Posts by - Justin Hartrey

Posts by - Justin Hartrey

I've been enjoying the incredible marine life in our oceans for over 25 years. 13 years ago I became a PADI professional, hoping to introduce as many people as possible to the incredible beauty of the seas.

Having been fortunate enough to dive all over south east and especially Thailand, I enjoy sharing my experience and passion on this blog.

delicious food at the phuket seafood and gastronomy festival Phuket Sights & Fun

Phuket Seafood & Gastronomy Festival 2020

The upcoming Phuket Seafood and Gastronomy Festival is one such example of how Phuket is trying its very best to stimulate the local tourism market. Over the next five weekends at various locations around the island you'll get a chance to try fantastic fresh seafood. The venues have been chosen so that you can enjoy seafood and sea view, a challenge for Phuket Old Town.. As well as delicious prepared dishes, there'll also be the chance [...]

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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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great time to be in phuket with deserted beaches Phuket Sights & Fun

Great Time To Come To Phuket

In maybe incredibly awful for business but it's a great to come to Phuket if you're already in Thailand. With so few people on the island but for those who stayed/trapped on Phuket - paradise has returned. Idyllic island life has returned for many, Phuket is really showing off its natural charm. The rainy season has just started, turning the island green and accentuating the natural beauty. The hotels that are open are offering great rates as [...]

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harlequin shrimp are without question the most beautiful crustacean Rare & Peculiar Critters

Harlequin Shrimp – Thailand’s Cruel Crustacean

Sure harlequin shrimp are incredibly beautiful, a rare sight that excites guides as much as guests. However they do have a very macabre way of filling their little shrimpy bellies. They are reasonably frequent finds on our Phuket dive tours and have been spotted from the Racha's to Phi Phi. Harlequin shrimp are very difficult to find, it's usually just sheer luck but occasionally a maimed starfish or two can point you in the right direction. [...]

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getting to grips with iso Photo Tips & Tricks

Understanding ISO Underwater

What ISO stands isn't going to give you much of a clue as to what it does. ISO simply stands for International Standardisation Organisation, nothing much to pick from that. Back in the 70's two film standards (ASA & DIN) combined to make a standard measure for film sensitivity. Modern digital manufacturers have kept to the same measurements to maintain similar brightness levels as film. Essentially ISO tells your camera how bright the photo s [...]

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lets go diving News & Updates

Green Light To Go Diving Again

Officially from the 01st June, we'll be able to take MV Kebsup out to our local dive sites. The Thai government has finally given the green light for us to go diving again. Although a relief, there is still a plethora of hoops to jump through for even domestic tourists to get to Phuket. The latest news is that Phuket international airport will open from 15th June but such statements have been made before only to be retracted at the last minut [...]

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why we cant wait to go diving News & Updates

Why We Can’t Wait To Go Diving Again

Scuba diving is a lot more than just getting wet. It's been 9 weeks now that we've been unable to go diving and although we understand why, that doesn't make it any less frustrating. There's many reasons that so many decide to take up scuba diving and continue to do so for the rest of their lives. We asked our staff and some of our guests what they get out of diving and here's what we've come up with. Obvious we know but it really is 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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delicious food at the phuket seafood and gastronomy festival Phuket Sights & Fun

Phuket Seafood & Gastronomy Festival 2020

The upcoming Phuket Seafood and Gastronomy Festival is one such example of how Phuket is trying its very best to stimulate the local tourism market. Over the next five weekends at various locations around the island you'll get a chance to try fantastic fresh seafood. The venues have been chosen so that you can enjoy seafood and sea view, a challenge for Phuket Old Town.. As well as delicious prepared dishes, there'll also be the chance [...]

Read Full Story
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 [...]

Read Full Story
great time to be in phuket with deserted beaches Phuket Sights & Fun

Great Time To Come To Phuket

In maybe incredibly awful for business but it's a great to come to Phuket if you're already in Thailand. With so few people on the island but for those who stayed/trapped on Phuket - paradise has returned. Idyllic island life has returned for many, Phuket is really showing off its natural charm. The rainy season has just started, turning the island green and accentuating the natural beauty. The hotels that are open are offering great rates as [...]

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