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Similan Thailand Dive Scuba Diving and liveaboard with "Manta Queen 3", She is our 4-day, 4-night liveaboard consisting of 15 dives. She visits both Similan Island and Surin Island National Parks, which are situated on the west coast of Thailand.

Similan Thailand Dive and Liveaboards with Manta Queen 3

Manta Queen 3 offers a comfortable and spacious trip, she sleeps a total of 33 guests, offering several different types of cabins. Options include 4 bed shared cabins, which are perfect for a group of friends or divers on a budget that don’t mind sharing, two-person rooms with twin beds, or double beds with attached private bathrooms for couples. There is even a spacious master suite with private attached bathroom on board that can be booked for two with and oversized double bed, or can include two bunk beds as well if you want to bring family or friends. 

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Hi everyone, after such a amazing scuba diving season in the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Koh Surin and Richelieu Rock we thought that you might like to see a summary of all Blog Pictures from the last season. We all have been extremely blessed by seeing actually every trip a lot of Manta Rays and Whalesharks. All our Boats departed as usual after a easy check in at Khao Lak Scuba Adventures PADI 5 Star IDC Center to the top destinations in the andaman sea.

 

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Again Congratulations to all PADI Course students passing their PADI Open Water Water Course, PADI Advanced Open Water Course,PADI EFR Course, PADI Nitrox Course, PADI Rescue Course, PADI Divemaster Course or internship here in Khao lak  on board the best fleet ever, the Manta Queen Fleet :) We still remember how exited all our divers including our PADI Open Water Scuba instructors, PADI Master Scuba Diver trainers and PADI Staff Instrcutors have been while they came back to Khao Lak and Khao Lak Scuba Adventures PADI 5 Star IDC center in Thailand. 

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What a year it has been for all of us here at Khao Lak Scuba Adventures! This past season was absolutely fantastic, with so many surprises along the way, to go along with the good times and wonderful people that we have experienced over the past seven months.
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The season is not yet over for Manta Queen I. Despite some peoples claim that she was done for the season, turns out there was one more trip in stall for Manta Queen I out at the Similans before she finally hangs up her jacket for until the start of next year.

 

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The weather has been so great this year, I recall in May of 2013 we were battling rain and waves as the low season weather had started to rear its head. So we were all very happy to see that we might actually get long sunny days and maybe a sprinkle here and there. The forecast was spot on as only once or twice did the party get spoiled with rain, mostly it was sunshine, calm water and just a hint of current under the water.

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Manta Queen 1, comin' in HOT!!!

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This season is over for Manta Queen 1 now, and what a season it has been! There is so much to say about all the wonderful creatures we have seen along the way, and all the special people and new friends that we have experienced over the last seven months.

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I guess the word "Magical" could sum it up fairly well. I mean, we have had guests from all over the globe this season, and introduced them to the Similan Islands in what has been the best diving season here in many, many years. It absolutely was the season of the Whaleshark, as I wrote about several months ago. I think I personally have seen about 20 Whalesharks this year, although I have lost count and cannot be sure. Loosing count of the number of Whalesharks that you have seen in one season is a good problem to have.

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Only two more trips left on Manta Queen III before we shut down for the low season and get ourselves prepared for next year.  So (at least for the staff) it’s definitely mixed feelings about leaving, but a little added excitement in that we know there are only a couple more times we get to dive each site and so we have to make the most of it and show all the divers how amazing we are all at finding things big and small in our home away from home, also known as the Similan Islands. 

 

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It appears that low season is starting to show itself a little; the odd spot of rain or gust of wind, but in between this it was sunny skies and flat water; personified but the lobsters that ignored the chance to wear sunscreen and thought looking like crustaceans would be a better fit. Quite amazingly it never actually rained while we were diving, just a ‘splash here splash there’ at the end of the day, but never for more than an hour. 

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Alright then, here we are. It's May 3rd today, and Manta Queen 1 has just come in from another spectacular 4 day/4 night diving adventure!

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 first dive of the trip was at the always beautiful Anita's Reef. Anticipation was high as one after another dive group stepped into he water. The dive certainly lived up to our expectations. Blue Spotted Stingrays and Garden Eels in the sand, Octopus in amongst the rocks, and even a cool little Devil Scorpionfish walking around.

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MQII Trip 147

 

Day 1 Koh Bon and Koh Tachai

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We start the trip as usual as a check dive to get everyone's weights right and head off among the many coral bomies covered in glass fish along the wall towards the ridge, current is slight and visibility good but they improve a lot once past the ridge, as is becoming all too common now, we are visited once more with the grace and beauty of the mantas as we hang on the ridge admiring the show of these incredible creatures.

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The Mantas seem to love us as much as we love them! Can you blame 'em? I mean, just look at us!!! :-)

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Well now, it is the end of April and we have just a few weeks left in this, what has been one of the most memorable seasons on record. Manta Queen 2 continues to produce the goods, with incredibly calm seas and huge fish lending us a hand, we are having trip after trip chock full of amazing experiences. Thinking back, I believe that I have had Mantas and Whalesharks on something like twelve out of the last fourteen trips, and again we had them both on this trip as well. Can't ask for much more than that.

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Mantas, Mantas! They seem to be everywhere at Koh Bon recently! What an amazing start to this, trip number 145 on Manta Queen 2.

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After a promising check dive on Koh Bon's West Ridge, in which several groups spotted a Manta Ray, excitement was high before dive number two. After deciding to switch it up a bit and do Koh Bon Pinnacle for the second dive, we all did the traditional Manta call during the briefing... Nipple rub... CHECK!

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Here we are back from our trip number 38, having just 5 more to go we still having amazing conditions at the surface and underwater like the last months. That helps a lot to enjoy the marvels Similan islands is ready to share with all of us. Because the surprises still appearing on and on, seems we always have something exciting to report from every single trip, and this time are:

The Manta Show at Koh Bon

The amount of Frogfish spotted along the trip (specially at Pra Thong Wreck)

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Starting with the Frogfish we were amaze again with this guys at Pra Thong, our new Wreck, that being there since just 1 month is crazy the amount of special creatures living there already. 5 Hispid Frogfish were the highlight of the dive!!!!!, that together with amazing nudis, Indian Walkman, Dragonets, Flounders, Soles, Leatherjacket Filefish.

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Kai Thong had the Midas touch again with Mantas and a whale shark on his first dive at Koh Bon.  The rest of us were kept in suspense until the second dive where 3 playful 5m Mantas frolicked and danced with us to our delight for most of the dive.

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It's getting closer to the end of the season now, but the weather is quite nice and the big fish are still around in great numbers. Manta Queen 2 is consistently lucky this year, and these last few days did not disappoint.

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Between the first two dives on Koh Bon's West Ridge dive site, we saw no less than four different Manta Rays, Black Tip and White Tip Reef Sharks, and a small Devil Ray! The first dive everyone had a few of the Mantas for most of the dive, and on dive two we saw them again for a while. It really was a spectacular show!

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Everything is possible in Similan Islands, everything can happen when less you expect it. This time we rubbed our nipples for calling the mantas... but instead, we had a whale shark. There has to be a scientific reason for this misunderstanding between manta and whale shark. Experts say that there is a slight difference between the manta call and whale shark call, so there could be misunderstanding.

 

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Let's get started!

This trip has brought people from many countries in the world. We had Americans, Germans, Swiss, French, Spanish, Chinese, English...  This amaze me, how international can be SCUBA diving. Sun is shining in Similans, but clouds are going around and from time to time you can see the light rain coming.

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ANOTHER WHALESHARK for Manta Queen 2 Trip #143!

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We are now most of the way through the season, and the conditions are fantastic! Blue water and great viz greeted us for the first two dives of Manta Queen 2's trip #143 at Koh Bon's famous "West Ridge" dive site. Manta Queen 2 has been a lucky boat this season, but today we had no Mantas. Then again, we saw so much other cool stuff that we hardly even missed them. We saw schooling Slate Sweetlips above the ridge, and a pair of big Napoleon Wrasse.

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Starting out on day one was blue skies and flat seas. As usual with the welcome dive briefing it was said that visibility was normally around 30m here in the Similans Islands.. Well, mother nature made a liar out of me when we jumped in and was around 10m..When this happens some people are slightly disappointed but as a lot of people were used to diving in far less visibility at aroudn 1 - 2m they were excited....always think positive people!!!!

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First of all apologies to all for the lateness of this blog. no excuses but i couldnt remember the password... hmmm technology is not my forte..

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