Amazing Local Dives

Amazing Local Dives

If we tried to sum all of our yearly dives, we would simply run out of fingers. So we don’t write about every dive, just the ones that matter, like the times we get Minky Whales on our safety stops, or the dives when a Whale Shark decides to do laps around Anemone Reef for 45 minutes so that everyone can get a selfie with her in the background!

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 Diving In Low Season Amazing Local Dives

Phuket Diving In Low Season

Phuket diving is fortunate enough to have an almost year round season - almost... Low season can produce the odd uncomfortable day but generally weather is pretty good in the day time with the wetter conditions coming in the evening but lets be honest as long as you can get in the water then it has to be a good day. Most days between May and October are hot and sunny just like the rest of the year and you have the added bonus of fewer divers on the boat. Our boat is comfortable when it's full but with occasionally just a handful of divers on-board it can feel quite luxurious and of course fewer divers topside results in fewer divers under the waves. The best side of Racha N [...]

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Yellow Snapper At Phi Phi Amazing Local Dives

A Great Days Diving At Phi Phi And Shark Point

Grey skies and a humid atmosphere greeted us as we boarded our dive boat in Chalong but thankfully there was no wind or waves on the way to Phi Phi and a comfortable journey ensued with the hope of better conditions under the waves than we had above. We weren't to be disappointed, visibility in the bay at Koh Bida Nok was excellent and a quick swim up into the shallows brought a brief glimpse of a couple of blacktip reef sharks cruising around in less than 3m of water. Heading deeper we found a hawksbill turtle munching away on bubble corals and we've yet to reach 5m depth or 5 minutes into the dive! The 'finger' on the west side of the bay was blanketed with a large school of [...]

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Similan Island Liveaboard MV Pawara Amazing Local Dives

Similan Island Liveaboard MV Pawara Songkran Trip Review

Liveaboards in the stunning Similan Islands National Park are rarely disappointing, especially on a great boat like MV Pawara. Occasionally bad weather or poor visibility can be a bit of a pain but fingers and any other available appendages were firmly crossed to ward off any bad luck. That appeared to be a waste of energy as rain greeted us on arrival to the boat... The pick ups from all over Phuket Island went smoothly and everybody had arrived by 8pm. Snacks and hot and cold drinks were immediately available for the weary travellers, some had come directly from the airport. All passengers were quickly allocated cabins and a boat and safety briefing was given in the saloon by the [...]

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Phuket Diving Critters Amazing Local Dives

Phuket Critter Diving – Great At The Moment

Diving in Phuket is not renowned for critters but we do get our fair share of small animals, it's just that they're a little harder to find. It's hard to beat our dive guides for local knowledge, they're out everyday looking in every crack and crevice trying to find those special animals for you. Recently there's been lots of cool critters spotted on lots of dive sites. We have ornate ghost pipefish at Shark Point, Racha Noi and Racha Yai, harlequin shrimp and tigertail seahorses at Shark Point, giant frogfish at Racha Noi and freckled frogfish at Racha Yai. Our favourite critter dive site - Koh Doc Mai is being slightly over shadowed although it's always home to many different specie [...]

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Scuba Diving Boat At Racha Noi Phuket Amazing Local Dives

What is The Best Dive Site In Phuket?

The best dive site in Phuket is of course subjective. Scuba diving in Phuket offers a variety of different dive types and it can be difficult to choose which trip to join especially if you have only one day. So we'll try to help you make up your mind with our top picks covering various different styles of dive site. I'm going to omit the South Tip of Racha Noi from this list simply because although it's a fantastic dive site we simply can't get there often enough to justify it's inclusion. So for great vis we'll probably have to say Banana Bay/Rock at Racha Noi. We expect 20m visibilty and quite often get more, although it's not teeming with life we can still find some great wildlif [...]

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Phuket Diving Site - Shark Point Amazing Local Dives

A Different Look For Mondays

Local Dive Thailand now runs a day trip to Shark Point, Anemone Reef and Koh Doc Mai every Monday. These three great dive sites are regular features on the diving trips in Phuket but rarely all on the same day and Anemone Reef is often skipped in favour of the more popular Shark Point. So we've had a little change to our schedule to make sure all certified divers have a chance of visiting this trio of great dive sites. The only opportunity to visit at least two of these outstanding dive sites in one day was as part of the King Cruiser day trip but this means that divers only qualified to dive 18m had to skip one dive or as is more often the case not join the trip at all. So taking [...]

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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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A Titan Triggerfish Chomping On A Phuket Divers Fin Rare & Peculiar Critters

Titan Triggerfish – Phuket Diving Guides Nemesis

With a head that's 2/3rds of it's body mass, independently moving weird googly eyes and a set of teeth that wouldn't look out of place on a hyena, the titan triggerfish is not going to win any modelling contracts but they can add a little excitement to a dive. They're a very prominent fish on Phuket's reefs, signs of there activities are everywhere - deep excavations in the sand, broken corals, sea urchin spines scattered around and the odd digit or chunk of flesh from a diver are a sign of their presence and current disposition. Titan triggerfish (Balistoides viridescens) are the largest of the triggerfish family in the indo-pacific and grow up to 75cm in length (it appears mu [...]

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Similan Island Liveaboard The Junk Diving Discounts & Special Offers

November 2017 Discounts on Similan Island Liveaboard ‘The Junk’

The Junk is a very special Similan Island Liveaboard experience, featured in a number of Hollywood movies and having a unique design, this boat from a bygone era cuts an unmistakable silhouette around the Similan & Surin Island National Parks. It may be late notice but if you're looking for a liveaboard trip this month then this is an opportunity not to be missed. The remaining spaces on November cruises are available at a heavily discounted price. We've already had whale shark sightings this season so step in quick to get the few remaining places. Similan/Surin Islands 6 Days/6 Nights 19 Dives 16th - 22nd November 2017 Triple Cabin was THB 44,000 Now THB 35,200 Quad Cabin wa [...]

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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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