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Trip Starting From: Phuket

Trip Location: Phuket

About the Activity:

  • For the ultimate dive getaway, enjoy a great week at sea. The MV Marco Polo will engage you in a live abroad cruise to showcase the reefs and marine life around the Similan Islands.
  • Get picked up from your hotels in pick-up points (as mentioned) at 5:30 PM. Depart from Phuket port at around 06:00 PM in the evening.
  • Head north and view the world famous Richelieu Rock on the Andaman sea.
  • Savor a lavish dinner at 8:00 PM on your first day.
  • Feel the thrill as you dive around the Similan Islands, Koh Bon with the spectacular coral gardens of Koh Tachai and the renowned Richelieu Rock.
  • Conclude your tour on the sixth day after returning to Phuket at 6:00 PM and arrival at Ao Chalong, then get dropped back to your hotel by 7:30 PM.

Destinations Covered :

1. Similan Islands - What is it that makes these islands so attractive? The Similans aren't as dramatically scenic as the limestone islands of Krabi or Phang Nga Bay, which many people have come to associate with the Andaman Sea. Instead, you find low-lying formations covered with thick forest. 
But the most striking feature of these islands, at first glance, are the huge boulders that litter the western and southern shores on several of the islands. Another highlight, as the visitor soon discovers, are the white coral-sand beaches, splendidly picturesque and often deserted.
The most interesting sights, however, are to be found beneath the waves. Some of the most spectacular coral growths in the world can be found here - and the same boulders that scatter the shores have turned the waters around the Similans into an adventure playground for divers.

2. Koh Bon - As well as Koh Tachai, Koh Bon is part of the Similan Island national park and is only an hour or so away from the Similans so it is worth special mention as one of the best dives sites in Thailand for manta rays. In addition to mantas, it is also possible to find Napoleon wrasse, leopard sharks, eagle rays and black tip reef sharks. The Koh Bon area is not, however, only about pelagics since critters are numerous and varied which makes night diving here exceptional.

3. Richelieu Rock - This horse-shoe shaped site consists of a huge central pinnacle surrounded by smaller jutting rocks, every inch of which has been colonized by something: soft corals, anemones, barrel sponges and sea fans. In addition to the possibility of swimming with whale sharks you can also look forward to the likes of manta rays, barracudas and huge groupers. All of this before you even begin to explore the fascinating smaller creatures lurking in every nook and cranny.

4. Koh Tachai - This site is often visited en route to Richelieu Rock from the Similans and is in fact an island which has several nearby dive sites. Koh Tachai Plateau is the best known of these and as the name suggests is a submerged plateau of hard corals and boulders. Typically of the area there are swim-throughs and channels all over the place. The larger fish include manta rays, huge schools of swirling chevron barracuda and large numbers of tuna; and if the whale sharks are not at Richelieu, they may well be here.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 -

    Departure from Phuket

    Today Depart from Phuket from the port at around 6:00 PM.

    Enjoy 3 day dives and 1 night dive at Similan Islands in this evening.

    At around 8:00 PM enjoy a lavish dinner.

    Overnight stay on board.

  • Day 2 -

    Diving at Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu rock

    Begin your day while enjoying the amazing view of the surrroundings.

    Today you will enjoy 3 dives at Koh Bon and Koh Tachai.

    Experience the thrill of night diving in the Richelieu Rock.

  • Day 3 -

    Dive at Richelieu Rock

    Today you will enjoy 3 day dives and 1 night dive at Richelieu Rock.

    Dive deep into the water and discover the marine life.

    Over night stay on board.

  • Day 4 -

    Diving at Similan Islands

    Begin your adventurous day with the spectacular views of the region.

    Today you will enjoy 3 dives and 1 night dive at Similan Islands.

    Stay overnight on board.

  • Day 5 -

    Diving at Similan Islands.

    Today you will enjoy 3 dives and 1 night dive at Similan Islands.

    Overnight stay on board.

  • Day 6 -

    Departure

    On your last day delight in 2 dives.

    Depart from the island at around 11:00 AM.

    Arrival at Phuket at around 6:00 PM.

  • Day 7 -

    Depart from Phuket

    End your exciting trip after departing from Phuket.

Stay

    7
  • A/C Cabin on Double Occcupancy
  • 7
  • Fan Cabin on Double Occupancy

Meal

    7
  • Veg and Non Veg
  • 7
  • All Meals Included

Activity

    7
  • Scuba Diving

Other Inclusions

    7
  • Towel
  • 7
  • Full board
  • 7
  • Tea, coffee and soft drinks.
  • 7
  • Tanks, weights and torches

Transport

    7
  • Shared Vehicle
  • 7
  • Pick up and drop to and from your hotel in Patong, Karon, Kata, Kamala, Nai Harn, Cape Panwa and Rawai

Things To Carry

    7
  • Sunscreen
  • 7
  • Sunglasses
  • 7
  • Hat
  • 7
  • Camera
  • 7
  • Extra pair of clothes

Advisory

    7
  • National park fee, rental equipment and special transfers are not included in this package.

Tour Type

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  • This activity can be availed as a private or group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 60 days prior to the activity, a refund of 90% is applicable
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  • If cancellations are made 60-36 days prior to activity, a refund of 75% is applicable
  • 7
  • If cancellations are made 35-18 days prior to activity, a refund of 50% is applicable.
  • 7
  • Henceforth no refund is applicable.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 15 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What am I going to learn during my Scuba Diving course?

      During the first phase of your scuba lessons, you'll learn the basic principles of scuba diving such as; What to consider when planning dives, How to choose the right scuba gear for you and most importantly Underwater signals and other diving procedures. You'll also watch videos that preview the scuba skills you'll practice in a swimming pool or pool-like environment. In addition to the video, your instructor will demonstrate each skill for you.

    2. How old do I have to be to scuba dive?

      Anyone aged 10 and older (there are options for ages 8-10 as well), with a reasonable level of physical fitness, comfortable in the water with a basic knowledge of swimming can scuba dive. There is no upper age limit for divers, although people suffering from lung ailments or other chronic illnesses are asked not to take part in this activity.

    3. How long does it take to become a certified diver?

      PADI courses are performance based, which means that you earn your certification when you demonstrate that you’ve mastered the required skills and knowledge. Some learn faster than others and hence course duration varies. The PADI Open Water Diver course can be completed in as little as three days or can take up to a week.

    4. How old do I have to be to become a certified diver?

      You must be at least 10 years old to receive a Junior Open Water Diver Certification. 10 and 11 year old Junior Open Water Divers must dive with a certified parent, guardian or PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 meters/40 feet. 12 to 14 year olds must dive with a certified adult. At age 15, the junior certification upgrades to a regular Open Water Diver certification.

    5. Is scuba diving dangerous and what are the safety measures taken?

      No, but there are potential hazards, which is why you need proper training and certification. Plenty of training and safety measures are implemented along with proper gear and fully functional equipment.

    6. Is there a DON’T checklist I have to follow?

      Never drink and dive – Intoxication can put a diver in a compromised position. One being the inability to use common sense, and make rational judgments, especially when it involves safety. Don’t eat a big meal before making your dive – You should wait at least two hours after eating before you make your dive. Diving on a full belly can put you in a dangerous situation. Not only creates the possibility of acquiring cramps, but also possible upchucking in your mouthpiece making it difficult to breathe. Never conceal any serious or chronic medical conditions you know to exist.

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