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Koh Lanta Budget April 2019

Discussion in 'Thailand' started by divinh, May 31, 2019.

  1. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

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    The B150 is on top of the standard B800 per dive with Master Divers.
     
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  2. Boncel

    Boncel Angel Fish

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    AAAAhhhhh.... I get it. I need opinions, I am torn between doing a live aboard on the west vs. shore dives from Koh Tao in April. What would you all suggest on this matter. I have never been to Thailand and would like to see as much as possible, also maximize my chances of seeing a whale shark. What are your thoughts on this.
     
  3. Barmaglot

    Barmaglot Manta Ray

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    Small sample, but I did 40-ish dives at Koh Tao over three visits and never saw any whale sharks, while a single 14-dive liveaboard to Similans resulted in three whale shark dives at Richelieu Rock. Incidentally, the liveaboard was in April of last year.
     
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  4. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    Mother Nature and the sea, deliver what they deliver and often don't deliver what you hope for.

    I really loved Koh Tao on shore but was disappointed by the diving. Yes, the day trips out to Chumphorn and Sail Rock where good but even so, not on par with ay other places I'd been before and certainly not, since.
     
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  5. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    Quality vs quantity.
    LoB to Similan is a lot more expensive and interesting than the shore dive at Koh Tao.
    However, the life style in Koh Tao/Koh Phangan might be your cup of tea.
     
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  6. divinh

    divinh Photographer

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    In my travels, Koh Tao was the cheapest, if you get a multi-day unlimited package (like 10 consecutive days) and dive whenever the boat goes out, two in the morning (deeper dives), two afternoon, and occasionally a night dive. The diving isn't as good as Koh Lanta, but if what you're looking for is a lot of dives to fine tune your skills, then Koh Tao would be an inexpensive option. I dove enough to average about $15/boat dive, equipment included. The break even is two dives a day at about $25/boat dive, equipment included. Koh Lanta has the additional cost of boat fuel, breakfast and lunch, and marine park fees that make the price higher.
     
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  7. Boncel

    Boncel Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Switzerland
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    Awesome..... thanks to all for the input. I think we are going to do the west side. It might be a more expensive, but as we are going to be doing altitude certification soon and dry suit, we will be able to dive plenty in Switzerland to fine tune everything. Again, thanks for the great input.
     
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  8. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    Both Lomprayah and Seatran can arrange transfer(bus and ferry) from Phuket Town to Koh Tao for about B1,000.00 each way. And takes about 9 - 10hrs.
     

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