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great deals on the junk and phinisi Diving Discounts & Special Offers

Save 25% On All Junk & Phinisi Trips 2020

Great offer for two very special boats! 25% of all remaining 2020 departures on the The Junk & Phinisi. A fantastic opportunity for Thai nationals, expats and the few who're eligible to return in the near future. Both boats will be running a few Southern Andaman trips to the Phi Phi and Racha Islands. From October the Similan and Surin islands will be open once again for diving and both boats will head to the North Andaman Sea. Souther [...]

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changing from padi to ssi is no problem The Archives

Are PADI And SSI Interchangeable?

The short answer is absolutely you can dive with a PADI dive shop if you're certified from lots of different agencies. We're all underwater brothers and sisters. So as long as you have proof of certification then you can dive at almost any location with anybody. In truth there is very little difference between any of the agencies. We all have to follow the same basic standards as set by the WRSTC (World Recreational Scuba Training Coun [...]

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Phuket PADI Advanced Open Water Adventure Dives The Archives

Advanced Open Water: Phuket Dive Options

An Advanced Open Water in Phuket gives plenty of adventure dive options. So it can be difficult choosing the right ones for you. Your experience level, chosen venue and conditions on the day can all help narrow down your choices. Deep and Navigation are compulsory dives on the PADI Advanced Open Water in Phuket or anywhere else. So that will leave you with three more adventure dives to complete the course. The Deep dive will take you t [...]

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Help Phuket's Coral Reefs The Archives

Eco Friendly Diving Phuket – How You Can Help

Help preserve our reefs and go eco friendly diving in Phuket. This starts before you even get on our diving boat or even leave your home countries for your well earned holiday. A few simple and inexpensive steps can really make a difference. The "everybody else is doing it" line really doesn't cut it as an excuse anymore. Below are a few suggestions that can reduce your impact on our reefs. Oxybenzone (also known as benzophenone-3) is a [...]

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Nitrox Tanks Ready To Use The Archives

Why Do Scuba Divers Use Nitrox?

Nitrox or Enriched Air Nitrox to give it's full name is the most popular PADI speciality course that we teach and for good reason. It's relatively cheap, can be done in one day, straight forward and really is beneficial to the diver. Excessive absorption of nitrogen into our body tissues is the factor that limits a divers time underwater. So by simply putting more oxygen into our scuba tank, therefor reducing the amount of nitrogen we [...]

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Phuket Liveaboard In The Similan Islands The Archives

What Is A Phuket Liveaboard Safari?

The best diving in Phuket and Thailand for that matter is inside the Similan and Surin Island National Parks and the most efficient and cost effective way to dive these fantastic locations is on-board one of the many liveaboard safari boats that run trips from mid October to May. It's essentially a floating hotel that supplies everything you need for the trip. Once you step on-board the first evening of the trip apart from a couple of be [...]

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Teaching Scuba Diving In Phuket The Archives

How Do I Become A PADI Scuba Diving Instructor In Phuket?

White sand beaches, palm trees and blue skies need not be just the description of your yearly holiday. With a little hard work and determination it can be the narrative for your daily life. The life of a PADI pro can be idyllic, most opportunities are in amazing tropical locations with clear blue water and year round sunshine. You'll make new friends from all over the world and most importantly get to see the big smiles on the faces of your s [...]

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Local Guides, Local Knowledge, Local Experiences

Don't trust your diving to amateurs or freshly minted dive guides, dive with local experienced experts from Local Dive Thailand. Our Scuba Diving Phuket Tours will take you to see the rarest of the rare critters, you will be amazed by the macro life our guides can find, in the secret places only they know. To put it in perspective, if you were going to climb Mount Everest you would certainly hire a local sherpa to lead the way & keep you safe. Diving is similar because there is absolutely no substitute for local experience & local knowledge, Local Dive Thailand's guides are Phuket's Sherpa's of the Andaman Sea!

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Scuba Diving Phuket, Phi Phi & Thailand

When talking about Scuba Diving in Phuket, you should believe the hype, many seasons we have had Whale Sharks grace us on our regular and easy to reach dive sites and on a good day you can add Sea Horses, Sea Moths, Snake Eels, Frog Fish & Octopus to what you can see on any given dive and so much more. If we are heading to Phi Phi Island for the day, you can possibly see Hawksbill Sea Turtles and Black Tip Reef Sharks, also don't forget the King Cruiser, 84 meters of beautiful wreck and the most amazing reef nursery for fish and nudibranch. Local Dive Thailand day trip tours to these locations are not to be missed when you are scuba diving Phuket, get in touch with us and book an 'awesome' day of diving.

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male ornate ghost pipefish Rare & Peculiar Critters

Ornate Ghost Pipefish

Ornate Ghost pipefish seemingly appear from nowhere. After months of no sightings they suddenly show up, some years it's just a few and some years it seems every crinoid has a pair. They spend the first part of their life as plankton, drifting along in ocean currents until the time is right to settle on one of our many reefs. How long they travel the ocean currents is not known but unlikely to be long. They disappear just as quickly as the ap [...]

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what is the best dive site in the beautiful similan islands Amazing Local Dives

What Is The Best Dive Site In The Similan Islands?

The Similan and Surin Islands offer many great dive sites and we're fortunate to have dived at a vast majority of them. The best dive site in the Similan Islands is obviously very subjective but below is our top five and why. The liveaboard route around the Similan Island National Park will also include a fair percentage of dives inside the Surin Islands National Park so we have to include them. So called because it's the furthest nort [...]

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enjoy beautiful phuket with changes to the tourist sandbox scheme News & Updates

Changes For Phuket Sandbox From October 01st

The much heralded Phuket Sandbox scheme did bring in some extra income for Phuket's beleaguered tourism sector but it was nowhere near enough. Changes had to be made and from October 01st we will see some easing of restrictions. We're still not where we want to be but none the less the changes are welcome and we hope it will boost the appeal for a holiday and diving in Phuket. The changes for the Phuket Sandbox were officially published in th [...]

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