Once you have taken the plunge and booked your trip the planning starts!
Whether it’s your first or your fifteenth liveaboard it’s always a daunting process. What do you take? What don’t you take? What do you need to buy? What will be provided for you? We are of course more than happy to answer any questions via email but we also wanted to put together some information to help make this process as smooth as possible!
Always when planning what to bring it is important to bring things to make your trip as comfortable as possible but you don’t want to bring every thing you own!
Thailand is a very easy and safe place to travel around but there are a few things to consider before you travel to the land of the smiles!
Please let us know if you regs are DIN and we will make sure we have a tank with the correct connection on it for you. If you haven’t used your regs in a while please get them serviced before your holiday.
Boots if required.
- Mask and snorkel
Great for beach visits or if the conditions are a little choppy at the surface.
The water temp is 28 degrees so no need for drysuits! Most people are happy in anything from board shorts and a rash vest to full 5mm wetsuits. You don’t need to bring gloves as the water is not cold and we believe they can encourage divers to touch things.
If you haven’t got one you are given one for free for the night dives. Spare batteries if you have rechargeable we have chargers on the boat.
- Dive Computer
PLEASE BRING THE MANUAL!! I think this is one of the most forgotten things! Each brand of computer works very differently so we unfortunately are not experts on them all.
- Signaling devices
For underwater can be a simple piece of metal to bang on you tank. For above water a Surface Marker Buoy.
O-rings : we have a good selection on the boat but if you need anything specific it’s a good idea to bring. Fin straps, for open heel fins. We have spares on the boat but if you have a specific design of fins.
- A pair of socks
Mostly the fins that are provided are closed heel fins and if you have delicate feet socks can save them. Even better if you can buy neoprene socks from you local dive shop. Or let us know and we can order them for you.
- A rash guard or hood
The water around the Similan Islands is on average 28 degrees Celsius so most people find that the 3mm short wetsuit is enough. However if you are a cold blooded person you might find you start to get cold towards the last dives of the day. In this case you might want an extra layer to keep you warm.
- A hair scarf or band
For those boys and girls lucky enough to be blessed with illustrious locks it’s a good idea to bring something to keep your hair controlled in the water and off your face.
- Dive Computer
This is not something we expect you to rush out and buy but we do not provide in the standard dive equipment. If you don’t have a dive computer please let us know if you would like to hire one.
- Certification Cards
Highest level plus nitrox if applicable. If you have lost this PEASE email us before the trip and we will search for it online.
- Log book
Even if you have stopped logging or it is incomplete please bring your last log book with you.
- Insurance documentation
Please check your insurance for what it covers. It is vital that the insurance covers recompression chamber treatment and emergency evacuation. If you don’t yet have we strongly recommend that you purchase insurance
You can purchase dive insurance from DAN
If you have any medical issues that you believe may effect your diving please bring a certification from your doctor that says that you are fit for diving. If in doubt please email us and we will let you know if the medical condition will be a problem at all.
Include at least one to cover the shoulders to protect from the sun on beach visits.
For both swimming and for relaxing between dives.
Bikinis or swimming costumes for the girls swimming shorts for the boys at least two so one can be drying whilst you are wearing the other one.
No shoes are worn on the boat so socks just for inside fins, if needed.
- A light jumper or jacket
It can get colder at night.
- A sarong
Good to protect the shoulders, to dry with, to sit on etc etc etc the uses are endless!
- A beach towel
We provide towels for use on the boat but we would prefer is the don’t go to the beach.
- A sun hat
Tooth paste, tooth brush, deodorant, razor (especially if guys have leaky masks sometimes shaving is the fix!) suncream, after sun cream moisturiser or aloe vera. We provide biodegradeable shampoo, conditioner and soap that we ask you to use one the boat.
- Small first aid kit
We have most things on the boat but if you have any specific needs. Please email us as well if you have any allergies or medical conditions we should know about.
- A book
Or kindle and charger: there is plenty of time for surface interval relaxing with a good book – this is my personal heaven!
Ipod type device. we have a music system in the lounge that you can plug your tunes into..so start making a boat playlist now!! (please no acid house or gangster rap)
- Camera and all chargers
Maybe an extra memory card as you will take a lot of photos!) please note the power on board is 220 v.
- USB drive
So you can share/ steal photos from others!
You can bring but not essential, some people like to edit their photos as they go through the trip.
- Wine or other alcohol.
We do not encourage a lot of drinking on the boat, but we only have beer available. Some times the nicest thing in the world is to toast a days amazing diving with a glass of your favourite wine!
Now it’s very very unlikely that you ever feel hungry on the boat but if you have your favourite post dive munchies then feel free to bring them along (just note you may have to share!!)
- Any Valuables
We do have a safe onboard so please give any valuables you would like to put into it to a member of staff on the boat.
We will ask for your Marine park fees to be paid in Thai Baht (1800) and any additional courses if you haven’t already paid for them and equipment hire. Beer is charged on the boat at the end of the trip 80 baht per can. We sell t-shirts and various other souvenirs that you may wish to purchase. If you wish to tip the crew this can be done in cash (this is not something that is expected, however, we have found it is a way some customers like to show their appreciation to, especially, our thai crew)
- Dive Refresher Course
This can be done one day before or even on the day of departure of the liveaboard (we recommend the day before). We go through the diving theory with you and then take you to the swimming pool to do some basic dive skills. We can focus on any skills that are a concern for you e.g. your buoyancy or mask skills. It is nice to go through these skills in a controlled environment. Please email us for more information.
- Advanced Open Water
If you are open water level and want to take you diving to the next level then a liveaboard is the perfect place to do your advanced course. You can do the 5 dives throughout the trip and don’t all have to be performed at the start of the trip – you have 14 dives to choose from! This will allow you to get the most out of your trip by doing deep dives, night dives, wreck dives, photography dives and many more. Please email for more information.
- Nitrox Course
If you are keen to take your diving to the next level then I advise that a nitrox certification is the course for you. Nitrox has many benefits including allowing you to dive more safely and conservatively. We have compressors onboard that can fill the tanks with nitrox blends so it is the perfect place to learn.
- Medical Considerations
Please consider any medical conditions that you have or any medications that you are on which may be affected by diving. If you are in any doubt at all please consult you doctor or contact us and we can put you in touch which a diving physician. Most medical conditions are ok with diving it is always important however that the dive crew have all information about each guest so they can care for each guest correctly.
If you are one of the unlucky ones who suffers from seasickness you may want to bring your own medication. We have a supply on board but for those who have found one that works for them..please bring it! If this is something that you are concerned about please see you local pharmacist or doctor and they may be able to provide you with stronger substances. Make sure they are aware that you will be diving whilst taking it so it must not have any drowsy side effects.
- Dive Guide
You will be diving with a guide max of 4:1 with other guest of a similar level. All of our guides are hugely experienced so please think of any questions that you would like to ask them. Remember there are no stupid questions (ok we all know that’s not true but you’ll have to really try to think of an original one because I think we heard them all!) Safety is always our number one concern so anything we can do to help we will.
- Thailand Visas
Please check with your local Thai Embassy if you need to purchase a visa before flying to Thailand. For many passport holders the 1 month tourist Visa is awarded on arrival as long as the individual has 6 months remaining in their passports and a flight showing them exiting the country.
- Thailand Vaccinations
Please check with your local doctor for any boosters you may need, for example tetanus is always advisable to be up to date. Around the areas that we visit you don’t require anti malaria medication. Check with your doctor for any specific problems at you time of travel.
- Bargaining/ Bartering
This is an important part of buying anything in Thailand and can be lots of fun. Always have a price in your mind of how much you are willing to pay for an item. Do remember as well that spending hours of your holiday haggling over a few baht is probably not the best use of your time!
- Shallow Fried Pork and Basil
Pad Krapow Moo is easily one of Big Blue’s favourite dishes. Just ask Paul in our office who eats it literally every day. You can ask for it spicy or not (spicy is better). Top it off with a fried egg and some fish sauce for a perfect dish
- Noodle Soup
The Fun part of eating a noodle soup at a street restaurant is making it just how you like it. Choose your meat and type of noodle then add whatever you want. Add fresh Basil, beansprouts, chilli, sugar, fish sauce, peanuts and more to get the flavour that suits your tastes
- Chicken and Rice
Sounds simple but the flavour is in the details. The rice is cooked in the chicken stock and the thin strips of chicken are covered in a sauce of soy sauce, yellow bean sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger and chilli. Also served with a Soup made from the stock with garlic, onions and parsley