This was my first trip on a liveboard. The thought of living on a boat in the middle of nowhere was thrilling and yet unsettling. Liquid Adventure did all what they could to make it a comfortable and fun trip for us and this is what it turned out to be .. An amazing out of the world experience. As is my habit I exchanged more than 30 mails with joakim the owner of the place before finalizing the dive center. Joakim answered all the queries with patience and all the assurances that were given to us were fulfilled on the trip.
The deciding factor for choosing liquid was that this is the only liveboard which covers both similian islands as well as richlieu rock in a 3 day itinerary. We reached the dive center at 6:30 pm and were welcomed by the warm and smiling staff the shop was very well laid out and the energy that we felt was very comforting. We were expected and were promptly taken for equipment selection. We were introduced to our instructor Linus who from the first impression seemed to be a really cool guy and lived up to the impression all through the trip :).
The liveboard was actually above our expectation. No footwear was allowed on the boat and as result the boat was really clean. We were three friends living in a 4 bed cabin. The cabin had an independent AC control and though not very big was quite comfortable. The bed was firm and we slept really well during the whole trip. The common area was on the upped deck and was very well lit and quite comfortable. Most of our after lunch naps used to take place there only :) it was also a great place to have discussions with the instructors and other divers. In all it was the most lively place on the boat. The sun deck was also the smoking area but as it was not very sunny this part was only used in the night for beers and cigars watching the silent sea in the night and being spell bound.
We were 16 divers in all, from different nationalities but bound by the love for the sea and the wonders beneath it. The instructors were all swedish and were really passionate about diving. I am sure they would have dived the sites hundreds of time but still their enthusiasm for the dives was something to look up to. .. :)
The food was one of the things I was skeptical about before the trip but it turned out to be one of the best parts of the trip. the breakfast was the usual eggs, bacons, bread, soup and loads of fruits. Lunch and dinner were typically thai with every meal having chicken, fish, pork and beef as meat options and salad and one veg dish. The food was really fresh and there was an never ending supply for fresh fruits and yummy cookies . :)
Coming to the dive equipment and handling of the same. The equipment though not very new was in top notch condition. The support staff was really sincere and attentive. The cylinders were always full before the dive and the support staff kept the diving platform ready and were always there to help with getting ready for the dive.
The dive sites are world famous and rightly so. The variety of divesites was wonderful so was the macro and large sea live under neath.
Will I recommend similian islands for diving .. Hell yeah ... will I recommend dive liveboard diving.. I say there is no better way ..and Liquid is surely one of the finest establishments providing you the experience in a friendly, professional and sensible way.
Thanks to the liquid team and the support staff for making our dive trip such an amazing and out the world experience.
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