For this past trip, we had on board a very lucky group of divers. They have embarked for a combo of two trips, that has already taken them to the very best sites of Thailand, and is about to make them discover everything Burma has to offer.
We came back two nights ago from the first part of this adventure, with eyes filled of beautiful images. Thailand has again spoiled us with loads of perfect moments : being the only boat around Surin on the first day, snorkeling AND diving with a whale shark on the second, enjoying Richelieu Rock without anybody else in the water and seeing this very special reef slowly awakening as the sun rose...
The first four days have gone so fast ! We left our divers on Koh Phayam to enjoy a well deserved rest : endless beaches of white sand, laid back atmosphere, hammocks and good food... Could you dream of a better place to stay in-between two diving trips ?
And today, they will join us again on the MV Thai Sea to start the second - and twice longer - part of their trip. Burma awaits us, full of promises !
To be continued...
The Smiling Seahorse ou comment passer de super moments magiques ansi que les fin d'annee. Un staff en Or, des spots paradisiaques.
Milles mercis pour ces 6 jours extras. C'etait Top!
Un break hors connection et in the middle of nowhere qui nous a fait le plus grand bien.
Quel bonheur de decrocher du monde reel, rapide et stresse pour venir se ressourcer lors d'un trip au smiling seahorse. Cela fait un bien fou!
On se sent vraiment depayse a souhait et on a l'impression d'etre seuls au monde dans cet archipel!
On our third voyage with The Smiling Seahorse you managed to outperform our previous trips. We have seen almost all of the precious features of the Mergui Archipelago, even juvenile manta rays! Thanks for the great New Year, great dives and warm hospitality!
While not the most confortable liveabord we have been on, the organization was the best, very humanized, the food has the taste of home. The diving instructors are very experienced. I learned so much. I strongly recommend!
Ce fut un privilege de pouvoir faire cette croisiere plongee grace a vous. Je repars avec les yeux pleins de bonheur et surtout le ventre (trop) plein.
On ne pouvait pas rever mieux pour notre lune de miel
Que dire sinon que l'on est deja presses de revenir. je suis reconsiliee avec la plongee de nuit.
Bateau au top, seuls sur les sites, nouriture et ambience excellente!
Thouroughly enjoyed the diving, sleeping + eating experience. The trip went too quick.
Excellent crew and dive masters: professional and attentive.
Superbe croisiere avec une equipe plus que formidable.
Merci pour toutes ces plongees a couper le souffle!!! Un staff au top. Du Jamais vu ailleurs...
Things need to change...
I found these very interesting facts about fishing on myscienceacademy.org.
And that's why we don't serve fish onboard.
What's your opinion?
What a playground! I loved diving with the Smiling Seahorse and definetly want to come again
Thanks for another wonderful trip.
corals of yellow, purple, red - yeah!
Great week of diving, friendship and exploration.
I absolutely Loved all of it!
Vibrant coral + big game fish like whalesharks.
Most of all the skill + care + joy that all of you brought to your work. Our trip is much appreciated.
great diving, Delicious food, amazing people ... a great holiday, a few waves and whalesharks. Eight days and seven nights of gret time. A fantastic crew who were always working and always smiling. Great!
The accomodation were cozy, the food was delicious, never ending supply of beer and the most amazing staff ever.
The Smiling Seahorse, you left us more than smiling!
thank you for the most excellent of lifes adventures filled with beautiful memories, epic sunrises and sunsets, good vibs, life lessons and heart warming moments.
Que de moments et souvenirs magnifiques.
What a great trip on an amazing boat with a better crew, great diving, great food, great atmosphere created by the team. A winning combination that the world should hear about.
Great trip, superbe organization even before it began.
This week, we want to show you the tiny. The small stuff. Because we know that there are some macro lovers out there, some photographs who dream of getting always closer, some treasure hunters who want to tick as many tiny creatures off the list as possible. Well, Burma is the place.
Oh of course ! Everybody loves a big whale shark (got one on the first day), or a graceful eagle ray (got one on the third day), or a lazy nurse shark (got three on a single dive site). Of course. We all love the big guys. And we are very happy to have them around.
But what Burma has that is nowhere else is this amazing variety of tiny animals, of all shapes and colors. And finding THEM is the real challenge. Which we're getting better at with every passing trip. So this week's post is dedicated to them, the tiny and shy and hard to spot. 'Cause they are just so incredible.
Thanks to all our team of divers on this trip whom, even if they of course enjoyed as much as anybody else the sight of the big animals, also marvelled with us at the discovery of all of these tiny beauties.
And of course, congrats to our crazy brit, Christina, for getting her Open Water on the trip, and being a very good diver right from the start !
We had not returned to Thailand for a while, all of our last trips having been burmese ones. But this first 2015 thai trip made us want to visit again and again !
Clear water, beautiful sceneries above and under the surface, just the right amount of current... and of course, loads and loads of fish everywhere, how come we stayed so long without cruising the thai waters ?!
And since the wind was blowing a little bit too much for most of the boats from Phuket to take the journey, we enjoyed most of the dive sites with very few people around ! Private diving on the most beautiful dive sites in the Similan, does it get any better ?
Some of us had a special treat : a very big manta came to salute them twice on Koh Tachai, sticking around a few minutes, making sure they truly enjoyed the show. No need to say they came back on board with sparkling eyes !
With so much bounties to enjoy, we'll be back very soon, that's a promise !
So far, 2015 has been keeping its promises ! The last trip in Burma has been a beautiful one. Our divers enjoyed the beauties of the Mergui Archipelago under a bright blue sky, in crystal clear water !
The big guys were here again, with as many as three sleepy nurse sharks hiding in newly discovered caves, blotch stingrays hiding under rocks... and a totally unexpected leopard shark on the very last day ! Seems like Burma will never stop surprising us.
The tiny were also answering "present !" and if we now know some of them are resident, we keep discovering new ones ! Talking about discoveries, we went back to those golden sites we unravelled last week... and they were as beautiful as we first saw them !
So beautiful in fact that they will be part of some exciting new itineraries we will offer for the next season. The calendar for 2015-2016 is online, along with the descritption of these new trips. You can check it out here !
... makes for a good holiday ! And that's what this New Year's Trip in Burma had in store for us, along with a massive eagle ray, two sleepy nurse sharks, and their relatives : blotch stingrays and bamboo sharks. The tiny ones were also here to accompany us into this new year : a festival of ghost pipefish, new families of harlequin shrimps, and many more ! And of course, watching over all these beauties, schools of fusiliers, snappers... gave us a firework show underwater.
The wind and waves prevented us from going all the way to Black Rock, but our group of adventurous divers agreed to help us dicover some new sites, and we made some amazing dives in unknown places. "Golden" was the theme, with soft bright yellow corals everywhere, again some whale sharks, and oh so many fish !
2015 is starting amazingly, full of promises and still more beauties to discover !!
Happy New Year to you all !
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The Smiling Seahorse has been running dive cruises from Ranong since 2012.
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