Beginner Diver’s – DSD or OWC?

Beginner diver’s have many options when it comes to learning to dive. A one day Discover Scuba Diving experience is a perfect way to jump in the water and see if you like diving while a more intensive four day Open Water Course is the first step in becoming a licensed diver.

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Drunken Tailors End of Season Closing Sale!

Drunken Tailors

Drunken Tailors Season Closing Sale! Drunken Tailors is closing it’s doors for the low season and every item in the shop has been reduced to just 100 THB, everything must go! Don’t miss out on this once-only chance to shop for bargains in Kantiang Bay!

The proprietors of Drunken Tailors are calling their ‘end of season’ discounts a “sale”, but when you realize that EVERYTHING in the store is only 100 THB, you can see that it is a CLEARANCE that is aimed to benefit you!

Drunken Tailors, the small, eclectic shop full of clothing and accessories from all over Thailand, is closing it’s doors for the low season. After a lovely high season, Kantiang Bay now shifts it’s focus to quieter times for some businesses. So, to your benefit, Drunken Tailors‘ season ending sale should leave you with bags of new items for your wardrobe.

Nestled just off of the main road in Kantiang Bay Village between Drunken Sailors Coffeeshop and Scubafish Dive Centre, you’ll find this cozy shop. If you aren’t impressed with the selection, then you surely will be by the fact that many or most of the items inside are handmade either locally or even by one of the proprietors own mother!

So, if you’re looking for original designs, accessories or other knick-knacks, please stop by…and SOON! Drunken Tailors will only be open until May 5th, 2013!

Come with an idea, leave with a memory!

Bamboo Shop Open in Kantiang Bay

Bamboo Shop

Bamboo Shop – newly opened this season – a souvenir and gift shop run by P’Liew.

Located in the heart of the Walking Street area in Kantiang Bay Village, sits Bamboo Shop, a quaint and eclectic shop full of beautiful ornaments, souvenirs, accessories and a great range of natural skincare products.

All items in the Bamboo Shop have been hand-selected by Liew, the lovely lady who runs the shop.  You’re sure to find many interesting and unusual items to buy as memories of your time in Thailand or to take home as gifts for your family and friends. Continue reading

Kantiang’s First Fine Art Exhibition

Kantiang bay is well known by many as the creative hub of Koh Lanta. Just take a stroll around the bay and you will easily find the locals displaying their talents.

Walking down the main street of Kantiang you will find little galleries tucked under mango trees, locals selling their handmade jewelry, clothes and accessories in or around the restaurants and bars. We have a number of talented tattoo artists who all have individual styles and can even create their own designs for you. Or have a wander around in the evening and you will often find musicians and bands playing in the bars, occasionally with a tourist or two contributing with their talents (for better or for worse!).

So considering all the creativity there is here, we are really excited to hear that one of the galleries, Nine Art Gallery, will be hosting the first ever fine art exhibition in Kantiang Bay.

The exhibition, ‘Virtue, Beauty & Truth’, by local artist Arthaniti Lapakorn, will open on 19th December and will run for ten days, finishing on 29th December at Nine Art Gallery which is opposite the 7-11 shop – look forward to seeing you there!

The first fine art exhibition in Kantiang Bay

Surfy Clothes and Beachwear by Win Jeang

Win Jeang Surfy Clothes and Beach Wear

Win Jeang Surfy Clothes and Beachware by top brands

Surfy Clothes and Beachwear shop ‘Win Jeang‘ are getting ready for a busy new 2011-12 season.

New Season at Win Jeang

New Season at Win Jeang

Win Jeang – Original Surf Clothing & Swimwear stocks a great selection of clothes and accessories by Ripcurl, Quicksilver, Roxy, Volcun, Xhiliration, Billabong. Imported bikinis from Bali, Colombia, Brazil, and China.

Win Jaeng CardWin Jeang – Original Surf Clothing
Kantiang Bay, Ko Lanta, Krabi, 81150, Thailand
E: kevinsisung [at] yahoo.com
W: www.winjeang.com

 

Scubafish Dive Centre – New Season Off to a Great Start

Scubafish New Season - Ja Ru Pat

Great start to the season 2011-2012 - Ja Ru Pat's first trip

The new 2011-2012 dive season in Kantiang Bay got off to a great start with Scubafish‘s first trip of the season to Ko Haa going out on their newly painted and updated boat ‘Ja Ru Pat‘.

Cruising out to dive site Ko Haa

Cruising out to dive site Ko Haa

The marine-life at Ko Haa put on a fantastic show, with even the snorkelers managing to catch a glimpse of the notoriously shy Black-Tipped Reef Sharks and pretty much everyone onboard was able to make their acquaintance with the resident Hawksbill Turtles and the infamous ‘Porkie‘ – the ‘not-so-shy’ Porcupine Pufferfish who lives in Ko Haa Lagoon!

Porkie - the world-famous Porcupine Pufferfish from Ko Haa Lagoon

Porkie - the world-famous Porcupine Pufferfish from Ko Haa Lagoon

All in all, a fantastic day was had by all, and the divers at Scubafish are looking forward to plenty more great days out over the coming season.

New Dive Boat for Scubafish – Ja Ru Pat

MV Ja Ru Pat

The latest addition to the Scubafish fleet of Dive Boats - MV Ja Ru Pat

Scubafish Dive Centre welcomed a new dive boat into Kantiang Bay this week – MV Ja Ru Pat, the latest addition to the Scubafish fleet – offering luxurious comfort and space.

MV Ja Ru Pat departs directly from the beach in Kantiang Bay each day (weather permitting) with a short transfer, by longtail boat, from the beach.

Once onboard the boat, the dive host provides a briefing covering onboard-facilities, safety procedures and an introduction to their friendly dive staff. A tempting breakfast of chocolate croissants is then served up with access to unlimited Iced Coffees and Fruit Juices.

In line with their commitment to customer service, all the guest dive equipment gets pre-loaded onboard, so no-more struggling down the beach with heavy bags and tanks – Scubafish consider your holiday time precious and they want to to enjoy every part of your day with them!

Traveling in comfort and cruising along comfortably at 12 knots, you have time to get acquainted with the other guests onboard the boat. Dive groups are carefully selected according to each diver’s level of experience and air consumption, so that everyone has a memorable and relaxed underwater experience.

Scubafish - New Dive Boat

MV Ja Ru Pat departs directly from the beach in Kantiang Bay

Upper Deck:

A shaded open air area on the top deck offers long cushioned benches and tables. There is a cooler stacked full of cold drinks to suit every taste (iced-coffees, fruit juicess, coke, sprite and water – all free of charge – just help yourself whenever you like) and there are facilities for making hot drinks, and even a toaster! There is also a dedicated medical room – equipped with a bed, oxygen, and first aid.

Lower Deck

The lower deck is comprised of a spacious saloon-style lounge, the dive deck, bathrooms and galley.
The lounge salon is a dedicated dry area, and offers a break from the heat if you require it, thanks to electric fans! Furnished with 8 booth-style cushioned seats and tables, this is an ideal space for planning and logging your dives, or even catching up on some PADI Coursework.

Upper & Lower Decks

There are numerous electric power points allowing you to plug in your laptop and start editing those underwater images, and for your entertainment, enjoyment (and perhaps even PADI education) they further boast a TV and DVD player.

Between the lounge and the dive deck are 2 spacious bathrooms, each with a western style flush toilet and basin, and a freshwater shower.

The Dive Deck consists of 55 tank racks, so every diver has plenty of space and comfort for gearing up and performing pre-dive buddy checks. There is also a large rinse tank on the dive deck for safe storage and rinsing of underwater camera equipment.

Upon surfacing each diver and snorkeler is presented with a towel by the crew, and the dive team takes care of changing your equipment whilst you catch up on all the marine life you just saw, over a delicious buffet style lunch served on the upper deck.

Designed for the utmost stability and comfort at sea, Ja Ru Pat’s highly experienced crew take great pride in exceptional service, levels of maintenance and safety. This top class dive boat, complete with all those little extras, offers a mixed schedule of cruises to the best dive sites around Ko Lanta.

Daily Dive Trip Schedule

Daily Dive Trip Schedule

Boat Specifications

  • Type: Motor Vessel
  • Length: 19.2m
  • Beam: 5.7m
  • Draft: 2.3m
  • Engine: Hino V10 300HP
  • Generators: (x2) 40KW & 220V
  • Cruising speed: 12 knots/ Max n/a
  • Medical Room: with Emergency Oxygen & First Aid Facilities
  • Bathrooms: 2 spacious bathrooms with fresh water showers, and western style flush toilets
  • Max capacity: 60+3
  • GPS: ONWA full screen GPS
  • Full Screen Depth Sounder & Fish-Finder
  • Radio / Mobile communication
  • 65 Life vests including children but not infants
  • 2 quiet compressors onboard with the capability to fill tanks at 500 litres a minute
  • 55 tank racks