Khao Lak Scuba Adventures FAQ

General Information

Khao Lak Scuba Adventures General Information of Khao Lak and Similan Islands

General Information

 

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Thank you for choosing Khao Lak Scuba Adventures as your trusted dive tour operator, to visit Thailand’s premier dive destination, the Similan and Surin Island National Marine Parks.

Geography, Seasons and Temperature

The Similan and Surin Islands are open from 15th October until 15th May every year! Out of this period it is not possible to dive at the Similan and Surin Islands as the Marine Parks are closed.

The Similan Islands are approximately 70 km offshore from the mainland, Richelieu Rock is another 100km north.

Khao Lak is not an island, it is located on the mainland, about 90 km north of Phuket airport.

The water temperature is on average 29 degrees Celsius. Outside temperatures can top 35 degrees Celsius during the day.

Ecological Awareness

Khao Lak Scuba Adventures is committed to environmental protection and to minimize the impact of our dive tours at the Marine
Parks. We expect your co-operation in preserving these beautiful areas and insist that you don’t touch or disturb any marine life.

Divers Prerequisites

Please bring along your dive certificates or temporary dive certificate. If you have lost it we can check online certificates for PADI. Your dive certificate is mandatory to board any boat of Khao Lak Scuba Adventures.

If your last dive was longer than 1 year ago and you have less than 50 dives logged you will be required to participate in a scuba review before departing to the Similan or Surin Islands National Marine Parks.

This rule does not apply if you are planning to enroll in any diving course during your boat trip as you will be accompanied by a Dive
Instructor.

Max. depth of each individual diver is according your training level (certification). Scuba Diver 12 meters, Open Water Diver 18 meters, max. depth on all Khao Lak Scuba Adventures boats 30 meters.

Check In / Check Out Procedures

Check in time for all our liveabords in Khao Lak is between 5 - 6.30 pm

Exception is for divers who booked a transfer at Khao Lak Scuba Adventures from Phuket.

The liveaboards will be back, after the trip, in Khao Lak around 5.00 pm. We will transfer you as soon as possible back to your hotels in Khao Lak and Phuket.

Pick Ups

Do not forget to let us know one day in advance where to pick you up!

Due to the new international airport terminal in Phuket we need to add a second pick up location!

Arrivals at the new International Terminal please meet our shared minibus at Exit Gate 4

 

Arrivals at the old Terminal (domestic flights) please meet our shared minibus in front of the Billion Coffee Gate No. 1

Phuket - Khao Lak (250 THB per person, 500 THB round transfer)

Kamala
2.40 pm ~ reception of your hotel or guesthouse
 
Patong
2.10 pm ~ reception of your hotel or guesthouse
 
Karon and Kata
1.00 pm ~ reception of your hotel or guesthouse
 
Phuket Town
2.45 pm ~ Robinson Shopping Mall in front of Mc Donald’s
 
Phuket Ratsada Pier (Phi Phi Pier)
2.45 pm ~ Phi Phi pier
 
Phuket airport
4.00 - 4.30 pm ~ in front of Burger King

 

Please note that the pick up is a scheduled pick up and not a private pick up. If you would like to be transferred earlier to Khao Lak or on another day we can assist you with booking a taxi transfer.

Boats

All our boats comply with all Thai Safety Standards regulated by the Coast Guard. That includes:

Automatic inflatable life rafts, life jackets (adults/minors), lifebelt, radio communications, navigation systems, dinghy, fire extinguishers, medic first aid box, oxygen and medically trained crew.

Cigarettes cannot be purchased on any Khao Lak Scuba Adventures dive vessel. Smoking is forbidden in all cabins, dive deck and in the saloon. The dinner areas are split into smoking and non-smoking areas. Please don’t through any cigarette butts into the ocean.

You can recharge your electronic devices with the 220 vault plugs on the boats. Please be advised that we will not be held li able for any damage occurred to your electronic device.

Food and Beverages

Our chefs on all dive boats create a combination of Thai and Western cuisine. All food is served buffet style with snacks and fruit available throughout the day. Our chefs abstain from the commonly used flavor enhancer Monosodium Glutamate (MSG or E 621) and we cater for vegetarians.

Water, tea and coffee is free of charge on all boats.

Soft drinks are available for purchase at 40- Thai baht per can.

Beers are available on all diving boats for 70- Thai baht per can. Wine and liquor is not available on any of our diving vessels.

Diving

•          All diving is guided on our boats with a maximum of 5 divers per guide

•          If you get separated from your dive group, search for no longer than a minute and ascend to the surface. Watch out for boat   traffic before surfacing. At the surface inflate your buoyancy compensator and call the next boat close to you for assistance.

•          If you miss the dive briefing you will not be allowed to join the dive.

•          You are required to do a buddy check before every single dive.

<•          Maximum depth for recreational diving (Advanced Open Water) is 30 meters.

•          No alcohol is permitted before or between dives. Your first beer is your last dive. Same rule applies for snorkelers.

•nbsp;         A dive computer is not mandatory but highly recommended for your safety. You can rent a dive computer during check in.

•          You are required to listen to the dive guides/Instructors. The dive guides/Instructors on the boat can prohibit participation
on dives at their discretion based on lack of respect for marine park rules and regulations, lack of respect - or “handling” of any marine life, alcohol consumption between dives or not abiding by international safe diving rules. In this case we will not refund you for the missed dives.

•          Please note that the number of dives we list in any package is a best estimate based on normal circumstances, not a guarantee. Circumstances may arise during your dive trip (illness or personal choice) where the total number of dives done is less than the number we estimate. There will be no partial refunds in these circumstances.

•          Make sure that you drink enough fluids during the day to compensate for loss of water. Remember dehydration is the most common source of “Decompression Illness” and ill-being.

•          A 3 mm short wet suit is included in our equipment rental sets. If you are prone to getting cold you can rent a full suit at

the diving center before trip departure.

•          If you bring your own dive equipment make sure your equipment has gone through the annual inspection or mandatory service inspections.

•          If your air consumption is high, we strongly recommend that you rent a 15 litre tank that will allow you to stay longer
underwater.

•          Min. air remaining in your tank at the surface is 50 bar.

•          Maximum dive time is 60 minutes, except sunset and night dives.

•          Stay close to your dive buddy and group.

•          Monitor your air gauge frequently.

•          A 5 min @ 5 meters safety stop is required before surfacing to the surface.

•          Inflate your buoyancy compensator at the surface and pay attention to the dive guide or instructor for instructions during the pick up by the diving vessel.

•          If you are using a digital underwater camera you need to comply with the “Safe Diving” and the “Ecological Awareness” rules. If you can’t comply with these rules our guides and Instructors will prohibit you to use the camera underwater.

•          Visibility ranges from 20 - 30 meters all year around.

If you are not confident with your diving skills we strongly recommend that you participate in a Scuba Review before trip departure. If you have not been diving for more than a year and you have less than 50 dives or you have not been diving for more than 2 years a Scuba Review is mandatory before boarding any Khao Lak Scuba Adventures dive vessel.

PADI Dive Courses

PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the world most popular and largest training association. Your PADI certificate is accepted in every dive center around the globe.

Khao Lak Scuba Adventures is an award winning PADI 5 Star IDC Center.

Dive courses are conducted by our team of highly trained and multi-lingual Instructors who will provide you with the utmost care and attention.

We can teach in English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, all Scandinavian languages, Russian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Portugese, Italian, Polish and Hebrew,

Khao Lak Scuba Adventures believes that safety is the most important aspect of diving. With that being said, the first step in this process is providing the novice and inexperienced diver with proper dive education. All courses include the corresponding PADI material and an experienced PADI instructor to answer any questions that you may have and to explain in more depth the diving knowledge.

With Khao Lak Scuba Adventures we guarantee groups of no more than 5 students per instructor. This allows quality dive education throughout any diving course and also provides a safer environment for the student.

Dive Equipment

If you are using your own equipment we can give you a discount of 400 THB per day on all our dive trips.

A full set of rental gear includes:

BCD (Buoyancy Control Device), Regulator with alternate air source, 3 mm short wetsuit, Mask, Snorkel, closed heel fin, 12 litre Aluminium tank, weight belt, weights and a torch for night dives.

Using our dive gear also means that you are responsible for it. If you lose or break any part of the rental gear we will ask you to replace the lost or broken item.

Extra dive gear can be rented or purchased during your check in at the dive center.

Dive computer                           250- Thai Baht per day

15 litre tank                             150- Thai Baht per day

Long wetsuit                             200- Thai Baht per day

Nitrox filling                              150- Thai Baht per tank

PRSCR. Mask                           200- Thai Baht per day

 

Equipment - Miscellaneous

All tanks have International fittings but DIN adapters are provided at the dive center for free. Please let our staff know at check in that you will be requiring one.

Our dive gear is purchased from the main supplier of Scuba Pro dive equipment in Thailand. This equipment is annually inspected as well as cleaned and rechecked after every trip by our dedicated in-house technician.

Our Scuba cylinders run through the annual visual inspection and the 5 year hydrostatic test as required by Thai law.

Our Bauer compressors are annually serviced and air filters are changed according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Proof of our equipment mantanience is posted each year on our Facebook page. Always ask your dive tour operator for a proof of the annual mantanience of dive equipment. You are not a fish ;-) you rely on well mantained dive equipment for safe diving.

Insurance

Khao Lak Scuba Adventures offers an extra accident insurance with a maximum cover of 200,000- Thai Baht for a small surcharge. This insurance also covers decompression sickness to the maximum of the above mentioned 200,000- Thai Baht.

Per day and person 250- Thai Baht

It is the diver’s responsibility to have adequate insurance cover for outdoor activities such as diving.  If your insurance does not cover diving related problems, please ask our staff before trip departure for the extra insurance cover.

Packing

Do bring:

• Personal clothing, including a light jacket or sweater

• Towels and toiletries ~ please note that we supply only one towel per trip

• Suntan lotion, prescription medicines.

• Diving equipment (if own equipment)

• Logbook, certification card, travel and diving insurance details (if own dive insurance) holiday details from your travel agency, if
applicable.

• Money to pay for extras

Nice to bring but not necessary:

• CDs, DVDs, books.

• Laptop, tablet, mobile phone

• Video and photo camera.

Payment

We accept only Thai Baht and Credit Cards; Visa, Master. A 3% service charge applies for all credit card payments. If you wish to pay in Euros or US Dollar the local exchange rate will apply plus a 3 % service charge.

The payment of the trip is due before trip departure.

How to get to Khao Lak

From Bangkok or any other domestic city with an airport, fly to Phuket Island (Air Asia/Nok Air/Bangkok Airways or Thai Airways). From Phuket airport to Khao Lak by taxi in only one hour.

By bus from Bangkok or any other domestic city with an official bus station, take the bus towards Takuapa - Khao Lak.

From Bangkok catch only the official buses at the “Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal” towards the south. ABSTAIN from any bus trip offered at Khao Son Road in Bangkok heading to Phuket or from some other sales agents trying to sell you bus tickets.

By train the closest city to Khao Lak is Surathani Town in Surathai Province. Take a bus heading towards Takuapa - Khao Lak from the official bus station.

From Koh Tao or Koh Phangan take the night ferry the day before your scheduled trip departure. Catch a bus in the morning from Chumpon or Surathani to Takuapa - Khao Lak.

If you prefer to leave the same day of your liveabord cruise then leave the islands as early in the morning as possible (Lompraya speed catamaran). Catch a bus in the morning from Chumpon or Surathani to Takuapa - Khao Lak.

Please note that we cannot be held liable for any delays that might occur travelling towards Khao Lak. We recommend that you show up at least one day before your scheduled trip departure. If you miss any trip because of delay in your transport to Khao Lak we will not refund any money.

Hotel Booking

If you are planning to stay in Khao Lak during November - March (Peak Season), we highly recommend that you pre book your hotel stay in advance. We can help you to find budget (600- Thai Baht), medium (2,000- Thai Baht) and high standard (4,000- Thai Baht) accommodation.

Don’t wait until you are in Khao Lak as your chances of finding something for a good price will diminish.

Bank/ATM’s

There are plenty of banks and cash dispensers in Khao Lak, Khao Lak Scuba Adventures has an ATM at it´s front door. Please be aware that the banks are closed in the weekends.

Safety

Khao Lak is a very safe place, crime does almost not exist. Don’t be too careless and follow the most common security rules as you would back in your home country. Stay out of trouble and follow the Thai slogan “If it is illegal in your country it is illegal here”.

If you rent a motorbike make sure to wear a helmet! Police will fine you if they set up a police check point. The streets and traffic are not western standard, watch out for sand, animals and other unsuspected event’s and don’t drink and drive!

Health

Khao Lak has plenty of pharmacies and several doctors (small clinics) on duty to cure small injuries or illnesses. 24 hours evacuation by ICU is available, the distance to the closest hospital is 30 km. Phuket town has state of the art international hospitals and decompression chambers.

There have been no reports of Malaria or Dengue in Khao Lak but the use of insect repellent is recommended.

Most accidents happen with small motorbikes on the road. If you are planning to rent a small motorbike to explore the neighbouring country side be advised that it is mandatory by Thai law to wear a helmet for the driver and passenger.

Map of Khao Lak and Bang Niang

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Khao Lak Scuba Adventures Pa. Ltd

13/47 Moo 7, T. Khuk Khak, A. Takuapa 82190 Phang Nga, THAILAND
TAT Nr. 33/2851

Open every day from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm during High Season
Tel.:  0066 076 485 602
       0066 083 636 1010
Fax.: 0066 076 485 607

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