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Thailand dive out of Khao Lak in with a blaze of fireworks, Manta Queen 7 is off again on a 5 day adventure. 22 guests from the 4 corners of the globe smiling as we leave!

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We begin in the southern islands with Anita’s Reef – our traditional starting point – before heading north.

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Thailand dive on Saturday the 6th of December a happy and excited manta queen 5 set out from Tablamu pier with 16 guests from all over the world on their 3 night / 3 day trip. The first day started off early, with a stunning sunrise in Koh Bon. Dive one was West Ridge and we saw plenty of Maldives Sponge snails, batfish and stunning corals all along the wall and the ridge.

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While Team Russia, Team Germany and team Finland did some fun diving, team UK started their advanced open water course and the fantastic 5 started their open water dive course training.

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Thailand dive Juan and Constaze did their PADI Advanced Open Water course with Gareth on Manta Queen 3... The 3 in MQ3 now stands for three trips in a row with Mantas and Whalesharks!!! Yes, it's true!!! This last trip was especially great, with two Whalesharks alternating appearances on the first and second dives at Richelieu Rock.

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One was just a baby, maybe two and a half Meters long. The other one was a bit larger, about four meters or so. Add in the Manta Ray at Tachai Pinnacle, Sea Moths at Elephant Head Rock, loads of Octopus, Napoleon Wrasse and so much other great stuff, and you've got the makings of a fantastic four days of Thailand diving!

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Thailand dive join KSA to complete in the PADI Dixcover Scuba Diving program on Manta Queen 2 Trip 164 We started the trip at Koh Bon where we did the first two dives of the three day trip at the West Ridge, the conditions were really good with nice visibility and no current. We spotted octopus, white tip reef sharks, mantis shrimps and different types of pipfish and nudibranch..

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After Koh Bon we headed njorth to Koh Tachai for two dives on the pinnacle or The Dome as we call it. Most of us had high expectations of seeing The Giant Manta Ray, and The Dome didnt dissappoint..After spotting some giant trevalley a Huge Manta ray came swimming over all the groups on top of the pinnacle..

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Thailand dive completing open water course with instructor Anna on Manta queen trip 151 Off we go again for another 4 day 4 night adventure of fun packed exciting diving aboard Manta Queen 1.Upon waking at Island 4 and after briefing everyone about the diving routine and safety we prepared for our usual check dive at Anita's reef.Shoals of colourful parrot fish and surgeon fish swarmed about the reef in the shallows this morning making excellent video opportunity in the crystal clear water.

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Today Neri, with her amazing Instructor Anna, started her open water course beginning with a Discover scuba diving experience to get the ball rolling. Batts group was especially lucky on their first dive to see a Manta ray here.

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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. 

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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." 

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Thailand dive Advanced Open Water Course with  Divemaster Trainee Shash on Manta Queen 2 Trip # 163 Starting this trip with the usual rain in Kaho Lak and cloudy skies. All guests always asking with some worries how the weather will be 'out there'. This time of year always brings the rains around 2pm on land but as usual what is ahhpening out in the Similans and the Surin is completly polar opposite...

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Even on the last day as we are heading back towards land you can almost see the divide in the sky from the blue skies and sunshine to the grey mists forming around Khao Lak......SO for all the people out there waiting for their arrival day with trepidition about the weather, put your hearts as ease as you will need your sunglasses and sun cream as it is hot hot hot out here...

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Manta Queen 3 is back from yet another fantastic four day Thailand dive trip diving in the Similan Island and Surin Island national parks in the Andaman Sea on Thailand's West coast. 

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Amazing Thailand diving is happening here right now, with so any creatures both large and small visiting us at many of the Similan dive sites. Manta Queen 3 has been extremely lucky the last few trips, with many Mantas and Whalesharks being spotted at multiple sites during this latest trip, as well as the trip before.

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MQ 6 – Thailand dive trip 162 Visiting the Similans, Surins and Richelieu Rock was in so many ways a revelation for our group. Who knew that diving with currents was fun instead of scary?

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And how come nobody had ever mentioned how many different types of barracuda there are? And why are all the baby fish hiding in the cage at Koh Chi? Questions upon questions, which our dive instructors were eager to answer. And no, facing down a manta coming straight at the group is not a regular part of the programme. We only do that for our very special customers

 
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Thailand dive Manta Queen 2 Trip 162 and yes e had a WHALESHARK:) Manta Queen 2 along with its 19 guests set off from the pier on the 26th of November 2014, for a 3 night, 3 day trip. During check-in there was rain and everyone was worried about weather for the trip, but all three days and nights we were blessed with amazing weather, sunshine and calm waters.

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When we woke on the first Thailand dive morning, a feeling of excitement and anticipation for the first dive was clearly evident in our very international group. The first two dives of the trip were at Koh Bons famous divesite Westridge and we were blessed with octopus, banded sea snakes and even some graceful manta rays.

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Manta Queen Thailand dive trip149 Facemassage and Papa Klaus This next trip on Manta Queen 1 started with two of Phang Nga's diving legends aboard with us on the boat...Mr. Herr Klaus who has had over forty years diving in Thailand, Phi Phi and the Similans and of course our own in house legend " Tik" well known in diving circles of this area. People say he was he very first diver going out on a fishermenboat to the similan islands 40 years ago on the side of JC..... That must have been more than just amazing. Welcome on board the Manta Queen Fleet...you have made the right choice Papa Klaus 

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Another international mix of Chinese, German, Swiss,English and Canadian we set off to the Similans again looking forward to a fun packed dive cruise in some if Thailand's most beautiful dive spots.

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Thailand dive Manta Queen 2 Trip #160 This Blog was written from the perspective of our DMT Carlota who began her DMT on the 15th of October 2014 with KSA. "I started diving in Koh Tao in July 2014 where i completed my Open Water Course, Advanced Open Water and Rescue diver.

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Deciding to come to Khao Lak to do my Divemaster was a decision made based on the diverse marine life found in Thailand dive at the Similans and Surin National Marine Parks as i studied Biology in University...Studiying the behaviour and how all the animals and plants interact and live together is one of my passions and Similans seemed the best choice in Thailand for this.

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Thailand dive Manta Queen 6 - Trip 159 – Manta! Manta! Manta! Off again on Manta Queen 6 for our next adventure. This time we’re off for 5 days starting at Similan Island No.4 and heading north to the famous sites of Elephant Head Rock, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, The Surin Islands and, of course, the famous Richelieu Rock – possibly the most famous dive site in Thailand.

We had a great group on the boat; mixed nationalities, mixed abilities, mixed cultures from Germany, Russia, Spain, Poland…

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Instructor Daniel is with Joanna who is completing her PADI Open Water Diver training. She’s nervous, excited and happy all at once – grinning as she stands on the dive deck waiting to jump.

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The Thailand diving scene is alive and well, with the Similan Islands and Surin Islands being the centerpiece of what is a wide variety of excellent diving locations around the country. With great visibility and loads of interesting marine life,

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the Similans are consistently good diving. This season is no different, with great diving conditions being the norm so far this year. Manta Queen 3 runs an awesome four day, four night schedule highlighting the best dive sites in the area, including Elephant Head Rock, West of Eden, Koh Bon, Tachai Pinnacle and of course, the famous Richelieu Rock. 

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Thailand dive Wow, what a amazing trip ! We set out withDivers from Norway, Ecuador, Serbia, China, Ireland, France, Sweden, USA, and of course Thailand represented on Board. It being the full 

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moon in the 12th month of the Thai lunar calender also meant the Festival of Loi Krathong. During departure guests and crew launched their Krathong from the dive deck to make wishes and appease the water spirits.

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Thailand dive Release the Kraken!!!!!!! Which is slightly what is felt like when on day 4 we headed back south to the refuge of the Similans after the wind picked up.... Rain and wind is quiet normal for this time of the season and still we were lucky that we got in 19 dives over the 5 days at sea.

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We had some Thailand dive challenging pick ups on the liveboard with rather big waves but everyone after handled like pros and listening to directions.....Koh Tachai delivered its best to us once again with the waves a rollin' and the wind a blowin', it was a paradise under the water diving on the Dome... We had huge schools of Baracuda's coming over head with a 2m monster following along behind...

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Similan dive Mantas, Mantas, Mantas! Three weeks into this 2014/2015 Similan Island diving season, and already we have had a bunch of Manta Rays visit us at Koh Bon!

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This latest trip on the beautiful Manta Queen 3 did not disappoint, with sightings of White Tip Reef Sharks, Octopus, Hawksbill Turtles, Ribbon Eels and loads of other great things too.Koh Bon delivered the goods, with a single majestic Manta Ray making a few effortless passes by the divers on the West Ridge.

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Thailand dive Manta 6 – Off to a rocking start! It was the first trip of the season on MQ6. We began at the famous Koh Bon with octopus, napoleons, trevally hunting. Off to Koh Tachai and at the pinnacle we saw a school of 50+ barracuda circling in the blue before – wow! – a Leopard shark came cruising by. Amazing!

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On the night dive we found a Ribbon eel and tons of pretty Durban Dancing Shrimps – their red eyes glowing in the dark! Day 2 we went to the reef and found blue spotted Rays, morays, octopus and a peacock mantis shrimp was a great dive.

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Thailand Dive with Manta Queen 7s maiden voyage to the Similan Islands being plain sailing all round (pun intended!) the second 5 day, 5 night trip of Khao Lak Scuba Adventures latest addition to the fleet headed out to the Similan and Surin National Park with 16 divers stoked to clock up 19 dives in some of Thailands best dive sites.

 

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And the trip didn’t disappoint.

 

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As part of her live aboard experience Tara packed in her advanced Thailand dive open water as part of her trip. Having only qualified as a diver the week before in Koh Tao the self confessed baby diver was excited to improve on her fledgling skills and also hit the 30m mark.

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Thailand Dive congratulations on your new diving certifications Manta Queen 3 trip 144 to Whaleshark, Whaleshark, Whaleshark!!! Happy Halloween!!! Well, well, the Thailand diving in the Similans seems to have picked up right where it left off last season, with excellent early season conditions and some big fish around already. Manta Queen 3 trip 144 had a special Halloween treat this time around, with a beautiful Manta Ray making an appearance at Koh Bon's West Ridge on Halloween day, then the next day on November 1st a Whaleshark came to visit us at Richelieu Rock!!!

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The diving was really good on this trip, with big stuff like Turtles, Octopus and Stingrays around on several dives, plus some special little finds as well.Throw in some nice visibility and gentle currents and you've got the makings of a fantastic four days of diving in the Similan and Surin National parks.

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