Non U.K. Dives

Malta Part 1

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After one of our usual Friday evening dives, we were sitting in the bar chatting about diving and diving related things. Darren had recently got back from Malta and Neil really liked the idea of going. A few others had expressed an interest in going too, I was interested but had already a lot of weekends booked away and would go if it didn’t clash. A few weeks later I saw a post on a diving forum with a list of names, after checking my diary I added mine. We all met up after another dive and paid for the flights and accommodation, the diving would be paid directly to the dive centre. read more →

Phuket Local Dives

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Dive 1 – Koh Pu, East Side

Lying on the western coast of Phuket is the island of Koh Pu, translated as crab island, Koh being island, as in Koh Phuket, Koh Samui etc. The island lies about 1 mile offshore from Kata Beach. read more →

Saturation Monday – Thai Style

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After my trip to Anemone Reef and Sharkpoint I fancied going to the islands of Racha Yai or Racha Noi, sometimes referred to as Raya instead of Racha. I had dived both islands before and there has always been fewer dive boats around. I went to my normal dive shop and asked if they had anything going there. Saturation Monday I was told would go to both islands; 4 dives in one day. I like the sound of that so I booked it. I wondered what the Thai interpretation of ‘Saturation’ would be though. read more →

3 Dive Day Trip, King Cruiser, Shark Point & Koh Doc Mai

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Today was going to be the last of my diving in Thailand for this trip and I was to be accompanied by Sharky and Neville once again. We were picked up from our accommodation at 7:40. I don’t like early mornings really, especially when I am on Holiday. We were taken to the pier at Chalong and then transferred to the boat, Calypso. It was the same boat I had dived on for the Saturation Monday, except this time Mick was working. Mick took us through the usual boat briefing then we kitted up before leaving the protection of the harbour. read more →

Anemone Reef & Sharkpoint

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We had arrived back from the Similan trip just two days ago, my travelling companions were in no rush to get back in the water, but I was. Having been to Thailand seven times previously and logged over two hundred dives there, I was surprised when going through my log that I had never dived Anemone Reef. Anemone Reef was famous for being the reef that the ship King Cruiser struck, it holed one of the catamarans hulls, which caused it to sink. read more →

Similan Epilogue

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The Similan Islands certainly do live up to their name as a world class dive site, including the islands of Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. The range of underwater life is varied and interesting, the sites are diversified but not too challenging. The most challenging thing is the amount of dives on a trip like this, nineteen dives in 5 days is more likely to challenge your fitness than your diving ability. I enjoyed all the diving, as did everyone else on the boat, the crew were friendly and helpful and the boat was pleasant enough. read more →

Similan Liveaboard – Day 5

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It was our last day of diving on this trip. I remember having so many different feelings at once, I was feeling sad that it was our last day, I was looking forward to the last three dives, I had mentioned the sites I was interested in, and they happened to be the ones we were doing, I was looking forward to dry land, a decent nights sleep and real Thai food. read more →

Similan Liveaboard – Day 4

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We were now heading back towards Phuket, three days of solid diving done and only two more to go. Everyone on the boat was friendly enough, and by now we knew each others names and would have conversations about all sorts of things and not just diving. Even after twelve dives everyone was still looking forward to the next one. For some reason I was up early, so was nearly everyone else, all drinking tea or coffee and eating toast, when it was time for the briefing everyone was already there. read more →

Similan Liveaboard – Day 3

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Richelieu Rock

Today for me was going to be the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Thailand’s diving, three dives on Richelieu Rock. Richelieu was our most northerly dive site on this trip, located east of Koh Surin at 09 218N 98 013E. It has a pinnacle that breaks the surface at low tide, other than that it is in the open seas. My previous visits to Richelieu have always been very productive when it comes to photography, it is covered with life of all shapes and sizes, hopefully thing hadn’t changed. I even changed the memory card in my camera so I had plenty of space. read more →

Similan Liveaboard – Day 2

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After a decent nights sleep I was up bright and early, assembling my camera after charging the batteries and re-greasing the ‘O’ rings. I took it up to the briefing deck and got some tea and toast, this would become a habit I’m afraid. read more →