Approximately 100 km Northwest of Phuket, Thailand in the Andaman Sea, the Similan Islands are regarded as one of the top ten dive sites in the world, due to the diversity, scale, and quality of their reefs and the barren beauty of their boulder formations. Here is a video from 2018 to give you an idea about what you can expect:
Saved for the Thai nation as a marine sanctuary in 1982 the Islands have become the jewel in the crown of the Thai dive industry and are protected as such. This has allowed the ecosystem to flourish under the protection of Park wardens, who guard against the band practice of any type of fishing with net, line or dynamite, (as once was the want of some). These regulations have made their mark and the beauty of the Islands above water and below must be one of the most memorable sights anywhere in the world. Above the water, they boast lush tropical foliage, strange rock formations, and pristine white sandy beaches. Below the blue water, they offer the diver and snorkeller a unique opportunity to see the result of millennial erosion on granite rocks, immense swathes of Coral reef and a diversity of marine life that is second to none.
If you have followed my previous blog posts about getting scuba certified and about the essential gear you will need for your first snorkel (snorkel mask, fins, accessories) or dive, then Similan Islands would be a great destination to go. The quickest way (a total of 12-13 hours) to get to Similan is the night bus from Bangkok. Then you will need to rent a boat to get to the islands. The boat ride from Khao Lak will take around 120 minutes give or take. Once you get to Similan, you will be amazed by the nature and the amazing beauty of the reefs – enjoy every second of your travel and do share your experinces with us in the comments box below please!
Adventure sports are breathtaking, thrilling and give you the adrenalin rush. Most adventure sports lovers consider scuba diving in Phuket as a lifetime experience; however, they are well aware of its many dangers as well. Scuba diving in Phuket performed with pre-dive safety gear check and in safe conditions is more enjoyable and risk-free. Let’s learn how!
In the recent past, some scuba diving problems have led to the impetus being laid on safety gear check before going for your dive. It is important that scuba diving equipment is maintained with care. More so, it is important to check the locking systems, gear attachments and the different wear tear associated with the diving. Your diving experience should not just be fun-filled but also ensure complete safety of your life.
Over a period of time, using a safety gear during scuba adventures becomes easier and one can conduct safety checks within seconds. With practice and understanding of the sport, one needs to inculcate the habit of considering the crucial checkpoints. Below mentioned are the important safety gear equipment that needs to be included in the pre-dive scuba diving in Phuket checkpoint:
This simple device can play a crucial role in saving your life in situations where you have a shark approaching you or when you want to call your buddy diver next to you. It can produce a loud noise even underwater. Always keep one before your dive!
Scuba Flash Light
Whether you are going for a night dive or a deep day drive, a scuba flashlight is a must-have. It helps you identifying dangers and the smallest of living and non-living things underwater. In addition, it can also be used as a safety signaling device. It is important to check the battery and functioning of the light before going down. Here is a look at some of the best dive lights.
Safety Sausage or Signaling Tube
These safety signaling tubes are easy-to-carry and can be attached to your scuba gear. They are extremely important to help you become visible from a distance and also while diving with buoyancy. It is important to have the best safety sausage attached to your gear.
Nothing beats this! You can’t afford to miss out a dive knife when you are on your scuba adventures. They are extremely important in saving your life from underwater life-threatening sea creatures and even help you in making your way through in the sea.
These safety gear measures need to be taken care of each time that you go for scuba diving in Phuket.