Hallelujah Thailand

10% off the retail price for all of October's trip

At 35 meters in length, the Hallelujah is by far one of the largest boats cruising in the Similans. Her all steel construction makes her safe and smooth, promising a relaxing ride throughout your trip. Each of her cabins features its own sink, toilet and hot shower for the ultimate in privacy and convenience. Each cabin also has its own air-conditioner, so you can adjust your cabin to just how you like it.

Each cabin also has multiple 220v outlets so you can charge your cameras, laptops, or other diving accessories. The VIP Single cabin also has work desks and chairs for the avid underwater photographers. Due to her massive size, most guests find themselves spending the majority of their time between dives in the expansive common areas of the boat.

There is a spacious lounge with a large flat-screen TV, a DVD player and a wide selection of DVDs available to suit most tastes. There are also several desks in the lounge with 220v outlets for those wishing to do photo or video editing on board.
For those who prefer a quieter form of entertainment between dives, you can borrow a book from the on-board selection in the lounge and relax on the sun chairs of the large upper deck, or in the outside lounge on the main deck.

The Hallelujah features indoor and outdoor eating areas, each large enough on its own to accomodate all customers and crew for meals, so no matter what mother nature has in store everyone will be able to dine in comfort.

And the excellent food prepared by our experienced cooks will ensure your meals are as good as your dives. Themulti-lingual staff on board is able to speak English, German, Swedish, Danish, Norweigan, Dutch, Flemmish, and Japanese. If you have language requirements beyond these, we can accomodate just about any request. All of our staff have years of experience in the Similans and even longer track records for keeping divers safe season after season.

Hallelujah - prices

Full pricing is available on the schedule here.
Prices are per person and are charged in Thai baht and based on 2 persons sharing a cabin, Please visit this link to see the amount in your currency

All prices are based on a double / twin share basis.

VIP Single cabin is the only cabin on the upper deck and has a large window down one side of the room. This cabin also has en-suite facilities including hot shower, flush toilet and sink. This is the most luxurious of our cabins offering the best views of the Similan Islands.

55,000 Baht per person for diving

Deluxe Double cabins are located on the main deck of the vessel. These cabins have large windows offering spectacular views ofthe passing scenery.These cabins also have en-suite facilities including hot shower, flush toilet and sink for your privacy and convenience.

40,000 Baht per person diving

Standard Twin cabins are also located on the main deck. They offer the same spectacular views with large windows within these rooms. The beds are arranged into bunk beds perfect for single travellers and couples alike.

*35,00 Baht per person diving *

Please don’t forget to include 1600 Thai baht for Marine park fees payable onboard during your trip

**Single cabin, non sharing cabin +85%
Non diver -85% of the above rates
Nitrox - 2000 Thb per trip

Rates are per person, based on double occupancy cabins. When possible, we will allow individual customers to have their own room. However during busy times we may need to put 2 individual customers in the same room. If we need to combine individual customers in cabins, we will only do male-male or female-female pairings for reasons of privacy. If you require your own personal cabin, we offer it at a 85% surchage. Private cabins are not available during Christmas and New Years.

Included in the price is:

  • On board accommodation
  • Five meals daily with snacks
  • Non-alcoholic beverages: water,tea, coffee
  • 4 dives per full day (total 14dives in the 4 day trip)
  • Use of tanks, weights, weightbelts
  • Dive leader service
  • Transfer within Phuket town,Patong, Kata, Karon and Phuket International Airportto the boatat Thaplamu and back.

Not included in the price is:

  • Any diving equipment (except fortanks and weight) - full equipment rental charge is 500 Thba day (does not includea dive computer) Nitrox - 250 Baht per dive ($7) (All 14 dives 2000 baht)
  • National Park fees - approximately1,600 Baht per person for 4 days - to be paid on-board directly to the tourleader.
  • Please note that National ParkFees are subject to change without prior notice. Domestic / International phone /fax / Internet connections
  • Diver insurance - Mandatory - http://www.* diversalertnetwork.org
  • Domestic / International phone / fax /
  • Internet connections Rates are subject to change without prior notice.

Deposit and payment:

  • 30% (of total amount) deposit upon reservation to confirm the booking
  • 70% (of total amount) remaining balance to be made 60 days prior to departure

Cancellation Refund Policy:

  • Prior to 60 days before departure date: Deposit lost
  • Less than 60 days before departure date: No refund

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Transfer times for pick ups

Hallelujah Trip Boarding Pier Pick up time for Phuket town/Patong/Kata/Karon Beach From the Airport *
4D/4N Similan Thaplamu 1600 - 1700 hrs. 1600 hrs.
  • Pick up time is fixed as above irrespective of flight schedules and the meeting point is at the “CHESTER GRILL” in the arrival hall Other Features:PADI Instructor on board. Courses available upon special and advanced requests

PADI Open Water, Advanced, NITROX and various Diving courses are available for an extra charge

Please advise your rental equipment needs at time of booking.

Diving equipment for rent on board (Price is per person per day):

Rental Equipment Per item/set Price Per Day
FULL SET- items marked * full set* 500 Baht
BCD* item 250 Baht
Regulator/gauges/octopus* item/reg set 250 Baht
Wetsuit - shorty* item 150 Baht
Mask/Snorkel/Fins* Set only Free
Dive Torch item 200 Baht
Dive Computer item 300 Baht
Nitroxonboard:
15 litre tank THB 200 per day or 800 per trip
Nitrox (12 litre tank) THB250 Per dive up to 36% 12 ltr
Dive Nitrox for 11 dives + 3 air top ups (12 litre tank) THB 2,000 12 ltr
Nitrox(15 litre tank) THB 230 Per dive up to 36% 15ltr
Dive Nitrox for 11 dives + 3 air top ups (12 litre tank) THB 2,500 15 ltr
PADICourses:
AOW THB 8,000
Emergency First Responder THB 4,500
Rescue THB8,000
Dive Master Upon application
Specialty courses:
Nitrox THB8,000 (including 2 Nitrox dives) all following dives THB 200 per Nitrox dive.
Digital Underwater Photography THB 8,000 - Camera rental extra
Peak Performance Buoyancy THB8,000
Deep THB8,000
Night THB 7,000
Underwater Navigator THB7,000
Boat THB 4,500
Equipment THB4,500
Fish Identification THB 4,500

All prices are quoted in Thai Baht, US$ prices are guidelines only

Any prices quoted in Thai Baht will be charged in Thai Baht on board at the end of the cruise, US$ / Euros are accepted on board at the boat’s exchange rate for that cruise

Hallelujah - schedule

15Oct17
19Oct17
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22Oct17
26Oct17
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28Oct17
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03Nov17
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09Nov17
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15Nov17
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21Nov17
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27Nov17
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02Dec17
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07Dec17
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14Dec17
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19Dec17
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24Dec17
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29Dec17
02Jan18
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03Jan18
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08Jan18
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15Jan18
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20Jan18
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25Jan18
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30Jan18
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04Feb18
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10Feb18
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25Feb18
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02Mar18
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07Mar18
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13Mar18
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18Mar18
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23Mar18
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28Mar18
01Apr18
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03Apr18
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08Apr18
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14Apr18
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19Apr18
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24Apr18
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Hallelujah - cabins

VIP Single cabin is the only cabin on the upper deck and has a large window down one side of the room. This cabin also has en-suite facilities including hot shower, flush toilet and sink. This is the most luxurious of our cabins offering the best views of the Similan Islands.

Deluxe Double cabins are located on the main deck of the vessel. These cabins have large windows offering spectacular views ofthe passing scenery.These cabins also have en-suite facilities including hot shower, flush toilet and sink for your privacy and convenience.

Standard Twin cabins are also located on the main deck. They offer the same spectacular views with large windows within these rooms. The beds are arranged into bunk beds perfect for single travellers and couples alike.

  • Deluxe Double cabin

  • VIP Single cabin

  • Standard twin cabin

Hallelujah - itinerary

4D/4N Similan islands liveaboard

Time

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

0645

 

Continental Breakfast

0730

Dive 1

Dive 5

Dive 9

Dive 13

Similan

Similan

Richelieu

Similan

0900

Western Breakfast

1100

Dive 2

Dive 6

Dive 10

Dive 14

Similan

Koh Bon

Richelieu

Similan

1230

Lunch

1400

Dive 3

Dive 7

Dive 11

Similan
Depart to Thaplamu

Similan

Koh Bon

Koh Tachai

1530

Snack

1600

Free at your leisure

1700

Guests transfer to Thaplamu

1800

Boarding Check-in

1900

Dinner & overnight on board / Cruise to Similan Island

Dive 4

Dive 8

Dive 12

Check-out and transfer to your destination in Phuket

Sleep Similan

Sleep Koh Tachai

Sleep Similan

2000

Dinner & overnight on board

 

Hallelujah - specs

Hallelujah’s large dive deck in the rear of the boat gives you plenty of room to set up and get in. Our on board nitrox system allows nitrox ceritfied divers to extend their bottom times with enriched air mixes. For those not Nitrox certified, we offer Nitrox certification on board, along with other courses such as deep specialty and photo specialty. Dive groups are maximum of 4 people (unless a group booking prefers to all dive together), and your gear is washed and your tanks are filled for you by our highly trained staff. Standard and DIN tanks are available on the boat.

For those traveling with non-divers, we invite you to bring them along as a snorkeling guest, or sign them up for their Open Water course, which can be completed entirely on the trip. We can even arrange to complete the first day of Open Water training in the pool just before the trip to maximize your dive time out at sea.

The Hallelujah is equipped with a full 1st aid medic kit, as well as medical grade oxygen for emergencies. All of our staff have current first-aid certifications.

Hallelujah - diving

Diving License Logbook:

As a safety precaution for all our guests, as well as to identify the experience level of each diver, it is required that all divers possess proper and valid diving license / certification card, as well as the most updated logbook, which will be checked upon boarding the ship.

For your diver safety we strongly require all divers use a diving computer. Free lesson on use on board

Insurance Policy:

Hallelujah requires that all divers carry Divers Alert Network Insurance - www.diversalertnetwork.org and strongly recommends that guests purchase comprehensive accident, medical, baggage and trip cancellation insurance. Hallelujah does not offer such insurance and cannot offer any compensation for trip cancellation or partial / full refunds, for any reasons. All divers are required to show certificate / card of Divers Alert Network Evacuation Insurance prior to boarding the ship.

Hallelujah is this year offering insurance that may be arranged through us at the time of your booking.

DiveMaster insurance, or as it is known in Thailand, In Depths insurance includesaccident, 3rd party and

professional cover, repatriation, search and recovery and everything else you should or hopefully shouldn’t need (it doesn’t include loss of equipment in an emergency). The rate is 150 Baht a day ($5)

It is a British company so the coverageis to European standards and is via Lloyds of London.

If you wish to take advantage of this offer please email your name, e-mail address and dates of birth at the time of making your booking and we will commence your coverage on the day of departure terminating on the day of your return and you will receive e-mail confirmation of your cover. Hallelujah reserves the rights to refuse boarding by any divers without the insurance and no refund shall be provided for any reasons.

Boulder City (Island Three - Koh Payan)

Boulder City lies some 200 meter south of Koh Payan. The dive site is completely submerged with two mooring buoys to mark the location, one at the north end and one at the south. Descending down the north line takes you to 20 meters and the south line to 30 meters. This is a dive in the 20 to 30 meter mark making it not a long dive but the underwater scenery here is spectacular with large granite boulders some bigger than a house, with swim-throughs and the chance of swimming with large pelagics. Eagle and manta rays cruise around the large boulders while large fan tail rays rest in the sandy bottom. This is also where I have been lucky enough on two separate occasions last season to witness the mating of leopard sharks. With a family of large humphead parrot fish and napoleon wrasse living in the area the beautiful soft corals and large gorgonian sea fans make this an eye opening dive site with the occasional whale shark cruising past.

Koh Miang # 4 Honeymoon Bay

Honeymoon Bay is a beautiful bay on the back side of island 4 with its quiet beach and tranquil bay it’s the perfect place for a snorkel or our sunset dives on the gentle slopping reef down to 24 meters. In the shallows around the coral heads you will find octopus, crabs and mantis shrimps on the hunt for food.

With the occasional hawksbill sea turtle and white tip reef shark patrolling the reef will keep you busy on your dive.

Koh Payu # 7 Deep Six

Deep six lies on the northern tip of island 7 and has a buoy line running down to 18 meters there as the name implies you can descend down to over 60 meters. Here the dramatic underwater boulders have formed some excellent swim throughs, tunnels and canyons that make this an exciting dive. But down in the soft coral garden the largest gorgonian sea fans in the Similans survive untouched. With the occasional manta ray gliding passed in the blue will make for an enjoyable dive.

Elephant Head, Hin Pousar

This is probably the most famous dive site in the Similan Islands, it lies in between island 7 (Koh Payu) and island 8 (Koh Similan).

With three large rocks breaking the surface these granite boulders run down to over 50 meters. This is an exciting dive. Not too much coral growth but the way the boulders are lying on top of each other has left an intricate web of tunnels and swim- throughs. Large overhangs with oriental sweetlips and harlequin sweetlips which are only found in the Andaman sea hang around in small groups to escape the currents. Coming in and out of the tunnels keep an eye open for the colorful clown triggerfish and the white tip reef sharks resting on the bottom. Currents can be quite strong sometimes but this makes for an exciting and fun dive.

Koh Bangu #9 North Point

North point lies on the west side of the island with a dramatic underwater scenery of large boulders with canyons and swim throughs. As you descend down the line passed the tall fin bat fish and head through the tunnels, keep your eyes open for a pair of Napoleon wrasse. In between the large canyons grow large gorgonian sea fans with excellent soft corals hiding harlequin ghost pipe fish but a look out into the blue can be rewarding with frequent visits from the graceful manta ray passing over head.

Koh Bon - The Pinnacle

Koh Bon island lies 12 nautical miles south of Koh Tachai island and the dive site is located around 150 meters north west of the island and has no bouy line so location is by GPS. When the captain signals its time to jump into the blue and descend down to the pinnacles. The top is around 18 meters and continues to run down to over 50 meters to the sand bottom were the docile leopard shark sleeps while white tip reef sharks patrol the reef in search of a meal. These amazing pinnacles are covered with colourful soft coral trees, large gorgonian sea fans and barrel sponges running down the walls. With 5 species of clown fish in the magnificent anemones and their shrimp and porcelain crab hosts its difficult to keep your eyes of the pinnacles but a look out in to the blue can be rewarding with manta rays gliding around and the occasional whale shark. But don’t forget to keep a check on your air supply as its time to head back to the surface and leave these beautiful creatures behind.

Koh Tachai Island - The Dome

Koh Tachai lies 22 nautical miles south of Surin, the dive site is located around 200 meters south of the island and is marked with a bouy line which descends down to 16 meters to reach the top of the plateau. From here you decide which way to go ? North or South. North takes you over the plateau to the beautiful coral garden at around 22meters to 26meters with some of the best soft corals and sea fans in the area, which will keep underwater photographers busy. South takes you down over the large boulders to between 36meters and 40meters to reach the sandy bottom looking for the docile leopard shark and large stingrays. Up above schooling great barracudas with tunas and trevallys darting down to catch the baitfish hanging around the reef. With a multitude of small creatures to look at try not to forget a look into the blue to see the manta rays gliding past and the occasional whale shark make Koh Tachai a spectacular dive site.

Richelieu Rock

Richelieu lies 7.5 nautical miles east of the Surin islands national marine park. Here this large rock pinnacle just breaksthe surface at low tide and descends down to around 33 meters to the sandy bottom. The northern side has an excellent wall with lots of cracks and holes for you to look inside. The wall is covered with coral and zig zag oysters where you can find over ten species of moray eels like the commonly spotted white eyed, giant, yellow edged, and bartail morays or the shy dragon, leopard, honeycomb and zebra morays.

The wall is all so home to many species of shrimps from the cleaners, anemone, saron, squat and the colorful harlequin shrimps. The west side contains mostly soft corals and sea fans with ghost pipefish and tigertail sea horses hiding in between the branches. But its here where we all so encounter large schools of silver jacks and bluefin trevallys with chevron and great barracudas too.

Its also home to the gentle giant the whale shark anywhere from 2 meter babys to 8 meter subadults. The walls seem to move with so much life or look closely at the camouflaged scorpion, stone and lionfishes that blend in to the rock. A truly spectacular dive site no matter what the visibility.

Koh Bida Nok and Koh Bida Nai Islands - Koh Phi Phi

These two uninhabited islands lie south of Phi Phi and are a Mecca forleopard sharks. These harmless and docile creatures are usually sleeping around the sand and coral banks of the islands usually no deeper than 20 meters. With Bida Nok as the larger of the two it offers great hard and soft corals with turtles and sea snakes passing bye. The deeper of the two with depths to 30 meters on the west side wall teeming with life from lionfish to baby morays poking there heads from the cracks and well camouflaged octopuses blending in to the rocks will keep your eyes busy on this dive site. Bida Nai island smaller and slightly shallower offers the chance to see the sleeping leopard shark anywhere from 1 to 10 sharks resting on the bottom in between the staghorn corals. Here the soft corals are abound with their beautiful colors but look closely at the sea fans to find the Tiger-tail sea horse. With two swim-throughs covered in small baitfish and shrimps, lots of colorful reef fish and schools of barracuda and trevallys darting over the reef, and not forgetting the many nudibranches along the way make this a wonderful dive site.

Koh Ha Islands

Koh Ha

is a group of five magical uninhabited islands, unspoiled and usually offering crystal clear waters. One of the highlights is diving the Twin Cathedrals, a large cave system that has formed into two large domes with a passage between them. We also dive the Chimney, a separate dive site on island no.1. The chimney starts at 17 metres coming all the way up to 5m with a side passage into another cavern, when the light is right and it comes through the holes in the ceiling it’s a magical dive.

Koh Ha island 4 is a macro dive that most of our customers love. starting shallow you swim around a small island looking at Harlequin shrimps, frogfish, ghost pipefish and a very friendly turtle. This whole island group is a haven for marine life and divers alike! - awesome beauty with caverns, caves, chimneys, swim throughs, soft coral covered walls, coral heads and sea bed. The marine diversity here will suit all divers with interesting macro such as pegasus (sea moth) and rare nudibrancs and good fish action plus squid, cuttlefish, lobsters, morays and more.

Hin Muang (Purple Rock)

Purple rock is completely submerged with a bouy line running down to 18 meters in the center of the rock.Hin Muang is basically one very large rock with steep walls running down to over 50 meters with 6 pinnacles on the top. The shallowest being 10 meters from the surface. The rock lies in a north to south direction making navigation around the rock easy. The rock is surrounded by plankton rich water making it a popular place to see manta rays and possibly a whale shark.

Hin Daeng (Red Rock)

Hin Daeng

has three large rocks that break the surface and a mooring bouy on the east side that descends down to 14 meters. Here the walls are covered with small red soft coral trees with shrimps and morays in every crack. The south east descends down to over 60 meters with large pelagics cruising in to be cleaned by the cleaner wrasse including devil rays, manta rays and whale sharks, with large schools of barracuda and tunas. Down to the west side on the slopping sand patches are the leopard sharks sleeping on the bottom. Visibility at both sites is usually very good with 20 meter plus.

Hallelujah - faqs

I hope to provide as many answers as possible with my Faq and travel advice section for each liveaboard destination but if you find you still have questions, please do not hesitate to email me directly.

I am an open water diver.Can I join the Thailand trips?

Is there discount for non-divers?

Where do the boats depart from?

What time do the boats sail to Similans?

Is Hotel or Airport pickup provided?

What happens if I arrive in Phuket Airport on the morning of sailing day?

Where is your office in Phuket Thailand?

Who do I contact in Phuket?

What is provided during the trip?

Do you provide Nitrox fills?

Can I request a larger (15 litre) tank?

Do you have any tanks with a DIN valve?

Are there any extra fees to pay onboard?

Can I fly on the final day of trip?

How long is the boat ride from the pier to Similan Islands?

What time does the boat return to pier on the final diving day?

How far is the airport from the pier?

Is there a massage service?

Is Insurance included?

Is there phone reception throughout the trip?

Is there power onboard for battery charging?

Is there a camera rinse tank?

Where is the nearest Recompression Chamber?

Is there Oxygen onboard?

What are the dive sites covered in a normal 4 day itinerary?

Do you run trips to Burma, Mergui Archipalago?

Do you run trips to Andaman Islands?

Do you run trips to Hin Daeng and Hin Muang?

How do I get to Thailand and Phuket?

Do I need a visa to enter Thailand?

Do I need to arrange a hotel in Phuket?

What is the electricity supply in Thailand?

What is the currency in Thailand and how do I pay?

Where can I eat and how is the food?

What will the weather be like during my visit?

What are the air and water temperatures in Thailand and will I need a wetsuit?

What should I wear?

What about health precautions?

What is the religious stance in Thailand?

Are there any rules of etiquette I should know about?

What time zone does Thailand lie in?

Is there a postal service?

Can I make international calls and access the internet?

Is there anything to buy on Phuket and are there bargains to be had?

How much crime is there in Thailand and how useful are the police?

I am an open water diver.Can I join the Thailand trips?

Yes, this is for all levels, even non-divers are welcome.

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Is there discount for non-divers?

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Where do the boats depart from?

Thap Lamu Pier, 1 and a half hours North of Phuket.

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What time do the boats sail to Similans?

Between 8-10pm or when the final guests have arrived.

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Is Hotel or Airport pickup provided?

Pick up time from your hotel in Phuket and the airport pick up is from 5-6.00pm onward, only on the sailing day.After the trip, we will send you back to your hotel in Phuket or the aiport whichever you prefer.

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What happens if I arrive in Phuket Airport on the morning of sailing day?

I recommend you get somewhere for the day, the Airport hotel - http://www.phuketairporthotel.com/ has day rates, might save you sitting around all day, it would be money well spent or you could hang out on the beach at Nai Yang beach near the airport - http://www.phuket-photos.com/frameme.php?page=nai-yang-beach.htm

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Where is your office in Thailand?

Big Blue diving, Khao Lak, Thailand

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Who do I contact in Phuket when I arrive?

Office phone076 485 544 - Manager’s mobile- 0812 969 444

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What is provided during the trip?

Towel,bed linen, 5 meals a day, dive guide (4-5 diver to 1 dive guide), hotbeverages, snacks, daily cabin services, tanks, weight belt, fruitafter diving.

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Do you provide Nitrox fills?

Yes, each refill is 250 baht.

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Can I request a larger (15 litre) tank?

Yes, rental is 250 baht per day - 2000 baht for the trip.

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Do you have any tanks with a DIN valve?

Yes, we have adaptors.

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Are there any extra fees to pay onboard?

Marine park fee is 1600 baht for a 4 days trip.

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Can I fly on the final day of trip?

You can, provided you skip the final 2 morning dives on the last day.

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How long is the boat ride from the pier to the Similan Islands?

4 hours.

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What time does the boat return to pier on the final diving day?

3.00pm.

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How far is the airport from the pier?

1.5 hours on a normal day.

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Is there a massage service?

No.

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Is Insurance included?

Yes, we sell indepth dive insurance 250 baht a day.

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Is there phone reception throughout the trip?

Onlyaround Similans, Island 4, 5 and 7 at the moment. We also have a satellite phone on board

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Is there power onboard for battery charging?

Yes, most of the cabins have 220V 3-pin and we have 2-pin adapters.

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Is there a camera rinse tank?

Yes, 2

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Where is the nearest Recompression Chamber?

In Patong Beach, Phuket.

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Is there Oxygen onboard?

Yes, plenty for Nitrox and for any emergency.

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What are the dive sites covered in a normal 4 day itinerary?

East of Eden, West of Eden, Elephant Head Rock, Rocky Point, Christmas TreePoint, Koh Bon, Pinnacles, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock.

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Do you run trips to Burma, Mergui Archipalago?

No

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Do you run trips to Andaman Islands?

No.

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Do you run trips to Hin Daeng and Hin Muang?

No

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Flying to Thailand and Phuket International flights There are two airports in Bangkok, with all international flights arriving to the new international airport of Suvarnabhumi (airport code BKK). Most major airlines fly direct to at least Bangkok, and often to Phuket. Thai Airways International (THAI) is the national airline and is regarded as one of the best airlines in the world, with another great carrier being Singapore Airlines who have multiple flights to Bangkok and Phuket daily.

Phuket also has an international airport, with at least five flights a day (this varies from high-season to low-season) arriving from Bangkok year-round. Phuket also welcomes planes from Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and even Europe to its airport.

Internal Flights

If you have a connecting flight to Phuket then it can leave form Suvarnabhumi or from the old international airport of Don Muang (airport code DMK, which is now purely domestic). Please check your tickets, transfer times, and lay-over times between flights as passage between the two airports can be time consuming.

Thailand has a number of discount and budget domestic airlines which can be good as long as you don’t want to change your travel plans. You can save 50% or more using these carriers if you book early but keep in mind that they usually limit your luggage weight to 15kg or 33lbs. For many divers this is simply not enough and by the time you pay the over weight fees, you may not end up saving any money.

To check flights with the main carriers into and out of Phuket check the following links: Thai Airways - Bangkok Air - Air Asia

Note: It is strongly advised that you arrive in Phuket at least one day prior to boat departure in order to avoid potential problems and to allow you time to acclimatise before heading out on the trip. Also remember the ‘24 hours after diving’ rule when booking your return flights. Return to top of FAQ’s

Visa Requirements

All travellers to Thailand must have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of entry into the Kingdom. Although nationals of most countries in Southeast Asia, Europe, America, and Oceania are granted visa on arrival for up to 30 days, some are only granted 15 days, and others must have visa before arrival. See the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for an up to date list of what is required. If in doubt please contact the Thai embassy in your country for more information, see here for a list of Thai Embassies around the world.

IMPORTANT FOR BURMA CUSTOMERS: If you require a visa to enter Thailand, please make sure you obtain a multiple entry visa as you will need for your initial entry to Thailand as well as your re-entry to Thailand on returning from Burma. See Burma Travel Advice for more details on Burma visas and entry procedures. Return to top of FAQ’s

Accommodation upon Arrival in Phuket

It is highly recommended that you arrive at least one day prior to your cruise to recover from your jet lag and / or to avoid any possible delays or complications.. Return to top of FAQ’s

Electricity Supply

In Thailand 220Volt/50Hz is standard with sockets mixed between 2 and/or 3 pin flat and/or round pins. To avoid confusion or disappointment we suggest guests bring at least one travel adapter. Return to top of FAQ’s

Currency

The currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht (Thb). Visa and Mastercard are commonly accepted in most stores (though American Express is less so) and cash machines are widely available in tourist areas. Currency exchange is also widely available, though we suggest using banks (where you will get a fair exchange rate and often pay no commission) rather than hotels or others who generally provide poorer rates. You will sometimes find that US Dollars, Euros, and the GB Pound are accepted in larger hotels. For current exchange rates click here. Return to top of FAQ’s

Eating out and Thai Food

No matter what your gastronomical tastes there is something for everyone in Phuket with world wide fast food outlets, street carts, fine international restaurants, and wonderful traditional Royal Thai Cuisine all available. With all the major resorts and Phuket City offering a wide choice you can eat somewhere new every night!

There is a wide variety of Thai food, and contrary to popular belief it is not all very hot. There are many curries available and they can be spicy, though a simple request for “not too spicy” will make it more than bearable to the western palate. Also beware of ‘Thai Spicy Salad’ as this is not salad in the traditional western sense and can be hot enough to make your brain leak through your ears (though papaya salad is delicious once you are accustomed to the heat!). Northern curries tend to be milder, with ‘Massaman’ being a particular favourite.

Sea food is very popular in Phuket, for obvious reasons, and is very reasonably priced in western terms. Most sea food is generally fresh and cooked beautifully, though take the sensible precaution and beware of shell fish if you have lots of travelling to do the day after. Return to top of FAQ’s

Climate

Thailand’s tropical climate is influenced by the southwest and northeast monsoons. There are three basic seasons: Dry (November through Feb), Hot (March through May) and Rainy (June through October). Day trip diving is possible all year round, though the liveaboard season is restricted to the ‘dry’ and ‘hot’ seasons; often referred to as high season. Below is an example of a typical high season’s weather in the Phuket area.

Month Climate
November Fair weather, end of SW monsoon, pleasant temperatures.
December Sunny, not much wind, occasional rainfall, generally calm seas.
January Sunny, a little windy, clear water, pleasant temperatures.
February Same as January, but getting warmer.
March and April End of NE monsoon, hot, humid, calm seas, plankton.
May Hot, humid, start of SW monsoon, plankton, occasional squalls at night.

Please note, the above table is not a forecast! For up to date weather in Phuket see Yahoo weather. Return to top of FAQ’s

Air and Water Temperatures

Air temperature: 23°C - 35°C (73°F - 95°F), always warm and can be very hot and humid, nights sometimes a little cooler. Water temperature in the Andaman Sea averages around 27°C to 30°C (80°F - 86°F), very pleasant although sometimes thermo clines occur. A 3mm short wetsuit is normally enough, though with 4 dives per day you may want to think about a full length suit particularly if you are succeptable to the cold. Please contact the office a week or so prior to the trip for current water temperatures if you are concerned. Return to top of FAQ’s

Clothing and Dress Codes

In all tourist resorts shorts and t-shirts are acceptable attire. This is also appropriate at night, though ‘smart casual’ is preferred in the better eating establishments. Jackets and ties are not required anywhere. Ladies are expected to dress appropriately when visiting temples, for example, cover your shoulders and wear dresses or trousers below the knee at the very least. Aside from this, light natural fibers are advised as they are comfortable and allow the air to circulate, man made fibres can cause you to sweat in this humid climate and can cause heat rash or worse. Return to top of FAQ’s

Health

Health services are excellent in Thailand with modern, well equipped hospitals in all major towns. Although Thailand is officially a malarial area, most of the country (including Phuket) is Malaria free, though Dengue Fever is not unknown. We recommend you check the status of your vaccinations and seek your doctor’s advice on inoculations and medication. Normal sensible precautions with food should keep you out of trouble, and be sure to drink lots of bottled drinking water to prevent dehydration (especially if your best laid plans have still left you with a bout of diarrhoea). DO NOT drink tap water in Thailand! Also, be sure to wash regularly and wear light, loose clothing made from natural fibres as heat rash and fungal infections for visitors are not unusual in this humidity. Return to top of FAQ’s

Religious Matters

Nearly all Thais are Buddhist (somewhere approaching 90%) with a small percentage (some 5%) being Muslim, though the south has a higher proportion of Muslims. The remainder of the country is made up of various religions with Christianity, Hinduism, and Confucianism making up most of the 5 or 6% left. There is a great tolerance between religions symbolised by the fact that the King is the Protector of All Faiths Return to top of FAQ’s

Simple Etiquette

King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the head of the constitutional monarchy in Thailand and is, along with the whole royal family, held in the highest esteem. The family has the love and respect of the entire nation and showing disrespect can get you into trouble. Joking about the Royal Family is simply not done!! Do not point your feet at people, especially monks or representations of Buddha, as this seen as highly disrespectful, as is touching adults on the top of their heads. If you are in a situation that leads you to be in contact with the police for ANY reason, you must remain calm and respectful at all times. Raising your voice, displaying anger, making demands will get you nowhere, in fact will probably make matters worse no matter whether the problem is your fault or not. Good humour and patience will get you a long way in any situation. Return to top of FAQ’s

Time Zone

Local time is GMT+7 hours throughout the year. Thailand has no daylight savings time and sunrise and sunset are pretty regular year round with sunrise between 6:00am and 6:45am and sunset between 6:00pm and 6:45pm. Return to top of FAQ’s

Postal Services

The Thai postal service is mostly reliable, especially if posting abroad, though speed does not seem to be a priority. Post offices in Thailand are open from 9:00am until 3:30pm.Important items can be sent by Express Mail Service (EMS) from most post offices which is both faster and more reliable (with a proportionally higher cost). Both DHL and UPS have offices on Phuket if you want to be sure of their international standards. Return to top of FAQ’s

Telephone and Internet Services

International dialling is available from almost all major hotels (and many smaller ones), as well as many offices offering travel and/or internet services. To make an international call, dial 001 plus Country Code plus Area Code plus Phone Number. Services tend to be very reliable. Internet is also widely available with everyone from hotels to coffee shops offering computers with internet service and WIFI. The speed of internet is still not up to western standards but internet calls via Skype are mostly clear and consistent. Return to top of FAQ’s

Shopping and Bargaining

There is a massive amount of shopping available in Phuket. Regular purchases such as clothing, perfumes, shoes, sunglasses, souvenirs, computer gaming hardware and software are all available. Beware when buying (especially anything designer or software) that you are buying the real thing when paying ‘real’ prices. Tailors are also very very popular in Phuket, and rightly so. Within 24-48 hours you can have a bespoke dress, shirt, coat, or three piece suit made in the material of your choice at an incredibly low price!

There are also, genuine, traditional Thai wares available outside of the resorts, especially in Phuket City. These include wood carvings, teak ware, porcelain, paintings, and Buddha imagery. Thai silk products are very popular too with outlets such as the legendary Jim Thompson now available on Phuket. If you want something traditionally ‘Phuket’, look out for pearls, tin, and pewter ware, all of which are widely available outside the resorts.

Jewellery is also very popular on Phuket with gold, diamonds, and coloured gems particularly prevalant. Be aware when buying since authentic gems should come with a certificate that states the value of the object and a statement of its value, if this is not present and you are not in the business yourself be very careful.

Contrary to popular belief most establishments will not engage in bargaining, or ‘haggling’, for goods, and prices are set. This is especially true in such places as pharmacies, bars, supermarkets, department stores, public transport, and restaurants. Elsewhere, in places like jewellery stores and with street vendors, bargaining is almost part of the game. Simple rules include keeping the bargaining friendly and remembering exactly how much you are haggling over (is 30 Baht really so important to you?). Getting angry or drawing the haggling on for too long over small amounts will be met with irritation. The best way to see if you are getting value for money is to be prepared to walk away. If you are not followed then the vendor really isn’t willing to drop his price any further…have a think and go back later to buy. Return to top of FAQ’s

Crime and the Police

Known as the land of smiles Thailand is a very safe place to travel around, as demonstrated by the high volume of young backpackers flocking here every year. The police keep a very high profile, with dedicated Tourist Police in all tourist areas designated to looking after the rights of foreign visitors.

As in almost all countries, pick-pocketing happens in crowded areas such as bus and rail stations, tourist spots, and busy gatherings (festivals and bars) so watching your valuables in these areas would be wise. It is not unknown for things to go missing form hotel rooms, but by the same token it is very unusual. By enlarge, Thai staff are very polite and honest. By taking sensible precautions you should have no problems while in Thailand.

It is also worth noting here that drugs are very much to be avoided in Thailand. The government has a very vocal and well known harsh system for dealing with people it considers to be involved in this business (including their infamous ‘shoot now ask later’ system from several years ago), and penalties are very strong.

If you are involved in any kind of incident then the police must be informed (ideally tourist police if they can be contacted). As stated in ‘Simple Etiquette’, when dealing with the police remain calm and polite in order to get the best help and co-operation. Return to top of FAQ’s