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.

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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scuba diving new normal News & Updates

Scuba Diving New Normal For Phuket

Hopefully scuba diving will return to Phuket around the 18th June but a new normal will have to be observed. Thailand seems to be doing exceptionally well combating the spread of COVID-19 and a plan to slowly start up the economy from the 03rd May has been put into place. All being well on the 18th June, the final group of businesses which include scuba diving can restart. It's absolutely not a guaranteed date. Every stage of the plan has to [...]

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spectacular sunsets on the phi phi island diving tour Amazing Local Dives

Phi Phi Diving Tour With Local Dive Thailand

Our Phi Phi diving tour is the longest day trip that we offer. That's certainly not a bad thing, you'll be rewarded with spectacular diving, scenery, fantastic memories and get to watch the sun dip below the horizon behind the Big Buddha statue. A perfect end to a perfect day. Embrace your time on the ocean, it's not something you can do everyday. The journey out, although long won't be boring. After a hearty breakfast, you can take yo [...]

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leopard sharks can be found in phuket Rare & Peculiar Critters

Leopard Sharks In Phuket: Stunning and Fascinating

We call them leopard sharks in Phuket and in south east asia in general but the rest of the world refers to Stegostoma (covered mouth) fasciatum (banded) as zebra sharks. Along the west coast of the US and Mexico, a small hound shark - Triakis semifasciatais is commonly referred to as leopard shark. It must have been named by somebody who's never seen a leopard, the markings have no real resemblance. We'll stick to calling them leopards shark [...]

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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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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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