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Sea Bees Diving - Chalong

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Welcome to the world of Sea Bees Diving. With more than 23 years of experience, our dive centres in Phuket, Khao Lak, and Pak Meng welcome divers and snorkelers, beginner or experienced, to make the most of the world-renowned dive sites of Southern Thailand on either daytrips or liveaboards. Join us on our state-of-the-art fleet for fun, relaxation, small dive groups and personalised service. Adventure in good hands!
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Grit A wrote a review Sep 2020
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Spending two weeks (last week of February and the first week of March 2020) on Seabees‘ Marco Polo was my first liveaboard experience, so please keep this in mind when reading this review. From what I experienced, there are three parts that are important on a liveaboard: a) the diving itself, b) the boat, and c) the crew. Hence, I’ll refer to these three dimensions in more detail. The diving: Oh my god, simply breathtaking! The perfect mixture of big and small stuff: Mantas, whale sharks, white tip reef sharks, napoleons, huge schools of jacks, great barracuda, tuna, plus nudi branches, critters, needle fish, ornate ghost pipefish, mantis shrimp, harlequin shrimp. Either all of these knew where we were or my guide Maren knew exactly where to look for them. My favorite dive sights were Koh Bon and The Bummies (#9). Koh Bon because of the mantas circling over our heads and next to us and The Bummies because of the fantastic rock formations (not only penis rock 😉). The Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock have so much to offer that you just wanna jump in again and again – screw surface breaks! There are up to four dives per day, 2 dives on the last day – so you sure get enough (or, in my case, not). The weather conditions were generally great: bright sunshine, a bit of wind, so entering and exiting the water was no problem. Only in the last two days did we have some waves which made coming back to the boat a bit more challenging, but not problematic. The captain and crew know what they are doing and keep you safe. During the first week, we also had a bit of a current and visibility was not always perfect (the green monster hit hard once and again), but this is nature and she does as she pleases. The important thing was that the tour leader (Maren) knew exactly which dive sights were good and safe to dive. Listen to her during the briefings, trust your guides and you’ll have great dives. The boat: The Marco Polo is a charming 23m boat that offers enough space for 14 guests and 9 crew members. The boat has three decks: dive deck and guest cabins, crew cabins, and common area as well as a sundeck with bean bags to chill in the shade and sun. Towards the end of the trip, I also slept up there which was fantastic (moon, stars, and so on). The cabins are spacious enough with shelf and space under the bunks to leave bags and suitcases (if you decide to bring them rather than leaving in the dive center, which is free and no problem). The 3 bathrooms and 2 showers were always clean (+ 2 showers on the dive deck), usually there was no line to get in. Even though it is hot during the day, I appreciated the hot showers, esp. after the last dive of the day (sunset or night dives). The common area consists of a salon (dry area) where the food is served, which offers a small library including a couple of books on local underwater life. In front of the salon are a few tables where we had all the meals and hung out between and after dives; enough space for everyone to have a chat and spread. When I didn’t feel like mingling, I either moved to the deck or the front of the boat. Amazing to watch the sunset and have a quiet beer to marvel about the day. The crew: Apart from the tour leader and dive guides, there was a kitchen and boat crew. All of them, without exception, were super friendly and helpful with anything you needed, from o-rings to bandages, seasickness tablets, or a chat. The “deck boys” help you with getting in and out of your gear, and putting things where they belong. The captain knows every inch of his boat which is very handy during pick-up dives. You basically glide by the boat and just reach out your arm. And last but not least, the kitchen crew. Oh my god, if there was one thing to complain about, it would be that the food is simply TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. They perform pure magic in the kitchen with a nice balance between Thai and western cuisine (curries, Thai noodles, pasta Bolognese, lasagne, the best cordon bleu ever, fresh fruit, etc.) There are five meals a day, plus snacks and fruit in between whenever you like. Everything they do, they do with a smile and although they may not speak perfect English, it was fun to interact with them. Esp. when you mistake green beans for the hottest green chili ever – good laugh for everyone, also for me after I dried my tears and scooped down spoonfuls of rice 😊 All in all, what shall I say, it was simply amazing. A few more things I would like to mention: There is a real coffee machine that makes real coffee, fresh from the beans. Yes, this is important! Maren is a superb tour leader. She’s been on the boat for four years, knows each of the dive sights by heart. She’s passionate about the underwater world and diving. You are simply drawn into her enthusiasm. You can tell that she loves her job and the crew she is with. She’s a very respectful communicator, even when there are minor issues that need to be solved. She’s also good at putting together the dive groups and doesn’t shy away from changing things in case of need. I was only diving with her, so I can’t really say anything about the other dive guides but I enjoyed chatting with Misha, Dave, Alex, and Christian in between and after dives and I heard only good things from their divers. All of them were super nice and knowledgeable about the underwater world. Thank you guys, for these amazing two weeks. Apart from the first night, sleeping was no issue at all. During the first night, you make your way to the Similans which can easily take up to 9h, depending on conditions. Although there were hardly any waves, one may need to get used to the unfamiliar sound and slight movement of the boat. There is a generator that will run each night because the boat needs light. Compared to some of the generators I heard from the other boats, Marco Polo’s purrs like a cat 😉 and you easily get used to it. You hardly hear it on the deck, though, the best spot to sleep anyway. I would have loved to join for a third week, but I guess I have to postpone this to February 2021. I’m 100% certain that I will do this tour again. I haven’t seen the leopard and guitar sharks, yet.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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domdef57200 wrote a review Sep 2020
Malmö, Sweden9 contributions
after 11 years without diving had a great refresh training and dive with Fabio excellent instructor who really made this day a good experience and will definitely not wait that long anymore before to go diving again
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Date of experience: September 2020
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gdown007 wrote a review Mar 2020
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I recently had the pleasure of spending 6 days/6 nights on the Marco Polo Liveaboard run by Sea Bees for an adventure to the Similan Islands. The trip was great in every way. The Sea Bees Office Staff were friendly and welcoming The Marco Polo may be a small boat, but it is comfortable and friendly, the cabins are functional and more roomy than I expected and the size of the boat means everyone mixes ensuring a great atmosphere. The big plus is the Food is amazing The Dive Crew of Maren, Misha and Dave made the trip one to remember, thanks all. Especially Misha, who was mine and my buddies Dive Guide, for making trip one to remember I would 100% recommend Sea Bees and the Marco Polo
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Paul Anderson wrote a review Mar 2020
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My friend organised the dive holiday and we were a little limited with dates so we're sort of limited to dive boats on those dates. Now I would have probably dismissed this boat because it's an older 'style' boat. I am sort of used to an on-suite now. But pretty glad I was forced to be on this boat. The boat itself has everything, its a bit smaller than some so felt very personal. We got to know all of the staff and the divers and it felt like a real group of friends rather than a couple of divers on a big boat. I expected the cabins to be snug but they were fine and the aircon in the cabin really helped. Food is probably the best I have had on a liveaboard. I stuck to the Thai selection most of the time because I adore Thai food. There was plenty of choice and plenty of it. Nitrox is free on board so if you are a Nitrox diver that's good. I would definately book again with these guys. Now the stuff they can't change is the stuff that's underwater. This trip was awesome for manta rays and I was lucky enough to have one swim about 5 foot about my head on one dive. If you are a diver and have not done the similan Islands it's a must. I am sat in phuket Airport at the moment having had to cut short the holiday because of Covid 19 and the impending flights being cancelled. Such a shame as we were on the last dive trip of the year because of it. Thanks to all the thee guests, the very hard working staff and a very special thanks to Misha who was mine and my buddy's dive guide. Stay safe guys and see you soon when this corona madness has gone.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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lyuckcirik wrote a review Mar 2020
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First I want say thanks to my guide Fabio, very good eyes. In only one dive I saw 2 leopard shark, 1 yellow sea hourse, 2 big great baccacudas, and a huge shoal of yellow snappers. What could I ask more ?
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Date of experience: March 2020
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