News & Updates

News & Updates

All the latest Phuket news and updates. At Local Dive Thailand we are always trying to improve our customer service standards, boat safety and striving to make our dive tours the best in Phuket, so stay up to date with us by checking out our latest projects, improvements, staff and much much more in this section!

phuket news for august 2022 News & Updates

Phuket News August 2022

After the relaxation of the cannabis laws last month, unsurprisingly the Phuket news in August has been a little slow... An unfortunate dutch guy, great news on tourist visas and another crackdown on motorbike rentals. Not the brightest thing to do but a tourist went spearfishing inside the Phi Phi National Park and then posted his catch on social media. Outrage from Thai netizens ensued and the manhunt was on! The police did finally c [...]

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Phuket News July 2022

The big Phuket news for July 2022 is the legalisation of cannabis. Laws are somewhat smokey but at the moment it's a free for all. Weed shops are popping up everywhere at such a rate they may takeover 7-11. A clarification of the law will come soon but at the moment you can spark up a fat one without the fear of being arrested as long as your not in a public space. Our dive boat is unfortunately a public space so smoking weed is not allow [...]

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a beautiful beach to visit when thailand travel restrictions are finally lifted News & Updates

Thailand Travel Restrictions Almost Finished

*Update: All restrictions and entry requirements for vaccinated travelers have been lifted as has wearing masks outdoors Thailand was one of the first countries to begin lifting travel restrictions. Since the initial opening phase back in July 2021, Thailand has somewhat dragged its feet, allowing other countries to gain a upper hand in the tourist markets. Economic pressure from within finally seems to have won through and all restriction [...]

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Single Use Plastics Banned In Thai National Parks

From yesterday (06th April 2022) the Thai National Parks office has banned the use of single us plastics and styrofoam products in all National Parks. This includes marine parks so this may affect you on our Phi Phi day trip and Similan Island liveaboards. Although most of the plastics we find on the dive sites are not jettisoned from boats, it's still a welcome move. As a dive community, Phuket has long practised good environmental [...]

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a diver in the clear shallow water at Racha Noi News & Updates

New PADI DSD Elearning

The PADI DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) has been added to the long list of elearning options available through the PADI App. New divers will be able to learn some basic scuba diving theory before getting in the water. It's not extensive theory, just some basic safety rules and some insight into how pressure affects us underwater. Not at all, if anything it simplifies matters. The prospective diver will be able to learn the necessary basic [...]

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enjoy beautiful locations with the thailand test and go News & Updates

Thailand Test And Go Returns!

Despite initial reservations, the Thailand Test and Go scheme was a massive boost for the Phuket diving industry. Even though the tourist arrivals were way below normal. A lack of diving options in south-east asia especially drew a large number of divers to Phuket. Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines all still have heavy restrictions on international tourism. In comparison getting to Thailand and especially Phuket is relatively easy e [...]

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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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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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surface marker buoys a critical piece of dive equipment Equipment We Like

Surface Marker Buoys

Surface marker buoys (SMB) wasn't a standard to teach on PADI Open Water courses but it has been for quite a while now. Quite rightly so, surface marker buoys are a cheap yet essential piece of equipment. It's not an understatement to say that they can save lives. Along with mask and fins, it should be one of the first pieces of equipment you purchase. You can get yourself a basic surface marker buoy and finger reel for less than US$20. [...]

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phuket news for august 2022 News & Updates

Phuket News August 2022

After the relaxation of the cannabis laws last month, unsurprisingly the Phuket news in August has been a little slow... An unfortunate dutch guy, great news on tourist visas and another crackdown on motorbike rentals. Not the brightest thing to do but a tourist went spearfishing inside the Phi Phi National Park and then posted his catch on social media. Outrage from Thai netizens ensued and the manhunt was on! The police did finally c [...]

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Dive Computer Settings

Getting your dive computer settings right may sound obvious but on a few occasions we've had to stop guests from diving. We really, really don't like to do this but if during or after a dive your dive computer goes into error mode then we have no choice. It's simply not safe. On most of the rare occasions that this has happened, it's a simple matter of guests having their dive computer set up incorrectly. We often get asked by guests to h [...]

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