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Far East & Australia - Liveaboards


Australia & the Far East is home to some of the world’s most exciting and sought after scuba diving and perfect diving holiday locations. Visit sites that haven’t changed since the dawn of diving to glide along some of the most picturesque and impressive walls and distant coral seas - dive holidays dreams are made of.

Visit one of the seven wonders of the world – The Great Barrier Reef which runs some 2000 miles along the north western coast of Australia.

Manado and Wakatobi off the north and south east of Sulawesi in Indonesia. Manado's Bunaken Marine park is within 30 minutes of the authentic and unassuming accomodation. Wakatobi offers the best of luxury accommodation & liveaboards. Both are world class diving locations. Photographers will enjoy diving in Lembehwhere there are specialist led diving weeks and camera rooms.

Layang, Layang off the coast of Saba is largely unexplored with 50m visibility and famous for hammerheads. This reclaimed 50 acre island offers spectacular wall diving plus giant mantas and morays.

Offering excellent value in the Far East is in the Philippines with some of the best diving in all asia. dive sites. It has the widest choice of dive sites from deep dives, drift dives, wreck sites and many more. Our latest edition to the programme is our choice of liveaboard to Sipadan, Borneo on the north east coast of Malaysia. See 1000s of schooling pelagics, visit world class muck, reef and wall dive sites - some of the best in the world. And finally, Thailand, ideal for leisurely diving, stunning beaches and perfect for non-divers too.


Thailand Aggressor Liveaboard - Thailand, Far East & Australia

Depart from Phuket Island off the the South West coast of Thailand, the 'Pearl of the Andaman Sea'. Year round tropical warm waters are home to famous dive sites such as the Similan Islands, Phi Phi Islands, Richelieu Rock where the sites teem with large schools of tropical fish, mantas and on occasions whale shark. Clear waters are inviting underwater photographers and marine naturalists to enjoy diving in comfort.

Location
The Thailand Aggressor arranged transfers from selected hotel partners after arrivals to Phuket International Airport  for transfer to Chalong Pier (for South Route) or Tap Lamu Pier 1½ hours north of the airport in the Khao Lak beach region (for North Route). The Thailand Aggressor relocates to Pulau Weh, Indonesia from May - November and in now also offers charters to Myanmar/Thailand.

Accommodation
A 115 ft yacht built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. Nine staterooms (3 with a queen bed and 5 with twin berths), all have private toilet with shower facility, Master staterooms have a small tub. All have picture windows except the Master Stateroom 1 which has a Portlight Views. Each cabin has a mirrored cabinet, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels daily, independent air conditioning and volume controls.

Facilities
Air-conditioned salon with entertainment centre, galley, shaded sun deck hot tub and deck chairs. Computer with email access via satellite. Onboard safety equipment including defibrillator and D.A.N. oxygen system. Photo lab. Large well designed dive deck with divers own personal dive station with seat and locker. Air/nitrox fills.

Diving
Diving up to 5 dives per day (4 day dives and 1 night dives where suitable) at famous Andaman sea sites such as the Similan Islands, Phi Phi Islands, Richelieu Rock, Hin Daeng, Koh Raja and Shark Point, with clear, tropical water home to walls, reefs with over 500 hard and soft coral species, large schools of tropical fish, manta rays, Silvertop reef & Leopard shark and the awesome whale shark. The wealth of aquatic life will inspire underwater photographers and fascinate marine naturalists. All dives are made from a skiff.


  
Liveaboard (7 nights) Sample Itinerary:

  
Andaman Sea - North, South & North and South Itineraries
   7, 10 night & 14 night charters available.
   North Andaman Sea incuding the Surin Islands, Koh Tachai, Koh Bon, Richelieu Rock.
   South Andaman Sea route explores Phi Phi Islands, Bida Nok, King Cruiser Wreck,
   Hin Daeng and Him Muang.

  Saturday
  Depart UK for Phuket International Airprt. Met at pre-arranged hotel pick up points and
  transferred to the Thailand Aggressor. Depart for first night's anchorage in preparation
  for the next day's diving. Dinner is served onboard followed by the Captain’s briefing.

  Sunday Friday
  Varied diving itinerary depending on choice of Cruise below. Up to 4 daily dives plus
  1 night dive where conditions allows.

  Friday
  After diving, the yacht returns to Phuket early afternoon/evening. The Captain and crew
  host an evening cocktail party and dinner will be served onboard this evening.

  Saturday
  Checkout time is 08:00hrs. Transfer to the airport for return flight to UK.


  Mayanmar - Burma Itinerary
  Offers pristine and untouched diving, Departs from Tap Lamu Pier and dives Richelieu
  Rock before clearing customs and departing for Myanmar (Burman) for 3 days of diving
  then back to the Similan Islands. Up to a maximum of 21 possible dives, conditions
  allowing over the 7 day itinerary.

  Sample Itinerary

  Saturday
 
 Phuket International Airport or Host Hotel Pick up 16-16:45 pm, then boarding.
  Welcome and departure.

  Sunday
  5 dives in Thailand, depart for Myanmar. (Richelieu Rock - weather permitting)

  Monday
  Immigration clearance am, 2 - 3 dives at Myanmar including night dive (Rocky Island,
  Shark Cave).

  Tuesday 5 dives at Myanmar including night dive (Black Rock).
  Wednesday 5 dives at Myanmar including night dive (North Twin & South Twin).
  Thursday 2-3 dives at Myanmar, immigration clearance from Myanmar to Thailand
   (Western Rocky, Sea Fan Forest).
  Friday 2 dives in Thailand, arrive Friday pm Taplamu Pier, cocktail party, dinner ashore.
  Saturday Check out 08:00am. Transfer to Host Hotel or Phuket International airport.

Itinerary may vary due to weather conditions and vessel location.

A  non-refundable deposit  is required at the time of booking. 

Please note: Local taxes and fees of US$95 Park Fee and 7% VAT tax of onboard purchase and park fee are payable locally on board. For guests of 10 or 14 night charters the park fee will be US$ 365.

Fact File

Diving Conditions

Boat Diving Liveaboard Wreck Diving

Suitability:

Beginners 

Intermediates 

Advanced 

Technical 

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Best Time: Year Round

Average Air temps: 26-35°C

Average Water temps: 24-28°C

Visibility: 15-30m

Top Dive Sites: Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock, , Surin Archipelago, Boonsung Wreck, Shark Point, Anemone Reef.

Hotel: Palm Garden Resort, Phuket >

Dive Centre: Sea Bees PADI >
 

Great Reasons to Dive in Thailand

  • Beautiful beaches
  • Sheltered diving for beginners on Phuket
  • Macro and Wide Angle photography
  • Rich culture - twin centre stay with Bangkok
  • Drift sites
  • Variety of coral gardens, drop offs, caves and wrecks.

 

 

Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

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