Thursday, 22 December 2011

Christmas Similan Diving

Christmas is just about upon us and everywhere around the world people are packing up work for this Festive Season. Well not here at Oktavia Dive Center, we're just getting going.

Going out today is a packed M/V Oktavia with a variety of different nationalities including a group of teenage school children from India! The kids have all spent a night in Phuket City and have no doubt had their first taste of Thai culture. All guests are out for the full 5-day 5-night package and it will be a Christmas to remember.

Leading the way is Chris, our new tour leader for this season, who's assisted by an experienced crew of divers and of course our wonderful Thai staff through this Similan diving trip.

I'm sure everyone is going to have a whale of a time (excuse the pun) on this Similan diving trip and again we hope to see lots of photos when they get back to dry land.Have a great trip guys...

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Goodbye to Karin & Bernie

For those of you who have ever been aboard one of our liveaboards or have done business with Oktavia you are sure to at least have had some form of contact with Karin who was our Operations Manager and Bernie who was the tour leader on M/V Oktavia (as well as backup for when Karin wanted to head out on the boat).

Karin joined the crew in 2009 and has been a valuable member of the team putting in the man hours and making sure everything ran smoothly for our customers and staff. Karin has now spread her wings and has sadly left us to venture into a new territory in the UAE. She has taken up a position as Sales & Marketing Manager with Divers Down (her boyfriend Paul's dive shop) in the UAE where she will undoubtedly be an asset. We wish her all the luck with her new appointment and hope she'll come back to visit with us and maybe come aboard M/V Oktavia as a customer for a change.

Bernie also joined Oktavia in 2009 and has been a master in his work with us, if you have met Bernie you'll know what we mean. He has just finished his last trip with us on the 16th December and will be heading back to the UK, with his girlfriend Stina, to spend Christmas with his folks before embarking on a new journey. Stina and Bernie have yet to decide where they are going after the festive season but we wish them well and again hope to see them in the near future.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Xmas & New Year

Christmas and New year is almost upon us here at Oktavia Dive center and we've just sent our last Similan liveaboard out before the peak period. We've a great team out there with a vast range of languages and experience to ensure our guests have the best time ever.

Leading the way on this trip is Chris, our new team leader, with Branco and Jelena to assist him and our wonderful guests. When this trip ports at Thaplamu on the 23rd December we should be able to upload a few more photos to our website and FB page.