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» Laos
» Cambodia
» Vietnam
» India
» Nepal
» Egypt
» Jordan
» Uganda
» Tanzania
» Malawi
» Mozambique
» Swaziland
» South Africa

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Drift Diving in Phuket, Thailand

All the dives I'd done before Phuket consisted of swimming around one particular spot. Phuket was different. There I swam through an environment.

Drifting With the Current

In a drift dive, the dive boat drops you off at one spot and you drift with the current to another spot, where the boat is waiting to pick you up. There's a nice sense of freedom and movement with these dives.

Incredible Visibility

Phuket's water offered visibility of around 20 meters – the greatest I've ever seen. In that clear, bright environment the fish and coral were especially vibrant and easy to observe.

Venomous and Evil

I saw sea snakes for the first time in Phuket - red and blue ones. Although they rarely use their venom, it's twenty times more potent than land snakes. They're also twenty-times more evil-looking than their land counterparts.

Interesting Co-Diver

An American on my boat had recently moved to Thailand permanently on a "retirement visa". His five-bedroom house in Phuket with ocean views cost him just $75,000. Factor in the strength of the dollar in Thailand for everyday items such as food, clothing, and entertainment, and you've got yourself an incredible value in paradise. Not to mention the friendliness of the people, incredible food, beautiful weather… Something to consider.

Last Dive for a While

I won't get a chance to do any more diving until I reach Egypt – about six months from now. Many people say the diving off the Sinai Peninsula is the best in the world. Of course, people say that about every location. Here's what I say: Thailand has been the best so far.

Posted on October 25, 2002 10:02 AM


Comments (post your own below)


I have been diving for about 5 years, logged about 70 dives, and I can tell you that the best dive you will ever be on is the last one you just did. Diving is a lot like sex, even when it sucks it is not really /THAT/ bad!

Love the photos.

Posted by: Will Kelly on October 25, 2002 01:49 PM

I remember your first dive in Cancun. Steve and I were just talking about how you cost us time underwater in the Caribbean.

I'm so jealous of the diving experiences you are getting now!

Keep on living life to the fullest for all of us who have never dared to follow our dreams.

Proud to be your Uncle Dave!

Posted by: Dave Wente on October 27, 2002 11:15 PM

& that's not the first time I've heard THAT story ! Lea Ann

Posted by: Lea Ann on October 28, 2002 08:52 PM

I did a drift dive in Pohnpei along a huge reef wall. It was great, and so relaxing not having to do any work. It's like you are just standing there as the wall moves by YOU!

Jealousy can't even describe how I feel right now ;0)

Posted by: Dina on November 4, 2002 03:23 PM

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