Diving out of Krabi
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Oct 25, 2012 2:13 PM Last Post By: dxb1969
Aug 21, 2012 6:45 AM
Diving out of KrabiPottering about SE Asia for a month over the Christmas period with my g/f and wondering if anyone will share some advice about diving out of Krabi. We'll be there for a week and while she's off climbing I want to get a few dives in. I learnt up in Khao Lak many years ago and was tempted to hoof it up the road and get a liveaboard out to the Similians but the schedule of the outfit I learnt with over a decade ago (Seadragon, great bunch) doesn't suit me and missing out the multiple repeat customer discount is putting me off going with other outfits.
So I'm looking for a nice friendly outfit operating out of Krabi which isn't too much of tag 'em and bag 'em high turnover outfit. Recommendations?
Aug 23, 2012 10:59 AM
1I've been to Krabi, Phuket and Ko Lanta a few times in the past 3 years and have been very disappointed with the dive operations and the diving generally.
I think part of the problem is that the best dive sites are at least an hour away and a big boat carrying lots of divers is the only way they can operate safely and profitably. There are a lot of boats so dive sites are becoming heavily dived and a little spoiled. The company I used in Krabi has now shut down, but as far as I can see, most of the operations there use big boats and take lots of divers. You could possibly try Aqua Vision, they operate smaller boats to local sites, but not to the offshore sites.
Aug 24, 2012 8:41 AM
Aug 24, 2012 8:56 AM
3There's a liveaboard operating out of Koh Lanta. It's a budget-class boat (since this is LP I'm assuming that's what's wanted), and departing out of Koh Lanta means it's fairly easy to get on the boat from a Krabi base (as you won't have to spend the time or the money to get all the way up to Khao Lak to board).
Aug 24, 2012 12:42 PM
4Bill, a liveaboard is a much better choice. I would suggest you do a liveaboard to the Similans, as the diving there is probably the best on the west coast of Thailand. If you can't do the Similans, then head out to Hin Daeng & Hin Muang - there are day boats and a few liveaboards that go there.
Oct 24, 2012 12:53 PM
Oct 24, 2012 1:38 PM
6For the Similans, most of the boats leave from Khao Lak but the operators pick you up in Phuket. Most trips are 4 nights or longer. There are overnight or 2 night trips on a boat operated by South Siam Divers and probably a few others.
Hin Daeng/Hin Muang has short trips - you can actually do it on a day trip from Ko Lanta or 1-2 nights from Phuket.
I always book through http://www.sunrise-divers.com
The rates are on their web site.
Oct 25, 2012 8:54 AM
7How much do you see above water on the live aboard trips? Is it open water in every direction or do you see a lot of the small islands, iconic rocks jutting out of the water, etc. Do you stop off at different places during the day from time to time?
I'll be inclined to do a longer live abord if we'd also see other things. What are your thoughts?
Oct 25, 2012 2:13 PM
8It's certainly not open water in every direction. On the Similan trips, you are never far from the islands, there's plenty of islands to see and usually a few opportunities to get off the boat and onto a beach. However, the main focus is on diving, with 4-5 dives scheduled per day. The 2 day liveaboard trips to Hin Daeng/Muang will also offer 4-5 dives a day and most will stop at the islands of Ko Phi Phi, Ko Bida and Ko Ha. The scenery is great, but I always found I was more than happy just to eat, dive and sleep and do little else.
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