Here at Phuket Diving Safaris we want to ensure you have all the information you need so as to make stress free holiday plans and have a wonderful scuba vacation. If you don’t find the answer to your question here, contact us!
- Transport from our dive shop to the liveaboard departs at 4pm.
- Please arrive at Phuket Airport by 1.30pm on day of liveaboard departure. It takes one hour to travel from Phuket Airport to our dive shop in Khao Lak by taxi.
- YOU MUST BE AT OUR DIVE SHOP BY 3pm AT THE LATEST. We need to fit you with your scuba gear and process your balance of payment.
- Please arrive the day before the liveaboard departure if you’re doing the Open Water Liveaboard course.
- Liveaboard returns to Khao Lak approx 4.30pm. You will be transferred back to our dive shop which takes approx half an hour. From there we can help arrange transfers to your hotel or your next destination.
- Follow these links if you want to book Khao Lak hotels or Phuket hotels online
How do I make a booking?
Please send us an enquiry using the contact form to confirm availability on your requested trip. We will send you a PayPal Deposit Invoice so that you can pay your deposit online to secure your reservation. The deposit is roughly 20 per cent of the total liveaboard cost. You can then pay the balance when you arrive at our dive shop. We accept all major credit cards.
Where is your dive shop?
Our dive shop is located in Khao Lak, a small town about one hour’s drive up the coast from Phuket. It’s a very chilled out town with several bars and restaurants, a good range of hotels for all budgets, and a nice beach.
How much does a taxi cost?
A taxi costs 1300 Thai Baht from Phuket Airport to our shop in Khao Lak. It can be up to 1800 Thai Baht from a Phuket hotel to our shop in Khao Lak depending on its location. At Phuket Airport simply go outside the Arrivals area and go to the Taxi stand to get a taxi to Khao Lak. If you are staying in Phuket before, ask your hotel or guesthouse to organise a taxi for you.
What time do I need to arrive on the day of my liveaboard if I am a qualified diver?
Please arrive at Phuket Airport by 1.30pm on the day of your liveaboard’s departure. The taxi journey from Phuket Airport to our dive shop in Khao Lak is about 45 minutes to 1 hour drive time. At the dive shop, we will fit you with all your scuba gear and finalise paperwork, including the balance of payment. We will go to the liveaboard around 4pm.
If you are learning to dive with us, please arrive the day before. (See the next question for more info).
What time do I need to arrive if I am learning to dive with you on the Open Water Liveaboard Package?
If you are learning to dive with us on the Open Water Course Liveaboard Package, please arrange to arrive the day before your liveaboard departs, preferably in the morning.
So, for example, if you were going on the liveaboard departing Monday 21st April, you should arrive at Phuket Airport on 20th April in the morning. Get a taxi from Phuket Airport to our dive shop in Khao Lak.
You will spend one night in Khao Lak while you are doing your PADI Open Water Diver course. We can help you with recommendations for cheap guesthouse accommodation. You can book online at our Khao Lak hotels page
Can I get a domestic flight from Bangkok to Phuket?
What if I am delayed or miss my flight and/or my pickup time?
Call us on 089 5900588 (cellphone) to let us know the situation and we will try to work it out for you.
How long does the liveaboard last?
Dolphin Queen liveaboard is for 4 days and 4 nights. Similan Explorer liveaboard is for 5 days and 5 nights. They both follow the same schedule. The liveaboard departs at 5pm in the evening and travels through the night to the Similan Islands. Diving begins first thing in the morning, with four dives on the first three days and then 2 dives on the fourth day. You can read more about a typical liveaboard day on our Similans Liveaboards page.
What time do we get back?
We finish our last dive around 12pm and then arrive back at the dive shop in Khao Lak around 4.30pm. Please note we cannot guarantee our return arrival time due to weather conditions.
Where should I stay after the liveaboard?
Most of our guests prefer to stay in Khao Lak on the night they come back from the liveaboard and then transfer to Phuket Airport the following day. We can also arrange a taxi to transfer you into Phuket the evening you come back from the liveaboard – it’s up to you.
We recommend you have accommodation booked in advance for the night you come back from the liveaboard. Please see our Khao Lak hotels page. If you prefer to stay in Phuket when you return from the liveaboard, please see our Phuket hotels page.
When can I fly after the liveaboard?
The current recommendation for flying after diving is 18 hours after your last dive. We finish diving on the liveaboard by around 1pm on the last day. This means you can fly from 6am the next morning. It’s recommend you leave as much time as possible before flying after diving – 18 hours is the minimum guideline.
How do I get to Phuket Airport from Khao Lak?
Take a taxi from the airport to Khao Lak. It is a one hour drive from Khao Lak to Phuket Airport and costs 1300 baht.
What happens during the Open Water Course?
After we’ve picked you up, we’ll take you to our dive shop and get you sorted out with your accommodation for the night and let you relax a bit after your journey. Then we’ll do an orientation to how the course works, which involves watching a DVD and a little reading.
The next day, we’ll do some scuba training with you in the swimming pool so you can get used to the scuba equipment and have some fun with it. Then in the afternoon after lunch we’ll do some scuba theory, where we talk about how scuba works and what you need to know to really enjoy your dives.
In the evening we go onto the liveaboard and sail out to the Similans. The next morning you will go for your first dive in the amazing Similan Islands. Over the next couple of days, your instructor will lead you through four dives and also do a little more theory with you while you’re on the boat. Once you’ve completed the four dives, you will be a PADI Open Water Diver! Congratulations! Your instructor will remain with you as your dive guide for the rest of the trip, and by the end of the liveaboard you will have done some spectacular diving and also really built up your confidence underwater.
Do I need a medical before learning to dive?
No. You simply need to fill out a medical statement before diving, certifying you have no respiratory or other serious illnesses. If you are reasonably fit and healthy, you can dive. You can download a PDF version of the medical statement to read it for yourself. If in doubt, take the statement to your doctor and ensure he agrees you are fit to dive.
What else is around Khao Lak?
There is the amazing Khao Sok national park very near by to Khao Lak, where you can go elephant trekking and jungle walking – and even stay overnight in the jungle if you wish. We can help you arrange this when you get here to Khao Lak.
Who owns Phuket Diving Safaris?
Phuket Diving Safaris is a family run business. It’s owned by Joe Hue, with a lot of help from his three kids. There are also several experienced scuba diving instructors who have all worked with Joe for several years. All of them will be happy to help you in any way they can.
If you did not find the answer to your question, please contact us using the form below – we’ll be happy to help.