Posts Tagged ‘Thailand’

New Thai PADI Instructors in Pattaya

Monday, January 18th, 2016

There are eight new PADI Instructors in Pattaya, with the group of Thai candidates successfully completing their PADI Instructor Examination in Pattaya, Thailand. All candidates were successful as a result of good preparation, training and study. It is great to see an entire group of Thai nationals taking their PADI Instructor […]

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The World’s Best Destinations for Wreck Diving

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Why do the Top 100 Readers Choice Awards, now in their 23rd year, still matter to divers? Because these are your picks, based on thousands of votes from the most experienced dive travelers on the planet. Why do they matter to us? Because every month you hear from our editors on what we think matters in the world of dive travel. For the January/February issue of Scuba Diving we get to listen to you, and we’re taking notes.

Here, we proudly present the No. 1 ranking destinations in the Best Wreck Diving category of the awards. The full list of winning destinations is below.

Pacific and Indian Oceans

1) CHUUCK

Many places boast a few shipwrecks as gee-whiz alternatives to biological reefs, but there’s only one Chuuk, also known as Truk. More than 50 Japanese ships, planes, subs and all manner of machinery, weaponry and fascinating (and sobering) wartime history are on display, the result of America’s deadly aerial barrage on the Japanese fleet in February 1944. This warm, calm lagoon in Micronesia holds a World War II mari- time museum without equal. The 433-foot-long Fujikawa Maru is superb, both for military and marine-life attractions — Zero fighter planes in the hold, deck guns draped in soft corals — and is shallow enough for novices. Tec divers descend 175 feet onto the phenomenal San Francisco to see tanks, trucks and bombs. Shinkoku offers bright invertebrates and school- ing fish; inside, a soldier’s bones rest in sick bay. Chuuk is also a mass grave, a testament to the tragedy of war. — Brandon Cole

Go Now: visittruk.com

2) Red Sea

3) Palau

4) Thailand

5) Hawaii

North America

1) NORTH CAROLINA

Diving North Carolina’s wrecks doesn’t force you to choose between swimming the top deck alongside sand tiger sharks or penetrating. At a handful of sites, including the USS Indra and the tanker Atlas, drop inside tight quarters to navigate alongside these big fish. — Brooke Morton

Go Now: visitnc.com

2) Florida and Florida Springs

3) Washington

4) California

5) Great Lakes

Caribbean and Atlantic

1) BAHAMAS

You might expect that a nation of 700 islands would boast a massive collection of downed ships — and it does. Your favorite might change to whichever one you dived last, be it the shallow and marine-life-rich SS Sapona cargo steamer off Bimini or Edward Williams off New Providence, where you’ll likely come face to face with Caribbean reef sharks and goliath grouper. — Brooke Morton

Go Now: bahamas.com

2) Cayman Islands

3) Bay Islands

4) Curacao

5) Bonaire

Dive the Similan Islands and get 10% OFF on The Junk Liveaboard

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

The Junk Liveaboard

The Junk

The Marine National Parks of the Similan Islands and the extensive reefs in the Surin Islands are without a doubt the best diving in Thailand. Over 200 species of hard corals spread between walls and coral gardens where turtles, napoleons, bumphead parrot fish, barracudas, manta rays and all kinds of tropical fish patrol. All this as well as one of the best dive sites in the world, Richelieu Rock, and the chance to see the majestic whale sharks! 10% OFF on any The Junk cruises departing between March and May 2016!

The Junk offers:

  • 4 or 6 night cruises around the Surin and Similan Islands
  • A/C cabins with a choice of double cabins, triple cabins and quads
  • Professional and friendly staff
  • Up to 4 dives/day

Details

Price: $689.00
Valid From: March 1, 2016
Valid To: May 31, 2016
Book By: December 31, 2015
Phone: +66 (0) 98 052 8632
Email: [thailand@wwdas.com](mailto: thailand@wwdas.com)
Website: www.thejunk.com

Veteran Mark Dryden’s Inspirational PADI Pro Journey

Friday, September 4th, 2015

For many years I have been searching for my life’s passion and I think I may have found it. I love scuba diving! I love the breath awareness, the weightlessness, the flow and, of course, the underwater world. I find diving to be a wonderful form of meditation. Back in […]

Thailand Aggressor – Save Big, Save 25%

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

www.aggressor.com

Thailand Aggressor

Join the Thailand Aggressor and dive the Andaman Sea where famous sites such as the Similan Islands, Phi Phi Islands, Richelieu Rock, Hin Daeng, Koh Raja and Shark Point are some of the highlights.
Limited space is available on the following weeks:

(North Itinerary) Jan 30 – 06, 2016
(South Itinerary) May 14 – 21, 2016

Details

Valid From: September 20, 2015
Valid To: April 20, 2016
Price/Rate: Varies
Booking Email: info@aggressor.com
Booking Phone: 800-348-2628
Website: www.aggressor.com