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Drifting On A Headwind

By Jim Harlan

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Thailand Diving & Live Aboards

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Features: Thailand is well known for its fabulous diving. There are land-based dive operators in Phuket, Ko Samui, Ko Tao, Ko Pha-Ngan, and Ko Phi Phi among other regions.

The best diving is done by live aboard dive vessels in the Similan Islands, Burma Banks and Mergui Archipelago where nearly every type of sea life can be found. The islands themselves have some of the most stunning above water scenery in Asia with sparkling turquoise water, white sand beaches and secluded bays framed by rocky headlands.

Diving topography ranges from deep underwater mountains to spectacular pinnacles, from shallow coral gardens to dramatic under sea formations created by massive granite boulders. The reefs contain an amazing number of exotic tropicals and hundreds of species of both hard and soft corals, enough to impress the most seasoned diver.

This area offers perhaps the best opportunity to see large pelagic animals, such as whale sharks and manta rays. The only way to dive the uninhabited Similan Islands, which lie 70 miles off the west coast of Thailand, is by live-aboards dive vessel.

Live-aboards in Thailand

Ocean Rover

The Ocean Rover was built in Phuket by Fantasea Divers, and sleeps 16 people. 6 cabins feature double beds, with single upper berths and large panoramic windows. The 2 forward cabins have large upper and lower berths and dual portholes.

All cabins have private bathroom, individually controlled air conditioning and lots of storage space. With its huge dive deck, there are several camera tables, and the “whaledeck” has been designed to slope downwards towards the waterline for optimum ease of diving operations.

There is a large airy salon, and sun deck for relaxing between dives. The Ocean Rover operates in the Andaman Sea, including the Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock and Myanmar’s Burma Banks and Mergui Archipelago.

M/Y Anggun

The M/Y Anggun is a state of the art dive vessel 100 ft in length and 23 ft in width fitted with 1 master stateroom, 2 single cabins and 4 convertible single/double cabins.

All cabins offer air conditioning and large en suite bathrooms. A large covered party deck, air conditioned salon, complete multi-media room and sun deck complete this spotless vessel.

The M/Y Anggun carries Nitrox and offers E 6 processing and is operated by Genesis Live aboards providing the finest service in the industry. The M/Y Anggun is well detailed and is amongst the most luxurious vessels operating on the planet. The M/Y Anggun will operate 8 to 10 day itineraries in the Similians and the Burma Banks during the prime season of November to April and then will relocate to Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia to dive the Bunaken Marine park and other pristine dive regions of Northern Sulawesi.

M/Y Aqua One

The M/Y Aqua One is 35 meters in length with a beam of 6.5 meters and accommodates up to 16 divers in 8 staterooms.

From November to May M/Y Aqua One operates in the Andaman Sea from Red and Purple Rocks, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Ha Yai south of Phuket, north to the Similan Marine National Park, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and Surin Marine National Park. Extended trips are also made to Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago, the Burma Banks and India’s remote and pristine Andaman Islands.

The liveaboard has a roomy dive deck and easily accessible dive-platform, several camera stations, and automatic E-6 processing. Amenities and facilities include fresh towels daily, coffee/tea making station, individually controlled air-conditioning in each of the staterooms.

The above is an example of Lodging and Activities. Uncommon Adventures specializes in custom itineraries to suit your specific desires and needs as well. Please feel free to consult us to design an adventure of your own.


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Photography courtesy of Randy Harwood Photography.