Friday, May 26, 2017

An Awesome Visitor To The Similan Islands. The Biggest Creature To Have Ever Lived.

The Similan Islands has always been a heaven on earth when scuba diving Phuket.




Now if the Similan islands that lie just off the west coast of Thailand in the warm Andaman ocean did not already have a thousand reasons to go there it now has one more decisive reason to visit.


Up till now the big draw for diving in the similans has been the clear waters, the stunning corals and the largest fish in the ocean - The Whale shark. Now there is one even larger visitor spotted. The biggest creature to have EVER lived on the planet. The Blue Whale.





When doing a similan islands liveaboard over the season many people have been lucky enough to see a variety of whales from the Minke whale, Orca's, Brydes Whale, Pilot whales, Curviers beaked whale, Omura's Whale and now the Blue Whale too. This is looking to be an amazing location to see a large selection of whales too. 



A phuket safari to the similans by no means is a cert to see these giants of the oceans just as when on any phuket scuba diving trip we can only take you to the locations that give the best chance. Like Richelieu Rock, and Koh Tachai are a top locations for the whale shark and add Koh Bon to the list for the Manta ray too.  But luck still has to play a part too. 



But the blue Whale is without a doubt the most awesome creature for anyone to dream of seeing. 



The blue whale grows up to 110 feet in length. Its heart is the size of a small car. Its major artery is big enough that you could wedge a small child into it (although you probably shouldn’t). It’s an avatar of hugeness. And its size is evident if you ever get to see one up close. From the surface on a boat you can not make out the entire animal—just the top of its head as it exposed its blowhole and took a breath. But as it dives its head tilted downwards, its arching back broke the surface of the water in a graceful roll. Its only then you can see the size of the animal as the head dives the rest just follows and you see it seems to go on for ever. 



But why did they get so big?? There are several answers. We’re not short of possible answers. Some scientists have suggested that giant bodies were adaptations to the recent Ice Age: At a time of uncertain climate and unstable food supplies, bigger whales could store more fat, and their large bodies  allowed them to more efficiently migrate in search of the best feeding grounds. Some pointed their fingers at competition between early baleen whales, forcing some members to become giant filter-feeders. Others said that whales became big to escape from titanic killers, like the megalodon shark, or the sperm whale Livyatan. Yet others have pointed to Cope’s rule—the tendency for groups of creatures to get bigger over evolutionary time. may be a bit of both. But the one thing for sure is when you see one of these you will remember for the rest of your life. 



There are so many phuket tours these days to see all the sights around the area of Phuket Thailand like James Bond island but non will come close to the chance of diving with a Blue Whale and thats for sure.  



Another good way to see the whales is on a phuket game fishing trip. This is because the fishing boats stay away from the busy diving and snorkeling areas and thus to places where the whales can be spotted. The game fishing phuket has to offer is excellent all year round. There is a standard trip that will get a wide selection of fish but the "Big game" trips are where you are more likely yo see the big whales off in the deeper waters to the west of phuket and the phuket islands.  Either way there are some spectacular sights to be seen on any phuket tour




Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Such A Great Sight And So Tragic To see What Some People Will Do.

Thailand Divers in Phuket Thailand has some sad but also very interesting story on a very rare shark.




One of the rarest fish in the oceans the Mega Mouth shark was by accident caught in a fishing net but then rather than free it the sold it still alive to a Japanese scuba diving center who then penned it in and held it captive till it died. 


Most good scuba diving centers like we have here in Phuket Thailand are 100% passionate about the oceans and all that live in them and do all we can to protect them BUT it seems not all scuba diving centers are not so protective of the oceans. 


The megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios) is a species of deepwater shark. It is rarely seen by humans and is the smallest of the three extant filter-feeding sharks alongside the whale shark and basking shark. this just goes to show how rare is was since it was only discovered in 1976. Since its discovery in 1976, few megamouth sharks have been seen, with 61 specimens known to have been caught or sighted as of April 2015, including three recordings on film. Like the other two planktivorous sharks, it swims with its enormous mouth wide open, filtering water for plankton and jellyfish. It is distinctive for its large head with rubbery lips. It is so unlike any other type of shark that it is usually considered to be the sole extant species in the distinct family Megachasmidae, though suggestion has been made that it may belong in the family Cetorhinidae, of which the basking shark is currently the sole extant member.


This shark is said to be the last of the prehistoric sharks still around with may be the exception of the Greenland shark. This is why its so sad that a deep water shark was held captive in the shallows for scuba divers. In Thailand there are so many marine national parks like the Similan islands where the thousands of people who come scuba diving Phuket each year can see all the great species of fish in the wild. This captivity of wild creatures is something that all good scuba diving centers are strongly against. 


The appearance of the megamouth is distinctive, but little else is known about it. It has a brownish-black colour on top, is white underneath, and has an asymmetrical tail with a long upper lobe, similar to that of the thresher shark. The interior of its gill slits are lined with finger-like gill rakers that capture its food. A relatively poor swimmer, the megamouth has a soft, flabby body. The megamouth is considerably less active than the other filter-feeding sharks, the basking shark and the whale shark. The megamouth has a stout body and a long, wide bulbous head.


Megamouths are large sharks, able to grow to 5.5 metres (18 ft) in length. Males mature by 4 m (13 ft) and females by 5 m (16 ft). Weights of up to 1,215 kg (2,679 lb) have been reported. As their name implies, megamouths have a large mouth with small teeth, and a broad, rounded snout, causing observers to occasionally mistake megamouth for a young orca. The mouth is surrounded by luminous photophores, which may act as a lure for plankton or small fish. This white band is present in both sexes and is thought to be used as a means of identification to other megamouth sharks. Their mouths can reach up to 1.3 m (4 ft 3 in) wide.

Behavior
In 1990, a 4.9-m (16-foot) male megamouth shark was caught near the surface off Dana Point, California. This individual was eventually released with a small radio tag attached to its soft body. The tag relayed depth and time information over a two-day period. During the day, the shark swam at a depth of around 120–160 m (390–520 ft), but as the sun set, it would ascend and spend the night at depths of between 12 and 25 m (39 and 82 ft). Both day and night, its progress was very slow at around 1.5–2.1 km/h (0.93–1.30 mph). This pattern of vertical migration is seen in many marine animals as they track the movement of plankton in the water.

Although these awesome creatures are seen all over the world they do seem to be more common around Japan, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. But they have been spotted in the Indian ocean and Vietnam do this does mean it may be possible to find one on a night dive in the similans when they come close to the surface to feed. So fingers crossed next time people say there is not much to see on a night dive remember these great fish are in the area of your Similan island liveabaord and just as none have been seen yet the sighting of these fish are going up every year since they were only first seen in 1976. 

To see such a rare creature in the wild will make the news no matter where you are and if you are on on of the Phuket tours and you see one then you will personally be responsible for the mass increase of tourism to that area. Any phuket safari trip that comes across a fish this rare will make you a local star. Just think you are on the first phuket game fishing trip to see one. Or in a sea canoe at James Bond island and a dark shape swims under you and your gopro gets one of these??
The sad thing about most sighting are when its too late to help then which it why this case was so sad as a perfectly healthy one was caught and given to the people that should be there to help it and all they did was pen it in and keep it captive. Thats whats so sad. The megamouth shark is so rarely seen that its existence eluded us until 1976. To this day, the species is officially known from just 102 specimens

We've yet to discover where these creatures give birth, exactly where they live, or even how many of them are out there. But just recently, divers off the coast of Japan managed to free one of the lumbering giants after it swam into a fishing net. Like so many of the ocean's largest inhabitants, megamouth sharks (Megachasma pelagios) use their 50 rows of tiny teeth to sieve krill, small jellies and other plankton from the surrounding water – and those dietary preferences likely had something to do with how this individual landed in a midwater net. 
The colossal fish are known to dive up to 1,500 metres beneath the surface, but their krill prey regularly migrate from deep to shallow water. Scientists suspect that megamouths follow suit: spending the daytime hours in the depths and ascending to mid-water at night to feed. The composition of their liver oil, which helps sharks stay buoyant, also supports the hunch that they clock ample time in the shallows. 


So just remember there are still plenty of things to discover in our oceans. So why not learn to dive phuket is the perfect place. You may never know what that one day doing a discover scuba diving phuket trip will turn up. Follow it up with a PADI Open water course similans and you chances of some amazing finds goes up drastically. Now that will be a trip to remember. Diving Phuket may not only change your life but history itself. 


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Phuket Thailand is the Best all round Holiday Destination

Thinking of visiting Phuket Thailand ? 


Come and have a look at the new Thailand Divers website for the 2017 - 2018 season. Full of new Phuket tours and trips for all the family. Thailand Divers is not only a Phuket dive center but a one stop site for all you need when in Phuket. 


From choosing your Patong beach hotel or guest house to all your tours to places like James Bond island or phi phi bamboo trip. We, as you will expect run all PADI courses all year round so if you are looking to learn to dive Phuket is the place to do it and Thailand Divers is the Phuket dive shop to choose.  



Thailand Divers has been training new and experienced divers for over 13 years. The dive centre is located on the West coast of Phuket - close by the best diving locations in Thailand. Day trips, similan islands  Liveaboards and much much more. Thailand Divers is the perfect place to discover scuba diving phuket and many other places too.



Thailand Divers started in 2004 as a small dive shop located right on Patong Beach, offering dive trips to the local reef by traditional Thai longtail boat and basic PADI courses. The company quickly gained a reputation for its professionalism and quality of service and expanded its product range to include Similan islands liveaboard trips to the world-famous Similan Islands and beyond. Our trips now go to the similans,  then to the Surin islands and Richelieu Rock and then even up into the Burma banks in a great eight day adventure. A similan liveabaord is a trip you will remember and compare all other dive trips.


Our staff are all certified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors (or above) and have many years of diving phuket and teaching experience from all over the world. All the scuba equipment used for courses and fun diving is of the highest quality and regularly replaced or serviced to maintain the high level of safety expected at Thailand Divers. So, if you are looking for the most modern Phuket scuba diving facility, the highest standards of safety and teaching, and the friendliest staff in Phuket, then look no further!




We have kept the same prices as last year so amazing value if you are looking to learn to dive in Phuket and do your PADI Open water course  phuket  and thus diving in one of the best locations available anywhere. 




The amazing Similan Island national parkSurin Islands and Richelieu Rock are all located in the National Marine Park of Thailand - the National Marine Park opened its doors to another high season of amazing scuba diving in Thailand





The Similans islands is not just for scuba divers but also for snorkelers and sightseeing - we run a fantastic Similan Hopper trip which visits 4 of  islands and offers great snorkeling to all. This year it is even possible to do you open water course similans too. Where better to complete your open water course. 



There is so much more to discover too. There are some amazing phuket tours and activities. There is an awesome phuket safari over night to the stunning khao Sok national park where you can do an overnight jungle safari or explore the lakes and rivers on the lake safari or combine them both in a 3 day 2 night trip. Plus Phuket is perfectly situated on the east coast of the Andaman ocean which makes Phuket game fishing some of the best in the world. This draws many sport fishermen to Phukets shores each year. The big game fishing Phuket offers is all year round which makes it idea for all seasons.


These days you can even choose you Patong beach hotel as we are always getting asked where are the good places to stay so we have spent the last year asking all our customers about their patong hotel and have put together a collection of the better ones. These hotels and guest house patong are all hidden oasis's in quiet streets and yet very close to the town centre and beach. They all are very comfortable and all of a standard well over their price range. 




Thailand Divers really is the one place you can have the same quality of  patong guest house, hotel, tour, course, day trip and liveaboard as you expect from Phukets priemier dive centres. 




Sunday, May 21, 2017

Everyone Should Always Look To Do One New Thing Every Week.

With this in mind, the perfect place to Discover Scuba Diving Phuket is awesome.


The warm shallow reefs of the near by Phuket islands offers awesome conditions for people to learn scuba diving in phuket. Once you begin your first trip below the waves you will be hooked for life.



The PADI Open Water Course Phuket is your licence to the amazing underwater world.

The course is set over 3 days with 6 tropical coral reef dives. Once you have completed your open water course you will be able to dive Anywhere in the World for the rest of your life to a maximum of 18 meters.


From your first breath underwater when  you discover scuba diving phuket you will be hooked on diving and the underwater environment. Nothing compares to the beauty, the quiet and relaxation you feel when just drifting along with so much life going on around you. Phuket Thailand has some of the best diving in the world. Diving Phuket is something you need to see to believe.


This is not all as now you can join a similan island liveaboard and do your open water course similans and then you will be in one of the top ten scuba diving locations on the planet. A similan islands liveaboard is a once in a life time trip.


For more information please look at our website: Learn to dive in Phuket


All PADI courses everyday of the year. And what better is the fact you can do most of them on a similan Thailand liveabaord too. The Similan islands are not just for divers but also a must for snorkelers too. A great day trip is to visit the similans by speedboat. This way you can get to 4 of the 9 islands and explore the shallow reefs that the larger dive boats can not reach. If you are going to do just one of the many Phuket tours then this is the one to do.

 

There are plenty of other to choose from like James Bond island or the very popular Phi Phi Bamboo trip but the similans really is worth the effort to get up early and see for yourself. Then for the sportsman Phuket game fishing is some of the best in the world. Set on the edge of the Andaman ocean the game fishing phuket has available will rival that of anywhere.

 For those who want to explore with out getting wet the Khao Sok discovery is something very special too. This is a chance to go on a real safari. Just north of Phuket lies the khao Sok national park.  he you can do an overnight trip into the Khao Sok jungle or explore the rivers and lakes. But for a real treat then the 3 day 2 night phuket safari has one night in the jungle and one on the banks of the lakes. Both are stunning locations and a photographers dream.

This is where Thailand Divers comes into its own as the top Phuket dive center as not only do we offer the best diving and the best training available but we also have so many other trips and tours so you can explore all over Phuket by land and sea. Then on top of that we have also a great selection of Phuket hotels and most relaxing Phuket guest houses but when booking your tours we can collect you from your Patong beach hotel and then after your trip or safari we can return you to another part of the island to a new guest house phuket so you can continue your exploring.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Escape From The Crowds And Find The Hidden Gems Of Phuket

Phuket Thailand is not only great for the popular locations.

  There are so many hidden gems out there where you can get away from the crowds and discover the real hidden tropical hideaways,.


The scuba diving Thailand has to offer is some of the best there is and Phuket Thailand has some of the best there is anywhere. There are many places to go diving Phuket as there are many dive centres all doing the same thing. These are the popular sites all that have great diving. The down side is during the peak times these sites can get a bit busy. This is where the skill of the instructors comes in. When you go scuba diving phuket with any instructor you will have an ok days diving. But you go diving with a great instructor you will have a great days diving no matter what the weather or number of other divers there are.


The other option that we here at Thailand Divers are looking to do is when you come to Phuket diving is to introduce them to totally new dive locations that are not being used by the masses. Places that are known by the local fishermen or dive sites long forgotten. Scuba diving in Thailand is a special trip for all and we aim to provide the best there is. Now we have special trips for experienced divers running every week. This way you can dive in exceptional dive sites without going to the similan islands as there are places that offer this level of diving close to Phuket but with out the masses you get on the Similan islands liveabaords.


Yes the similans are great diving and thee is no better place for a liveabaord than the similan islands Thailand as they cover such a large area you can have a week there experiencing the similan islands diving. But they are a very long way to go for a day trip. Here in phuket with the right phuket dive shop you can find this quality of diving right on your doorstep. Thailand Divers can pick you up from you patong beach hotel and have you diving in such great places while you can still smell the breakfast coffee.


We now not only offer the best diving and instructors but we also can offer you the best patong guesthouse or patong hotel  in the same place as the best diving. Yes we now are offering places to stay too. Places that are quiet, stylish, very well priced with quality well above the price to. All close to the town centre. Our guesthouse Patong will really be a perfect oasis and a great place to relax after a days diving.

Check out the specials both diving on and off the water as if you want the best diving with the best guides and on the best locations then Phuket Thailand with Thailand Divers is all you need. Think Similans Thailand then think Thailand Divers as no matter how many times you have been diving in Phuket we can always get you somewhere new.



 There are so many phuket tours that you will be spoiled for choice. From the popular tours like James Bond Island or Phi Phi island to the stunning Khao Sok safari. Just north of Phuket lies the huge Khao Sok national national park with its jungles, river systems and lakes. This is a real nature lovers and photographers dream. There are several phuket safari trips but by far the best is the overnight trip in the Khao Sok national park.


The other great draw to Phuket each year is the excellent Game fishing Phuket has to offer. The fishing here is all year round and the fish available changes with the seasons. Black marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Barracuda, Dorado are here most of the year. Phuket game fishing is a very popular place for fishermen from all over the globe.



So no matter what you want from your holiday then for sure Phuket has it all. party towns, isolated, tranquil beaches, tropical islands, diving, snorkeling, ATVs, White water rafting,  sailing and the list goes on and on. To discover these hidden gems than just go online and chat to us live and we can help you get the most from your holiday.  Phuket really is a tropical island paradise.