Hin Daeng & Ko Ha 2015 Season

Just one more month until the Hin Daeng / Hin Muang and Ko Ha Yai Islands open up for business for the 2014 – 2015 Season.

This year Aqua Vision are offering day trips from Ao Nang via Ko Lanta, with the option to stay overnight on the island and do one more days diving, or a mini-safari with one nights liveaboard, with 3 dives at Hin Daeng / Hin Muang and two dives at Ko Ha Yai.

We’re expecting a busy season, so if you want to get out to these amazing sites and have a chance to dive with the big fish get in touch with us soon!

Contact Andy for more info at info@aqua-vision.net

The Healthy Diver: Beat the Headache Blues

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Post-dive headaches can ruin your vacation

The tranquil underwater world may put your mind at ease, but for many divers, the hours that follow can be one big headache. Don’t let throbbing pain put a damper on your next dive. Here’s a look at the most common culprits and how to head them off at the pass. Continue reading The Healthy Diver: Beat the Headache Blues

Working with Shark Guardian

Leopard Shark diving in Krabi Thailand.
A Leopard Shark helping to Promote Shark Awareness in Krabi Thailand.

The dive team at Aqua Vision are working together with the Shark Guardian organisation, and to assist them in their research, we are logging all of our dives, ( even the dives when we don’t encounter sharks provide useful info!) , at www.e-shark.org, so that they can get the right information about the numbers of sharks and rays in our local waters.

As Shark Guardian is a charitable organization, Aqua Vision are offering Shark Guardian merchandise for sale so that they can continue to do their great work, which is all about educating the younger and older generations that sharks are a vital part of the ocean eco-system and important for everyone’s future.

Shark Guardian and Aqua VisionCall into the Aqua Vision Dive Center in Ao Nang to pick up a Shark Guardian t-shirt or wristband, and help save the Sharks while looking cool at the same time.

 

Whale Shark / Manta Ray Diving in Krabi, Thailand.

The Andaman Sea is famous for mega fauna encounters with giant manta rays and whale sharks, we have made around 30 trips to the world famous Hin Daeng / Hin Muang dive sites between October 2013 and April 2014.

The sites are in the open ocean a distance of about 100 km from Ao Nang, and are located within 500 meters of each other. Here you can see everything that lives in Southeast Asia, all varieties of reef fauna; barracuda, trevally, large groupers, giant moray eels, stingrays, leopard sharks, beautiful corals and anemones.

And of course, what makes these sites famous all over the world are regular visits by whale sharks and manta rays. Manta rays come to the reefs to use the cleaning stations, and from November to April, you can usually see several of them circling around the reefs at shallow depths!

This season these sites have been chock full of mantas, and quite often whale sharks too.  We are hoping for another successful season with manta rays and whale sharks for 2014/2015, and we hope that you are on one of these special trips to see these magnificent creatures with us.

Manta Ray in Krabi Thailand
Another Manta encounter in Krabi Thailand
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Manta Ray with divers at Hin Muang, Krabi

Contact us for more details on the scheduled and itinerary.

Ao Nang Local Islands

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Sea Horse, Ao Nang “Local” Islands – June 2014
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Small Colourful Reef Life at the Ao Nang Local islands. June 2014

The Ao Nang “Local” islands are a wonderful pearl in the Andaman sea, largely forgotten by guidebooks and magazines, and often sadly overlooked by divers and even some dive centers who prefer to visit the more famous and mass market sites at Phi Phi.

The Local islands are however great sites for all levels of diver, and are especially suited to macro life which make them a great place for UW photographers, with  many species of nudi-branchs and seahorses, as well as the chance for juvenile nurse sharks and bamboo sharks.  If Macro isn’t your bag, there are also large schools of juvenile reef fish to be seen, as well as all other reef visitors, and on rare occasions even whale sharks have been spotted visiting the sites.

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Colorful Nudibranch at the Ao Nang Local Islands – June 2014

Although the visibility can be lower than the deeper water sites, it has improved over recent years since most of the construction and development projects near to the shoreline are finished, and if you’re lucky and plan your visit properly (best when the tides are mild), you might even get better vis (and definitely less crowded diving) than the dive-sites further away.

For more info on good times to visit check out the tide tables for the area at;
Ao Nang Tide Tables

How to Farm a Better Fish

Check out National Geographic’s multi-part feature on how to feed an ever expanding world using sustainable practices.

Picture of a diver farming Cobia - Copyright National Geographic Magazine
Picture of a diver farming Cobia – Copyright National Geographic Magazine

Number one on the list is Aqua Culture, using the worlds most massive resource, it’s oceans, to farm eco friendly seafood. The world is already producing more farmed fish than beef and at a 700% more efficient rate.

See the full report

Aqua Vision wins TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2014

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Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence Award

The Aqua Vision dive team are proud to announce that our dive centers have received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award for 2014!

The award honors travel and tourism service excellence, and is given only to companies that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

Thank you to all our gusets  for the continued support and the wonderful reviews!

New Dive Instructors in Krabi

IDCPADI IDC in Thailand Candidates Ivan Korolev and Alberto Morales Utrera receive their PADI Instructor certificates after successful completion of the IDC with Aqua Vision.

Aqua Vision’s 100% Instructor Exam Pass Record remains intact with another two very happy candidates.. Congratulations to Ivan and Alberto for their hard work over the last 2 weeks, welcome to the Instructors club!

Дайвинг в Таиланде.Где нырять?

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Divers relaxing at a safety stop at the King Cruiser Wreck in Krabi Thailand © Aqua Vision 2004

В Таиланде есть несколько районов для дайвинга. Это Сиамский залив, в котором весь дайвинг в основном сосредоточен вокруг Ко Тао. И это Андаманское море, которое омывает западное побережье Таиланда. На севере это знаменитые Симиланские острова и Сурин со скалой Решилье. Дальше на юг расположены дайв-сайты провинции Краби, где я имею удовольствие жить и работать. Рядом с Малайзией расположен Национальный парк Тарутао и остров Липе. Где тоже есть где понырять. Здесь я хочу рассказать о дайвинге в Краби. Если вы приедете в Краби и будете жить на курорте Ао Нанг, то для вас будут доступны локальные острова залива Ао Нанг, острова Пи-Пи, Шарк Пойнт (Shark Point), лагуна Ко Хаа и рифы Хин Денг/Хин Муанг.

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