20% off plus free nitrox plus free equipment

Thailand Liveaboard Special OfferAnother fabulous special offer for any diver who can drop what they are doing and go diving at the last minute.

20% off Deep Andaman Queen liveaboard.

4 days 4 nights to the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

  • 20-24 October 2014.
  • 25-29 October 2014.

Discounted prices start at 24,000 baht per diver.

Plus you get free rental dive equipment and nitrox certified divers get free nitrox fills.

Boat details here: www.easydivethailand.com/deep-andaman-queen/

Contact us for full details and booking. Email info@easydivethailand.com or call +66 (0)81 2727556

 

 

20% Off the Junk Similan liveaboard

Phuket liveaboard in JuneThis is an amazing offer. Book and pay for a 2014-15 season trip on the Junk before 31 October and get 20% off!

  • Twin/Double cabins:
    55,600 baht per diver 69,500 baht per diver.
    You save 13,900 baht per diver
  • Triple share cabins:
    39,600 baht per diver 49,500 baht per diver.
    You save 9,900 baht per diver
  • Four share cabins:
    31,600 baht per diver 39,500 baht per diver.
    You save 7,900 baht per diver

Offer subject to space availability. Please contact us for details.

Schedule and itinerary here: www.easydivethailand.com/the-junk/

Citizen Scientist Diver

If you are lucky enough to encounter a reef shark, whale shark or manta ray while diving in Thailand why not add your sighting to the data already collected by other citizen scientist divers and help the scientific community to learn more about these amazing creatures and aid with conservation efforts.

It costs you nothing to contribute your sighting and submit a photo.Citizen Scientist diver

Wildbook is a global visual identification database for whale shark sightings which uses pattern recognition software to record encounters with individual whalesharks: http://www.whaleshark.org/

Manta Matcha is an offshoot of the Wildbook for whalesharks database that is developing a global database of shared data for manta ray encounters. Manta rays are migratory and this database will help to itentify their movement patterns. Manta ray markings on their underside are as individually distinctive as fingerprints are in humans. http://www.mantamatcher.org/

The Thailand eShark Project by Shark Guardian is a Thailand only shark sightings data base that aims to raise awareness about the declining numbers of sharks in Thai waters and work towards creating shark sanctuaries to protect sharks. Anyone can contribute after each dive you make, even if you don’t see any sharks. Zero sightings are important too as they help to record the frequency of sightings. http://www.sharkguardian.org/thailand-eshark-project/

Richelieu Rock day trip from Phuket

Richelieu Rock day trip from PhuketDiving day trip from Phuket to Richelieu Rock

Available from November to April 3  times per week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

2 dive day trip by fast catamaran. Numbers limited to 16 divers so book early to get a place.

Price: 6,100 baht plus 600 baht national park fees

Price includes dive guide, tanks and weights, lunch, drinking water and soft drinks on board. Nitrox tanks are free of charge.

Equipment rental is 500 baht per set

Richelieu Rock day trips are for certified divers only, when booking please advise your dive certification, number of logged dives and date of last dive. Please also tell us if you need to rent dive equipment or want to dive nitrox.

Richelieu Rock day trip from PhuketItinerary:
Pick ups from Patong hotels (Kata, Karon, Patong areas) start at 6.00am. It’s about a two hour drive from Phuket to the boat pier at Ban Nam Kem (north of Khao Lak). Coffe and a snack will be waiting for you there in case you missed breakfast.
08:30am Boat departure from Nam Kem Pier
10:00am Dive 1
11:00am Lunch on the boat. Relax on the sun deck
12.45pm Dive 2
15:15pm Arrival back at Nam Kem Pier and transfer back to Phuket
You should be back at your hotel around 5.30-6.00pm depending on location and traffic.

Richelieu Rock day trips are also available from Khao Lak.

Similan Islands, Koh Bon and Koh Tachai day trips are also available from Phuket.

*****Dive sites are subject of change depending on weather conditions.

Richelieu Rock day trip dive boatRichelieu Rock day trip dive boat

 

 

Similan National Park opens 15 October

similan islands diving seasonAre you ready to go diving?

The Similan Islands diving season starts when the national park opens on 15 October. The first dive boat departs in the morning of the 15th for 3 days 2 nights. You can book your cabin on South Siam 3 here.

Or there is a 4 day 4 night trip departing in the evening. Book your place on Deep Andaman Queen here.

Free equipment and free nitrox on Similan liveaboard

OktaviaA quick reminder that you can get free rental dive equipment and free nitrox (for nitrox certified divers) on any Oktavia liveaboard trip until 16 November.

ได้รับอุปกรณ์การดำน้ำฟรีค่าเช่าและ Nitrox ฟรีในการเดินทางใด ๆ การเรียนดำ Oktavia จนถึง 16 พฤศจิกายน

These are 4 day 4 night trips to the Similan Islands and Koh Bon

The price is 23,000 baht per diver in a standard cabin or 29,000 baht per diver in the huge master cabin with private en-suite bathroom.

Available dates are:

23-27 Oct 14
28 Oct-1 Nov 14
2-6 Nov 14
7-11 Nov 14
12-16 Nov

 

RIB charter special offer

Phuket RIB charter

Dolphin 7.8m fast RIB

Private Half Day (5 hours) RIB charter from Phuket to Khai Islands or to Phang Nga bay.

These 7.8m fast RIBS travel at 35 knots! They are the most fun way to island hop around Phuket.

Special offer until 31 October: Private charter price 15,000 baht. (reduced from 22,400 baht)

That price is for 6 passengers and includes skipper and crew, water, soft drinks, snacks, snorkeling equipment use and Phuket land transfers to Ao Por Grand Marina.

Not included are national park fees of 200 baht per person.

You can add extra passengers up to a maximum of 10 for 2,500 baht extra per person.

Note that for safety reasons children under 7 years old are not allowed on board.

Book now for 2015

Special OffersNow is the time to book your 2015 Thailand liveaboard.

Boats are filling up quickly for the Jan, Feb, March peak diving season. Booking now guarantees your cabin and you can also save money by taking advantage of some early booking offers.

For example, luxury liveaboard Diva Andaman offers 5% discount for bookings made and paid 6 months in advance. Deep Andaman Queen offers free nitrox on all dives for bookings made 3 months in advance.

Ask us about other early bird discounts.

Flying after diving

Flying after divingEvery diver who takes a dive certification course is taught that flying too soon after diving gives an increased risk of decompression sickness (DCS) due to the reduced pressure at altitude facilitating the faster release of nitrogen bubbles into the body. As guidelines can change and it may be a while since you took your Open Water course it’s worth a reminder.

Current PADI suggestions for flying after diving are:

Within the No-Decompression Limits:

  • Single Dives: A minimum pre-flight surface interval of 12 hours is suggested.
  • Repetitive Dives and/or Multi-Day Dives: A minimum pre-flight surface interval of 18 hours is suggested.

For Dives requiring decompression stops:

  • A minimum pre-flight surface interval of greater than 18 hours is suggested.

So if you are taking a diving liveaboard vacation you should plan flights for at least 18 hours after diving, many divers wait 24 hours. Most liveaboards to the Similan and Surin islands do 2 or 3 dives on the final day of the trip with the last dive finishing around lunchtime which means you will need to allow one more night before you fly out of Phuket, or else skip the last day diving. Please check with us if you are unsure of the boat’s itinerary. All of today’s dive computers calculate the time until you can fly starting automatically from the moment you surface from your dive.

It is also worth noting that an adequate surface interval is just one of the factors in reducing the risks of decompression illness. Other factors include diving within safe limits, ascending slowing, performing safety stops, being generally fit and healthy to dive and staying well hydrated.

It is allowable to dive after flying without waiting any length of time however DAN Europe has this to say about diving after prolonged flights:

“Diving after prolonged flying may also be relatively risky, considering the tiredness, the change in time zones and especially the very frequent dehydration and upper respiratory tract dryness that accompanies prolonged flights. The position of DAN is to advice a period of at least 12 (better 24) hours after the flight, with appropriate rest, nutrition and re hydration, before diving.” (source)

Move to Paradise with the BBC

Wanted in ParadiseAttention all British divers! Are you considering packing in the nine to five and moving to Thailand to “work” as a dive instructor? Want to follow your dreams but not sure if the reality is all it seems to be? Why not take a trial run at living and working in paradise at the expense of the BBC?

The BBC is looking for Brits over 18 years old to appear on a new show called Wanted in Paradise and Thailand is one of the countries on their list of paradise destinations. You must be seriously considering a move abroad and it must be a genuine possibility for you. You’ve got until 31 October to convince the Beeb that they should send you Thailand.

This from the BBC website:

Wanted in Paradise | BBC Two
Are you seriously thinking about a permanent move to an exotic location?
Are you sure it’s the right thing to do?
Would you like to road-test the life you’ve dreamed of before committing for good?
BBC Two is making a new series about Brits who are seriously considering a move to an exotic location, such as any destination in the Caribbean; the Maldives; Belize; The Seychelles; Thailand; Malaysia; Costa Rica…
We’re looking for families to road-test their dream life in paradise and be part of this new television series. You’ll get the opportunity for genuine research, to see what it’s really like to live and work in this exotic location before deciding if it’s definitely for you forever.
Perhaps you’ve started the process of relocating or perhaps you’re just seriously thinking of jacking it all in for sunnier climes. No matter what stage you are at, we would like to speak to you.

To apply
Phone: 0117 974 6666
Email: wantedinparadise@bbc.co.uk