"Just Great !"
"We've spent an awsome time on the Smiling Seahorse ! Great atmospher on the boat"
"Just Great !"
"Only happiness ! Great atmospher, Breathtaking natural scenery !"
"Delighted to have been among you on this beautiful boat !"
We had a BIG surprise this week. We did not have one but two Whale Shark on this cruise. At the same time !!
For this incredible cruise, we welcomed on board : Dominique, Matthieu, Carole, Pascal and Patricia from France; Xiao from China, Natasha and Justin from Hong Kong, Duncan from England; Stefan, Nadine and Joshua from Switzerland.
To complete this shark week, some nurse sharks came to say hello to our lucky divers.
A beautiful turtle swimming with our team
And of course some smaller creatures like seahorse, Frog fish, Pigmy squid ...
Our divers had fun underwater !
And at the surface !
And this trip was little bit special because we celebrated Dominique's birthday !
James bond and James bond's Girls style !
Happy birthday again Dominique !
And of course we can't end this week without the beautiful burmese sunset !
Fantastic encounter with one of our favourite creature during the last trip!
We were alone with them in Koh Bon pinnacle, and then they joined us again in Koh Tachai :)
Welcome to our group: Kevin and Emilie from France; Victoria and Daniel from England; Jorgen and Magnus from Sweden; Shashank from India; Chloé and Michael from South Africa.
The visibility was great and the conditions easy ...
Lots of fishes everywhere!
Glass fish everywhere creating interesting sparkly shapes ...
Mixed with beautiful corals ... What else did we need?
One of our groups also spotted a bowmouth guitarfish in the blue :)
We were lucky with Jenkins rays too, so many!
And so much more!
Without forgetting the breathtaking outdoors sceneries ;)
Last but not least ... the reviews of this trip:
"It was a 5 star experience. If I were to do another liveaboard on this part of the world, Smiling Seahorse it would be!"
"We popped our liveaboard "virginity" with the Smiling Seahorse and what an amazing experience it was! Each component was well organised and spectacular. Love the family vibe on the boat ..."
"Our first liveaboard and what a success, I suspect more journeys in the future!"
"A huge thank you for this wonderful week! Nice discoveries, top crew, top guides, top food, no complaints!"
"Second cruise organised by Camille and Franck. A few months prior, we were able to see with which professionalism they advised and oriented us, so that everything was perfect. The new boat is top comfort!"
"Emotions have been part of the trip at every moment thanks to the amazing crew!"
"Thank you for a memorable experience. Totally love the exploration and going out of the box."
"First diving liveaboard! The best choice!"
It has been a trip full of surprises, for most of us a dream come true ... watching whales at the surface coming close enough from the boat so we can enjoy the show!
We welcomed on board: Gérard, Corinne, Kévin, Emilie, Pascal and Fanny from France; Bob, Lee, Eric and Pamela from USA; Kristel and Daniel from Germany; Olli from Finland, Yosita from Thailand; Christopher and Amanda from England.
One more time the reefs were full of life, glass fish everywhere ...
Schools of jacks, snappers, trevallies and barracudas all around ...
Gigantic seafans ...
Tunnels, caves and "swimthroughs" ...
A manta was spotted in an unusual place (unfortunately no picture) ... and on the same day same place, a whale shark on a sunset dive and marbled rays :)
Several turtles coming to say hello!
For the macro lovers:
For the nudis fanatics:
And in a bigger format:
In the seahorse family and relatives, a beautiful shot with a fantastic trio!
Decorator crabs everywhere!
And all the other beautiful creatures around!
On the boat happy times!
Reading, sleeping, learning, crocheting or just snorkeling ... enjoying time!
A yummy barbecue night!
And as always to finish, the incredible sunsets and sunrises!
Oh ... what a cruise!!!
For our last exploration trip in the Burma Banks, we have been very very blessed meeting so many fantastic creatures!
Our lucky group on board: Christophe, Chloé, Stéphane, Laure, Sandra and Gregory from Switzerland; Fabian and Michaela from Germany; Sylvie, Ghislaine and Patrick from France; Ivy from Australia; Andre from England; Areena from Thailand and Gils from Netherlands.
A fantastic visibility, plenty of fishes everywhere and as soon as you were jumping in the water, you could face one of these big nurse sharks!
And as it was not enough, while you were looking at the sharks on one side, huge marbled rays where coming on the other one :)
It was already just amazing ... but it was just the beginning !!!
A breathtaking and completely unexpected encounter, getting close to a tiger shark, first time in 7 years !!!
And another one, with a rare porcupine ray!
Huge corals ...
Not only in the Burma Banks but everywhere, the dive sites were full of fishes. Nice schools of jacks, surgeonfishes, snappers ...
An incredible diversity of everything! Any kind of shrimp ...
Also harlequin shrimps! Can you see the cute little one on the left?
Spanish dancers ...
Seahorses, ghost pipefishes ...
And so much more ...
On the boat, a belly dance night which brought everybody on the dance floor!
As usual, sunsets and sunrises!!!
Happy faces for this Belgium charter who had the chance to have a fantastic cruise, full of life and manta from day one!!!
Welcome to: Alain, Liliane, Régine, Patrick, Joel, Béa, Jean-Marc, Sabine, Jacques, Magali, Michel, Christiane, Florence, Françoise, Philippe and Annunzio.
Beautiful corals and fishes everywhere!
So many schools of different fishes: snappers, emperor fishes, barracudas, trevallies, batfishes ...
We wanted big, we had big ... Manta, white tips (unfortunately no pictures!), unbelievable number of Jenkins rays ...
We had some camouflage stars but our guides could still find them!
In the "small world", there was also plenty to see :)
In the juvenile world: frogfish and ghost pipefish!
We had the pleasure to encounter harlequin shrimps in several places ;)
Manti shrimps ...
Seahorses and relatives!
And some more nice ones, we are always happy to meet!
At the surface, the sceneries were also amazing!
Some outdoor activities :)
On the boat, the atmosphere was over the top, singing and dancing ;)
And the breathtaking sunsets and sunrises!!!
What a wonderful trip we had in Thailand a couple of days ago!
Our customers have been blessed ... not surprised to see their smiles on the group picture on the boat ...
As well as underwater!
From the start in the Surin islands, it has been a festival: turtles, Jenkins rays, Napoleon wrasses, black tips, humphead parrotfishes and so much more!
The corals were beautiful and so many colorful fishes around :)
Koh Tachai has been magical as always!
The biggest giant barracudas school we have ever seen ... unbelievable!
Awesome school of bluefin trevallies ...
Emperor fishes :)
Giant groupers ...
Sponge crabs ...
The last day in Richelieu has been heaven :)
First, one baby whale shark, hidden behind so many fishes you could only guess the shape !
Second, a bigger one very diver friendly ;)
And as it it was not enough, huge schools of emperor fishes, jacks, barracudas ... Amazing !!!
Smaller but as beautiful, a school of soldiers!
And for the amateurs of even smaller, ghost pipefishes and seahorse!
Happy people :)
It's not only due to the marvelous creatures we met in the water, but also thanks to the best Thaï team ever!
Always happy, available and helpful ...
And at the surface ...
Happy bubbles everybody ;)
And the reviews!
" The team worked like a well oiled machine and it was obvious that the teammates respect each other and enjoy time on the boat together."
"Two fabulous trips ...We loved your beautiful new boat, and we will definitely be back."
"We hope to be back soon for a longer trip this time for the same great service, diving, humour."
"Thanks for the Burmese cruise, thanks for the Thaï cruise, we would go on and on."
Why we love Burma ? That's a question many persons are asking us, and the only way to know it's to try !
This week was a blast ! Good Divers, little bit of luck, blue water and we have an awsome trip with so many surprises.
We had so many small cutties like the Harlequin Shrimp, Ghost Pipefish, Cuttlefish, Seahorses and so much more !
Look who came to say hello to our divers.
This trip was also a special trip because it was our first exploration trip of the season in the Burma Banks.
Being alone in the middle of nowhere was something special, and meeting few nurse sharks resting was a moment everybody enjoyed !
Our explorators of the week had some pretty nice sunset and landscape to watch between dives.
A big thank you to all the divers who joined us and made this trip amazing ! See you soon !
Some Reviews from this trip :
" What a cruise ! Everything was perfect : the boat, the dives, the staff, the atmosphere, the rest ! "
"From the best team of the whale shark to the best team of the smiling seahorse. Thank you ... Plouf ... Gloup ... Thank you again ! "
Oh what a wonderful surprise on our last trip!
A Manta Parade where we were not expecting them ;)
The lucky spectators of these fantastic moments were over the moon: Ronen from Israel; Jen and Nuno from Canada; Siu Fun from Hong Kong; Jerzy and Aleksandra from Poland; Kostas from Greece; Juan G. and Juan M. from Spain; Raymond and Martina from Germany; Erica, Taylor and Lynn from USA; Mohamed from Belgium and Laurent from France.
Look at those smiles after the first (over three) mantas dive!
Let's share these amazing dives with you guys!
On top of this, the reefs were beautiful!
There were fishes everywhere, every kind, all around = paradise!
But not only you could see big, you could also see small ... shrimps? Yes, no worries ... Which kind?! ;)
Ghost pipefishes ... which color? :)
Juvenile ones ... they are so awesome !!!
Pipefish ... which kind?
Sometimes, just a combination of gorgeous colors!
Life onboard was also very active!
The usual yummy barbecue night ...
And also a special event: the birthday of two of our customers: Kostas & Laurent!
With its special show !!!
A few pictures of our amazing Thaï crew: the soul of the boat!
Always available, always smiling, always happy!
The usual unforgettable sunset, sunrise ... and also moonrise this time ;)
And last but not least ...
The reviews of this trip:
" Franck and the team run a very organized trip with small groups which makes it a great experience. "
" A very nice boat, good experiences, the best divemasters and the very best team of the staff!!!
Thank you for 5 wonderful days, a lot of fun and a good feeling for my heart! "
Sophie has been part of the Smiling Seahorse family since 2016.
Living in Thailand for nearly ten years now, she fell in love with the Burmese underwater sceneries and aquatic life.
Her hobbies: traveling and diving of course!
Instructor and dive guide on board, she creates a new blogpost after every trip, to share the magical moments and encounters they enjoyed.
Camille and Franck are the owners of the Smiling Seahorse since 2012.
Camille has been working all around the globe during seven years before creating this company.
Now mother of two little ones, she works at the office and she's the one who will answer all of your questions.
Her hobbies: horse riding, diving and traveling!
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