by Jamie Walsh July 29, 2014

One of the most commonly asked questions is when is the best time to go diving in the Similan Islands and while December to May draws divers in like fish to bait, November remains one of the best months to strap on your fins and explore the Similans. The month of November is the unsung hero of the diving world – think of it as being the Nikola Tesla or the Percy Julian of diving. It all too often gets […]

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by Jamie Walsh July 22, 2014

Oktavia Dive Center Staff studying EnglishFans and past guests that have known us two years or more will/should already know of our annual boat maintenance that I bash on about all low season. You should also know most of our crew and especially Ed, who cooks all the lovely meals, Od and Lek, who take care of the boat and you guests in and out of the water and last but not […]

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by Jamie Walsh April 13, 2014

By the third training dive I had I was getting more and more excited about getting in the water to feel this sensation of what I can only imagine comes close to what an astronaut feel in space… We went in off the dive deck for this one and I got to put into practice again the Giant Stride Entry, I like this entry but not as much as acting like a Navy SEAL and rolling backward from the dingy!

 

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by Jamie Walsh April 12, 2014

I didn’t want to leave it too long before getting into the open water and finish off my certification. We had a quiet trip coming up so just a couple of week after my skills we were on MV Oktavia and heading to The Similans.

 

The first morning I was up at 6am, was it excitement, nerves, I don’t know but I was up and raring to go. I had some toast to quell my grumbling tummy and was drinking plenty […]

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by Jamie Walsh April 11, 2014

After the day before of my bubble maker we hit the books and watched the videos…It should have been a long day but I had already stared to read the Open Water Diver manual for the second time. I watched the videos which was in five parts all around 45 minutes long and then went back through the book and completed the knowledge reviews. Clive and I went through these and he helped me understand a few things which weren’t […]

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by Jamie Walsh April 10, 2014

So yesterday finished off my reason why I have not been too keen to be on boats and I hope you all understand this. However, working for MV Oktavia my fear I am happy to say is just about all gone which is why I decided that I will have to give diving a go as it will undoubtedly give me more experience to see the trips we offer. The advice I have been giving has all be 100% accurate […]

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by Jamie Walsh April 9, 2014

So we headed to the upper deck and this was a feat to overcome as well with the boat now deciding rock in every direction possible. We made it up the first four steps to the back of the boat holding each other’s hand tightly as got bashed into the wall. Once there we held on tightly to the hand rails leading to the upper deck and just both composed ourselves for a minute or two. I sent my fiancé […]

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by Jamie Walsh April 8, 2014

So the then girlfriend at the time and I had been traveling around Thailand and Southeast Asia for quite a few months we wanted to get married. We had many friends in Koh Phangan so we decided this is where we wanted to get married. We headed back there and spoke with our Thai friends about our intention to get married on the island and they went ahead and arranged everything for us all we had to do now was […]

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