Welcome on the Smiling Seahorse for our second trip of the season!
Welcome on the Smiling Seahorse for our second trip of the season!
November came, which means the rain left and blue sky appeared on the Andaman Sea! Awesome time to go diving!
We had a small group of intrepid divers to start the season and what a treat to meet old and new friends on this fun adventure.
We had many fun encounters around Mergui Archipelago and the sea was so flat we decided to visit some sharks at the Burma banks.
We met many gorgeous nurse sharks and one group was even lucky to get a quick hello from a tiger shark! wow! I don't have any photo to show unfortunately. next time... they are fast!
What we love most? Diving!
Being immersed in the midst of this absolutely incredible fauna and flora ! The beauty of the sites, the diversity of the encounters is what makes the dives special.
As you know, the ocean is at risk nowadays from fishing, trashing and pollution. It is really important for divers to be aware of the importance of keeping our ocean clean and protecting this environment.
Below are a few basic reminders and simple tips to keep in mind in order to preserve the richness of our underwater world.
5th best dive spot in ASIA: Thailand
Even though it is quite busy for our liking, Thailand still offer excellent diving spots. Especially the West coast with Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai in the Similan national park and the infamous Richelieu Rock.
Possibility of seeing mantas rays, eagle rays, stingrays, guitar sharks, turtles, reef sharks, humphead parrot fish, Napoleons, gaterins... as well as a very good chance for Whale Shark.
Richelieu Rock, is always listed in the top 10 dive sites in the world! It can be described as a big aquarium with more or less everything from the whale shark to the seahorses...
With easy dive sites and conditions, Koh Tao on the East coast is recognised as the best spot to learn about diving with over 50 dive schools competing to offer the best value for money on dive courses.
What do we like less about Thailand, dive sites are usually busy with divers...
4th best dive spot in ASIA: Malaysia
Malaysia has a rich and diverse marine biodiversity that makes it one of the most popular destinations in Asia for a diving trip. Off the coast of Peninsular Malaysia, you will have the choice between Tioman island and the Perhentian Islands renowned for their magnificent dive spots. In eastern Malaysia, off Borneo, on the famous Coral golden triangle, the diving sites are called Sipadan, Layang Layang, Mabul and Kapalai. The best spot is probably Sipadan, a protected marine sanctuary for many species of sea turtles, sharks and schooling fish. Other destinations offer world-class diving spots and it's up to you to explore them.
3rd best dive spot in ASIA: Indonesia
True paradise on Earth, Indonesia has some pretty awesome dive spots such as Raja Ampat or the Komodo Islands on the bucket list for many divers and we know why! This is definitely a great place for lovers of macrofauna and big pelagic alike. Not to mention the magnificent landscapes of the Sonde archipelago and the encounter with the famous Komodo dragons when stepping foot on land. Located between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, the area is subject to very strong currents that converge in all directions, sometimes dangerous, so diving is only for experienced divers.
What we love: good mix between big and small critters
What we don't like: quite hard to reach and expensive
2nd best dive spot in ASIA: the philippines
Leaving for a diving trip to the Philippines you're sure to live an exceptional experience. This vast and complex archipelago, consisting of 7 107 Islands, of which 2 000 only are inhabited and 2 400 islands have not even received a name! It offers travellers diverse landscape: between white sand beaches, tropical forests, mangroves, lakes, mountain and active volcanoes you'll find some pretty cool dive spots. The dive sites are countless and of a breathtaking beauty. Thanks to its diversity and the countless number of spot, beginners and experienced divers can find their happiness spot.
What we like: filipinos speak english, you can spot thresher sharks in malapascua and many large sharks in tubbataha reef.
What we don't like: quite americanised, food in the philippines is not the best in Asia.
Our favorite dive spot in ASIA: Myanmar (also known as Burma)
While (...and also probably because) Burma is not yet on the map for most divers, we think it truly is the best dive spot in Asia. A diver's paradise still very little known and explored there are 800 Islands in Mergui Archipelago and countless pinnacles to explore! Best visited from a liveaboard, it is a perfect playground for divers wishing to get off the beaten track. The beauty both above and below water makes every cruise here exhilarating. Several dives in Burma pass under the Islands offering a unique underwater panorama.
Myanmar is a dream come true for Macro life lover with seahorses, Harlequin shrimp, spider crabs, Spanish dancers, frogfish, pipefish and plenty of nudis in every cracks! It is not uncommon to also spot pelagic with mantas rays and whale sharks roaming around. What we like most? No need to share! In Burma, you are usually alone on every dive site!
If you want to go diving in Burma, the smiling seahorse has just what you need: a friendly staff, comfortable boat, exceptional service and breathtaking diving. We are waiting for you to discover our paradise on Earth!
If you ever needed a good reason to go diving, we have a few listed below!!!
Diving is good for you !
There are many kind of sharks, - And I love them all- but today, because we were
lucky enough to meet one at the Burma banks, it is tiger sharks I want to write about.
Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a delightful tourism destination. Whether you are looking for nature or culture Myanmar got it all. Today I wanted to talk to you about Myanmar’s traditional fishing methods both in the lake and at sea.
Inle Lake, located about 600 km north of Yangon, has been one of Burma's top tourist attractions in recent years. The Inthas living around the lake have been an ancestral fishing method which has now become a real tourism attraction.
being an Inle-based fishermen requires a great deal of agility! These acrobats definitely have a technique of their own: The fisherman balances on one leg at the stern of its – very unstable – wooden pirogue in order to use its other leg to help as an extra hand! They either wrap it around the oar to have two free hands or use the leg to launch their trap or net.
For the Intha, fishing is done exclusively by men while women are taking care of growing vegetables in their floating gardens.
I love diving, I love underwater photos, but I'm still not good at it!!! Today I have selected some blogs I found particularly inspiring to get some fresh ideas.
The work of these underwater artists will surprise you both in the content and the form: you will encounter some fun critters and new photo techniques to experiment on your next dives!
If you are looking for a new way to capture the wonders of the sea, you've got to check these out!
This last trip of the season was absolutely awesome ! Our lucky divers, all pros coming from Koh Tao, had a few luck encounters: Whale Shark, Thorny Seahorse, Juvenile Shaded batfish, ghost pipe fish ... And so much more in only 3 days!
This last week in Burma was absolutely awesome ! Our lucky divers had the chance to dive with some of the most beautiful creatures ! Turtle, Whale Shark, Nurse Shark ... And lot more.
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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