Monsoon Expedition – Similan Islands & Khao Lak
Big Blue Tech returns for the third year for technical diving in Khao Lak and the Similans!
Khao Lak, Thailand
Big Blue Tech celebrates the successful graduation of Manuela Agbaba, Peirre Peigne and Kelli Bennet from their TDI Extended Range course conducted over 4 days and 4 nights in the Similan Islands on the Mv Pawara by TDi instructors James Thornton-Allan and Ash Dunn.
Manuela, Pierre and kelli had previously completed their Advanced Nitrox and Decompression procedures course earlier in the week and their training culminated with a luxury liveaboard on the Similan Islands to explore the depths of the best diving in Thailand.
The liveaboard departed in the evening and spent the 4 days diving in the Similan and Surin Islands. The highlight of these islands is Richeleau Rock, Elephant Head, Koh Bon and Koh Tachai which provide divers with the best in diverse marine life possible in tropical waters.
The similan islands is a controlled marine park so marine life is far abundant as compared with other diving destinations which are not governed by funded park rangers.
Life on the Mv Pawara was very easy, the on board nitrox, en suite bathrooms, large dive deck, sorb for rebreathers and private diving area provide the luxury technical divers often seek for their diving. Mv Pawara had previously stocked up with oxygen to provide enough gas for all the technical and rebreather divers on this trip.
Mv Pawara is privately owned but operated by Big Blue Diving – Khao Lak Branch where Big Blue Tech also operate out of during their season of November to April.
The highlight of the trip was decompression diving with Manta Rays which were circling the technical divers long after the recreational divers had to ascend.
Pierre and Kelli leave the group to return to work as full time diving instructors for Big Blue and the rest of the team including Ash Dunn, Manuela Agaba and James Thornton-Allan take a day off then continue with a TDI Advanced Wreck course off the coast of Khao Lak on the Mv Sea Chart 1 Wreck and Prem Chai Wreck.