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Where will your next scuba div­ing trip take you? There’s a world of un­der­wa­ter ad­ven­tures wait­ing for you in Thai­land. The Gulf of Thai­land is known for abun­dant marine life and the laidback life style, but it’s very hard to beat the South An­daman Sea be­tween Novem­ber and April for the best scuba div­ing, with crys­tal clear wa­ters, spec­tac­u­lar reefs and large an­i­mal en­coun­ters. Many divers will opt for Phuket Is­land for a scuba div­ing hol­i­day, or join a div­ing live­aboard, and you can count on great weather - sunny skies and warm water dives. At Phuket Dive Tours we take you to the top lo­cal dive sites around Phuket - daily dives at Racha Noi with its crys­tal clear wa­ters, iconic ship­wrecks like King Cruiser and Shark Point Marine sanc­tu­ary, as well as day trips to the fa­mous Phi Phi Is­lands. How­ever, the Sim­i­lan Is­lands Na­tional Park is per­haps the top des­ti­na­tion be­tween Novem­ber and March on live­aboards, with stun­ning biodiversity and vis­i­bil­ity of­ten in ex­cess of 35 me­tres. The Sim­i­lan Ar­chi­pel­ago forms a chain of nine gran­ite is­lands with pure white sand beaches. Top dive sites in­clude Ele­phant Head Rock, Deep Six and East of Eden. Koh Bon Is­land is north of the Sim­i­lan Is­lands and a pop­u­lar lo­ca­tion for manta ray sight­ings, as well as black­tip and leop­ard sharks. Koh Bon is ac­ces­si­ble by day trips and overnights on live­aboards. Riche­lieu Rock is the Jewel of Thai­land, com­monly re­ferred to as one of the ten best dive spots in the world. Take a three-day, two-night, 11-dive live­aboard trip to Sim­i­lans, Koh Bon & Riche­lieu the prime lo­ca­tion for whale­shark en­coun­ters, with divers ex­pected to see plenty of other marine life too, from the lit­tlest crea­tures, such as tiger-tail sea­horses and ghost pipefish, to huge Go­liath grouper and manta rays. Phuket Dive Tours of­fers free equip­ment to stu­dent divers and cer­ti­fied divers, with great pack­age deals on all day trips and live­aboards. We op­er­ate two PADI Dive Cen­tres in Phuket (Cha­long and Kata Beach), both man­aged by Bri­tish div­ing instructors. We of­fer PADI scuba div­ing cour­ses from beginner to Dive­mas­ter, and of­fer trips aboard most Sim­i­lan live­aboards. We of­fer the best deals on Day Trips, Live­aboards and Div­ing Pack­ages for new and re­turn­ing cus­tomers. Con­tact Phuket Dive Tours by email at [email protected]­di­ve­ or visit www.phuket­di­ve­

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