Thailand dive PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course on Manta Queen 7 set sail for it's eighth voyage of the 2014 season on November 29 with calm, flat seas and 23 excited guests from China, Iran, Norway, Sweden, Spain and Singapore. The international roster was full of divers with different experience levels from beginners completing their PADI Open Water course to Instructors and technical cave divers. Our enthusiastic guests were also completing their PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, Enriched Air Nitrox, and Peak Performance Buoyancy Speciality for those who wanted to perfect their diving control and abilities.
On day one, divers awoke in the beautiful Similan Islands with crystal clear waters offering 40 meter visibility in relaxed conditions. The astounding granite boulders offered fun swim throughs and tropical marine life with octopuses on every dive, Kohl's Stingrays, all sorts of clown fish, trumpet fish, butterfly fish, angel fish, and the rest of the usual gang of swimmers. The night dive was especially exciting as numerous divers took part in their first dive after dark through the underwater tsunami memorial at "Hide Away Bay."