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Similan Island Discounts On Deep Andaman Queen Diving Discounts & Special Offers

Big Last Minute Discount On Similan Island And Burma Liveaboard

If you're coming to Phuket for diving in the next month, you have a great opportunity to sample the Similan Islands or even the pristine waters in Burma for a knock down price. Save as much as THB 20,900 (US$630)! Deep Andaman Queen is offering a last minute discount of 20% as well as free equipment rental and nitrox! It's an excellent boat with a highly experienced tour leader. The Similan Island trip will visit all of the very dive sites in the North Andaman including Richelieu Rock, Koh Tachai and Koh Bon. Various cabin configurations are available, all have en-suite and air-conditioning. Check the prices below and select your trip. Deep Andaman Queen Similan Islands 4 Days/ [...]

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Phuket Wreck Diving Has Many Options Amazing Local Dives

Wreck Diving In Phuket

Phuket is not well known for wreck diving but we do have a few and some are very good. In one bay at Racha Yai we have 5! Ok, we're using the term wreck a little cheaply for a couple of them but they were boats and now they're on the ocean floor - so it's a wreck. Our premier Phuket wreck, it's the oldest of our recreational diving wrecks and very much worth a visit for all experienced divers. The bottom of the wreck is over 30m deep and recommended only for Advance Open Water divers and above. You can read an in-depth description of this fantastic dive site here. An old steel hulled liveaboard was purposely sunk in 2009 in an effort to take some pressure of the reefs at Ra [...]

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Phuket PADI Advanced Open Water Adventure Dives The Archives

PADI Advanced Open Water: Your Phuket Adventure Dive Options

With such a wide range of selection for your Advanced Open Water adventure dives 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 so that will leave you with three more adventure dives to complete the course. The Deep dive will take you to a maximum depth of 30m, this is a maximum and can be conducted shallower if the dive site topography and conditions don't allow and the Navigation dive will get you more familiar with the compass, allowing you to navigate using different methods and patterns than what yo [...]

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Underwater Photography Getting Started Photo Tips & Tricks

Underwater Photography: Getting Started

Many do but buying and underwater digital camera shouldn't be your first equipment purchase. Be safe and confident with your diving skills before you add extra stress and a massive distraction. Getting good results with modern digital cameras is fairly straight forward if you get the basics right and by the basics I mean the diving. You wouldn't expect great photo results if you're running around or jumping up and down on land, the same applies for diving - if you're furiously kicking to hold position or rising up and down then it's almost impossible to get the subject in focus. You're very rarely going to be the finished article after you've completed the Open Water, sure you'l [...]

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Great Deals On Similan Island Liveaboards Thailand Diving Discounts & Special Offers

Great Deals On Thailands Similan Island Liveaboards! 3 Days/3 Nights From THB 13,500 (US$ 410)

With such a wide range of boats and cabin types there must be a Manta Queen boat that will fit you perfectly. The Manta Queen fleet have been a trusted operator in the Similan Islands National Park for many years so if you're looking for an early season bargain get in touch with us now. Visit world famous dive sites such as Richelieu Rock and Koh Bon and look for majestic manta rays, whale sharks and a whole lot more in the crystal clear waters surrounding the stunning Similan Islands National Park. Manta Queen 1 14th - 18th October 19th - 23rd October 25th - 29th October 30th October - 03rd November 04th - 08th November 09th - 13th November Similan Islands-Koh Bon-Richelieu [...]

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Whale Shark in Phuket Rare & Peculiar Critters

It’s International Whale Shark Day But What Do We Know About Them?

Well we know they're big and spotty but not a great deal else to be honest...It's a challenging animal for scientists to study but they're trying and we're slowly gaining an insight into the biggest fish on the planets life and there is a way that you can help (more on that later) There's much debate about the size to which they can grow, 18m is a common figure that's mentioned but the largest verified measurement is around 12m. In Thailand we rarely see whale sharks larger than 6m but this seems to be a global trend and apart from the Galapagos Islands, large whale sharks are becoming increasingly rare. The most studied group of whale sharks (Ningaloo Reef, Australia) now average [...]

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Diving With The Olympus TG5 Equipment We Like

Olympus TG 5 Underwater Review

Local Dive Thailand had a bit of a break from Phuket diving and took the new Olympus TG 5 for a trip to Komodo, plenty of upgrades and new features to be tried out. Should have brought the manual really... A gentle macro dive to start the trip, the macro capabilities of the TG series has always been great for a compact and this still remains the same. If your not a smartarse and read the manual you'll find out that the flash in the TG5 can now be adjusted manually. Full power is extremely bright, the first nudi I took a photo of ignited... after a brief play with settings available from the easily accessible menu it was business as usual. Settings: Macro mode- 1/200s; f/6.3; [...]

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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 Tours Phuket, Phi Phi & Thailand

When talking about Scuba Diving Phuket Tours, you should believe the hype, this season we have had Whale Sharks grace us on our regular easy to reach dive sites almost monthly 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, plus 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 sleeping wreck and the most amazing artificial reef and nursery for fish and nudibranch. Local Dive Thailand day trip tours to these locations are not to be missed when you are scuba diving in Phuket, get in touch with us and book an awesome day of diving.

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Similan Island Discounts On Deep Andaman Queen Diving Discounts & Special Offers

Big Last Minute Discount On Similan Island And Burma Liveaboard

If you're coming to Phuket for diving in the next month, you have a great opportunity to sample the Similan Islands or even the pristine waters in Burma for a knock down price. Save as much as THB 20,900 (US$630)! Deep Andaman Queen is offering a last minute discount of 20% as well as free equipment rental and nitrox! It's an excellent boat with a highly experienced tour leader. The Similan Island trip will visit all of the very dive sites in the North Andaman including Richelieu Rock, Koh Tachai and Koh Bon. Various cabin configurations are available, all have en-suite and air-conditioning. Check the prices below and select your trip. Deep Andaman Queen Similan Islands 4 Days/ [...]

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Phuket Wreck Diving Has Many Options Amazing Local Dives

Wreck Diving In Phuket

Phuket is not well known for wreck diving but we do have a few and some are very good. In one bay at Racha Yai we have 5! Ok, we're using the term wreck a little cheaply for a couple of them but they were boats and now they're on the ocean floor - so it's a wreck. Our premier Phuket wreck, it's the oldest of our recreational diving wrecks and very much worth a visit for all experienced divers. The bottom of the wreck is over 30m deep and recommended only for Advance Open Water divers and above. You can read an in-depth description of this fantastic dive site here. An old steel hulled liveaboard was purposely sunk in 2009 in an effort to take some pressure of the reefs at Ra [...]

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Phuket PADI Advanced Open Water Adventure Dives The Archives

PADI Advanced Open Water: Your Phuket Adventure Dive Options

With such a wide range of selection for your Advanced Open Water adventure dives 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 so that will leave you with three more adventure dives to complete the course. The Deep dive will take you to a maximum depth of 30m, this is a maximum and can be conducted shallower if the dive site topography and conditions don't allow and the Navigation dive will get you more familiar with the compass, allowing you to navigate using different methods and patterns than what yo [...]

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