diving directly from liveaboards is now banned in the similan islands News & Updates

Diving From Liveaboards Banned In The Similan Islands

If you're not a fan of diving from dinghies then we have some bad news for you. Diving directly from your liveaboards has now been banned. It's a move that is supposed to protect corals and marine life, personally I've never seen a liveaboard in the Similan Islands National Park go near a reef. Liveaboards will have to keep their distance from the dive site or use official mooring lines. The other reason touted is safety. A diver unfortuna [...]

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great scuba diving is available at low cost in thailand News & Updates

How Much Does Scuba Diving In Thailand Cost

The cost of scuba diving in Thailand will vary depending on location, type of dive centre and in some respects yourself. Phuket probably offers the best all round diving in Thailand but it's also amongst the most expensive. It's not simply that we think you should pay more for better diving, simply down to logistics. Apart from a few really nice beach dives, most of our recognised dive sites are over an hour journey from port. You'll find [...]

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When Will Thailand Reopen For Tourists?

For short term tourists, we simply don't know when Thailand will reopen for tourists. The various tourist associations on Phuket do have a plan to privately vaccinate the tourist workers. The plan will hopefully enable vaccinated tourists to arrive on the island in October 2021. However this has yet to be approved by the government but we have our fingers firmly crossed. *Update: Phuket has been chosen for what the government are calling t [...]

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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. 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 so d [...]

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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. 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 wor [...]

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batfish dont care about phuket covid 19 News & Updates

Phuket Covid 19 A Few Minutes of Your Time

Sadly but inevitably we ran our boat for the last time yesterday. We will be back but certainly for the near future we will be suspending services until further notice. Thanks so much to our many guests so far this year. Because of you we are in a strong position to be able to resume services with the same fantastic team when doomsday has been cancelled. All of our staff are healthy at present and following government advice on social dist [...]

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

Thailand Travel Restrictions Almost Finished

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 restrictions are expected to be lifted by July 2022. To be fair, at the moment the only pain seems to be the Thailand pass. It will [...]

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a padi instructor assisting a scuba diving student equalise their ears Scuba Diving Health

Will Scuba Diving Hurt My Ears?

Will scuba diving hurt my ears? is a question we frequently get asked. Anybody who's tried diving down when snorkeling will have felt the effect of pressure on their ears. So it's natural to assume it will only get worse when going deeper. That assumption would be 100% correct so that's why you're taught simple techniques to prevent pain or damage as part of the PADI Open Water Course. The techniques will quickly become habit and ear issues [...]

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how to treat jellyfish and coral stings Scuba Diving Health

How to Treat Jellyfish And Coral Stings

Jellyfish and coral stings are not a frequent occurrence in Phuket. The few cases we get are mild, only requiring some basic first aid immediately after the incident. Occasionally around the coast line, we sight box jellyfish and in low season we often have bluebottles wash up on the shore. However it's incredibly rare to see either around our main Phuket dive sites. Still, the environment we choose to spend our spare time in is not risk free [...]

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