Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitiyakara, is the queen consort of Bhumibol Adulyadej, King (Rama IX) of Thailand. Today is her 82nd birthday and is celebrated all across the kingdom. We wish her excellent health and happiness.
Today Pea, one of the founders of Kon-Tiki, is turning 50 years. Throughout the years you have come to affect a lot of people’s lives, changing lifestyles & created relationships. We hope that you can sit down, look back and appreciate what you have accomplished.
Without you 5,653 people would not have tried diving with us, 6,788 people would not learned diving with us, over 100,000 people would not have enjoyed the Andaman Sea with us and 254 people would not worked for the most inspiring diving company in Thailand.
This is only the last couple of years, and we are looking ahead to the next exciting seasons. We hope you have a great day celebrating with your family!
A few days ago I got once again reminded about how fortunate I really am! I got to show 18 youngsters from Nawatapume International School, in the age 7 to 16 years, how to snorkel and explore the Andaman Sea.
We set off in the morning from Ao Nammao Pier with layers of sun lotion and a Colgate smile from ear to ear ready to find what was waiting for us under the surface.
After giving everyone a briefing about the boat, so they could start investigate it. They quickly found the Captain Samits cabin and I believe it is the first time I have ever seen so many people in there. There was not room for first mate Karim even!
The kids took turn in steering the boat and having a good time. Slowly we were passing Railey Beach and Poda island waving at all the tourists. The kids surely know their local islands!
Next island was chicken islands, which was easy to recognize with the head like a chicken and of course the mandatory chicken dance was performed.
Into the open sea we travels and the kids spotted large pink jelly fish, flying fish and spotting Bamboo islands in front of us. Our destination for the first stop was the largest reef in southern Thailand.
We gathered for a snorkel briefing on the top deck, so our snorkelers knew how to fit the mask, understood how to use the snorkel and how the fins would get them moving. We talked about the importance of wearing a lifejacket and informed the students about the different marine life we were expecting to encounter such as clown anemone fish, moon wrasse, sergeant majors, sea fans and lots of different hard corals. The only thing we just needed now was the water and all the fish waiting for us.
We jumped in in 3 different groups, got the equipment adjusted and all the fish came to greet us. Different groups spotted different things, but of course lots of damselfish, sea urchins, moorish idols, snappers and the cutest little box fish.
After a bit of lunch, we continued to Koh Yung for the second stop. Quickly all got in the water and some were lucky enough to spot a banded sea snake, squid, triggerfish, anemones, and pipefish dancing together on the corals.
Like any other tour with Kon-Tiki we made sure everybody learned something new. So on behalf of Kon-Tiki I would like to thank you all for one of the best days out this season!!!!
The last ship to be sunk in the Krabi region to create an artifical reef is due on the 19th of March. This Norweigan built vessel AKS 861, by PUSNES MEKANSIKE VERKSTED, was commissioned in the thai Navy on the 9th of April 1956. The dual diesel engine ship is 47 meters long and 7,7 meters wide. The wreck is to be placed on the east side of Phi Phi Ley making it a great dive site all year around, creating an artifical reef for coral and fish.
There are very little documentation of this ship, but we believe from the shipspotting.com website, that a Norweigan visitor has caught the correct vessel on photo shown above.
Below is the schedule and an invite for anyone wishing to watch the sinking, with the local ferry company in Ao Nang
8:00 Depart Klong Heang Pier aboard Aonang Princess
10:30 ~ 11:00 Opening Ceremony
11:00 ~ 11:30 Commence scuttling of HSWW Gret Geaow
11:30 ~ 12:30 Ship requiem and salut
13:00 Leave for home
14:00 Return to Klong Heang Peir
We will keep you updated on the latest news for this event, and of course, when the new wreck is safe for diving!
Kon-Tiki helped out with one of our boats for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2013
During our days of exhibition in Bangkok, in March 2013, we had a contest were the winner won 2 days of diving, flights, transport and accommodation for 2 people. This weekend the proud winners finally arrived ready for 2 days of adventure.
Sadly the weather wasn’t the best on their first day – but hey, diving is always good – you´ll get wet anyway!
On our first day, we had an adventurous trip, out to the Ao Nang islands in a private boat. From Klong Haeng Pier we loaded everything on and cruised off. We had time to enjoy the view, set up the equipment and do a dive briefing. We moved for our dive on Koh Talu, which is one of the most popular dive sites here. We had the whole dive site to ourselves, and had a very nice dive with lots of beautiful corals and lots of marine life; there were stingrays, triggerfish, razorfish and a lot more. The perfect start for a “dive adventure”.
The second day was a relaxing cruise out to the world famous Phi Phi Islands on our big dive boat Petchmanee. The time out was used for setting up our equipment and to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the giant limestone cliffs and socialize with the other guests. The first dive was at Viking Bay, as we arrived we jumped in the water to blow some bubbles… It was a fantastic dive where we have seen moray eels, huge porcupinefish and even a leopard shark!! After the dive we had a lunch break, and second dive was at Phi Ley Wall. Here we dived along the wall for another beautiful dive, featuring all the colors of the rain bow in form of Gorgonians and other soft corals. We spotted Scorpion fish, several different species of clown fish, cleaner shrimps and more of their friends.
To make it short; 2 wonderful days of diving!!!
We want to thank Joseph and Maria for their visit and hope to see them and their friends again.
We prepared ourselves with all necessary equipment like rubbish bags, gloves, fruit and drinks, data sheet, 1st aid kit and of course all of the prizes from our generous sponsors. After all the banners were in place, prizes displayed, rubbish bags and information posters were in place, we got started.
We welcomed all of our volunteers, dive guests, KRABI tourist police, and a team of almost 14 people from Macro, Paulo, the owner from Long tail boat restaurant, and some tourists. All in all we were about 50 people gathering rubbish on Ao Nang beach, willing to make an impact for the environment.
Everyone got divided into teams and was provided 1 big rubbish bag, 1 big ice bag (for more dangerous materials) and latex gloves to use when picking up all the garbage with. We also informed and provided our collectors with data sheets from Project AWARE, so we could record all of our findings. This information will send to Project AWAREs database, being an important tool for Project AWARE, as they lobby different governments on what is happening and how the environment is affected. But also to keep statistics if we get more or less debris as the years goes by.
The day was a great success and just this morning we managed to collect 106 kg of rubbish in just 2 hours.
To make it more exciting for our volunteers we made the day in to a small contest with our sponsors handing out the following prizes.
1st prize – Aqualung Departure bag (value of 6890 baht) donated from Aquamaster in Phuket
2nd prize – Dinner for two at Carnivore Steak & Grill (value of 2000 baht) & Pepeete Snorkeling set from One Stop
3rd prize – Mix of swimming goggles, rash guard from One Stop and many different items from Blue Mango Restaurant
There were of course the Project AWARE diplomas, as well as other small handout to other participants, like the Krabi tourist police and to MACRO who all helped out with the beach cleaning.
It was a perfect day with small glimpses of sun, even though the rain was pouring down on us.
Kon-Tiki Krabi would like to send a big thank you to our Sponsors
More happenings coming up in high season, so keep posted for “Dive for Earth” and “Divers Night”!!