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Technical Diving In The Similan Islands

As part of the Indian Ocean, south of Myanmar is the Andaman Sea; with an average depth of 870 metres; covering an area of 797,700 square kilometres. Within this water body, south of Thailand, lie The Similan Islands, off the coast of Phang Nga Province. Established in 1982 as an archipelago national park, The Similan Islands consist of nine islands, which are Ko Bon, Ko Bayu, Ko Similan, Ko Payu, Ko Miang (two adjoining islands), Ko Payan, Ko Payang, and Ko Huyong. Recently, the park was expanded to include two remote islands, which are Ko Bon and Ko Tachai. “Similan” is a Yawi (dialect of the Malay language) word, which means “nine”.

Big Blue Tech. recently conducted technical diving on the prestigious Big Blue live-aboard, the MV Pawara, which cruises along the national park providing first class diving opportunities. Mike Borneo, who previously completed his TDI Extended Range course with Big Blue Tech. in Koh Tao, joined facilities manager Christos Kardana on the west coast to board the prestigious vessel, conducting technical diving over a four-day period, utilising various gas blends to explore the regions many sites, made easy with the ship’s on board nitrox blending and O2 system.

The MV Pawara boasts many luxuries, including: spacious dive platform accommodating with comfort up to twenty kitted-up divers, on-board computer with software for dive planning and photography download, entertainment lounge, air- conditioned cabins, sun deck, briefing area and four buffet style meals a day, as well as fruit, snacks and beverages provided daily. With a relaxed and comfortable set up, much free time is available between dives; allowing for marine life identification, course theory completion and of course catching some rays…

Mike utilised his time completing his TDI Nitrox Gas Blending course, gaining practical experience filling our technical dive cylinders with the required blend for our planned dive in question.

Below are some pictures from the trip (photographs taken by Christos Kardana).

If you are interested in any of our live-aboard trips, courses and / or expeditions, please do not hesitate to conduct us at: info@bigbluetech.net

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