MV Marco Polo is run by Sea Bees Diving and operates out of their Dive Centre in Chalong Harbour. She takes guests on a six day cruise with 22 dives, five of which are night dives, visiting the famous Similan Islands, Surin Islands National Park and Richelieu Rock. Whalesharks, manta rays and macro marine life all abound in these waters. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some of the finest diving in the world and a chance to see stunning overwater rock formations and scenery.
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For a scuba diver, Thailand has a great variety of diving to offer from spectacular coral reef diving, World War II wrecks, dramatic swim throughs and topography and the opportunity to see Dugongs, whalesharks and manta rays.
The best diving is to be found in the Andaman Sea to the west, where there are a host of little islands and wonderful dive sites. In the northern reaches of the west coast, 90km from Phuket, are the nine stunning Similan Islands which many would say offer the best diving in Thailand. The Surin Islands National Park, home to the famous Richelieu Rock is also up here. Ideally these sites are best accessed by liveaboard (from November through to May) although this is not the only option and visitors can also choose to stay in one of the excellent resorts at Khao Lak, just one hour's drive from Phuket Airport, and access the Similan Islands on a day trip.
Moving south, Phuket Island and it's tiny neighbouring islands of Koh Phi Phi offer a host of sites where divers can see a diverse range of macro and pelagic species, and further south again is the marine park of Hat Chao Mai. Here, you might be lucky enough to see Dugongs feeding in the Sea grasses near to the shore.
Thailand is called the Land of smiles for a very good reason; it's a country renowed for its excellent level of service, wonderful food, superb resorts and incredibly friendly and happy people. You can't help but smile back when you are offered such a warm welcome and it is one of our favourite destinations.
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Palm Garden Resort Phuket
Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, 900 km south of Bangkok in the Andaman Sea. The Palm Garden Resort is on the southernmost tip of the island, within easy reach of excellent diving in the Phi Phi Islands, Anemone Reef and Shark Point, while liveaboard boats go to the amazing Similan Islands, Koh Bon and Koh Tachi.
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