Observe whale sharks, manta rays & turtles at world famous Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock.
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Whale Shark, Manta Ray & Turtle Awareness Program by Blue Guru
Blue Guru Diving return for the 2013-14 season with a fresh new Whale Shark Program. This offer is designed to bring guests to Koh Phra Thong the opportunity to dive (or snorkel) in the Similan and Surin National Parks and at Richelieu Rock with magnificent whale sharks.
Whale Shark Program divers are taught how to photograph these animals and submit them to the database for analysis. During a previous Whale Shark Program the Blue Guru group were fortunate enough to witness a previously unobserved specimen allowing our lucky diver to name the whale shark.
Stay on Koh Phra Thong
You start your holiday with 4 days luxury of nature on the idyllic island of Koh Phra Thong. During your stay you can explore this tropical paradise, dive local, Andaman Offshore and wreck sites or simply just enjoy a beach side massage.
Get PADI certified during your stay
If you are not yet a diver you can use this time to take the PADI Open Water course with Blue Guru's professional PADI Instructors. This comprehensive dive course is the most popular certification course in the world. Learning in the shallow warm waters at Koh Phra Thong will prepare you for your upcoming whale shark dives and beyond.
Certified divers can enjoy a few preparatory dives at the local Koh Phra Thong dive sites or do a PADI specialty course. PADI Digitial Underwater Photography specialty is a particularly useful skill to bring back evidence of your whale shark encounters.
PADI Turtle Awareness Specialty
Blue Guru Diving now include the distinctive PADI Turtle Awareness specialty in the Whale Shark Program.
Koh Phra Thong and the nearby Surin Islands are home to 4 types of turtles: Hawksbill, Leatherback, Green & Olive Ridley. During your stay on Koh Phra Thong, we offer the opportunity to learn more about turtles, which nest in the long stretch of beach in front of Golden Buddha Resort. These species of turtles have survived since the age of dinosaurs and yet sadly numbers are in decline.
Participants will learn about the threats turtles face from man & nature and have the opportunity to join a daily early morning walk to monitor the beach for turtle nests. You can also visit a local village where there is a museum run by the turtle project staff.
PADI Manta Ray Specialty
New for 2013/14, Blue Guru will also be including PADI Manta Ray distinctive specialty in this environmental program.
Manta Rays are regularly seen between January & May at Koh Bon, Richelieu Rock & Surin Islands, where they come to be cleaned or feed. A diving encounter with a graceful Manta Ray is a truly awesome experience!
Participants in the PADI Manta Ray distinctive specialty will learn about manta rays' biology, distribution & behaviour, as well as how to passively interact with them whilst diving and how to help conservation efforts in Thailand & Burma. Sadly too many rays are still fished from the Andaman Sea, so all contributions towards monitoring manta rays are very much appreciated.
4 day Similan & Richelieu liveaboard
Following your stay on Koh Phra Thong you will head off on a 4 day 14 dive liveaboard safari of the Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock. On this trip you will learn more with the PADI Whale Shark specialty course conducted by Blue Guru diving.
Blue Guru's Whale Shark Program is a once in a lifetime experience. This fully inclusive package offers oustanding value from only 43,900 Bt*
For more information download the full details of the Blue Guru Diving Whale Shark Program
*Flights are the only thing that are not included in this amazing adventure. Find out about the cheapest way to get to Bangkok or Phuket on our International Transport page. Price shown subject to a 10% service charge. Please read our terms & conditions for further information.
Places on the Blue Guru Diving Whale Shark Program are strictly limited. Make a booking or ask a question using the form below...
About whale sharks
As the dive centre located closest to Richelieu Rock, Blue Guru is keen to do everything they can to protect this world famous dive site’s most awesome visitor – the whale shark. Unfortunately, whale sharks are an endangered species. More research & action is needed to monitor their migrations & prevent extinction before it’s too late.
Whale sharks - docile giants
Whale sharks are the world’s largest fish & are docile plankton eaters. They slowly cruise through the world's tropical waters, mounths agape, filtering vast quantities of water (6000l/hour) through their gills for their microscopic food. Whale sharks can grow up to 12m in length and weigh as much as 14 tonnes. They are also thought to live as long as 80+ years.
PADI Whale Shark Project
Blue Guru Diving is proud to be a registered operator & passionate supporter of PADI’s Whale Shark Project. The Whale Shark Project aims to conserve one of the world’s most impressive marine creatures and give divers & snorkelers essential knowledge & skills to dive or snorkel responsibly with whale sharks.
Ecocean whale shark library
Blue Guru Diving is also an active participant of the ECOCEAN and Shark Trust research databases. These hold information of whale shark encounters by divers. This data is then used by marine biologists to increase our understanding of these amazing creatures.
Book or ask a question about the Whale Shark Program using the form below
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