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When in phuket scuba diving lessons may change your life.

When in phuket scuba diving lessons

may change your life.

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For many people who have never been diving or even given it a thought, will at some point in their life either as a child or as a dream as an adult will have thought of finding pirate treasure. The down side to this is two thirds of the planet is underwater. Pirates never buried treasure on desert islands or marked the spot with an X. They took the gold and spent it on having a good time until the money ran out and went pirating again. All the big money was on board huge treasure ships that were transporting gold to and from new lands back to Europe or to pay armies fighting over the new lands. Many of these ships were sunk in storms after being blown onto rocks an reefs. Rocks and reefs are in shallow water. If the rocks and reefs were in deep water they will be no threat to ships. The up shot to this is most of the ships were wrecked in shallow water within easy reach of the average recreational diver. 
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Next time you are in phuket thailand why not give it a go. Its a perfect place to learn. Warm tropical water, loads of reefs and variety of fish. When in phuket scuba diving is a must. You may just get hooked and you never know what may happen...
Thailand DiversIt is three hundred years since a fleet of Spanish galleons, loaded with New World gold, set sail from Havana under the careful watch of British spies. They never arrived. A vicious storm sent 11 treasure ships to the floor of the Atlantic off Florida. Now though they are giving up their booty.
The Schmitt family - Rick and Lisa and their two children and daughter-in-law - who scour the seas for treasure from their salvage vessel Aarrr Booty, found 51 gold coins and 40 feet of ornate gold chain.
Thailand Divers The pick of the finds, according to Brent Brisben, whose company 1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels owns salvage rights to the wreckage, is a rare coin known as a “royal” made for King Phillip V and dated 1715.
Only six others are known to exist and it could be worth $500,000 alone. Eric Schmitt, 27,  made the find last month in 15 feet of water while diving using a metal detector. Their discovery was announced to coincide with the anniversary of the disaster in July 1715 when all but one of the ships foundered.
Thailand Divers They had left Havana under the careful eye of British spies who dotted the Caribbean. They believed the cargo included a priceless dowry of jewels for King Phillip V to give to his new bride. The ships were crammed with the king's tribute, including gold chains which were used as a tax-free currency. The War of Succession meant there had been no sailings for the preceding two years. “By late advices from Havana I am told the Galleons from Vera Cruz were daily expected there in order to join the Spanish Ships of War, one of which was the Hampton Court, who are said to have great treasure on board for Old Spain,” said a dispatch from Lord Archibald Hamilton, the Governor of Jamaica, referencing a British war ship captured by the Spanish.  But within days the fleet was in trouble, pummelled by storms that gusted at 100 knots, pushing the ships westwards and on to rocks.
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The convoy's manifests showed its cargo of gold and jewels would today be worth about $400 million, of which $175 million has so far been recovered, according to Mr Brisben. The wreckage was first discovered in the 1960s but stormy seas limit treasure hunters to only a few weeks each year.
The laws vary from country to country and wreck to wreck as to who the treasure belongs to. In this case it was split was 20% to the Florida musem and the rest split between the finders and the financiers who bought the rights to the wreck. So a very nice little earner. 
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This is just one of many. Off Cornwall in England in 2007 another wreck was found in a few meters of water in a bay of a popular holiday resort. The wreck had an estimated  US $500 million on board. 17 tonnes of coin has been recovered. How many holiday makers were swimming, surfing and fishing on top of all that gold and silver with no idea it was there. If they had learned to scuba dive they just may have found it. 
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Next time you are on your holiday, take a look at phuket thailand. The location, price and conditions are perfect for learning to dive. The dive centers offer great prices and even if you dont discover several tonnes of gold you will discover a whole new world. Every dive you do after that you will discover something new as long as you keep your eyes open. You can always when diving in phuket do a search and recovery course to teach you how to recover things off the sea bed just in case. Next time you want to change your life come to phuket scuba diving. its just may change you life forever.
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The Amazing Underwater World of Phuket Thailand.

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The Amazing Underwater World of Phuket Thailand.

Thailand DiversJust a short boat ride off shore, there are some stunning underwater places to explore in phuket thailand. It is the main gateway to the underwater sights that rank up there with the best in the world and depending how much time you want to spend underwater, there are several ways to explore it.
Thailand DiversWith as little as one day up your sleeve, you can enjoy three different sites – a huge wall dive,  a wreck, and a reef – and still be back for happy hour. Several boats leave daily from Chalong Bay, and take in three dive sites with the furthest just a couple of hours  cruising. It is cruising as the dive boats here are large and very comfortable. They have chefs on board, sun decks, three or more showers plus more deck showers to rinse off after the dive. Power points to charge cameras, shaded eating areas and large saloon.
Thailand Divers The closest is Koh Dok Mai or Flower Island provides a home to many sea creatures.which is also the most characteristic of the region, being a limestone pinnacle that rises steeply from the ocean floor. Underwater it presents as a wall with vertical gutters and crevices and even some caves, home to all sorts of cryptic crevice dwellers. This is normally the last dive of the day as its done on the way back to Phuket.
Thailand DiversThailand DiversThe first dive of the day, the wreck King Cruiser is on a sunken car transporter ferry, which is so big you won’t get to see all of it on the one dive. The ferry sank in 1997 after hitting Anemone Reef. The boat is sitting with the top around 17 meters and the bottom at 32m. The wreck is approx 90m long, 30m wide and 15 high. Thailand Divers     And the reef, called Anemone Reef, for good reason guarantees you some of the cutest Clown fish around.  This is also a good location for Tigertail Seahorses which live on the huge sea fans. There are also a good chance to see Leopard Sharks here too around the base of the reef. Thailand Divers Over the course of the day you could see anything from seahorses to scorpion fish, barracuda to banded coral shrimp, stone fish, sea snakes, many nudibranchs, Ghost pipe fish, painted spiney lobsters, frog fish, Blue spotted sting rays and if lucky the largest fish in the ocean The Whale Shark. Thailand DiversThese day boats have all the dive gear you need on board. As well as showers, they provide and serve you  a cooked breakfast, large hot buffet lunch and afternoon tea, plus tea, coffee, drinking water. other soft drinks are available at a very small cost as is ice cold beer for the way back.  So all you really need for the day is your dive card, sunscreen and swimmers.

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Three Days’ Diving

Thailand DiversIf you have three days spare for diving in phuket you will be able to cover the three main day trip locations from Phuket. Thailand DiversKoh Phi Phi  The terrain here is also limestone pinnacles made famous by the movie The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The range of diving is immense, from easy snorkelling in Lana Bay on the north-western tip of Koh Phi Phi, to Bida Nok, which offers a most dramatic marine topography: caves, swim throughs, drop-offs and overhangs.
Keep an eye out for white-collared butterfly fish as well as the many Black tip reef sharks (totally harmless) and Hawks Bill Turtles.
Thailand Divers All around Phi Phi Ley are steep walls and coral bommies with an amazing number and diversity of nudibranchs, as well as the usual colourful reef fish like butterflyfish, coralfish and parrotfish. Phi Phi can also be done during low season (May - Sept) on an overnight live a board which includes a great night dive.

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If you have three days or more available, you’d be crazy not to book a liveaboard trip and head out to the similan islands and Surin National Parks – about 1.5 hours from Phuket by speed boat or 3 hours cruising on the dive boat.(which is usually done while you sleep). Here you will be spoilt with some of the best diving in the region and the world if you include Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.
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Thailand Divers Thailand DiversThe similan island diving is so diverse. Here are massive granite boulders, stacked up long ago by some giant god of the sea, to create a playground for fish and divers alike. Mixed in with white sandy bays and shallow reefs teeming with life. Throw in a turtle breeding ground for good measure. Diving in this area you may be lucky enough to see manta rays cruising through, but you’ll certainly find turtles, and some of the biggest giant morays I have ever seen. Mix in the powder-blue surgeons, white collar butterflies and black tail angels and you’re in for a visual feast. Thailand Divers Thailand DiversThailand Divers    The pinnacle, literally, of the trip will be Richelieu Rock, a rock so famous it even has its own website. A large, horseshoe-shaped rock, completely submerged, Richelieu is home to everything from the smallest ghost pipefish to hordes of batfish, schools of swirling snapper,  giant cuttlefish and of course the giant Oceanic Manta ray and Whale Shark. Thailand Divers Even three dives on the rock won’t be enough: you’ll be planning your next trip on the way home. For more information on diving in Thailand visit Thailand Divers Thailand DiversThe live a boards have several great options from a one night trip to 10 days or more. The choice is yours. The trips can depart everyday from 15th October till mid May so you can fit the trip to your holiday and not your holiday to fit the trip. The 5 day 4 night trips will get you a full round trip. There is a choice of boats from to be honest very nice  boats and accomadation low cost trips to total luxuary. 5* chefs, state rooms and private charter super yachts. When in phuket scuba diving is a must. You will not find a better place for your first ever experience or if its your 10,000th dive. phuket thailand has stunning sights both above and below the water.
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Phuket Scuba Diving Private Charter Live Aboards

phuket scuba diving, Private Live Aboards.
There are several ways to enjoy the stunning diving in phuket. There are a good selection of companies that offer live aboards to the similan islands.  The similan islands are just off the East coast of phuket thailand and are very popular. They are a great place to see the largest fish in the oceans the Whale Shark and of course the Manta Ray. Being a marine national park there is a huge variety of marine life. Black and White tip reef sharks and Hawks bill Turtles are a plenty.  However if you want to get away from the regular tours and set your own program then why not get a private charter. 
The boat on offer here comes with a first class chef so you can set your own meal times, the captain can take to to the places you (and your dive master) decide on to avoid the other tours. You can plan to arrive at the better sites before the regular live a boards arrive improving dramatically your chances of diving with the Whale Sharks and manta Rays.
Onboard are the Captian, crew, chef and hostess who are there to take care of you and serve your drinks and the sun deck between dives or cocktails at sunset. The crew are there to assist you with dive gear, entering and exiting the water. Running you to the isolated beaches in the inflatable between dives. 

   The most common trip to the Similan islands is 3 day and 2 night trip however longer trips are available on request.Not only can you you use this boat to get to see the Similan islands in complete style and be the envy of everyone. The boat is also available for overnight trips to Phi Phi island too.

Dive the famous Phi Phi and bamboo island thailand
The boat is also a great way for that special day trip to discover the stunning diving and snorkeling around phuket thailand.  
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When in phuket scuba diving you will get the most perfect settings on Earth
The isolated beaches of the similan islands
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If you are going to phuket scuba diving and want the best of the best then you really need to check this out. This is for that very special occasion.

Phuket Thailand has so much to do for the whole family.

Phuket Thailand has so much to do for the whole family.

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Most people seem to think that phuket thailand is in no way a destination to bring the family. This however is a long way from the truth. Yes there is a large party town on the island called Patong. In phuket scuba diving is just one of many exciting things to do. This in itself is a large town and the bar and night club area is located in one main street. The rest of the town is a normal everyday beach town. There are many towns and villages all over the island all offering quiet scenic beaches away from the crowds. Karon beach has a very long beach and the town in comparison is small so there is plenty of space for the whole family.  There are large comfortable hotels with very well maintained swimming pools, resturants that serve western style food all day. There are many shaded areas around these pools and hotels for the young and for the hottest part of the day.
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Patong itself has some nice quiet suburbs which is perfect. Quiet locations but only minutes from all the fun of the biggest towns on the island. There is plenty of shopping in and around Patong with several markets that offer cheap clothes, bags, gifts, beach wear and 1,000s of other things. There is also the huge shopping center Jungceylon. This offers all the branded shops mixed with resturants, cafes and a couple of bars. Even a German micro brewery which offers a great selection of German beers. The central areas of the shopping center are full of cheap gimmick stalls, cheap clothes, silver, sunglasses, T-shirts and electronics. On the upper floor they have a bowling alley and a 6 screen cinema complex with current English speaking movies.
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As for the beach as long as you avoid the very center of the beach that can get crowded during high season both North and South end offers plenty of space, nice warm water with not much in the way of waves or currents. The rocks at the North end are a good place for snorkeling and the south end is where you can hire a long tail boat to take you to any number of more isolated beaches only available by boat. There are however what some may see as draw backs. There are roped off areas reserved for swimming that means you are safe from the jet skis and parasailing boats. These areas are small and again crowed and the rest of the beach you do have to be aware of the jet skis going in and out. All day long there are people selling food, cool drinks, ice creams, sun glasses, massages, aloe vera and plenty of other things.
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When you get tired of the sun and the beach, Phuket has so many other activities to do. Phi Phi and bamboo island thailand is a very  popular tour. This is a speed boat tour that offers snorkeling in 3 different locations, sight seeing, monkey beach, swimming and a visit to Maya bay the location of the Hollywood movie "The Beach". With this tour just beware of the waves as it can be a long way if the sea is rough. Also during high season it can be very crowded with the Chinese sight seeing tours.
Thailand diversThailand diversJames Bond island is a better bet as it offers snorkeling, canoeing, sight seeing and a stop at Christopher Lees island in the James Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun. this tends to have less people and a more varied day than Phi Phi as it is not just snorkeling.
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Phuket thailand has a great day out for the more adventurous. A visit to Phuket wave park offers great and safe wake boarding in a state of the art center for all levels of wake boarder from total novice with top instruction right through to professional. This is so much safer than than the boats on the beach as everything is built purely for wake boarding with safety a priority. 
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Thailand diversThailand divers For those of you that are wanting to fill the need for speed or just missing driving but not ready to risk the Phuket roads just yet there is Phuket Speedway Go kart Track.  Here is a well designed raceway suitable for all. the track is well built and organized. For those who want a bit more action there are other modes of transport. From beach buggies, ATVs and even rally cars. This is a really great fuel injected day. Thailand diversThailand divers       North of the island is a bit more rural and this continues up onto the mainland. here we have the Khao Lak and Khao Sok national parks. Here we have Gibbon sanctuaries, stunning jungle walks, swimming in the cool waters and waterfalls, drifting along the mangroves on bamboo rafts or canoes, rice farms, rides through the jungle on elephants or in buffalo pulled carts. These are great days for taking photos and seeing so much more of Thailand than just the beach resorts. Thailand diversThailand divers           There are also many half day tours and activities such as going up the mountain to "Big Buddha" which is a huge Buddha built just after the tsunami of 2004 along with a temple complex looking out to where the tsunami came from to ensure it can never happen again. The view from the top is stunning on a clear day as you can see the ocean and the thousands of islands that stretch to the horizon. There is a shooting range where you can shoot almost anything you like. phuket rollerball or Zorbing. Rolling down a hill in a large inflatable ball. Visit the many temples, markets, farms and explore the old town of Phuket.
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Then of course there is the diving. When in phuket scuba diving is a must. The warm clear waters are teeming with life. Turtles, Nemo, manta Rays, Whale Sharks and thousands of different tropical reef fish. diving in phuket is awesome. On the island there are many "agents" that offer scuba diving. Its far better and safer to go to a dive center and talk to the English speaking instructors as this way you can be sure of what you are getting. In phuket scuba diving is excellent for all levels. The locations are idea for teaching with plenty of shallow reef for even the most nervous of beginner. Phuket offers everything from "Discover scuba diving" or try dive. A one day taste where all instruction is given on the way out to a shallow reef so you can do two real dives in the protected bays of near by islands. The dive centers include a cooked breakfast, lunch, Afternoon tea, all equipment, return transfers to and from your hotel, tea, coffee, chocolate drinking water and plenty of fresh fruit. Phuket thailand is one of the most perfect locations to get you PADI Open water or advanced diving license. These worldwide diving licenses and valid for life. There are a few centers that offer much much more right upto instructor training.
Thailand divers There is still more diving. The similan islands are just about an hour and a half off the east coast. These islands coupled with the Surin islands make for one of the best live aboard destinations on earth. They include Koh Tachai , Koh Bon and Richelieu Rock which is listed as one one of the top ten dive sites of the world. To do a complete circuit takes 5 days and 4 nights but its possible to dive the similan islands for just one night or as many as you want. The trips leave everyday and return everyday so you choose when to go not the dive boat. If you want to stay longer, fine, as long as the cabin is free then just pay on board for another night.
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Then after a long day have a dip in the sea as the sun sets over a stunning island paradise before a choice of just about anything for dinner. Phuket has resturants from just about every country in the world. Phuket being an island has more fish resturants than anything else with an endless supply of great food. However there are a couple of tips. First is trying to avoid the places that have sharks on display outside. These are normally young sharks and although not yet illegal there are very few adult sharks left as they young are vanishing fast. This is something that is on a long list of things that need addressing as Thailand understands the need to preserve the ocean that surrounds it as it supplies so much of its food, income through export and tourism. Point 2 is when in a fish resturant stick with the fish as although rare sometimes the meat can be a slow seller and may have been there some time, where as the fish will fly out the door. Most other places sell such a large selection that nothing stays for long.  Do not be afraid to say " I am not Thai. Please only very little spice." they are used to it.
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As for the world famous night life of Phuket has everything to offer. From excellent beach side cafes and resturants, karaoke bars and now live music has become very popular. There are many live acts some of whom are very good. They do requests and if they dont know it they will learn it and play it in a day or two's time. There are classic venues such as hard Rock Cafe, Rock City and Hooters. However the best ones tend to be the local bars with local bands. Some of the big hotels have Elvis nights and the like if thats your thing.  There are as expected many "beer" or girly bars clustered together in one street. There are also many fast food outlets here too such as KFC, Burger King, Subway but the best is by far the Thai street sellers. The food is always well cooked and fresh so very safe. The big international outlets are more likely to give problems as the food is frozen and shipped about. The chances of old stock or a box defrosting in the heat at some point from factory to being cooked is higher than fresh food being around long enough to go off.
Thailand divers Thailand divers There are several great night time food markets where you can try a thousand different dishes. There are a few "Irish" bars around but if you thought drink prices in your country are expensive Guiness in Thailand is double. Most towns have a night club or two that will be open till well into the dawn if not longer. Patong has half a dozen. Most ask you to pay to get in then give the first drink free. The most popular for tourists is Tai Pan as this is free entry and you get a free shooter with your first drink. The prices are not too bad here as well. Other night clubs are prefered by the local bar girls as they will get free entry may be free or cheap drinks inside. These tend to be less busy in quieter times of the year and can be expensive. Most night clubs empty out between 4am and 6am.Thailand divers There are also many shows like Fantasy or Simon Cabaret which are good family fun. Fantasy is almost a circus and you can go for the show only or have an evening meal included.  So as you can see in phuket scuba diving is just one thing available. There is a great selection of things available to suit all tastes. Your trio to phuket thailand will be a holiday to remember for everyone. Why not come and see what you are missing.
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When You Know That You Really Are a Scuba Diving Instructor

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When You Know That You Really Are a Phuket Scuba Diving Instructor.

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diving in phuket is a great place for all courses
Thailand DiversAfter several years of planning you have finally packed your bags and traveled 10,000 miles to the other side of the world to phuket thailand.    You have completed your instructor development course. You have passed your instructor exam, got over the hangover from the I.D.C. party and got you visa and work permit. You are now one of those people living the dream.  You are phuket scuba diving instructor. Or are you?
Thailand DiversWhen you think back to your days doing your Open Water Course or Advanced course and you are listening to your instructor and all the others talking to each other and all the words and phrases they are using and it sounds like another language. They are all tanned and seem to never have any issues at all on the boats, in the water even after a very late night. The food they eat and the fact they seem to know every single marine creature on the planet along with every dive site known to man.
Then one day as you finally have a day off at the end of your first high season you take a look in the mirror and you jaw drops. This is you.....


Thailand DiversThailand DiversYou realize its not always a dream job, though most of the time it is.
You can work 14 hours a day and may be no day off for three months.
When the water gets to 26 degrees you think its freezing.
You learn to accept stupid questions. Yes the sea is salty. You are now blonde as your hair has been bleached in the sun. Rice, fish, soup and chilli are normal breakfasts.  You now are talking in short hand. SMB, BCD, SPG, DSD and a CESA is not just a salad. "Bankok Women Really Are Fella's" has two meanings and one can save your life.  Dive instructors do have ear problems too bit they learn to adapt the dive to get round it.Thailand Divers
Thailand Divers People who are good "swimmers" may mean they have once been in the water and did not drown.You know after a snorkel test you may need a day off the next day.
People tell you that you should come back to the real world. But you point out how boring their holidays will be without people like you. How simple your life is compared to theirs.
The working week and weekends no longer exist. Everday is better than most peoples weekend.Thailand DiversNot everyday is flat sea and blue sky, well ok most are.  I can now talk under water and be understood.Sharks are friends not threats You have signed your name more times than the biggest movie star.  Thailand Divers You can live on less money a month than you did per day back home. Then here you are working everyday and you dont need to spend money.
Your life is Dive, Eat, Sleep, Repeat.
You dont have forty meters viz everyday. Sometimes it drops to twenty and your customers still love it as its better than the 2 meters they get in their gravel pit back home.Thailand DiversLiving on a boat for a month with two t-shirts and a pair of shorts does not mean you are lost at sea but living a dream as you are on a live aboard in the similan islands. You know all the girls (or guys) by name in all the bars.
Now after all of this ask yourself. Who lives in the real world?  Is there a free rehab center for people like me to to help us if we ever need to go back to a big city and wear shoes and watches again.? 
Now if you still are unaware of whats involved living in phuket thailand. Take a look at the typical office of phuket scuba diving instructor then look out of the window. Who lives in the real world?? If my world looks good then give me call.  We have plenty of office space if you want to move in.
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Never Fall in Love with a Phuket Scuba Diving instructor

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Never Fall in Love with a Phuket Scuba diving instructor. 
Thailand DiversFor many people when they Arrive in the Sunny Tropical Island of Phuket Thailand the Rest of the World ceases to exist. I guess this can be said of many truly great holiday destinations. Sun, sea, blue sky and everyone is relaxed and happy. Everyday is perfect but so far from the real lives of everyone who visit that anyone who is living the dream is almost certain not to own a pair of shoes, suit or tie and may be not even a pair of long trousers. Smart dress means cotton cargo shorts instead of board shorts and t-shirt instead of singlet or if really smart a polo shirt. 
However if when you are on holiday the inevitable happens this video will tell you all.
Now you see what you are up against. There are three options.
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phuket scuba diving is awesome.
1. Take one look at what you have to compete with and give up.
2. Take up diving in Phuket. Do your Open Water and  may be Advanced courses. Then keep diving till your Holiday Ends  Go home knowing "your" instructor is still diving in Phuket  and everyday life in whatever your city you are in may as well be on another planet and in no way can mean anything to anyone when they are in Phuket Scuba diving everyday.
3. Take up Scuba diving in Phuket. Go home, sell your house, car and everything. Get the first flight back to Phuket Thailand and join the real world in Phuket Scuba diving and become an instructor. Throw away all your suits, shoes. and spend your days on the beach in shorts and flip flops too.Come and join the dream and see what you are missing at one of the best dive centers on the island paradise of Phuket.
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Diving During Monsoon Season in Phuket

Phuket Scuba Diving During Monsoon season.

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What can I expect on a Monsoonal day?

Thailand Divers       Scuba diving in phuket during monsoon season can be a great time of year to visit phuket thailand. Phuket is positioned about half way down the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman ocean. Thailand has a northern and southern monsoon. Phuket being central can get either northern or southern monsoon, both or neither. Phuket this time of year can have warm sunny days and mainly short sharp showers  at night. During the day can produce again heavy showers that last 20 minutes or so then dry up in 15 minutes as well. During Monsoon season the weather and winds come from the west, right across the Indian Ocean and can produce good surf all along the west coast resorts such as Patong, Karon and Kata beaches.

What is Monsoon?

Thailand DiversThailand DiversThe word monsoon literally means ‘season’ in Arabic. Traders travelling the waters off the Arabian and Indian coast noted for centuries that dry, cool, northeast winds blew for 6 months and then suddenly changed to warm, moist air from the southeast. So in a nutshell, the monsoon weather is a change in the type and direction of winds (and therefore swell) that brings moist air.

When and How Does it work?

Thailand DiversThailand DiversBetween April to September, the wind blows from the southeast as the land mass of India, the Himalayas and beyond heats up relative to the ocean. This causes moist warm air from the Indian ocean to rush into the gap as the warmer air rises. This is the moist ‘maritime’ air that brings the monsoonal rains. Between October and March, this phenomenon is reversed, as the temperature of the Indian Ocean is warmer relative to the land. This pulls dry, cool ‘continental’ winds to Phuket Thailand. This is often called the ‘dry’ or ‘high’ season.

What does it mean for phuket scuba diving?

Thailand DiversThailand DiversDuring monsoon season in Phuket is really mid May till mid October. This time of year is not bad for scuba diving in phuket. The weather is better in monsoon season than it is in many countries on a good day. As far as the ocean goes we can have flat seas on good days and up to three meter waves on the really bad days. As an average the waves are 75cms to 1 meter high. This does not really effect the dive boats here as they are mostly large sturdy boats built for diving in these conditions. The main difference is the direction of the wind, weather and swell. All the locations are useable all year round. The only exceptions are King Cruiser, Shark point and Anemone reef. Although very rare these sites can be canceled in extreme conditions as they are situated out in the middle of the ocean with no protection.
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Thailand DiversThailand DiversThailand DiversThe diving is fine but if the waves become too big it can become too risky getting back on the boats after a dive. Both Phi Phi and Racha Noi and Yai are good all year as they both offer sheltered bays on both the East and West side of the islands. This means calm flat water all year. The trip out and back to Phi Phi can be longer if there is strong wind or big waves as the boats run with the wind and waves on the way out and against on the way back. The trips to the racha Islands is ok too as there is protection from the waves for most of the way from Phuket and Coral island. Then from Racha Yai. However from Coral island to Racha Yai can be a bit exposed as can from Racha Yai to Noi. This however is only in the worst conditions and most days are great conditions. You can expect an odd shower at anytime during monsoon season but then again the clouds do tend to hang around the mountians on Phuket and the days on the sea tend to be nice. During this time of year the weather will change from day to day, week to week. Just ask in the office to check the conditions on the days you wish to dive and you can pick the locations depending on the weather.
Thailand DiversThailand DiversThe best things about Monsoon season. The best thing about scuba diving in phuket during this time of year is the cheap hotel prices and there are less people on the dive boats. The dive sites are less crowded and the fish are less spooked. The visability is normally very good too unless a big storm has just passed by. There can be a bit more wind or an odd shower and remember even if its cloudy and raining on phuket there is a good chance of sun out on the ocean. Phuket scuba diving is great all year round. In a two week holiday you can get a bit of everything. From one extreme to another. One day can be a typical monsoon day and the next a typical tropical island paradise style weather. This time of year is awesome and does create the most stunning sunsets. Truly worth a visit.

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