In addition to the fishing, there was another reason why I came to Thailand – to scuba dive on a liveaboard! It’s almost similar to the reasons why I went to Iceland. I didn’t go there for the mass tourism attractions. I went there to go fishing and scuba dive Silfra. Since this was the first time I’m diving in Thailand (or at least the Andaman Sea/Indian Ocean region), I wanted to make sure that it was going to be really good which is why I decided to go diving on a liveaboard! This is probably one of the best things that I’ve done regarding scuba diving – the crew takes care of you really well in terms of food, lodging, diving, relaxation, etc. I totally recommend going on a liveaboard for several days because to me, 2 days is not enough and just going out for a single day out of port, even multiple times, is also not worth it. There are a lot of great locations in the Indian Ocean that are far but yet, they are close to each other and on the plus side, some of the places that you can go diving are in federally-protected nature reserves set by the Thai authorities. So going on a liveaboard means less people overall and more chances to see amazing marine life not disturbed by humans.
And being on a liveaboard is great! The dive boat can take you out to these great, faraway dive sites that nearby one another so you save time of being out there. Because it requires a long boat trip, there are far less pressure on the marine life and environment so that means that there is FAR more to see than you would on a regular diving day trip. And the service, rooms, and food are all awesome. They really take care of you when you are on a liveaboard because the crew know that you are on a vacation.
And what else was also great about this trip was the fact that it was during low season so there weren’t that MANY divers on the boat nor many boats nor divers out at the dive sites. So in my opinion, I think I got the best of it all! And if you don’t believe, just check out the slew of pictures that I have put out for viewing pleasure. Of course, photos don’t do the justice of actually being in the water with diving gear and experiencing but they are more mementos than anything else of an amazing diving trip.
And probably the biggest highlight of it all – a Whaleshark! Apparently, among all the liveaboards, an average of about 6 Whalesharks are seen per year (or known as a season; diving season runs from October-April/May) so if my group got to see this Whaleshark, that means only 5 more Whalesharks left for the season!
Tip: If you don’t have a lot of money, then you can go on those budget ships where you’re basically placed in crammed-and-jammed-sardines-on-a-floatng-tin-can. But for myself, after speaking with a friend of mine who has done this trip, he highly recommended paying a bit more money so I would get more room and comfort not just on the boat but also in the water. Amble elbow space is great to have! And these budget liveaboards are what I’d call “shoulder to shoulder” diving with ratios as high as 1 divemaster to 10 people! That’s why it pays to spend a little bit more money for the more luxurious ones which have a ratio of 1 divemaster to 2-4 people. I would rather pay the extra money especially if there are a lot of beginner divers. One time while I was diving, some newbie landed on my head while descending and I was just pissed that the idiot didn’t even know what just happened. And if it’s not that, then I had to save this one girl from ascending too fast which could have given her the bends. That’s when I learned to go with more experienced divers and get more space if possible. I don’t want to get twisted in that inexperienced lack of safety cesspool. Less people means more elbow room and more comfort as well!
Overall, I would go on a liveaboard again!