between October 2017 and May 2018, pay in full before 31 August 2017 and receive a 10% discount.

Monday 23 January 2017


Leopard Shark

  • It has been a long time, too long for me to recall exactly when, but yesterday I finally saw a leopard shark again at Shark Point pinnacle one. Quietly resting on the sand.

Saturday 7 January 2017


Last minute offer

    We have a last minute offer for two trips on Deep Andaman Queen.
  • 4 days/4 nights, 14 dives, to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock from 15 till 19 December. Now with 20% discount, free equipment rental and free nitrox, from only 24,000 Baht per person.
  • 7 days/7 nights, 22 dives, to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock and to Mergui Archipelago (Burma-Myanmar) from 5 till 12 January. Now with 20% discount, free equipment rental and free nitrox, from only 47,600 Baht per person. Due to the administrative requirements the booking closes on 15 December.

Thursday 8 December 2016


Weather November

  • November 2016 was not our typical November: more rain than usual, mostly at the end of the day and in the night though, and less wind than usual. It was also a bit warmer than average. The wind changed direction very, very late this year, but still the weather was very calm with many days with lots of sun. All in all we had 10 completely sunny days and 28 at least partially sunny days. On 12 days we had some rain during the day, but only 2 really overcast days.
  • Despite the late change in wind direction we did experience far more days with just a slight breeze than in previous years. In 2012 we could go diving at all destinations on all days, in 2013 on 2 days we cancelled all diving because of the weather conditions, in 2014 we could reach all daytrip and liveaboard destinations every day, but on 4 days we could not dive here at our housereef in Kata Beach, in 2015 on 2 days we could not safely and comfortably dive in the King Cruiser/Shark Point area (and of course also not at our housereef on those days), but this year we could reach all destinations every day, but diving at our housereef was only possible from 18 November onwards.

Wednesday 7 December 2016


Special offer

  • We have an early bird offer for Hallelujah: 4 days/4 nights, 14 dives, to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. Now all April 2017 trips with 10% discount.

Friday 2 December 2016


Special offer

  • We have a last minute offer for Daranee: 4 days/4 nights, 14 dives, to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock from 20 till 24 November. Now for only 17,900 Baht per person.

Tuesday 15 November 2016


Special offer

  • Due to a cancellation we have a last minute offer for Hallelujah. 4 days/4 nights, 14 dives, to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock with 10% discount from 3 till 7 November. Now for only 31,500 Baht per person in an en-suite cabin.

Monday 31 October 2016


Special offer

  • We have a last minute offer for Hallelujah. 4 days/4 nights, 14 dives, to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock with 20% discount from 28 October till 1 November. Now for only 28,000 Baht per person in an en-suite cabin.

Monday 24 October 2016


Tourism at the moment after the Kings passing

  • There seem to be some misunderstandings about the mourning period and activities here on Phuket. All tours are going out as scheduled, I was out yesterday and today. Also the coming week and later after that everything will go out. Only bars etc. are closed, at the moment it looks like they will reopen again this Monday. Some bars are even open at the moment, but without selling alcohol and without music. For 30 days all festivities have been cancelled, but daily life, including tourism activities, are uninterrupted.

Saturday 15 October 2016


Whaleshark

  • Yesterday a whaleshark sighting close to Shark Point on the way to Phi Phi. Only at the surface unfortunately.

Friday 6 October 2016


Manta ray

  • Last Wednesday we again encountered a a manta ray at Banana Bay, Racha Noi.

Saturday 3 September 2016


Early Bird discount

  • The early bird discount on Hallelujah, 4-day liveaboard trips to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai en Richelieu Rock, has been extended until September. So book now and pay in full before the end of september and receive 10% discount on all Hallelujah trips.

Wednesday 31 August 2016


2016-2017 trips

  • Also for Daranee, 4 days Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock trips, you can now find the schedule for the new season, October 2016 - May 2017, online.
    Daranee offers budget class liveaboard trips, Thai style and Thai run.

Sunday 10 July 2016


Weather June

  • After a very dry and hot May, June 2016 started of badly with lots of rain. Last year June was dry, this year it was really wet, as mentioned especially at the beginning but also later in the month we had quite a lot of rain. We still had lots of sun, but of the seven fully sunny days and sixteen partially sunny days we only had eight completely dry days. Also a lot of the rain this year fell during the day, which is not what we usually get.
  • But very important for diving, just as last year we had only a few days, seven this year, with a moderate or strong wind. This limited our diving on two days to Racha Yai, on two days we could not go to the Shark Point area and on one day we could not go to the Shark point area or Racha Noi. In 2015 on one day only diving was not safely possible in the Shark Point area, on all other days we could dive safely at all destinations. In 2014 on three days diving was restricted to Racha Yai and on two days we could only dive at our alternate destination of Coral Island.

Monday 4 July 2016


Manta ray

  • Since 5 days we have a manta ray at Racha Noi. Often in Banana Bay, sometimes elsewhere, and not shy at all.

Wednesday 29 June 2016


Diving conditions

  • Slowly slowly the visibility is improvong again after we had a week of really bad viz. Racha Noi was still good, racha yai more or less good, but the Phi Phi sites and Shark Point area were really bad for about a week.

Monday 13 June 2016


Weather May

  • Hot feelingwise and very calm until the last week best describes May 2016: 10 completely sunny and 11 partly sunny days and the last 9 days overcast, 8 of those overcast days really wet days. So plenty of sun and until the last week no rain whatsoever. Very unusual though to have that many consecutive rainy days, probably caused by a very late change in the wind direction.
    The wind was very calm this May, again until the end of the month when we experienced quite a few days with a strong wind.
    The temperature was about average for this time of year, with an average temperature of 32.8 degrees Centigrade, but on certain days it felt a lot warmer.
  • In 2011 we were on two days not able to dive in the Shark Point area, in 2012 we could not safely reach Racha Noi on one day and on one day we were limited in our dive destinations to Racha Yai, in 2013 on one day we could not reach Racha Noi. In 2014 and 2015 all destinations were possible every day of the month, but this year on two days we cancelled all diving, on four days we were limited to diving at Racha Yai and on one day we could not dive in the Shark Point area. All those days were at the end of the month. Similans including Richelieu Rock was for liveaboards excellent up until mid May, when the national parks closed, to re-open again on 15 October 2016. Diving at our housereef in Kata will resume again in November.

Saturday 4 June 2016


2016-2017 trips

  • For Manta Queen 5, 3 days Similans and Koh Bon trips, Manta Queen 6, 4 days Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock trips and Manta Queen 7, 5 days Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock trips, you can now find the schedules for the new season, October 2016 - May 2017, online.
    All Manta Queen boats are offering budget class liveaboard diving trips.

Wednesday 31 May 2016


2016-2017 trips

  • Next week I will expand our offer with some more budget boats, but there is a real shortage of higher quality boats. With White Manta and Panunee gone from Thailand and The Junk and Aggressor not offering value for money, there is a real gap there. Only boats left in the luxury/higher class segment are Diverace, Deep Andaman Queen, Hallelujah, and to a certain extend Pawara and Giamani.

Saturday 21 May 2016


2016-2017 trips

  • For Somboon 3, daytrips, 2-days trips and 3 days Similans-Koh Bon-Koh Tachai-Richelieu Rock trips and Somboon 4, 3 days Similans-Koh Bon-Koh Tachai-Richelieu Rock trips you can now find the schedules for the new season, October 2016 - May 2017, online.

Tuesday 17 May 2016


2016-2017 trips

  • For Genesis, 3 days Similans or Koh Bon-Koh Tachai-Richelieu Rock trips and Marco Polo, 6 days Similans-Richelieu Rock trips you can now find the schedules for the new season, October 2016 - May 2017, online.

Thursday 12 May 2016


Special early bird discount

  • Book now on Pawara and receive 10% early bird discount.

Tuesday 3 May 2016


2016-2017 trips

  • For Dolphin Queen, 4-days Similans-Richelieu Rock trips and 6- and 7-nights trips to Burma, Similan Explorer, 3- and 5-days Similans-Richelieu Rock trips, Manta Queen I, 4-days trips to Similans-Richelieu Rock, Manta Queen III, 4-days trips to Similans-Richelieu Rock, Manta Queen II, 3-days trips to Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock and Scuba Adventure, 3-days trips to the South Andaman, 4-days trips to Similans-Richelieu Rock, 7-days combination trips and 7-days trips to Burma; you can now find the schedules for the new season, October 2016 - May 2017, online.

Friday 29 April 2016


Diving, last minutes and weather

  • I have been away for a week, sorry for the lack of updates.
  • Last dives were this Monday at Phi Phi; Koh Bida Nok was really nice diving with big schools of fish and good visibility, Turtle Rock was a disappointment, in spite of the big turtle we saw. All in all a very nice day on the boat with just 15 of us, very enjoyable day out.
  • We could do with some rain, it is still very dry here. And it is also hot but nothing too bad, Issaan last week was almost unbearably hot.
  • We also have some very nice last minute offers at the moment on the more comfortable/luxurious boats, contact us if you're interested in this.

Wednesday 20 April 2016


March Weather

  • March 2016 was a very easy month to describe: hot and sunny, just as 2015 and 2014, except that we had less wind this year. No rain at all during the day or night. We had on two days a few clouds, but it was again really hot and sunny.

    In March 2011 we had highly unusual five days where we were limited in dive destinations and two days where there was no diving possible at all of the normal destinations. March 2012 was in this respect back to normal, with 2 days no diving at our housereef in Kata possible and on 1 day the wind was too strong for diving at Racha Noi and Richelieu Rock. In 2013 we could dive at all destinations every day of the week, in 2014 on 2 days no diving at Richelieu Rock and in 2015 and 2016 on 1 day no diving in the Shark Point area or at Richelieu Rock.

Sunday 3 April 2016


2016-2017 trips

Tuesday 8 March 2016


Now SSI and PADI courses

  • Since yesterday 22 February we are a SSI divecenter, which means we can now offer both SSI and PADI courses.

Tuesday 23 February 2016


Special trip

  • We have a special trip on Saturday 5 March: 2 dives at Richelieu Rock. Price including transfers from Phuket, national park fees and gear rental now 7,600 Baht.

Friday 19 February 2016


Special offer

  • We have a special offer on Manta Queen V. 4 days/4 nights, 15 dives, to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock from 23 till 27 February. Now per person 20,000 Baht for a standard twin cabin, equipment rental included, national park fees 1,800 Baht.

Friday 12 February 2016


Special offers

    We have two last minute offers for 4 days/4 nights, 14 dives, trips to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock at 20% discount:
  • on White Manta from 27 February till 2 March, now 27,200 Baht for a standard cabin and 36,000 Baht for an en-suite twin or double bed cabin; and
  • on DiveRace from 7 till 11 March, now 33,600 Baht for a twin en-suite cabin and 36,000 Baht for a deluxe en-suite twin or double bed cabin.

Thursday 11 February 2016


Special offers and 2016-2017 trips

Monday 18 January 2016


Special offers

    We have three last minute offers for White Manta. 4 days/4 nights, 14 dives, to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock at 20% discount.
  • 15 till 19 January now 27,200 Baht for a standard cabin.
  • 21 till 25 January now 27,200 Baht for a standard cabin and 36,000 Baht for an en-suite twin cabin.
  • 27 February till 2 March now 27,200 Baht for a standard cabin and 36,000 Baht for an en-suite twin or double bed cabin.

Thursday 14 January 2016


Special offers

    We have three last minute offers for Andaman Tritan. 4 days/4 nights, 14 dives, to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.
  • 7 till 11 January 40% discount now 16,800 Baht for an en-suite cabin and 15,000 Baht for a standard upperdeck cabin.
  • 12 till 16 January 35% discount now 18,200 Baht for an en-suite cabin and 16,250 Baht for a standard upperdeck cabin.
  • 17 till 21 January 35% discount now 18,200 Baht for an en-suite cabin and 16,250 Baht for a standard upperdeck cabin.

Tuesday 5 January 2016


Marine sightings

  • Last week there were whaleshark sightings at Richelieu Rock and at Koh Tachai and manta rays at Koh Bon.
  • Very exceptional, I saw a group of juvenile humphead parrotfish at Kata beach yesterday. Visibility was around 30 meters early morning, and the dive there was really excellent. So much so I made a 80 minute dive there with a open water student.

Monday 4 January 2016


Special offer

  • 10 till 14 January on White Manta. 20% discount and both en-suite and standard cabins still available for 4 days/4 nights, 14 dives, to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. Now 27,200 Baht for a standard cabin and 36,000 Baht for a luxury en-suite cabin (king size or twin bed) per person.

Thursday 31 December 2015


Marine sightings

  • Last week there were whaleshark sightings at Richelieu Rock and at Koh Tachai and manta rays at Koh Bon and Racha Noi. More exceptional were the whaleshark sightings (multiple whalesharks) at Shark Point and Racha Yai.

Wednesday 23 December 2015


Special offers

    We have two last minute offers for Christmas trips.
  • 22 t/till 25 December on Manta Queen V. 3 days/3 nights to Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock, 11 dives in total, now 15,000 Baht for a twin cabin, rental of a full set of divegear included.
  • 20% discount on Diverace from 22 till 27 December. Now from 44,800 Baht for 5 days/5 nights, 18 dives, on this luxurious boat to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.

Thursday 17 December 2015


Marine sightings

  • Last week there were again manta rays sighted at Racha Noi, South Tip, and Koh Bon and a whaleshark at Richelieu Rock and (most likely the same whaleshark) at Koh Tachai. Plus there was of course the earlier mentioned sighting of a juvenile Napoleon wrasse in Bungalow Bay.

Wednesday 16 December 2015


Marine sightings

  • I could not believe my eyes today, and if another instructor had not seen the same thing I would have thought my eyses had betrayed me: I saw a juvenile Napoleon wrasse today in Bungalow Bay.

Tuesday 8 December 2015


Special offers

Friday 4 December 2015


Marine sightings

  • Last week there were again manta rays sighted at Racha Noi (in Camera Bay of all places) and a whaleshark at Richelieu Rock and (most likely the same whaleshark) at Koh Tachai.

Wednesday 2 December 2015


Special offer

  • On 30 November we still have availability in a shared cabin on Manta Queen III. Now only 17,500 Baht including rental equipment on this 4 days/4 nights, 15 dives liveaboard trip to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.

Thursday 26 November 2015


Marine sightings

  • Last week there were manta rays sighted at Racha Noi and a whaleshark at Richelieu Rock and (most likely the same whaleshark) at Koh Tachai.

Tuesday 24 November 2015


Special offer

  • On 23 November we still have availability on Daranee. Now only 18,900 Baht on this 4 days/4 nights, 14 dives liveaboard trip to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.

Friday 20 November 2015


Special offers

  • We have several special offers on DiveRACE. Now 20% discount on the 4 days/4 nights trips of 29 November and 4 December, and 10% discount on the Christmas trip, 5 days/5 nights from 22 till 27 December on this luxurious, brand new boat. Now from 33,600 Baht for the 4 days and 50,400 Baht for the 5 days trip. All liveaboard trips to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock with both luxury cabin and twin bed cabin still available.

Monday 16 November 2015


Special offers

  • On 15 and 20 November we still have availability on Andaman Tritan. Now 40% discount on the trip of the 15th, 35% discount on the trip of the 20th for these 4 days/4 nights, 14 dives liveaboard trips to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. Both double bed cabin, twin bed cabin as well as standard cabin still available.

Wednesday 11 November 2015


Special offer

  • On 15 November we still have availability on Andaman Tritan. Now 35% discount on this 4 days/4 nights, 14 dives liveaboard trip to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. Both double bed cabin, twin bed cabin as well as standard cabin still available.

Thursday 5 November 2015


Special offers and whaleshark

  • A few divers were lucky enough last Sunday to be able to swim with a whaleshark.
  • We have a special offer on Deep Andaman Queen, for all november trips 20% discount. Departure for 4 days/4 nights, 14 dives to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock on 7, 12, 17 and 22 November and for 7 days/7 nights, 22 dives to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and Burma on 27 November.
  • On 10 November we still have availability on Andaman Tritan. Now 35% discount on this 4 days/4 nights, 14 dives liveaboard trip to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. Both double bed cabin, twin bed cabin as well as standard cabin still available.

Tuesday 3 November 2015


Special offers

  • On 7 November we have space on White Manta. Now 20% discount on this 4 days/4 nights liveaboard trip to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock on this very comfortable boat. Both double bed cabin and twin bed cabin as well as standard cabin still available.
  • On 7 and on 12 November we have a last minute offer on DiveRace Class E, the most luxurious boat in the area. 7 till 11 November and 12 till 16 November, 4 days/4 nights, 14 dives to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock, now 20% discount, 33,600 Baht for a twin bed cabin, 36,000 Baht for a luxury cabin.

Thursday 29 October 2015


Special offers

  • Also on the 25 October trip we still have availability on the earlier mentioned last minute offer on Deep Andaman Queen. 20% discount, free rental equipment and free nitrox, 4 days/4 nights to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.
  • On 7 November we have a last minute offer on DiveRace Class E, the most luxurious boat in the area. 7 till 11 November, 4 days/4 nights, 14 dives to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock, now 33,600 Baht for a twin bed cabin, 36,000 Baht for a luxury cabin.

Tuesday 20 October 2015


Special offer

  • On 21 October we have a last minute offer on Manta Queen. 21 till October, 4 days/4 nights, 15 dives to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock, now 16,900 Baht for a shared cabin. And that already includes the rental gear!

Saturday 17 October 2015


Special offer

  • Also on the trip of 20 October we still have availability on the earlier mentioned last minute on Deep Andaman Queen. 20% discount, free rental equipment and free nitrox, 4 days/4 nights to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.

Thursday 15 October 2015


Special offer

  • We still have availability on the earlier mentioned last minute on Deep Andaman Queen. On the trip of 15 October 20% discount, free rental equipment and free nitrox, 4 days/4 nights to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.

Saturday 10 October 2015


Special offer

  • We have a special offer on Deep Andaman Queen for all October trips: 20% discount, free rental equipment and free nitrox. Departure for 4 days/4 nights, 14 dives to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock on 15, 20 and 25 October and for 7 days/7 nights, 22 dives to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and Burma on 30 October.

Wednesday 7 October 2015


Weather

  • September was an average month, with quite a lot of sun.
  • Since a few days we are experiencing a haze from the tree burning on Sumatra, Indonesia, but I have never seen something like yesterday: on the way back from Racha Noi to Racha Yai at a few hundred meters from Racha Yai the island was still invisible.

Tuesday 6 October 2015


Special offer

  • We have a special offer on Panunee for the Christmas trip. From 23 till 28 December 4 days/5 nights on this luxurious boat with 10% discount, now from 38,700 Baht. 15 dives at Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.

Tuesday 29 September 2015


Clean up

  • The big reef cleanup last Saturday was a smaller event than these past years, but the result was again a big pile of garbage. Despite the rain it was again a success.

Monday 28 September 2015


Clean up

  • Tomorrow we have again our annual big reef clean up. These last years this was a major event with sponsors, this year, because of infighting within the organising committee, it is a much smaller event. But of course we'll be there.

Friday 25 September 2015


Marine sightings

  • There is a whaleshark hanging around at the moment, with sightings in both the Phi Phi area and the Racha Islands.
  • Still many seahorses at Anemone Reef.

Tuesday 8 September 2015


August weather

  • The weather in August was far from as good as it can be. Many windy and rainy days, so much rain that the shop flooded twice, which had never happened before. And we experienced so many days with a strong wind that on more days than ever we were limited in our diving destinations. So it really was a unique month.

Monday 7 September 2015


Boten

  • DiveRACE is a complete new boat. The small problems that are inherent with this have been sorted, and she is ready for the diving season at the Similans and Surin National Parks. And with that we can offer you a very attractive, lowered price: now from 42,000 Baht for a 4 day trip to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock on this new, luxury boat.

Friday 28 August 2015


Marine sightings

  • Quite a few sharks in the Phi Phi area at the moment, mostly blacktip reefsharks at Palang Wall, but also blacktips at some of the other sites.
  • Banana Bay at Racha Noi is in my opinion not the best of divesites we have, but with a manta ray and a whaleshark sighting this week I'm sure quite a few people will disagree with me.

Friday 21 August 2015


Weather

  • We've just had a few days of bad weather and strong wind. No surprise at all, since it was forecast that way. But why do diveboats despite that weather still offer trips to areas that they know they can not reach, like King Cruiser, Shark Point, Phi Phi and Racha Noi? And why do others still sell trips to these destinations when they know the guests will never get there, but get stuck at Koh Doc Mai and Koh Mai Thon for 3 dives, as happened on Wednesday and Thursday. I'm telling people to wait a few days till the wind dies down while others are simply lying and cheating. Either I'm getting too old for this or I'm too honest, but I really despise these business practices.
  • The weather in July was really unsettled: especially at the beginning of the month really stormy weather, which limited our diving options on an exceptionally high 14 days.

Saturday 8 August 2015


Weather

  • At the start of the week we experienced rainshowers like I have never seen here. So much so that the shop was completely flooded, which has never happened before.

Wednesday 5 August 2015


Diving

  • Really lovely dive at the King Cruiser wreck yesterday. We were first in the water, and when we reached the bow of the wreck it seemed the whole boat was moving in all directions with the sheer number of schooling and hunting fish. Really awesome. After that three seahorses and two schools of sepia, so all in all a magnificent day.

Sunday 26 July 2015


Weather

  • The diving is fine again at all divesites. Saw a nice seahorse and, very surprisingly for this time of year, a ghost pipefish at Koh Doc Mai a few days ago.

Tuesday 21 July 2015


Weather

  • After a week with stormy weather (not much rain and plenty of sun though) the wind has died down considerably. These past few days we could already dive safely at Racha Yai, yesterday we could also go safely again to Phi Phi.

Monday 13 July 2015


Weather

  • The first few days of the month were very nice, but at the moment we're having a very strong wind. So strong that the Marine Office has ordered all tour boats to stay on shore.

Tuesday 7 July 2015


Weather

  • The weather in Juni was very calm: plenty of sun, not too hot and there was not much wind, so excellent diving conditions.

Thursday 2 July 2015


Weer en duiken

  • Still lovely weather here in June with almost no wind. Excellent diving conditions with nearly no divers around.
  • Yesterday I found two new seahorses at Anemone Reef.

Sunday 28 June 2015


New schedule

  • The new schedule of Daranee has been published.

Wednesday 24 June 2015


Special Trip

  • We have a special trip on 21 August on Scuba Adventure: 4 days/3 nights, 15 dives, to the South Andaman divesites: Phi Phi, Shark Point area etc. 18,000 Baht per person.

Wednesday 17 June 2015


Special Offers and new wreck

  • Dove at the new wreck at Phi Phi for the first time yesterday. At 45 meters a small wreck so not suitable for big groups of divers and visibility wasn't very good, but the wreck is really nice, corals are starting to grow, quite a few penetration options and many, many fish including a nice school of batfish.
  • Our special offers (50% discount on equipment rental and 5% discount on all liveaboard bookings) are still applicable.

Monday 15 June 2015


Special Offers

  • 50% discount on all rental equipment for all trips until 30 September.
  • 5% discount on all liveaboard bookings made and confirmed before 30 September.

Thursday 4 June 2015


Weather

  • The weather in May was calm: it felt hot and there was not much wind, so excellent diving conditions.

Tuesday 2 June 2015


Marine life

  • Many black tip reef sharks at Koh Bida Nok at the moment.
  • I could not find the seahorses at Anemone Reef yesterday, hope it was just me and they have not disappeared.

Wednesday 27 May 2015


New schedules

Friday 22 May 2015


Certificate of Excellence

  • Because of the consistent high quality of our services we have been awarded the Certificate of Excellence over 2015 by TripAdvisor.

Wednesday 20 May 2015


Marine life

  • We saw two mating moray eels at Koh Doc Mai a few days ago, something I had never seen before.
  • We found a turtle trapped in a fishing cage at Banana Rock (Racha Noi). We removed the cage, but unfortunately it was too late to save the turtle.

Saturday 9 May 2015


Weather

  • The weather in April was as it is supposed to be: hot and not much wind, so excellent diving conditions.

Sunday 3 May 2015


Last trip of the season

  • Departure on Manta Queen III on May 7 for 4 days/4 nights to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.

Monday 27 April 2015


Weather

  • At the moment the wind is changing from east to west. This means plenty of sun with on occassion in the afternoon some wind gusts and a rain shower.

Friday 24 April 2015


Last minute offers and new schedules

  • We have new last minute offers on Deep Andaman Queen. Two trips, departure on April 16 and 20 for 4 days/4 nights to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.
  • The new schedules of Panunee and The Junk have been published.

Saturday 11 April 2015


MV DiveRACE

  • We have a new boat in our selection, MV DiveRACE. The most comfortable and luxurious boat sailing in the area, with trips to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock and also regular trips to Burma (Myanmar). Finally there is a boat again offering good value for the guests that want to be pampered endlessly.

Friday 10 April 2015


Last minute offer

  • We have a last minute offer on White Manta. Departure on April 24th for 4 days/4 nights to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.

Thursday 9 April 2015


Last minute offers

  • We have last minute offers on Manta Queen I and Manta Queen II. Departure on respectively April 10 for 4 days/4 nights Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock and April 11 for 3 days/3 nights to Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock, now per person 18,900 Baht including equipment rental.

Wednesday 8 April 2015


Hallelujah, the underpass is open

  • It has taken some time, even the final adjustments have taken three months, but the underpass at Central Festival is finally open to traffic. Work has been going on there since November 2012 en the underpass has three lanes, one in both directions and the third that allows traffic in one direction depending on traffic conditions. Work on the underpass at Tesco Lotus are not resulting in any delays at the moment, so this is a vast improvement for the traffic on the island.
  • The new schedule of Hallelujah has been released. A big, spacious and comfortable boat offering 4 day trips to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. We are taking a few days break each month to keep up maintenance on the boat and making sure that she stays at the highest standard possible through out the season.

Monday 6 April 2015


Dolphin Queen and Similan Explorer

  • The new schedules of Dolphin Queen and Similan Explorer have been released. Two boats for the budget traveler that offer flexibility with several cabin options and 3, 4 and 5 day trips to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock and 5 day trips to Burma (Myanmar).

Saturday 4 April 2015


Last minute offer

  • Want to dive Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock without diving the Similans? Join us on April 7th on Manta Queen II. 3 days/3 nights in a 2-person cabin for 18,000 Baht including equipment rental.

Friday 3 April 2015


Last minute offer

  • We have a last minute offer on Scuba Adventure. Departure on April 5th for 4 days/4 nights to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock, now from 20,000 Baht.

Thursday 2 April 2015


Last minute offer and weather

  • We have a last minute offer on White Manta. Departure on April 12th for 4 days/4 nights to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.
  • March was a month as it is supposed to be: hot and sunny. We did have quite a few days with a moderate or strong wind though.

Wednesday 1 April 2015


Last minute offer

  • We have a last minute offer on Manta Queen V. Departure on April 1st for 3 days/3 nights to Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.

Sunday 29 March 2015


Andaman Tritan

  • The new schedule of Andaman Tritan, previously knows as DiveRace, has been released. This boat is a very good option for those who like some comfort but don't like to pay too much.

Wednesday 25 March 2015


Rain

  • It had been several months, but last monday I finally saw some rain again. Phuket was dry, but as is quite often the case it was more cloudy in the Khao Lak area, and even some rain, real rain, at Tap Lamu pier.

Wednesday 25 March 2015


Last minute offers

  • We have at the moment two last minute offers on Manta Queen III and Manta Queen II. Both departure on March 22nd, 4 days/4 nights to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock or 3 days/3 nights to Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.

Thursday 19 March 2015


Wind

  • Several months already we are experiencing a moderate or strong wind in the morning, which during the day dies down. But since a few days we finally have the traditional March and April weather: hot, sunny and nearly no wind.

Wednesday 18 March 2015


Water temperature

  • Finally, today on two of the three dives the water temperature was 29 degrees centigrade in stead of 28. Excellent warm again.

Monday 9 March 2015


Last minute offer on Panunee

  • We now have a last minute offer on Panunee. 4 days/5 nights to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock with departure on 10 April. Now 30,000 Baht per person, so 30% discount, still deluxe cabin and studio available.

Sunday 8 March 2015


Last minutes and sightings

  • We have 2 last minutes at the moment, both with a departure on March 13 for 4 days/4 nights to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock: Deep Andaman Queen, still several cabin types available, and Manta Queen III, still quad cabin available.
  • Guests who just returned from Oktavia made 4 dives at Koh Bon. And on all 4 they saw manta rays, plus on 3 of the dives a whaleshark.

Sunday 8 March 2015


Lovely diving at the moment

  • Really lovely diving at the moment. Seahorses and ghostpipe fish at Anemone Reef, ghostpipe fish at Koh Doc Mai and 30+ meters visibility at the King Cruiser wreck yesterday. Really exceptional.

Wednesday 4 March 2015


Exceptional dive at Kata Beach house reef

  • Yesterday I made an exceptional dive at our housereef here at Kata Beach. For starters visibility was good, which is not always the case. And besides that the reef was teeming with life, barracudas, nudibranchs, lionfish, scorpionfish, murays, a hermit crab and of course as always a lot of juvenile life and many hunting fish. But I had never before seen seven different cuttlefish on one dive, two of them courting.

Sunday 1 March 2015


Last minute offer on Manta Queen II

  • We now have a last minute offer on Manta Queen II. 3 days/3 nights to Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock with departure on 26 February. Now 15,900 Baht in a quad cabin, 18,900 Baht in a twin or double cabin, equipment rental included.

Saturday 21 February 2015


Special offer on Pawara, new boat schedules and manta ray

  • Book now and pay before 31 August and receive 10% discount on all trips between October 2015 and May 2016 on Pawara. 4 days/4 nights trips to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.
  • Again a manta ray sighting at Racha Noi.
  • At the moment several boats are releasing their schedules for the new season from October 2015 till May 2016.

Friday 20 February 2015


Last minute offer on White Manta

  • We now have a last minute offer on White Manta. 5 days/5 nights, first to Hin Daeng and Hin Muang, followed by Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock with departure on 25 February. Now 20% discount, still several cabin types available with prices starting at 38,400 Baht.

Tuesday 17 February 2015


Reef clean-up and visibility

  • Marc and Leatitia decided to memorate the final day of their Phuket visit with a reef clean up at our housereef in Kata Beach. Much appreciated guys.
  • After a few days of green water and really bad visibility everything is back to normal again: at least 20 meters visibility at the Racha islands today.

Wednesday 11 February 2015


Remora and Manta Rays

  • Yesterday at Koh Doc Mai a remora decided to join us. First it attached itself to the tank of one of my guests, after that it stuck to my tank for 10 minutes or so.
  • Guests who returned from a Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock trip recently had 5 dives on which they saw manta rays.

Saturday 7 February 2015


Manta Ray

  • Again a manta ray at Racha Noi yesterday.

Thursday 5 February 2015


DiveRace

  • Diverace has had a small accident, leading it cancel some trips. First trip is again on 17 February.

Wednesday 4 February 2015


Weather

  • In January we experienced a stronger wind than usual and also at the moment we have more wind than we usually do. This eaffects especially the water temperature, which is noticeably lower than we're used to.
  • At this page an overview of the weather in January 2015.

Tuesday 3 February 2015


Last Minute offer on DiveRace

  • We now have a last minute offer on DiveRace. 4 days/4 nights to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock with departure on 2 February 2015. Now 20% discount, several cabin types still available.
  • The swimming pool we use is having a water leakage problem, which leads to a lower water level than usual. This unfortunately means I got a sunburn yesterday at the top of my head.

Tuesday 27 January 2015


End of season offers on Hallelujah

  • It looks like finally the underpass at Central Festival will be finished. It is closed at the moment for the final touchups, set to re-open again on 1 February 2015, so in one week. With the Tesco intersection causing no blocked traffic since the set up there was changed, going to and from the airport is smooth sailing.
  • The plans to start building a third underpass, this time at Chalong circle, are looking more and more set. This could cause some delays reaching Chalong Pier in the morning and leaving it again in the afternoon.

Saturday 24 January 2015


End of season offers on Hallelujah

  • With departure on April 8, 19 and 24 now a special end of season offer on Hallelujah. 4 days/4 nights to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock, 10% discount on the twin bed cabin, double bed cabin and VIP single bed cabin.
  • Again manta rays at Koh Tachai. It really looks like this season they have moved from Koh Bon to Koh Tachai.

Monday 19 January 2015


Last minutes on Deep Andaman Queen

  • On January 17 we have a last minute offer, 4 days/4 nights to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock: Deep Andaman Queen, 20% discount on several cabin types.
  • And also on January 22, 4 days/4 nights to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock on Deep Andaman Queen with 20% discount on several cabin types.

Thursday 15 January 2015


Manta ray

  • Yesterday a manta ray sighting at Racha Noi, only noticed when suddenly a big shadow passed.
  • Still excellent sunny weather, but we do quite often have a quite strong wind. Yesterday morning we were not able to go to Racha Noi for the first dive of the day, only for the second dive we were able to go there.
  • On January 17 we have a last minute offer, 4 days/4 nights to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock: Manta Queen III, still space available in a quad cabin.

Tuesday 13 January 2015


High Season Weather

  • It looks like finally also high season weather has arrived. Already a few days now we're having fully sunny days and no rain at all.

Sunday 11 January 2015


2 last minute offers and other news

  • With departure on January 13 we have at the moment two last minute offers, both for 4 days/4 nights to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock: Diverace and Hallelujah.
  • Last week two Phuket dive centers were closed by the local administration. One on Racha Yai, nobody will shed a tear about that one, and Subaqua here in Karon, Phuket because of deficiencies in the company registration. And that is a pity, Subaqua was one of the divecenters here that conducted decent courses and gave honest information to the guests.

Saturday 10 January 2015


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Saturday 10 January 2015

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