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The most affordable diving in the world is offered by Thailand. In Phuket, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand, there is Similan Island Diving that offers a world-class experience. Tourists will gain the most value for their dollars when they join the day dive trip and experience an adventure in the underwater. The liveaboard diving trips are little bit more expensive but you can enjoy multiple days aboard a boat.
The fastest way to travel to Similan Islands is through plane. There are no direct flights that will bring you to the islands but you can fly to Phuket. There are daily flights from Bangkok to Phuket after which you will take a boat from Chalong or Patong to bring you to the Similan Islands.
The cheapest way to travel to Similan from Bangkok is by bus and taxi boat. You can arrange for a full return journey but travel time will be more than a day. A faster option is to take a bus from Bangkok to Ranong or Khao Lak and from there arrange a boat to the Similan Islands. The trip will most likely take about 13 hours.
However, the best way to travel to the Similan islands is to join a day dive trip or liveaboard boats. The diving trips will not only allow you to dive underwater; you can also snorkel. The day dive starts from early morning to about 6 PM but the experience provided is out of this world. Diving in the Similan Islands is an adventure that is definitely worth the visit to Thailand.
Diving schedules depend on the weather, the season and the number of people who will join the diving trip. It is important to plan ahead if you will be joining a diving trip particularly during peak season because they have become a popular alternative to sightseeing, shopping and night life.
To get the most from Similan Island Diving, try the liveaboard where you get to spend a few days on a boat. The day trips will only offer a short period to experience the breath-taking views of the underwater.
Over the last few years, I had gone kayaking on multiple occasions and had built up my stamina to finish a triathlon. So I thought it was now a wise idea to pull some friends along and go for some adventure camps in Victoria, probably for a kayaking adventure camp. I found the perfect escape for me at the Sea Kayak Tours in Victoria. There were two types of packages that I could explore:
- The Corner Inlet: This package was a 3-4 day package, which would be conducted over a long weekend, and if we had more than 6 members in our group, we could request our own private dates.
- The East Coast: This was a longer package and usually took a week to complete. We would be kayaking every day and hence would be travelling quite far. Due to this, the agency would arrange a boat for us to make it back to the starting point on the last day.
My friends and I initially didn’t know which package to choose as we weren’t sure of each other’s availability but in the end we opted for the smaller of the two packages. The short version of our experience is that we had an exquisite time kayaking during the day and lounging on sandy beaches during the night. Many people would argue that the night was more fun than the day but I quite preferred the kayaking. The nights were usually just filled with people lounging near the fires and bathing in the warmth that emanated from it, along with a couple of cold beers and some seafood.
As far as the sightseeing was concerned, we were guided through patches of marine coastal parks and we saw so many types of fish and birds along the way. I can now name at least 20 types of fish and bird that I did not knew before. Apart from this, we also had the opportunity to take pictures of the amazing landscapes surrounding us. The melding of the mountains into the sea at the horizons almost seemed poetic to our visual senses, as tears of joy sprung forth unmasking our elation. This was truly one of the best adventure camps in Victoria that I could have visited.