It's all right! Back to the Sea of Fantasy, the boat of Eden Divers. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)
It's all right! Back to the Sea of Fantasy, the boat of Eden Divers. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)

The cruise makes bubbles at Similan

#Thailand #Similan 1TP3Diving Cruise

  Thailand: Islands - February 2009

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I have just returned from a four-day dive cruise to the fabulous Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea, Thailand. Here are some pictures, above and underwater.

Similan Islands

To begin, a few pictures of this fabulous beach of the island called "number 8" of the Similan, where we stopped between two dives.

Nothing has changed since my passage from three years ago.

The same white sand, as fine as flour, the same translucent waves, the same azure bay that can be admired from above, from the big round rocks on which one climbs by clinging to ropes, with wooden footbridges between two blocks of granite.

Island number 8 of the Similan Archipelago, with its round rocks and beautiful white sand beach. (Thailand, February 2009)
Island number 8 of the Similan Archipelago, with its round rocks and beautiful white sand beach. (Thailand, February 2009)
The view on the turquoise cove of the island n°8 of the Similan archipelago, from the overhanging round rocks. (Thailand, February 2009)
The view on the turquoise cove of the island n°8 of the Similan archipelago, from the overhanging round rocks. (Thailand, February 2009)

Atmosphere on board the Sea of Fantasy

For the rest, comfortable boat and great atmosphere! I'm aboard the Sea of Fantasyof the company Eden Divers. I have my single cabin and my diving companions are nice people, easy to live with. No contingent of Germans, but on the contrary a completely international clientele.

We are thirteen divers clients, there are three guides, a videographer, six crew members and an Eden Divers manager on board. In all, thirteen nationalities: three French, including me, one Canadian, two Japanese, two Australians, one American, two Slovaks, two Swedes, one Turkish, one German, one Israeli, one South African, one Swiss and the Thai, of course.

Update : The story you read here goes back several years... So don't try to book the same cruise at Eden Divers today, the company doesn't exist anymore! It went bankrupt, in the hands of a German who was prosecuted in Austria for fraud, and who was arrested in Thailand in May 2014, according to the articles I read on Thai websites. ThePhuketNews and ChiangRaiTimes.

Dam and Medic are playing smart on the dive platform of Eden Divers' boat. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)
Dam and Medic are playing smart on the dive platform of Eden Divers' boat. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)
It's all right! Back to the Sea of Fantasy, the boat of Eden Divers. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)
It's all right! Back to the Sea of Fantasy, the boat of Eden Divers. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)
Coming out of the water with a smile! (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)
Coming out of the water with a smile! (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)

No cannonballs on board, only nice people!

But for everything to be perfect, the mantas and whale sharks would have had to be there. We hoped for them. Very much so. But none of the big beasts appeared in the blue... So I will have to come back on a future trip to see them! 😉

I realize how lucky I was, three years ago, to meet both underwater ...

Photos under the water

Whatever. The dives were excellent anyway, and I consoled myself with a bunch of other critters, including the inevitable nudibranchs (sea slugs) that I love so much...

Nudibranch. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)
Nudibranch. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)
Nudibranch. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)
Nudibranch. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)
Nudibranch. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)
Nudibranch. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)

Unfortunately, my small Canon (Powershot A95)who had been quaking for some time, let me go for good on the second day. I tried everything to revive him: hot, cold, pats, prayers to Buddha, disassembly with a rusty screwdriver ... In vain.

But I was lucky in my misfortune. The Turkish dive-master kindly lent me her small Powershot S30 with its housing so that I could continue to make pictures.

I admit, the aircraft was not very good, less efficient than my A95. But it was better than nothing. And I still managed to take some nice pictures.

Parrot fish. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)
Parrot fish. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)
Clown fish. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)
Clown fish. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)
Moray eel. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)
Moray eel. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)
Plenty of fish... Yellowtail snappers. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)
Plenty of fish... yellowtail snappers. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)

I come back enchanted from these four days of diving, sea and sun.

Tomorrow Sunday, I have to get up very early again. The pickup for the ferry to Koh Lipe is between 6:15-6:45 a.m..

Ah, the joys of Thai pick-up trucks with uncertain schedules! Until the last minute, you can never be too sure that the expected taxi/bus/minivan will arrive... Usually, it always ends up showing up. Never quite at the announced time.

Go. Tomorrow, go to Koh Lipe! And I will find the way to take photos anyway. Promised!

😉

Me under water... Photo taken by Manuel, the Swede in my boat. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)
Me under water... Photo taken by Manuel, the Swede in my boat. (Similan Islands, Thailand, February 2009)

Added on 13/04/2009: below, two links to complete this post.
→ My pictures of the Similan
→ Video of the crossed turtle in East of Eden

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  Thailand: Islands - February 2009

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  1. Belles photos tout de même … On ne les comparera pas à celles de Hélène 🙄 En tout cas, on sent la détente comme je t’envie 8)

  2. C’est la journée de la femme demain, donc tu devrais bien trouver quelqu’un ou quelqu’une pour te dépanner. La solidarité, ce n’est pas quelque chose de trop ringard, j’ose espérer. Je vote pour la deuxième bestiole que t’as chopée lors de ton PMT. Ouf! C’est placé, peut-être pas au bon moment, mais placé quand même. 🙂 A plouf’

  3. En effet, super sympa tes photos meme si tu n’as plus ton appareil. envoie encore beaucoup de cliches comme ca. Bonnes vacances au pays du sourire …. 🙂

  4. @Yves: Nothing to do with the fantastic images of Helen, of course. But I am very happy to have been able to get something out of the small old camera that I was lent. A real challenge: impossible to access all the settings, the buttons on the subwoofer did not allow it, besides it fell into the battery bay super fast and was misting me systematically on the glass of the lens (seal not well sealed and overheated batteries). In these conditions, I am already very happy to have managed to make some photos of drinking ... If in addition I am envious, I am filled!
    😉

    @Nono: Oh, March 8 ... I completely forgot about that. Since I spent my day in transport, not too much time to find an alternative solution, but I'm hopeful, now that I'm in Koh Lipe. At the dive center where I am, I meet Erika, a Swiss who worked before at Coral Diving in the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia, and with whom I have already dipped and shot underwater ... I will ask him tomorrow. Maybe she'll have a little device to lend me? Otherwise, I'll find out, go. Otherwise, missed to fit the PMT: I was not in snorkeling for this photo, but in scuba-diving. Delighted that my "bug" pleases you!
    😀

    @FunnyWorld: We had fun, I must say ... It went too fast!
    8)

    @PhilippeB: I'm going to manage to make more photos ... I'm finally starting to be fully in the rhythm of the country.
    🙄

  5. Merci pour le petit flash back sur l’île numéro 8, c’est presque une machine à se téléporter ton blog… Malheureusement c’est gros « presque »! et il n’y a rien à faire, mon carrelage ne se transforme pas en sable blanc, et pour avoir une eau bleue comme celles des photos, il faut que je mette des trucs louches dans la baignoire 😉
    And thank you for the photos of nudibranchs ... it will surely be these adorable critters that will make me buy a camera one day!

  6. Hello Corinne
    I'm happy with your adventures while waiting for mine ... you remind me of good memories last year in the Similans ...
    I know one who will start looking for the new ideal device ...
    Au moins, tu auras exploité le tien jusqu’au bout! Il aura bien vécu et vu tant de belles choses… il mérite cette belle fin sous le soleil de Thaïlande… mais il aurait quand même pu attendre de rentrer, quel capricieux! 😡
    J’espère que tu trouveras des solutions alternatives pour continuer à nous faire rêver. 💡

  7. @Malene: Hey, hey ... That's why I started out in this blog. I had a lot of fun browsing blogs and sites of travelers. I wanted to do the same. Share in almost direct my impressions and emotions of travel, to dream ... Good, obviously, it is not yet teletransportation. But I'm glad to have you still "transported" a little under the Thai sun. As for the nudists, that, yes ... When we start the picture under water, it quickly becomes a favorite subject!
    🙂

    @Manta: As you say, it will be an opportunity to equip me, better! It's very beautiful, Koh Lipe. Just arriving yesterday, I took hundreds of shots ... in my head. It will be necessary, more than ever, that I find the right words to tell all that.
    😉
    😉

  8. They are very beautiful these photos! Nothing is more soothing than swimming among the fish ... your pictures brought me a small dose of calm. My condolences for your camera. Beyond the fact that you can not take pictures when a camera makes the soul, there is also the sentimental value of these faithful traveling companions!

  9. @ Marie-Julie:
    Yes, diving makes it soothing. In any case, it's the effect it gives me. No doubt it has to do with breathing, changing a little like weightlessness, the spectacle of underwater flora and fauna ... Delighted to have managed to transmit a little of this appeasement.
    As for my little device, yes, I'm a little sad, because I was attached to it. But today, there is a guy from the club who will lend me his little camera for "terrestrial" photos. For photos under water, I'll see ...
    8)

  10. hello corinne
    well the similans are up to their reputation!
    Quand aux photos super( dommage pour ton canon 😥 !)
    quand à la comparaison avec les photos d’hélènes ( qui sont magnifiques) comment vouloir comparer un petit apn avec un reflex, c’est comme une 2cv et une ferrari ( 😉 moi j’aime les 2cv hi hi…)
    continue to make us dream with plens beautiful photos, I trust you to find a solution for troubleshooting.
    but your experience serves me, I go with my 2 small apn in 15 days ... you never know ...
    @ more
    laurence

  11. What a nice discovery that this blog! The photos are sublime and make you want to do your backpack to go on a mop ... Good luck!

  12. Hello Corinne
    Lipé get you on Butang, you will not regret it.
    By the way, say hello to my friends from the Wilmi, they are there right now.
    Good bubbles and thank you for making us dream again.

    Alain

  13. @Laurence: Yes, you do well to take a rescue device. It's fragile, those little things. Even if they are only 2CV ... Go, more than fifteen days before departure !!! You're almost there!
    8)

    @Caroline: Thank you for all these compliments. Nothing makes me more happy than to give travel desires through this blog!
    🙂

    @Alain: Butang, I note !!! I do not know if I will have the opportunity to meet your friends from the Wilmi, but if that is done, I will send them your hello! I will try to continue in the same vein despite my camera problems. It is a real pleasure to share here these Thai emotions. And to dream ...
    🙄

  14. I think the whale sharks have deserted the Similan ... too many cruises, too many divers ...

  15. @ Marie-net: as you say. And too much fishing too ... The shark fin whale is very very expensive in Asian countries. Today, on the site of 8 Mile, off Koh Lipe, we saw one. Finally, when I say "we" ... Not me. I was not in the right peg. Grrr. And the sight was rotten rotten. Never mind!
    😕

  16. Hi there you i found your web site -hope you are well

    Did you hear about the other dive boat that sunk the day after bear?

    Like your website but my not so good

    Warm regards Mark

  17. @Mark: Hi! It’s good to hear from you!!! 🙂

    You can translate these pages with the "Google Translator" I have placed in the right sidebar. Of course, it's not very accurate, by you can get the global meaning ...
    😉

    Yes, I've heard about that tragedy and read the news on the internet. Seven people died, two bodies are still missing, the ship is now lying at about 70 meters deep. What a scary story ...

    Hope you're fine. Warms too!

  18. @Alimata: Pfff ... I recognize your big heart!
    🙄
    I do not thank you.

    Anyway, I'll go, too, to Raja Ampat. One day. N / A. And with a new camera. And me too, the mantas they will pass me just above to be tickled by my bubbles. No but.
    😛

  19. Hello Corinne,
    I also have to go to Thailand in a month and I would like to know: a cruise, like the one you just did, cost how much and for how many days ??? Your photos are super beautiful, you made me dream ... Too bad you have not done on the boat ... more!

  20. @Abdel: Thank you for your note, and sorry for being late in answering. In fact, I do not remember the exact price. It seems to me that it was 4J / 5N for the duration. It was with Eden Divers, you should be able to find their price list on their site. Or via Asiaqua.com, which markets these cruises.
    8)

  21. Hello Corinne,

    I have just returned from a liveboard 4 days at Similan with Eden Divers, programmed on your good advice.
    Well the quality of welcome is always at the rendezvous and the dives superb.
    Little more, as you know some sites of the Similan are closed because of the coral. But our tour leader Fari knows authorized corners between these prohibited spots that he is practically alone to discover.

    Beside the attendance of Richelieu Rock, it feels good ...

    We saw manta rays in Ko Bon but not the shadow of a shark, always overfished ...

    Thank you for your blog

    Cédric

    PS: you have hello Olivier and Valerie in Phuket.

  22. Thank you very much for adding the information on Eden Divers! I wrote their name after your post to go in January, so I'll have to edit my search.
    I really like your articles.

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