Sunrise Divers - Friday, 22 June 2007

Colona 6 Liveaboard - Similan Islands in July - Special Offer

The Colona 6 liveaboard has been operating Similan islands cruises since 2000, and is one of the best known and most respected boats in the area. She's not a luxury boat, but is a comfortable mid priced liveaboard designed by divers for divers, and always offers quality service with an experienced crew.

Normally, Colona 6 floats in the harbour all summer, but this year she is running 4 day/ 4 night cruises to the Similan Islands during July and August, and we now have a special offer available for all remaining places in July!

Special 20% discount for the following trips:

1 - 5 July
15 - 19 July
29 July - 2 August

Master Cabin - US$ 760 - Now only US$ 608 per person
Twin Cabins - US$ 720 - Now only US$ 576 per person

Booking Information

You can email to or call Sunrise Divers - 076 398 040

Sunrise Divers - Monday, 18 June 2007

Early Bird Booking offers for Thailand Liveaboards

They do say that the early bird catches the worm... We don't wish to rush anyone's decision making, and we know that the "high season" for Thailand liveaboards is still more than 4 months away (November - May), but there are some early booking special offers on a few boats that we should tell you about.

MV Jazz offers a good deal for a mid priced liveaboard, taking just 16 divers in comfortable twin or double bed cabins with en suite bathrooms. There are 4 day trips in the Similans or Burma; or you can combine the two into an 8 day cruise.

MV Jazz - Book Before August 1st for a 15% discount!

Similan Islands 4 days / 4 nights - US$ 874 - Early Booking US$ 743
Burma 4 days / 5 nights - US$ 1,080 - Early Booking US$ 918
Similan & Burma 8 days / 9 nights - 1,857 - Early Booking US$ 1,579

Pawara started trips just last year and quickly developed a good reputation. The price has gone up since last season, but until the end of August you can book Similan Islands, Hin Daeng or combination trips at last seasons price!

MV Pawara - Book Before August 31st and save!

Similan Islands 4 days / 4 nights
Standard Cabin US$ 1,009 - Early Booking US$ 799
Deluxe Cabin US$ 1,060 - Early Booking US$ 859

Similan & Hin Daeng 6 days / 7 nights
Standard Cabin 1,309 - Early Booking US$ 1,120
Deluxe Cabin 1,395 - Early Booking US$ 1,210

Thailand Liveaboards - Full Listing

Sunrise Divers - Friday, 15 June 2007

Komodo Liveaboards - Diving and Dragons

A few years ago, the Mermaid 1 liveaboard started heading for Bali in the summer months looking for somewhere to dive while the Andaman Sea had it's low season. Bali is the start point for several liveaboard cruises heading for Komodo, land of the Komodo Dragons. Some other boats base themselves out of the island of Flores, just to the east of Komodo.

Sunrise Divers followed the Mermaid 1 down to Bali, and in 2005 Gilbert made a 6 day/ 7 night trip from Bali to Komodo and back. While in Bali, Gilbert checked out other liveaboards, looking for comfortable boats that offered year round diving in the area (since the Mermaid 1 is only there from June - October).

We now have a good selection of boats for diving the Komodo area with cruises ranging in length from 4 nights up to 11 nights. The Mermaid 1 just did her first trip of the year and reported seeing 20 mantas on 1 dive, rare Hippocampus denise (pygmy seahorses), dolphins, sharks in good numbers, loads of fish of all sizes, all the "usual" critters, 6 Komodo Dragons in the park and dragons on the beach in Rinca! Naturally the guests were all very happy.

The trips are very popular - Mermaid 1 is full on many trips already for 2007, but we have the 2008 schedule on line - now is the time to book! In addition, next year the Mermaid II will join her sister for a couple of months in Bali, so you'll have 2 Mermaids to choose from!

We have just added the Komodo Dancer liveaboard to our web site - the Komodo Dancer is part of the well known Peter Hughes Dancer fleet, offering top quality service and year round diving in Komodo.

Komodo Web Links

Mermaid 1 - Full Information
Mermaid 2 - Full Information
Moana - Full Information

Introducing the MV Giamani - Thailand and Burma liveaboard cruises

At Sunrise Divers we always keep our finger on the pulse of scuba diving in Thailand. And as liveaboard specialists we keep our eyes open for new boats that offer high standards and represent good value for money. There are a lot of liveaboards out there. Our job is to select the best to offer our customers. New liveaboard boats appear just about every year. This year we are happy to announce the arrival of the MV Giamani.

Run by the same team as the well known Colona 6, the MV Giamani promises excellent standards of service and has a schedule to suit divers looking for more than just a short 3 - 4 day trip. There are many 6 and 9 day trips covering the Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock and Burma.

Giamani will take up to 16 divers, although it is likely that the maximum will be more like 12 on most trips. Four of the deluxe cabins can be booked as double or triple share, so we imagine most of the time the cabins will be booked by couples or buddy teams rather than triples. It would be ideal for 3 friends or a couple with a junior diver child to share a triple.

MV Giamani Links

Giamani - Full Information
Giamani - Schedule and Prices

Thailand Liveaboards - Full Listing by Sunrise Divers

Sunrise Divers - Friday, 8 June 2007

Sunrise Divers Blog

Welcome to Sunrise Divers Blog!

This will be the place to find dive news, special offers, photos, trip reports and more. We are based in Karon Beach, Phuket and offer liveaboards, PADI dive courses, day trips and more.

It might be a while before this blog gets going, so if you are looking for more information, the best place to start is our web site...

Sunrise Divers - Diving Thailand, Burma and Indonesia

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Happy diving,

The Sunrise Divers Team