We’re Ready For Similan Diving And Similan Liveaboards
The 2013-2014 Similan diving season is here! The Similan Marine National Park opens today and Thailand Dive and Sail are ready and raring to go! We have a number of exciting trips and developments this season and we are very keen to get back in the water. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s go dive with a smile 🙂
Similan Islands open from 15th October 2013
Opening Of The Similan Diving Season
The Similan Marine National Park has now been closed for five and a half months and we are very interested to see what has happened to the place in that time. We hope that there will be a lot of coral growth, and consequently more marine life around.
Visiting the Similans will follow the same procedures as last season. On every day trip or liveaboard Similan National Park Fees and diving fees will be charged. These will be:
*400THB to enter the Similan National Park (including Koh Tachai and Koh Bon)
*400THB to enter the Surin National Park (this includes Richelieu Rock)
*200THB to dive each day
Similan Diving With A Smile – MY Bunmee II
This year the Thailand Dive and Sail team are proud to introduce the MY Bunmee II to our fleet of excellent liveaboards. The MY Bunmee II is a very exciting development for us this year as TDS will be managing this Similan liveaboard together with Andaman Scuba. This means that there will be even more opportunities to dive with us this season as Clive or Ric will be onboard each trip.
MY Bunmee II Similan Liveaboard
The MY Bunmee II is a boutique mid-range liveaboard visiting the Similans. It has been in operation for many years and is now to be managed by ourselves together with Andaman Scuba. The boat has space for between 12 and 15 people so is a small and personal Similan liveaboard. The cabins are en-suite deluxe or standard and are tastefully decorated in this beautiful Asian hard wood boat.
The MY Bunmee will start it’s schedule in December, but bookings are filling up fast now.
Open Water Courses On-Board Our Similan Liveaboard
This season Thailand Dive and Sail will also be able to take advantage of our new liveaboard by offering Open Water and Advanced Open Water Courses on board. This is an important development for us as we feel that learning on a liveaboard is the best way to take a diving course. Learning this way gives you more time to immerse yourself in the learning process. A liveaboard also allows you time to rack up more dives quicker than completing the course on day trips, meaning that you will become more experienced faster.
As we are running the Bunmee II ourselves we will be able to choose the best possible route for planning dives on an Open Water Course. All Similan Liveaboards usually start at the South end of the Similans anyway, this is where dives sites are shallower and often more sheltered, making them better for beginners.
Ray Of Hope Trip – Burma 2014
This season we also have the incredibly exciting opportunity to once again host the Ray of Hope Burma trip together with the Marine Megafauna Foundation.
Manta Ray I.D. shots from our 2013 Ray of Hope Expedition
This trip will be taken on the Deep Andaman Queen, one of our larger liveaboards operating in the Similans and Burma.
Similan Island Liveaboards And Wreck Trips
This coming season we will also continue to offer our usual day trips and budget/midrange/luxury Similan liveaboard options. One day trip that will certainly be a feature this year will be our TDS wreck trips. The Boonsung Wreck is one of our favourite sites out in this part of the Andaman Sea and this year we intend to make a regular feature of it with weekly wreck trips planned every Tuesday.