Sharkey Scuba Phuket Newsletter 2009, no. 1

Early Bookings

In order to encourage early booking of liveaboard trips we are continuing to offer up to 15% discount off trip prices for bookings made more than one month in advance of trip departure date. Discounts available are as follows:

This offer cannot be claimed in association with any other special offers and does not apply to equipment rental or national park fees.

Top Recommendation

MV Pawara

10% off all MV Pawara trips until May 2009!

Our top recommendation for the 2008/9 season continues to be the excellent MV Pawara liveaboard. This superb, stylish and spacious liveaboard is the perfect way to discover not only the Similans islands to the north but also the wonderful southern dive sites including Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. In fact, it is possible to cover the whole area with a 6 day/7 night Andaman Safari!

Oui and I have had the pleasure of two trips on this liveaboard over recent months, both times heading to the south. As well as the pleasure of spending these trips with some of our most regular customers we also got the opportunity to take Abbie along too. Check our trip report for details of our experiences.

For full information on MV Pawara's liveaboard trips then check out our Similans web page or download the MV Pawara Info Pack. There are still many places available until the end of the season due to the general economic slowdown but it is still best to book early!

Le Mahe

Season Specials

As with everywhere worldwide the diving industry in Phuket has seen a general slow down. Probably the hardest hit sector are the Similan liveaboard companies. To try to counter this Le Mahe liveaboard has announced the following special prices until May 2009:

Le Mahe is a wonderful mid-range liveaboard with private balconies for many of the double rooms plus all rooms with en suite and air conditioning. We already thought that the original price was great value for money so the new price is exceptional! Take advantage now as places are filling quickly. For more details check out our Le Mahe web page or download our Le Mahe Info Pack.

Last Minute Liveaboards

Again, due to the economic slowdown, many liveaboards are struggling to fill spaces on both Similans and Hin Daeng trips. In response to this there are many "last minute" offers coming out. To keep you up to date with the latest liveaboard bargains we have now added a "Last Minute" section to our web site which can be found through the "Liveaboards" menu. With manta ray and whale shark sightings and 30 metre plus visibility now is a great time to jump on a flight and take advantage of these offers. Check out our Last Minute web page for the latest deals.

The Junk - 10th Anniversary Special

The Junk

To celebrate their 10th anniversary the Junk liveaboard are offering special discounts from now until end of May 2009 as follows:

For more details on the Junk and the unique experience it can offer check out our Junk web page. Book now to avoid disappointment as there are only a limited number of spaces left.

Private Guiding/Advanced Open Water

We are continuing to offer our private guiding service on most liveaboard trips. This is open to groups of two or more people at a very modest price of 2,000 baht per day in addition to the trip price. Included in this we are offering a free "Deep Adventure Dive" for those only certified to Open Water level to give you a chance to experience depths below 18 metres under the direct supervision of an instructor. It is also a great opportunity for more experienced divers and in particular those into photography. With your own guide you can take as long as you wish to get those perfect snaps without feeling the pressure of keeping others waiting.

For the less experienced divers an alternative to hiring a private guide is to take the Advanced Open Water course during your trip. For an additional 8,000 baht per person (minimum two persons) you can have your own private instructor giving you the perfect opportunity to enjoy your liveaboard trip AND increase skills and confidence at the same time. You also benefit by having your instructor as your own private guide for all non-course dives too!

Dive Courses Discount

PADI student

Book online,

get up to

20% discount

Liveaboards Discount

Whale shark

Book in advance,

get up to

15% discount