The reefs are teeming with fish! Thailand’s National Parks have been using the lockdown as a chance to enhance the ecosystems they are entrusted to manage. The high tourist season will be a slimmer version of what it once was pre-pandemic, yet operators are looking forward to getting the diving up and running again, albeit quieter, and smaller.
Sea Bees, Phuket’s longest-serving dive company, has been helping the local community during the quiet times with a medical support drive and also preparing the business side to accommodate a different type of visitor to Thailand.
According to Holger Schwab, Managing Director of Sea Bees Diving: “Visitors are becoming more mature, and they have a little more disposable income to enjoy experiences such as diving. Therefore, Sea Bees has tailored some packages and courses to this demographic, as well as completely renovating our ‘liveaboard’ boat, the MV Marco Polo.”
The newly revamped MV Marco Polo can accommodate a maximum of 12 passengers in six luxurious, air-conditioned double cabins, each with a private rain shower and en suite bathroom. Having fewer guests allows Sea Bees to provide divers with a more individualised experience with a more relaxed schedule, plenty of space on the dive deck area, and better opportunities for guests who are not travelling together to get to know one another and form lifelong travel relationships.
Some things remain the same, however, such as the delicious Thai cuisine with a healthy dose of European flair served every meal, making the mantra of “Dive, Eat, Sleep” a comfortable reality. Aside from tanning on the sunny deck, sunseekers can also read, relax, and, of course, snooze!
Divers can now dive the Andaman Sea in the warmest of hospitality and on a modern boat with the highest dive standards. Overnight dive expeditions to the Similan Islands and the world-class Richelieu Rock are offered by Sea Bees for either 3 days and 2 nights on board, or 4 days and 4 nights.
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