- Reaction score
- Pattaya, Thailand
- # of dives
- 200 - 499
There are guides w/o boats who specialize in taking their clients on larger boats or private speedboats and long boats who have similar dive qualifications. They can also often get boat captains on the large boats to drop their groups off at the better locations within sites, while the rest of the boat's divers and students are dropped off nearby. All the main dive operators and their boats, as well as the smaller shops and independent guides are on social media, and post their schedules, so it's very easy to see now who is going where and when.Main issue of diving in Phuket if the operator does not have their own boat. Even then they also have to cater for everyone so it is quite annoying/disappointing if the boat is full of inexperienced divers.
I have to chose the dive carefully unfortunately the diving operators are all over the island so it is not possible to check everyone for schedule. I will avoid cattle boat, done it once and no more.
The shore dive in Kata makes a suitable alternative if I am staying around the area(Karon and Kata).