Just got back from a 2-day dive trip to the Similan islands with Freedom Divers.
It was a really awesome trip. Nico was awesome, and Ania, our lovely Dive Instructor, was also awesome.
I completed my Advanced Open Water PADI certification on the trip. Ania was an excellent instructor/teacher, and becoming advanced with her was great.
I wasn't on one of Freedom Divers boats, but the boat they had us on (a South Siam Divers Boat) was excellent, the crew was great, and the food was good too.
As for the Similan Islands and the diving itself, it was spectacular, BUT, if i were to do it over, i would organize my trip in a way that ensured that i would get to go to Richelieu Rock. It is the dive trip that really puts the Similans on the map.
In hindsight, all it would have taken was me asking Nico, because he was very good about accommodating requests. Also, he recommended a bunch of other fun stuff to do in Phuket, which turned out to be really great.
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