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Travel Story, scuba diving in Thailand, Phuket, Similan islands, Koh Bon and Richelieu Rock. James Bond Island and elefant driving in the nationaal park of Khao Sok.

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Dive Trip Report Thailand, Phuket, Similan islands, Koh Bon and Richelieu Rock

Sunday 28 February 2010

From Bussels to Thailand - Phuket with XL Airways France

After a delay of approximately an hour we took off around 18.00pm in Brussels with XL Airways France direction Thailand - Phuket to go scuba diving. Unfortunately, we had to turnaround to Paris after 2 hours, because of a technical defect in the plane. The explanation that was provided in English and French gave notification of a light anomaly, but in the Dutch version was spoken about a serious problem. After the emergency landing in Paris (the base of XL Airways France) was also said that solving the problem of the technical fault would take approximately 3 hours. We all had to stay at our seats, waiting in peace. This was not so evident, knowing that XL Airways France actually is a charter airline with a very tight seating area. In the meantime (after approximately 4 hours of traveling) we still hadn't been served any food and our stomachs started to rumble. After about an hour's work, we were suddenly told that the problem couldn't be restored immediately and we would have to spend the night in a hotel in Paris. The luggage however would remain underneath the aircraft. We got off the plane and were dumped at a terminal. There we had to wait endlessly, for the buses that transported us to the hotel. The mass of course started to murmur more and more; especially because of the fact that the communication from XL Airways about the continuation of the rest of our trip was far to seek. More than 300 stranded passengers stayed at the Novotel. We arrived there around 23.30pm to hear they unfortunately didn't serve food at that time. We went on board around noon and hadn't eaten anything since. The airline didn't provide us with any nutriments! Also, the promise of XL Airways France that all necessities would be available in the hotel appeared to be a lie . Except for the shampoo and shower gel, our room had no other facilities. A toothbrush for example would have been useful.

Monday 1 March 2010

No communication from XL Airways France

The next morning we were able to enjoy the breakfast buffet at the Novotel, but there was still no communication from XL Airways about the retrieve of our trip. Among the passengers there were various rumours that at 09.00am, buses should be ready to take us back to the airport. After some research from our side (because there was Nobody of XL Airways Francepresent to escort the whole evacuation) we found the buses that transported us to Charles De Gaulles. Once arrive, there was still none of XL Airways France to accompany us! Also, our flight wasn't listed on the flight charts. Eventually we found our gate and took off around 12.00pm, in the direction of Thailand - Phuket. After a flight of 10 hours and 30 minutes, we landed at the airport early in the morning of Thailand - Phuket. Due to this small faulty we lost almost 24 hours. XL Airways France offers a low cost (545 Eur) and direct flight to Thailand - Phuket, but because of their amateurish approach, non-communication and very limited leg- and moving space, this airline, is certainly not highly recommended!!!!!

Tuesday 2 March 2010

Transfer in Thailand - Phuket to Kata Beach

We landed around 06.30am in Thailand - Phuket when the transfer van to the hotel thankfully awaits. After an hour's drive we arrived at the hotel, Kata Palm Resort and Spa, which is an oasis of tranquillity in the middle of the busy centre of Kata Beach. The lobby, the rooms, the swimming pool, everything looked exactly as the photos of the website. The staff was very friendly and the service amazing. After unpacking the suitcases, we took place at the beach chairs and enjoyed a day of rural tranquillity at the pool to recover from our hectic trip. At night, we looked for our dive centre to discuss our following dive trips, but unfortunately they were already closed. Afterwards we enjoyed our first delicious Thai meal, thoroughly.

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Wednesday 3 March 2010

First dive on Kata Beach in Phuket

After a extensive breakfast, we went to Kata Beach in Phuket, where we lay down on one of the numerous cots. We weren't fully installed yet, but sellers took their chance on selling something straight away. Prey of the day: 3 pareos, a mini broom to keep the beach chair sand free, a manicure set, 2 bandanas (to prevent our heads from combustion during the diving) and 4 hair bows. The commerce of Thailand - Phuket is fully running thanks to the tourism! The haggling is a true art. Most sellers give you a far too high starting price. After which it's your turn to tell them what would want to pay (approximately 1/3 of their starting price), to eventually end the final selling price somewhere in between. If you don't rule this game, you'll pay way too much.

When it got too hot on the beach (average 34 to 36°C) we cooled down in the Andaman Sea, which, with its 29°C still was pretty hot.

In the afternoon, it was time for the first dive on Kata Beach in Phuket Thailand. During this dive, we saw the following: Cube boxfish, Durban dancing shrimps, cuttlefish, lion fish, blue crown sea star, scorpion fish, pipe fish, harlequin fish, murenes, e.a.

Thursday 4 March 2010

Our cruiseboot the M.V. Nautica in Thailand

At 15.30pm we got picked up from our hotel Kata Palm Resort and Spa In Phuket Thailand for a 2-hour drive to the port of Taplemu, where our boat the M.V. Nautica, with which we dived, is based. The dive crew of Www.moby-dick-adventures.com arrived on the boat and we were all welcomed with a non-alcoholic drink and given a briefing on the boat rules and told how the cabin bedrooms were divided. One of the main rules before and after the diving is to drink plenty of water and always use plenty of sunscreen. We mingle with our fellow passengers and tried to remember everyone's name. Our total came to the lucky number 13: 5 of us, from Belgium, 2 from the UK, 2 from Canada, 2 from the USA and 2 from Denmark. Subsequently we checked all our scuba gear and got ready to go scuba diving, followed by unpacking our other luggage in our cabin. Nitrox for the diving was available in the, by our required oxygen rates. This was great, as we could make the most of our diving in a safe way. When the kitchen bell rang, dinner got served. This was a delicious Thai meal in buffet form. When the boat set off towards the dive sites, we toasted with a tradition; fireworks in order to expel evil spirits. Subsequently we chatted about e.g. diving, got acquainted with the rest of the passengers while enjoying a drink. Around 23.00pm everyone went to their cabin for the first night on the sea. This way, we could safe and fresh start our diving holiday.

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Friday 5 March 2010

Bad dive briefing experience

Since the first dive briefing took place at 07.00am already, we were woken at 06.45am. An extremely early rise!

The first and main briefing for scuba diving wasn't done properly. Duke B. Vince, our PADI Cruise Director / Tour Leader, wanted to impose his own opinion and didn't listen to our questions and comments in regards to diving and safety. The briefing was also very unstructured and he didn't know what the current was like, for example. How can diving be safe this way? We also had to indicate the number of bar that was present in our bottles with 2 hands. We answered that with our photo and film material during the dive, we'd only have one hand free, so proposed to show the spare-character with a X-number of fingers, when we'd be on less than half a bottle. Duke didn't agree with our proposal and wiped any argument of the table. In terms of safety, there was only said to stay close to your buddy, the loss procedure and the 5-meter safety stop. When we asked about the oxygen, first aid, emergency services, etc. Duke seemed fairly unhappy with this question. Such questions apparently don't only put off (holiday)Divers, but also PADI instructors prefer not to speak about this matter. If his eyes were bullets, it would have been very likely I wouldn't have been able to write this anymore. The other team members were all PADI Divers, 4 on a very low level (OW) and 3 (AOW) who had some hot water diving experience. Duke therefore especially walked around with his PADI-book and was mainly interested in selling them dive certifications of the PADI training with a very short diving time (max. 30 minutes) on a lower recreational level.

We dived with nitrox and Duke explicitly wanted to show us how to measure the Nitrox dive bottle. He had however seen my Advanced Nitrox Instructor CMAS card. We also wanted to measure the oxygen percentage of our nitrox mixture with our own oxygen analyser. If 2 different Oxygen analysers come to the same results, you can assume that the measured oxygen percentage is correct. In other words, it's much safer than when measuring with just one oxygen analyser. Duke however showed us not to be fond of using our own equipment.

In addition, Paul, the PADI Diver from England, also requested Nitrox. He didn't bring his own nitrox analyser, because they're usually available at the diving school. Our dive leader Duke however, also here expressed a lot of comment, because 'a Nitrox diver nevertheless, always brings an analyser him- or herself!'

Duke showed very little (to no) interested in our group. Thus, before and after every dive, we looked up information about our diving sites ourselves (description, fishing, vegetation, interesting locations, ...) in the books on board. This, so we could make the most of our dive and write down all the details in our dive books.

Also, our female snorkelers were largely abandoned to their fate: despite the current, they had to jump in without security line, weren't followed up by the on-board staff and they had to swim back to the ship on their own, as the shipper didn't responded to their signal to pick them back up.

For the sake of these unprofessional briefings (according to CMAS standards this isn't even worth a 2-star diver quality). The above anecdotes, his arrogant attitude and way of communicating, the creation of a certain feeling of insecurity, etc. we could only conclude that our dive leader and Padi instructor Duke B. Vince wasn't worth his title and position. We sent in our disapproval to the organising diving school and in the meantime have been informed that Duke is no longer part of the staff on the cruiseboot M.V. Nautica!

The following dive sites in Thailand were part of our scuba diving trip on the Similan Islands: Anitas reef, East of Eden and Donald Duck bay

Dive site Anitas reef - Similan Islands

A sandy bottom with sand eels and blue spotted stingrays, here and there rocks covered with different types of coral. This were several large Morays, glass fish, snappers, Juv, butterfly fish, scorpion fishes, lizard fish, soldier fish, lion fish, schools of yellow back fusiliers fish, Moorish idol, Madagascar butterfly fish, damselfish Malabar grouper, giant clam, formosa stag horn coral, spring star and blue sea star.

Dive site East of Eden - Similan Islands

Large sweet lips, seabreams, a lot of clown fishes, lots of sea fans, blue bell tunicate, emperor angel fish, yellowfin goat fish, angel fish, royal angel fish, moorish idol, Madagascar butterfly fish, damselfish, gobies, powder blue surgeonfish, yellowtail trigger fish, zigzag oyster, giant fan coral, knotted fan coral, spiral black coral, table coral, spring star and very large sea cucumbers (bêches de mer).

Dive site Rocky Point - Similan Islands

Masked porcupine fish, common porcupine fish, grouper, varicose big wart slug, giant clam, zigzag oyster, thorny oyster, table coral, lobed pore coral, leafy crater coral, spring star and very large sea cucumbers (bêches de mer).

Dive site Donald Duck bay - Similan Islands

Unicorn Fish, white spotted boxfish, black spotted pufferfish, masked porcupine fish, banded boxer shrimp, malabar grouper, table coral, spring star, very large sea cucumbers (bêches de mer) and blue crown sea star.

Saturday 6 March 2010

The following dive sites in Thailand were part of our scuba diving trip on the Similan Islands: Beacon reef Wreck Atlantis X and Koh Bon Ridge Bay

Dive site Beacon reef Wreck Atlantis X - Similan Islands

On the dive site Beacon reef Wreck, is the Rareung Chon wreck, known as Atlantis X is a small wooden wreck of which the screw lies on 30 meters deep and the stem on 15 meters. Unfortunately, there's little fish to spot while diving. The boat sunk in 2002 because of bad weather conditions and a defective bilge pump. All passengers on board were rescued by fishing boats that were in the vicinity.

Dive site Koh Bon Ridge Bay

During the dive on the dive site Koh Bon Ridge Bay, there was a strong current with plankton, but the visibility on Koh Bon Ridge Bay was reasonably well: a Leopard Shark swam up from the depth, but disappeared as quick as it was there. A turtle, trevallies, lion fish, soft corals and anemone fish were also present. Remarkable was the water temperature differences and vertical barriers while diving. At some places, you could literally put your hand in a cold water wall. In these places, where the cold and warm currents clash, we had a very blurry sight; something that can occur in countries on days with a high temperature.

Dive site Koh Bon Bay Ridge

Just after we entered the water on the dive site Koh Bon Ridge Bay, two large mantas swam upon us. I was the first to have a peak under water and so to witness the mantas, to directly inform the others. Some responded immediately and saw them as well. Others were unfortunately too late and had to do it with the extensive photo and film material. Afterwards we hung at a rock on 12 meters' depth for about 30 minutes hoping the mantas would come back, but that was unfortunately in vain.

Sunday 7 March 2010

The following dive sites in Thailand were part of our scuba diving trip: Richelieu Rock end Koh Bon Ridge Bay

Dive site Richelieu Rock

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The dive site Richelieu Rock is a rock formation of which the tip at low water is visible. In the event of high water this tip disappears all the way down to the sea line. Without too much hassle, you can dive here on 30 to 35 meters deep.

Attention: when diving, the current is average to very strong. Bear in mind that you'll need to go a bit deeper to protect yourself from the current, in some places. Nevertheless, I had a little incident here. As I couldn't equalize my ears at the start of the dive, I gave the others a sign to tell them I needed to break off. Within 3 minutes I was back at the surface, but our boat apparently left already and sailed to the other side of the reef, instead of drifting on the current, as agreed. Due to the strong current, I was unable to get back to the boat on my own strengths and I could only perform a delay manoeuvre, to avoid drifting off.

When I signalled our boat to show I was experiencing trouble, there was totally no respond. Also, the other boats that were closer and I was trying to reach didn't response to my emergency signal. At a given moment, I started to scream and lightened my very heavy flash light to an approaching boat. In the end, after the closer coming boat noticed me, they sent their zodiac to pick me up and drop me back at the private boat. In a fairly short time I drifted off for 1 to 2 km and didn't see any boats anywhere close by!

I was lucky. An hour later some extreme waves played up. There where I got up at the beginning of the dive, it would have taken another hour for they would have noticed that I was missing. Due to the waves and the far drift a search would have been virtually impossible.

All of this incident brought me to the following conclusions: If during the briefing insufficient information about the diving conditions and how you should be diving is provided, you'll need to consult your dive leader with insistence and ask them for further details of e.g. the current directions, general safety, emergency procedures, the way in which divers get back on the boat, etc. Also, always use your own and well maintained (quality) material! The OSB which they had given us on board, appeared to contain a small fit, causing the OSB couldn't stay upright in the water and you had to continuously blow in extra air, until it ultimately ruptured. If they don't follow their own briefing during the dives, you'll still be easily spotted (boat that moved instead of drift to continue as agreed).

At the second dive of the day we saw the following: 3 black saddle groupers, resting on the bottom, coral groupers compressed, sepia or cuttle fish that were eating, harlequin shrimps, pipe fish, anemone fish, very large schools of snappers and soft corals.

Unfortunately, we missed the whale shark. The way the diving was done, didn't really lend itself for it. But in this, we had no say. The whale shark is an animal that often swims to the surface. In addition, the dorsal fin regularly comes above water. It's therefore better to spot the fish first, then drop the divers to not disturb the animal. If you were to spot a whale shark in a different way, you'd be very lucky! Additional to this location, it only had a visibility of 10 meters (the deeper, the worse it got).

Around the afternoon, the sea got rougher and white heads, irascible foam and a reasonable wave stroke. We therefore needed to make the wise decision to go to a more secluded area for our third dive. We went back to Koh Bon Bay Ridge dangers hoping to, again, spot some mantas. This place provided a safe and nice afternoon for our snorkelers as well, as snorkelling on Richelieu Rock was impossible, due to the strong current and extreme depth.

Dive site Koh Bon Ridge Bay

The long return trip to the dive site Koh Bon Ridge Bay proved to be the right decision because we saw 5 mantas!

Monday 8 March 2010

The following dive sites in Thailand were part of our scuba diving trip: Boon Sung Wreck

Dive site Boon Sung Wreck

Poor visibility during the diving because of the very soft sandy soil and the many plankton that was present. If there are many divers at this dive site, the visibility will probably be even worse, due to the flaring sand and dust. This dive site is actually not really worth diving. There were many schools of fish present during the diving. The wreck is about 20 years old, broken into 6 pieces, distributed on the seabed, caused by the tsunami. The wreck was originally 30 meters long and 10 meters wide. Through the openings between the various wreckage, the current can easily change direction. This both on and around the wreck.

After this last dip, we got back on boat to sail towards the mainland. At 13.00pm, we arrived in the port and return with the mini-van back to Kata Palm Resort & Spa. Once arrived, we almost instantly dive in the refreshing swimming pool.

Tuesday 9 March 2010

Experiences of the diving excursion

In the morning, we pass by the diving school for a briefing about our experiences of the last diving excursion. Afterwards we thoroughly enjoyed a lazy day at our hotel swimming pool.

Wednesday 10 March 2010

Elephants in National park of Khao Sok and Sock River

At 07.15am we get picked up at the hotel for a trip to the national park of Khao Sok in Thailand. During the trip, we meet our guide Bert (or Bird?) who provides us with some background information. He tells us, he used to be a Buddhist monk, who after 10 years, couldn't resist the siren voices of the outside world any longer. He also saw that a person from our group was limping (caused by an incident during the dive cruise). He immediately grabbed his bottle of Tiger Balm and began to massage and drainage the swollen and blue outbreak on the foot. The effect of his Healing hands was almost instantly visible.

After a trip of about 2 hours we arrive in Khao Sok In Thailand. In the morning, we went on an elephant trip through the rain forest. However, it took half an hour for our departure. Our guide took the opportunity to massage the painful foot for a second round and subsequently the rest of the company takes a turn. We're all treated to a head, neck, shoulder and back massage. It doesn't feel always feel as great, but Bert knows exactly where our nerves and vertebrae are clenched and enthusiastically loosens these up. At the end of the massage, our neck and our ears get 'cracked'. A unique experience.

Then it's time to climb up the elephants. Per two we get lifted to the top of the elephant and placed in tiny seats. After that we start our trip through the green forest on a very low tempo. We get shaken thoroughly, because of the fairly bumpy trail. Those who want to, may also take place in the neck of the elephant. Halfway through the ride, the animals get a little break and treated to a refreshing wash by their carers. In the meantime, we can stretch your legs and take a short walk to the small waterfall, in which you can also swim. Subsequently we return to the point of departure, feed the animals some bananas and set off to our next destination. On the road, we briefly stop at a small host family to enjoy a simple but delicious Thai meal.

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The second part of our excursion is a canoe tour of about 8 kilometres to the Sock River in Thailand. Fortunately, we are guided by an experienced canoer and we don't need to do anything else than relax and enjoy this natural beauty with wide open mouth. Unfortunately, this is a piece of tropical rainforest and for the next ten minutes are treated to heavy showers. Of course, it creates a magical touch to the whole trip. After the canoe trip, we take place in our mini-vans, with wet pants and around 19.00pm get back to the hotel.

Thursday 11 March 2010

Dives in the middle of the Andaman Sea between Phuket and the Phi-Phi islands in thailand

Today we've got three dives planned. The dive sites are found in the middle of the Andaman Sea between Phuket and the Phi-Phi islands in Thailand and are accessible after a 2-hour boat trip. The water temperature is about 29°C with a visibility of 20 to 25 meters and a mild current. This day-dive-trip is 100% recommended!

We've scuba dived at the following dive sites:

Dive site Koh Doc Mai

Dive site Koh Doc Mai is a very beautiful drop-off to dive with a maximum of 33 meters' depth (if you allow yourself the oblique sandy bottom). You'll end with a more plateau-type place with blocks. We saw a lot of attractive colours and underwater life: bamboo shark, zebra Shark, various ghost flute fish and seahorses, frog fish and lots of coral.

Dive site Anemone reef

During the dives on the dive site anemone reef you can see beautiful colours and very many fish: nurse shark, zebra Shark, seahorses, numerous anemones with different types of reef fish, coral, etc.

Dive site Shark Point

Dive site Shark Point didn't show us any sharks, but once again a lot of coral, beautiful colours and diverse underwater life.

Friday 12 March 2010

James Bond island in the the north of Phuket Thailand

Today we take a trip to the north of Phuket Thailand, to the world famous 'James Bond island' (that was used as a location in 'Man with the golden gun'). At 07:30am we get picked up with the mini-van and dropped off at the port of Pang Gna. We take a large boat and reach the first stop after an hour of sailing. Here we step into a canoe. First, we sail through a dark as hell cave, surrounded by bats. At the end of the cave we must lay down in the boat, fully horizontally, to be able to sail through the tiny opening. Behind the rocks lies than a wonderful lagoon on which is home to a monkey colony. The bananas, brought on board, are quickly dispatched by the animals. We float around the lagoon, exploring all corners and crevices and then slowly make our return through the cave, back to the large boat.

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Then we sail through to the next rock party. We get back in the canoe and after paddling for a while we get the James Bond island in sight. It's a steep rock with vegetation that towers high above the water and results in a beautiful view.

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After lunch on the boat, we depart by long tail boat to an island to the east of Phuket where an Islamic fishing community, far from the inhabited world, resides in pole houses above the water. Unfortunately, here as well the commerce has struck and we see one after another touristy shop.

On the way back, we take a 30minute break in a bay, so that those who want to, can enjoy a refreshing dip. Subsequently, we set off to the mainland and get back to the hotel around 17.00pm.

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Saturday 13 March 2010

Diving of the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand

Our last day of diving takes place in the east of Phuket in the surroundings of the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand. Since the distance is too far (3 hours sailing per pass) we can only go for two dives here. The water is 30°C, the visibility only 10 to 15 meters and there is practically no current. The visibility on this dive site is very unpredictable. One day, it may be beautiful, the other rather limited. Although, what they call limited visibility in Thailand, is for Belgian divers still very good, especially if you were to compare it with the sight in the Oosterschelde or the North Sea. During the boat trip to the Phi Phi Islands, the sea was fairly fierce, but the sail back to Phuket ran very smooth.

Due to the fact that our dive location was a little further away from the touristy and heavenly Phi Phi, it was unfortunately impossible to go snorkelling.

We've scuba dived at the following dive sites:

Dive site Koh Bida Nok - Phi-Phi Island

During our dive on the dive site Koh Bida Nok - Phi-Phi Island, we saw, among other things, the following; Moorish banner fish, butterfly fish, Trumpet Fish, jacks and beautiful drop-off-like condition.

Dive site Koh Bidanai - Phi-Phi Island

Diving the dive site Koh Bidanai at Phi-Phi Island was a little disappointing. We saw several mantis shrimp, Trumpet Fish, jacks, Antler coral, rocks and a sandy bottom. As we were actually looking for sharks, we followed the sandy soil more, instead of the overgrown side. To our great regret, we didn't find any sleeping Zebra Sharks or nurse sharks, which this place is known for. After all, knowledge of the animals and their habitat habits isn't always enough. You also need a bit of luck!

Sunday 14 March 2010

Last day in Thailand - Phuket

Our last day in Thailand - Phuket is a real lazing and relaxing day: enjoying the last bit of sun, go for a swim, read a little, chat and the many happy hour, etc.

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Monday 15 March 2010

From Thailand - Phuket towards Brussels with XL Airways France

At 12.15pm we take off in Thailand - Phuket towards Brussels; the flight time is almost 13 hours. XL Airways France also lacks service on this return flight It takes the staff 7 rings on the bell, to finally send someone over. When we point this problem out to an accidentally passing steward, we had to insist to get a drink. In the end, we decide to just take a few bottles of water and cola from the drinks trolley to avoid getting dehydrated during the long flight. XL Airways France never again! We land at 19.20pm local time in Belgium. Our trip is over and the next day we start work, with our energy bars loaded.

Maps dive sites scuba diving Thailand - Phuket - Similan islands:

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Pictures - Photos scuba diving and landscape Thailand Phuket Andaman Sea:

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Pictures - Photos scuba diving in Thailand Phuket in the Andaman Sea:

Photos scuba diving in Thailand, Phuket, Simili and Surin Islands part 1
Photos scuba diving in Thailand, Phuket, Simili and Surin Islands part 2
Photos scuba diving in Thailand, Phuket, Simili and Surin Islands part 3

Pictures - Photos landscape of Thailand Phuket:

Photos pictures of elephants driving in the National park of Khao Sok and Sock River
Photos pictures of James Bond island in the the north of Phuket Thailand

Movies of scuba diving in Thailand Phuket, Similan islands, Koh Bon and Richelieu Rock:

Scuba diving in Thailand Phuket in the Andaman Sea on the dive site: Koh Doc Mai

Scuba diving in Thailand Phuket in the Andaman Sea on the dive site: Anemone reef

Scuba diving in Thailand Phuket in the Andaman Sea on the dive site: Shark point

Scuba diving in Thailand Phuket on Phi-Phi Island in the Andaman Sea on the dive site: Kob Bida Nok

Scuba diving in Thailand Phuket on Phi-Phi Island in the Andaman Sea on the dive site: Kob Bida Nai

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Useful info and contact addresses in Thailand Phuket:

Dive Centre in Thailand Phuket:

Phuket Scuba
53 Kate Kwan Road
Kata Beach
83100 Phuket
Tel. +66(0)76 284580
Fax. +66(0)76 284580
24x7 Hotline: +66(0)80 0408805
Mail: Info@thailand-scuba.com
Website: www.phuket-scuba.com

Our Dutch contact and advisory person Steven is a fair, very helpful, correct and cool guy. Communication with him, ran very friendly, quick and smooth. He provided us with very good help and regulated all the hassle of the delay of our plane, the reserved transport and hotel that had to be reconfirmed. After our return, he also took our complaints about the dive cruise and dive leader Duke B. Vince very seriously and passed these onto the umbrella organization. Apparently with a favourable result, as Duke is no longer employed at the Cruiseboot Nautica M.V!

Hotel Kata Palm Resort en Spa in Thailand - Phuket:

Kata Palm Resort en Spa
60 Kata Road, Muang,
Phuket 83100
Website: www.r24.org/phuket-scuba.com/phuket/katapalm/&cur=THB

Hyperbare centra in Thailand:

Hyperbaric Services of Thailand
44/1 Moo 5, Chalermprakiat Ror 9 Vichit
Muang, Phuket 83000
Phone: +66 (0)76 209 347
Fax: +66 (0)76 612 660
Please Note: Normal Clinic Hours are Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, THA, (+07 GMT)24 Hour Emergency Phuket Mobile Number: +66 (0)81 081 9000

Books with extensive explanation about the dive sites with dive maps and description of the Andaman Sea in Thailand as Similan, Richelieu Rock and Phi-Phi:

Dive sites West Andaman sea, Similan, Richelieu Rock
Website: www.pocketdivesite.com
Email: pocketdivesite@gmail.com
ISBN 974-94905-6-8
US$ 24,99

Dive sites South Andaman, Phi-Phi national park
Website: www.pocketdivesite.com
Email: pocketdivesite@gmail.com
ISBN 974-94171-5-1
US$ 24,99

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