Conservation volunteers in Thailand visit the Similan Islands
Last month ten volunteers on our Conservation in Thailand project along with Dive Instructor, Robert and Dive master Justine, embarked on a four day, four night live-aboard trip to the Similan islands.
Although a couple of the volunteers had already had a taste of a live-aboard, it was a new experience for most. The group were not let down by the quality of diving with the many dive sites meriting the Similans deserved reputation as one of the worlds best places to dive.
Doing up to four dives a day it was important to keep energy levels high and this was seen to by the Thai crew who provided an excellent array of food in plentiful quantities. In addition to this the helpfulness of the Thai boat crew cannot go without mention and it is fair to say we were all totally spoiled and it will be a shock to return to our usual boat, the Navada.
The visibility on all the dives was exceptional, ranging from 25 to 30 metres. This provided ample opportunity to spot all kinds of marine life, most notably the manta ray, but also the ghost pipefish and the frog fish. The coral was extremely bright and in most areas completely unspoiled due to the Similans status as a national marine park since the mid 1980s. It was truly a magnificent place for the volunteers to participate in their Padi Open Water and Advanced Open Water courses.
One of the volunteers, Douglas Abram commented, 'it was awesome, the best feeling I have ever had as a huge manta ray swooped over my body as I gazed in awe - something that will stay with me forever.'