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Review: Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Indonesia

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If you are looking for complete relaxation in a beautiful secluded location hidden away on the cliff sides of Bali, then The Four Seasons Resort is the answer. This property boasts some of the most spectacular views in Bali situated on prime real estate. With a beautiful beach below, infinity pools looking across to the ocean and colorful gardens lining its corners, this resort is a must. It steps out of the busyness of the bigger cities.

As we entered the front gates to the property in Jimbaran Bay, it was clear to see why this resort has time and time again been noted as one of the best stays in Indonesia. Once arriving at reception we were greeted by the staff and took a seat in the lobby area. Immediately my attention was drawn to the stunning view from the top of the cliff side. After taking some time to soak up the atmosphere we were provided with our itinerary for the day and were ready to make the most of this experience.

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We were ushered to the resort’s very own Fitness and Spa Centre where we would be spending a large portion of the day. The center is equipped with a large gym, spa and massage treatments, yoga room and outdoor tennis court. The changing rooms are equipped with indoor and outdoor shower facilities, lockers, hot and cold plunge pools, a sauna and steam room.

Kelly began her day with an Anti-Gravity Yoga Class conducted at the property and from what I could tell, this was a very pleasant, soothing and relaxing experience. While the lesson was happening, I found time to sneak away and explore the property. Everywhere I walked or looked I was either greeted with magnificent view, smiles or hellos from all of the staff. A great highlight to the resort is its enormous size and the feeling of openness as you stroll about the property. There are so many spots across the resort where you can find your own little area for the day to kick back and relax. The infinity pools are a large selling point for the resort and are situated in a perfect location, which claims stunning views.

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After venturing about the property I had worked up quite the appetite and was excited to make our way down to the Sundara Restaurant within the resort to indulge. The staff was very attentive and sat us at a table with a sensational view out across the ocean. Once presented with the menu I quickly skimmed through the dishes and was left with one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in the past 8 months of travel – “What was I going to order?” Honestly, everything on the menu jumped out at me so there were some tense moments. The menu definitely does a great job to cater for the needs of all types of eaters. We ordered the Maki Maki (sushi), Salt and Pepper Crush (seafood tempura dish), Balinese Mixed Satay, Lamb Curry and the Beer Battered Fish and Chips. The food was delicious and not one crumb was left behind! After filling up on the sensational meal it was time to sit back and have a rest on the day beds, which overlooked the infinity pool.

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After some time taking in the picturesque setting that is the Four Seasons Resort Jimbaran Bay, we were shown about the property on a tour to see first hand the range of options people have when staying with the resort. We ventured about the Four Seasons Residences, which are everyone’s dream holiday retreat. These properties come equipped with your very own in-house butler, an enormous indoor/outdoor living space, large pool and can sleep up to 6 adults comfortably. These are perfect for families or a wedding party looking to have time with their loved ones. We were then shown to the villas, which line the cliff tops of the property. Once entering the front doors you immediately take in a spectacular view across the ocean. These rooms come with an outdoor-seated area, small pool, large indoor/outdoor bathroom and all the amenities you would ever need. It was a true retreat to sit back, relax and soak up the view. Whilst we drove about the property I found my eyes glancing to the lovely gardens that line the properties side walks, meticulously maintained with staff who stop what they are doing to say hello to each guest that passes them. Such a beautiful, beautiful place to be!

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After our tour of the property it was time for me to kit up and take part in a one-on-one personal tennis lesson with a pro. As a cricketer, from a young age tennis has at times been a struggle with a very sloppy forehand and backhand. With the patience of my instructor and some pointers, I was able to slow down my movements and improve my game. The lesson went for 60 minutes and I did work up quite the sweat, but I still had an awesome time! The Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay also offers surfing lessons and stand up paddle board to name a few and these activities really add to the experience had at the resort.

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As the sun set, we wandered down to one of the many pools found on the property. We stopped at an infinity pool, which had an impressive view and reminisced on our day at the Four Seasons. While the sun came down we wandered back to the fitness and spa center where we went our separate ways and indulged in complete relaxation using the ‘quiet room’, sauna, hot and cold plunge pools, steam room and showering facilities. This center is all about complete relaxation and as we excited the doors I felt completely refreshed and rejuvenated after our experience.

Overall the Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay, Indonesia was an exceptional experience with sophistication throughout the entire day. From the reception to the hotel and restaurant staff we enjoyed every moment we spent at the property. I would highly recommend this resort to anyone looking for an escape where they can truly relax, forget about real life and be catered to for all your needs.

To make a booking with the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Indonesia click here.

Disclaimer: I was a guest of the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Indonesia in exchange for this review. As always, I would never endorse or recommend a service or product that I didn’t honestly enjoy.

Review: Oceans 5 Dive Resort, Gili Air, Indonesia

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After six weeks of no under world adventures it was an absolute breathe of fresh air to arrive at the Ocean 5 Dive Resort on Gili Air in Indonesia. After a flight cancelation due to the volcanic activity on Lombok, we had to change our travel plans in order to cater for the deep desire to dive in the Gili’s. With a few minor changes we finally arrived on Gili Air a few days later. For anyone who has not yet been to the Gili Islands, you should try to make the journey as I can guarantee you this is the destination that you can just kick back and unwind. Island time is definitely present here because time moves much slower!

After settling on the island we made our way over to the Oceans 5 Dive Resort to check in with their staff for what would be our base for the next 5 days of adventure. The Dive Resort is situated on prime real estate right in front of the Gili Air pier where all boats arrive from the other islands and mainland. This dive resort oozes such a cool and relaxed vibe and if I were to open one myself it would be done exactly the same way as Oceans 5. The outdoor area offers all guests of the dive shop and resort a café named ‘Coffee & Thyme’, small boutique stores, big pool, a central bar and numerous options for seating from the large picnic tables, to bean bags or pool chairs there is something to meet your needs.

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Oceans 5 Dive Resort further offers Aqua Yoga Classes for those who are looking for the body-mind-spirit connection and freediving courses for those looking to challenge themselves.

The Oceans 5 Dive Resort is a 5 Star IDC PADI operated dive centre that offers a full range of PADI courses from beginner to divemaster and professional levels at an affordable price. The Resort further offers 10 stunning pool bungalows and garden rooms which have views across the pool and out to the ocean. With the location being so central and the island so small it’s in a great spot to access everything you will need throughout your stay on the island.

We met with the Oceans 5 Dive Resort staff who operated very professionally and did everything they could to accommodate for all of our needs during our stay. Ocean 5 offer 3 fun dives per day, which are conducted at 8:30am, 11:30am and 2:00pm. There is also the option for night dives, but these are on request. As the dive sites are maximum 25 minutes away, it’s only a one-dive boat trip which means less time on the boat more time in the water.

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A Day Of Diving:

After arriving at the dive shop early in the morning the office staff introduced us to our local dive guide for the day. He then took us to size up and set up our gear for the dive. This process was extremely stress free with our guide and other staff collecting our BCD, fins, regulator, tank, mask, wetsuit and computers ensuring these were the correct size. It’s important to note that Oceans 5 Dive Resort ensure safety and all of there gear is of the best quality and regularly serviced and maintained.

After setting up the gear, we took a seat with our dive guide who let us know which of the 17 dive sites across the Gili Islands we would be diving. The guide informed us of what we could expect to see and a rough dive plan referring to the map of the dive site. As a group, we went over the signs and signals for marine life and safety under the water to make sure everyone is knowledgeable and comfortable for the fun dive.

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Before we knew it, we were climbing aboard the dive boat and heading out to the dive site. Onboard the boat there is emergency oxygen and free water to drink before and after the dive to stay hydrated. On arrival at the dive site we suited up, buddy checked as a group then entered the water individually and descended as a group.

On your dives you can expect to see all kinds of marine life in all kinds of settings. From sandy bottoms to wrecks, there is so much on offer across the Gili Islands. Here are a few things you may spot on your dives: sharks, nudibranches, trigger fish, turtles, spotted rays, eels, lion fish, sea horses, orangutan crab, numerous coral formations and octopus just to name a few. I wouldn’t want to give too much away for your dive. but let me just say the Gili Islands has been one of the best locations I have dove around the world and Oceans 5 Dive Resort’s operation and dive guides make the experience extremely memorable!

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As a confident diver I still enjoy diving with a guide as the locals just have an eye to see the smallest of things that I would usually have missed. I can assure you that you are in great hands with the Ocean 5 Dive Resort guides. The ocean is their backyard and they conduct themselves in the water in a very calm manner on each and every dive.

A dive company making a difference!

Oceans 5 are trying their best to make a difference on Gili Air with an ocean clean up every few weeks. The coolest part about this ocean clean up is the fact that this is free to anyone who would like to be a part of it. Ocean 5 Dive Resort wear the cost and place you into small groups with a limit of around 45 minutes to enter the water off the beach directly in front of the resort and clean up the harbor. When we took part in the clean up between 12 people we brought up 80 kilograms of rubbish consisting of plastic, glass and household items.

It’s empowering to be a part of an ocean clean up. Even if this impacts in the smallest of ways, we were making a difference. As the staff in the Oceans 5 Dive Resort say, “If one local person sees what we are doing or asks the question, that can make the biggest of changes to the environment.”

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We had such an awesome time diving with the Ocean 5 Dive Team and have definitely made some life long friends here. I highly recommend anyone looking to dive in the Gili Islands to make their way over to Oceans 5 as this company operates in such a professional, safe and welcoming manner. It’s truly a memorable experience. We will be back!

To make a booking with Oceans 5 Dive Resort click the link here.

For any inquiries emails can be sent to info@oceans5dive.com

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Oceans 5 Dive Resort in Gili Air, Indonesia in exchange for this review. As always, I would never endorse or recommend a service or product that I didn’t honestly enjoy.

Review: Qantas First Class Lounge LAX Airport

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After an early morning flight from Miami International Airport with my elderly grandma, we landed in LAX Airport to disembark and find our way to the Qantas First Class Lounge for an extended layover. As we were on the backend of a family wedding in Cartagena, we had to make sure my granny had adequate time in between legs. (Cartagena to Miami, Miami to LAX and LAX to Sydney)

Once arriving at reception, the staff were quick to check each of us into the lounge and insist if we had any questions to please don’t hesitate to ask. On first impression, I was not too sure what to expect although once we found the comfort of the lazy chairs, this was a complete game charger. The 12-hour lay over was going to be nothing but class and comfort.

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After collecting the New York Times and Sydney Daily Telegraph from the newsstand I recall looking over at my grandmother who was lying down with her legs out gazing out the window. She was half snoozing half alert and before I knew it one of the staff had taken the initiative to gather together a pot of tea with milk as if they had read her mind and placed this next to her. To say I was impressed is an understatement, true class!

After catching up on the world news, we wandered over to the dining area of the Lounge to indulge in the exquisite menu. No word of a lie, the food is exceptional and the service really makes for a great experience. We greatly enjoyed three meals in the lounge, which were matched with French Champaign, wine, beer and spirits from around the globe. The plates I would highly recommend include:

  1. Salt, Pepper & Chili Calamari
  2. Chicken breast, Nut & Greens
  3. All of the desert options!

These were by far my favourite plates although if we had had longer I would have been sure to make my way through the entire menu.

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In between dining and having a beverage with my grandmother, I made use of the high speed WIFI and relaxed in the comfort of the lounge chairs. The staff regularly did the rounds and asked if we needed anything at any time. Several of the Qantas ground staff became very friendly with my grandma, bringing her blankets and pillows to make sure she was comfortable for the full duration of this adventure.

After 10 hours in the Qantas First Class Lounge we ventured out to stretch our legs within LAX airport and make our way to board our flight from LAX back to Sydney. First Class with Qantas is exactly this ‘nothing but class’! Thank you Qantas.

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Now a little bit about The Qantas First Class Lounge:

All Qantas First Class Flyers are welcome into the lounge and are welcome to bring one guest as long as they are flying on the same flight. I would say the dress code is somewhat smart casual however once you leave the lounge as like every other flyer you take the time to freshen up in the showering facilities within the lounge and change into comfier clothing options.

When you check in, the staff will be sure to ask if you would like assistance to board your flight and will make sure there is a ground staff member to escort you.

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The Lounge has everything you would ever need on a layover. There is a vast amount of seating options scattered throughout the lounge aimed at relaxation, dining or business. The lounge offers customers the ability to self-serve their own beverages (tea, coffee, water, wine and beer), and also has the option to place an order with a staff member.

The bar is extravagant with many options from around the globe with friendly bar staff that will make sure to meet all your needs. Even the fussiest of eaters and drinking will find what they’re looking for.

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The Qantas First Class Lounge also offers meeting rooms that can be booked at reception for those who are busy on business trips. The bathroom and showering facilities are excellent and really add to the overall experience of long layovers where all you want to do is freshen up before boarding onto your second flight.

Both my elderly grandma and myself were extremely impressed with the Qantas First Class Lounge in LAX Airport. The experience was exceptional with great food, service and facilities that met all of our needs and more.

To check out the Qantas Lounges click here.

Review: Phong Nha Farmstay, Vietnam

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Until two weeks before arriving in Phong Nha I can honestly say I had never heard of this place before. Whilst staying in Nha Trang and speaking with fellow travellers the topic of Phong Nha happened to pop up in conversation. The way this destination was being described to me was something I just had to see first hand and my god I am glad I did! This majestic and remote area of rural Vietnam sits amid the coastline and mountainside. What had me most excited was the thought that this region of northern central Vietnam is a location so very new to tourism and is basically unspoiled. I was sold on this alone and with the chance to discover an area where limited people have previously been our travel plans were modified.

After arriving by train to Dong Hoi station we jumped into a taxi and made our way to our accommodation for the next four nights at the Phong Nha Farmstay. The taxi ride took about 40 minutes and after hitting the countryside you could see how remote this region truly is with limited cars and motorbikes on the road. I could already tell this was going to be a memorable journey.

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Once pulling up to the Farmstay my first impressions were ‘Wow, this place is beautiful.’ The house itself has a real French Colonial feel to it with lovely gardens wrapping around the property and breathtaking views. The Farmstay itself is immersed amongst the remote countryside situated around 8.5 kilometers from town. Once meeting the property manager at the doorsteps we entered the lobby/dining area and checked into our room. The staff was quick to offer us our welcome drinks of any beverage we would desire then we were off to check into our private double room with en-suite.

Our room was comfortable with a large bed, mosquito net, air-conditioning, fridge and a generous modern bathroom with high ceilings throughout. Over the course of our 4 night stay this was exceptional and made for great sleeps.

As we arrived late on the first evening I was eager to rise early and explore the property and see what was on offer. After strolling about I discovered the property has a large open dining area, which spans from the pool and game area out the back to the front where there are benches and more tables. There is also a rooftop entertainment area where you can sit back and gaze off into the mountain side and even catch a spectacular sunset. Once walking outside the front gates of the Farmstay directly opposite is their chill out hammock and outdoor entertainment area where they show evening movies onto the big screen for those who are interested. Although one of the greatest assets the Farmstay has would have to be their immediate landscape, which is any outdoor photographer’s dream.

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On our first day we were very lucky as the previous week there had been a large amount of rain, which had left the rice paddies that covered the land underwater. This allowed us to borrow a kayak from the Farmstay and paddle out into the middle of what seemed a lake and snap some sensational pictures.

The Farmstay has great options in terms of food with daily specials, which are changed regularly. With each reservation made you receive a complimentary breakfast from a selected list of options. I would highly recommend the ‘Beef Noodle Soup’ for breakfast. The dish is delicious! As there are limited food options around the area and you wouldn’t want to arrive back at the Farmstay after dark, we dined here each night. The food and drinks are fairly priced, and there are many different options for even the fussiest of eaters.

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The staff were polite and tried their best to work with you and communicate in English to the best of their abilities. If you have any questions or queries, they are more than happy to assist you in whichever way possible. You can relax and sleep easy with the assurance of present security on the property at all times.

The Farmstay has many tours which operate around the surrounding areas. They are known for their ‘Phong Nha Farmstay National Parks Tour’ which takes you through the National Park and into the stunning caves scattered throughout the park with a history lesson along the way. Other tours, which are offered include:

  • The Pub with Cold Beer
  • Paradise Cave 7Km Adventure
  • Jeep and Ural Tours
  • Hang En Trek
  • Boat and Bike Tours
  • Bicycle, Motorbike and Other Tours

For more information about these tours and prices click the link here.

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The Farmstay offers accommodation for all types of travellers from five bed dormitories (seasonal), Double and Twin rooms with en-suite and large family rooms. You will be able to find something that meets the needs of your travelling party. For a run down of the prices for accommodation click the link here.

All in all our stay with the Phong Nha Farmstay was exceptional with days full of adventures and evenings full of homely meals and great company. There is so much to do in this remote area of Vietnam and my greatest recommendation is to make sure you get to the National Park at some point its an awesome experience to be had.

For more information on the Phong Nha Farmstay and to make a reservation you can access their website directly at http://phong-nha-cave.com/

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As the sunsets from the Phong Nha Farmstay.

Disclaimer: I was a guest of the Phong Nha Farmstay, Vietnam in exchange for this review. As always, I would never endorse or recommend a service or product that I didn’t honestly enjoy.

Review: Rainbow Divers, Nha Trang, Vietnam

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After a week of walking around the streets of Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City, I was definitely ready to jump back in the water and explore the big blue. Once arriving in Nha Trang we were quick to head over to the Rainbow Divers Shop and organize our two days of diving.

Rainbow Diver’s are the longest established and only PADI dive center, CDC and IDC’s that operates in Vietnam and have been around for over 17 years. The founder and owner Jeremy Stein was Vietnam’s first PADI Course Director and single handedly created Vietnam’s diving industry. His international teams of dedicated and professional staff work to the best of their abilities to make the experience as memorable as possible for you on each day you dive. Rainbow Diver’s exclusively teach PADI Courses and continue to set a high standard across the board with quality, safety and the number one goal – fun.

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The Rainbow Diver’s dive team is one big family with staff members who have been diving between seven to twenty years. Individually they have dove between 6000 – 25, 000 dives each. There is no lack of experience amongst the team and all members are enthusiastic for you to get the most out of each day. The team is made up of people from multilingual backgrounds, which makes it easy for any traveller to communicate any issues they may have. Rainbow Divers further offers a full range of available PADI courses, from Open Water to Instructor and a variety of options for people who want to dive for fun or just snorkel. Rainbow Divers has their own restaurant and bar at two locations.

Rainbow Divers provides all divers with dive gear that is regularly serviced and of great quality. This includes your wetsuit, fins, mask, snorkel, dive computer, BCD, regulator, tank and needed weights. Another great service provided by the Rainbow Divers team is that you are not responsible to set up your own gear. I mean if you really wanted to I am sure you would be able to. Your dive guide will set up your gear then on arrival at the dive sites you will be called upon to head back, jump into your gear, buddy check and proceed into the water. The dive boat is also spacious with a lower and upper sun deck with an onboard toilet, wet and dry area. On each trip, the divers are provided with a complimentary meal which is almost like a buffet with drink options of tea, coffee and fresh water. With food options including freshly made sandwiches, an array of fruit, cakes and muffins.

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My two days of diving:

We arrived at the dive shop at 6:30am both mornings to have an early breakfast before heading out to the dive sites. The menu had many options to choose from and the food was delicious. We went with a full breakfast option and banana and chocolate pancakes. Highly recommend! The bus arrived to take the team and divers a short 10-minute drive down to the pier to board the boat. Once climbing aboard the bus we were introduced to Shawn who throughout our time diving with Rainbow Divers was exceptional and operated in the most professional manner at all times. We were also introduced to Colin Parker, who is a National Geographic Photographer and operates as a team member. He snaps photos throughout the dive for purchase later on at a very reasonable price. We were also lucky enough to watch a short video, which showcased his exceptional work and the amazing photos he has taken below sea level.

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Once arriving at the pier we were ushered down to the boat where we boarded and got comfortable. Then, we were introduced to the rest of the team and our dive guides for the day. My dive guide’s name was Quyen, and he had been diving for many years with thousands of dives under his belt. He said to me he knew the area like the back of his hand, which reassured me for a great dive. After sliding into my wetsuit and heading out to the dive sites, Quyen showed me our planned dive and let me know of what we may see under the water. This excited me and I couldn’t wait to jump in and head on down. Once arriving at our location the captain tied up and we were in the water before I knew it.

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Nha Trang is not known for their large fish; however that being said you never know what you are going to see when you are down there. Many things you will see in the water are much smaller but just as awesome. When speaking with Jeremy he told me that on just one site in Nha Trang there is more species of coral than on the entire Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

On my first dive in Nha Trang, I was lucky enough to see nudibranches, sea horses, frog fish, trigger fish, lion fish, shrimp and many coral formations, just to name a few. I also was taken through a small swim through that was filled with thousands of fish. A moment that will stay with me forever! Once resurfacing I was extremely impressed and had an enormous smile on my face not only because what I had seen, but also this was my longest dive thus far 58 minutes. My confidence was at an all time high as I felt super relaxed the entire time under the water with Quyen.

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After a quick second breakfast of sandwiches and muffins I was back in the water for my second dive, which was just as memorable as the first. This dive we spent much more time viewing the different types of corals and their formations and the fish that camouflaged themselves amongst these.

After completing my dive and jumping back aboard, I had the ability to take my seat and not stress about packing up the gear as my dive guide Quyen made quick work of this. Soon we were heading back to the pier, jumped back onto the bus and had arrived back at the dive shop where we logged our dives.

After reflecting on the day I was extremely impressed in the way that Rainbow Divers operated. It was what a 5 star service is supposed to be like – stress free. You are there to dive and have a memorable experience and don’t have to worry about all the setting up and packing down.

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Day Two:

After arriving at the shop early in the morning once again, heading by bus to the pier, boarding the boat and meeting the team, before I knew it we were back in the water with our dive guide Quyen. He had informed us of the dive site, our plan and what we may see. Once down below we were graced with excellent visibility for the second time diving with Rainbow Divers. On our first dive we saw cuttlefish, eels, crabs, corals and shrimp as well as many other species of fish.

The second dive is by far my most memorable with the discovery of a large octopus that we spent a great period of the dive patiently waiting for this creature to come out into the open. Unfortunately, it stayed sitting up under a large rock, although we got some great footage on the Go Pro.

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After two days of exceptional diving and memories that I will have forever I was very impressed with how everything was managed and fell together. The staff is always happy to help you with a smile on their face. Someone immediately answered any questions I had onboard and you could just see how the Rainbow Diver’s family is so experienced diving and working together. Awesome experience!

After my experience with Rainbow Divers, I wouldn’t just be a return customer. I would highly recommend this dive center to anyone looking to dive anywhere throughout Vietnam. They have many locations throughout Vietnam. The price is reasonable, especially for the service you are provided with. The reputation of Rainbow Divers does speak for itself. You truly get what you pay for with diving and to dive with a company that demonstrates 5 stars across the board in terms of their service, equipment, instruction and guides really makes for a memorable experience.

If you have any inquiries or are looking to dive across Vietnam click the link here

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Disclaimer: I was a guest of Rainbow Divers in Nha Trang, Vietnam in exchange for this review. As always, I would never endorse or recommend a service or product that I didn’t honestly enjoy.

Review: Mejico Bangkok, Thailand

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Earlier in the year we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to dine with the Mejico Restaurant in Sydney and this was a very memorable experience. The food, drinks and customer service were flawless from the moment we entered their doors and we left feeling very captivated with the whole experience.

So as we arrived in Bangkok we saw no better opportunity than to dine with the new Mejico Restaurant, which had opened its doors in December 2014. This modern Mexican restaurant is centrally located within the Central World Mall and has an “upbeat atmosphere, friendly service and authentic flavors.” These are their own words and I guarantee they are nothing but the truth. Mejico’s motto really says it all ‘from market to table, this is how we eat!’

As we arrived at Mejico, we were greeted by friendly faces at the door who lead us to our table and seated us. This restaurant is stunning with such a cool vibe and rustic feel with cane hanging lights, vibrant colours splashed on the wall and trendy décor. Mejico really knows how to captivate the eye. The layout of the restaurant really adds to the experience with indoor and outdoor seating, a huge Tequila bar and large kitchen visible through their big glass windows. There is nothing like watching the chefs do what they do best to create exquisite tastes.

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After being seated we were lucky enough to speak with the Head Chef, Martin, who comes from Mexico and have his recommendations on what food options would truly blow us away. Martin discussed how the flavors of Mejico Bangkok has a different twist to Sydney as each location uses as much of the local produce as possible to create each dish, which in turn creates different flavors. From conversation with Martin you could really see his passion for Mexican cuisine and how keeping this as authentic as possible is extremely important.

After discussing dishes and recommendations with Martin we took a few moments to look over the menu and everything just seemed to jump up off the page. Each dish looked so delicious and appealing that it made it extremely hard to make decisions especially at times of indecisiveness. After hemming and hawing, we had made our decision and placed our order.

First to arrive were our drinks which included a ‘Mejico Bangkok’s Signature Margarita’ which looked and tasted delightful with a drop of coconut to keep the local twist present. Now one of the coolest things about Mejico is their drinking game where you choose a ‘Price, Intensity and Flavor’ on a wheel. Once this has been done the final number will match to a tequila shot or drink that can be made using Tequilas or other liquors from around the globe. Really, really cool! So for example I chose Price – cultured, Intensity – scaredy cat and Flavor – woody, which left me with a tasty tequila shot and chaser.

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The food began to arrive with one of their signature entrees of Guacamole and banana chips, which is smashed tableside. The General Manager, Dayna talked us through the process of smashing the guacamole and created this dish in front of our eyes. From first taste this dish brought back fabulous memories of Mejico Sydney however there was a twist to the flavor with the adding of pumpkin seeds. Yum, yum, yum!

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Our next dish was from the Mejico raw bar menu, ‘Carpaccio’. This dish is created from seared spiced beef, tajin capers, fennel, jalapeno dressing and seasoned vegatables. Just reading this off the menu had my taste buds going and let me tell you I was not at all disappointed. An absolute explosion of tastes that go so well together and had me wanting more!

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Soon to follow was our order of Tacos, which for me was a hard decision to be had so I decided to get both the ‘Chicken and Chorizo’ and ‘Soft Shell Crab’ Tacos. These come in pairs so are perfect to share with others to mix and match as Kelly and myself did. These tacos were unbelievably good and once again I was looking at my plate thinking should have I ate that a little slower to truly appreciate the taste. Excitement had definitely got the best of me!

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After sitting back and admiring the beauty of the restaurant our main dishes made their way to our table, which consisted of a Lamb Shank and Agave Glazed Carrots. The Lamb Shank is accompanied with Mole de Olla sauce and crispy sweet potato chips and with the recommendation of both Martin and Dayna this was accompanied with taco wraps, onions, lime and herbs. If we wished to be as authentic Mexican as possible we would need to create our own wraps using our main dish. I was quick to jump at the idea, and I was not at all disappointed. The Lamb just fell off the bone and was so tender and delicious. I highly recommend this dish when dining at Mejico.

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Last but not least our desert from Mejico’s Signature Dishes ‘Churros Fondue’ which we were told was a big twist from the Mejico Sydney’s dish. From the moment the desert rested on our table accompanied by a coffee I was speechless. The dish was presented beautifully and I almost felt guilty pulling this apart and eating it. The flavors and presentation were striking.

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After consuming the last slither of Churros I arched back in my seat and reflected on the stunning meal we had just had and was blown away once again with Mejico. The standard that is set both in Bangkok and Sydney is something special and you can really see the passion the Chefs have for the Mexican cuisine as this is evident in the food that is served. Their menu has many different options for all kinds of fussy eaters and you will not leave disappointed. The Mejico Bangkok Restaurant left me once again smiling and wanting more. I will be sure to return in the near future and highly recommend anyone searching for a meal that will leave an everlasting impression to make a booking at Mejico and experience what I have been so lucky enough to be able to have experienced.

To make a booking with Mejico Bangkok click here

To make a booking with Mejico Sydney click here

http://www.mejico.asia/

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Mejico Restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand in exchange for this review. As always, I would never endorse or recommend a service or product that I didn’t honestly enjoy.

Review: Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

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If you’re seeking a stylish hotel which boasts character and charm then look no further than the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel. The hotel is located in the central hub of Bangkok city a stone throw from the action, shopping districts and BTS. You will be sure to receive a five star service from their accommodation options to recreational areas and dining. The Anantara Siam Hotel provides their guests with many added amenities that contribute in making your stay memorable, satisfying and relaxing.

We arrived at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel after a 35-minute drive from the DMK airport to be greeted by the hotel staff and ushered into the lobby where we would check into our accommodation. My first impressions of the lobby area and the stunning décor were nothing but five star class. From entering the front doors the high ceilings and artwork captures your eye immediately. The hotels signature masterpiece lies on the landing between the bottom and first level and covers the length of the wall. This piece of art is so intricate and details that it tells a story.

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Whilst checking in at the lobby we were informed of the new technology the hotel offered to all guests staying on the property. This included a top of the line mobile phone, however not like your standard phone. This device acted as your very own personal GPS, tour guide, recommendation database, online reservation provider and even offered you free international calls to selected countries (These included home for both of us Australia and America). This device could be used inside and outside of the hotel and I personally see this as an exceptional and outstanding touch the hotel offers to guests and a step ahead of other hotels as there is nothing worse than getting lost in a foreign country and not being sure what is on offer, especially for large cities such as Bangkok.

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After checking into our Deluxe Room on the 6th floor, overlooking the pool we took some time to sit back and relax. Our room was impressive with a large bathroom (great bath and strong water pressured shower) and a living space that extended out from the bed to a seating area and desk working space. The room had a strong Wi-Fi connection and large flat screen television that showed many foreign programs from across the globe.

After relaxing we jumped up and headed to use the Fitness Centre facilities at the Anantara Siam Hotel. The gym is large and spacious with everything you will need including a separate squash court, boxing area and yoga studio from the weight and cardio room. It was excellent to see the staff genuinely interested in my training and assisting with a short session of pad for with the gloves. After walking out of the gym dripping with sweat I launched into the pool to cool off. The pool area is sensational with an abundance of lazy chairs and an area dedicated to children’s play equipment.

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That evening we took a short stroll to the central plaza shopping center, which is about a 400m walk from the hotel and sits opposite another large shopping mall. These malls have everything and anything you may be in search of from top of the line brands to outlet stores. If the weather is not on your side the staff at the hotel will be more than happy to order you a taxi to where ever you wish to go. Important to note these taxis are all on the meter as well.

The following morning we awoke early from our comfortable sleep and headed down to the morning buffet served in one of the restaurants of the hotel. As we arrived the layout was something I personally really like – an open kitchen where you can see the chefs cooking your food fresh for you. We indulged in cuisine options from around the globe from eggs and bacon to dumplings and pork buns to cold meats and pastries. The food was delicious and the staff was sure to check our food options met and exceeded our expectations. Highly recommend the morning buffet!

After breakfast I took some time to adventure through the hotel and find what else was on offer (As Kelly was off being pampered at the Health Spa). With the assistance of some friendly staff I discovered the hotel offers a large business center with conference rooms, high tea in the lobby, has a pop up Cigar and Whiskey lounge and a bakery that sells absolutely spectacular food options. These are only a handful of the treats the Anantara Siam Bangkok Resort offers there are many more small stores selling all types of goods from crockery to book and food.

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Once Kelly returned it was time to head down for our reservation for lunch at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel’s very own Spice Market Restaurant. As we walked into the restaurant I was genuinely excited to eat here as it felt like I was eating in at a traditional Thai spice market with the props and old cane baskets. We ordered Tom Yum Koong, Cashew Chicken, Green Curry with Australian Beef Cheeks and Mango Stick Rice. The food was exceptional and left my taste buds watering especially the beef cheeks absolutely delicious and I would highly recommend this dish to anyone dining at the hotel. We spend the afternoon venturing around the hotel once again making the most of the Fitness Centre and large pool.

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The following morning we made our way down to the buffet breakfast, which was held in a different location of the hotel next to the Aqua Bar that over looks their beautiful garden and pond in the center of the hotel. The food options were once again spectacular and after four plates I tapped out and retreated back to our room. As it was now time for us to check out we slowly packed our belongings, made our way down to reception where our taxi awaited us, said goodbye and were on our way.

The Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel has many different accommodation options to suit the needs of all travellers from solo to business and couples to families. The hotel further plays host to weddings in their spacious ballroom that is impressive. If your looking for a comfortable stay in Bangkok whether for business or leisure check out the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotels website here to make a reservation. The hotel offers five star services in a great location with staff that will assist you in order to make your stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Thailand in exchange for this review. As always, I would never endorse or recommend a service or product that I didn’t honestly enjoy.

Review: Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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If luxury, relaxation, and exquisite food are something you are seeking then the elegant Four Seasons Resort in Chiang Mai will meet all your desires and needs. This Resort is tucked away amidst the jungles of Chiang Mai and sits beneath a surreal landscape of the mountainside. The Four Seasons Resort boasts of 5 star class with excellence across the board. From their outstanding customer service, breathe taking accommodation options, mouth-watering cuisine and first class facilities this resort is a stay everyone needs to experience.

We arrived in the early evening to Chiang Mai airport to be greeted by our personal driver at arrivals and ushered into our Mercedes-Benz for the 40-minute journey to the Four Seasons Resort. Once we were strapped in our driver welcomed each of us and insisted we relax and enjoy the journey to the resort with complimentary in car Wi-Fi, bottled water and refreshment towels.

Once we arrived at the front gates of the Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai it was simply stunning driving up the long looping driveway, which mazes around their 32-acre property. We were greeted by hotel staff as we stepped out of the car and before we knew it we were walking into our very own Private Pool Villa. The villa was absolutely stunning as we gazed at each other in utter amazement. As we entered the doors the room just exploded with ‘luxury’ from the enormous living space, spectacular bathroom inclusive of all you would ever need from his and her sinks, a large bath, indoor and outdoor showers to the outdoor pool and spa with your very own outdoor entertainment area. As you gazed in from the rear of the villa you saw its true beauty from the pool through the living space to the extra comfortable bed, which if I were to describe in a few words would simply be what I imagine a cloud to feel like. All amenities you could ever imagine or need were only fingertips away. It was a simply stunning villa, which displayed nothing but privacy and luxury.

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Our Private Pool Villa at the Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

We immediately had to test out the pool and might I add it was nothing but amazing set to 30 degrees and large enough to swim laps in the morning. After my swim the indoor and outdoor showers were calling my name. I like nothing more in the world than to wind down under a rain shower, which has the perfect pressure and this villa had just that.

After laying down on cloud nine (bed) we found it a struggle to find the motivation to leave our room as we were just so comfortable! So on that note we decided to order room service and test out what the Four Seasons Resort had to offer. We ordered bruschetta with blue cheese, a club sandwich, pasta with parma ham and a mixed satay. Our order arrived promptly and was set out in our living space. We definetly made a great selection as the food was absolutely delicious.

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We awoke early the next morning after a sound sleep to meet at the lobby for the morning alms giving to the monks. This was a surreal experience offering food, fruit and water to the monks in exchange for a blessing of good luck. Soon after we decided to venture about the property and take some photos of the beautiful grounds the Four Seasons Resort calls home. On our morning stroll we discovered a women who is employed to walk the ground of the resort and create these masterpieces using flowers from the gardens. These are truly striking and can be found throughout the grounds. On arrival at the resort be sure to admire her masterpiece placed in the center of the lobby.

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As we ventured down to the poolside the beauty of the Four Seasons Resort opened up as their pools look down across their rice paddies up into the mountainside of Chiang Mai. This landscape was the setting for our breakfast at Sala Mae Rim Restaurant where we would indulge in their buffet. The food options were impressive and extensive from cold meats and cheese to freshly made omelets and pastries. I would highly recommend their breakfast option at the Four Seasons Resort.

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After our breakfast I decided to have some down time and lay by our pool in the villa while Kelly treated herself to a spa and massage treatment. On her return I could tell she enjoyed every moment. Before lunch we took part in a resort tour where we were taken into the residences of the Four Seasons Resort, which are the largest and most spectacular accommodation options to stay. These options can accommodate up to ten people sleeping and has everything from the villa but bigger. We were taken to view a standard room which are extremely luxurious as well with each room containing their own private balconies which look out across the pond, rice paddies and up into the mountains.

We had lunch at the Sala Mae Rim Restaurant and dined in a traditional Thai style with the food options we chose. Our menu included a soft shell crab dish, Kaow Soi, which is a famous Chiang Mai curried noodle dish, and mango sticky rice, which topped off a delicious meal. The waiting staff and the atmosphere are amazing. Its important to note this restaurant is also famous for their High Tea option, which attracts people from all around the world and from what I could see it looked appealing.

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After a short but needed siesta we suited up to experience rice planting with the farmers from the Four Seasons Resort. Kelly and I were provided with traditional clothing to wear and escorted down to the rice fields. Our rice farmer explained the steps of rice farming from planting to harvest and even gave each of us the opportunity to plant our own rice. After completing our planting we were greeted by the resident water buffalo and lead down to the rice barn where we would sit back, relax and enjoy a rice themed cocktail and snack. The rice barn faces back towards the resort on the far corner of the pond and is a spectacular venue to host a romantic dinner. However be sure to book early in your stay as this option is only available for one couple per night and is a must!

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Once we had finished our drinks it was time to take a dip in the Four Seasons Resort Pool and watch the farmers parade as they played traditional music whilst strolling through the rice paddies and out around the resort. The landscape view from the pools is truly mesmerizing.

For dinner, we dined at Terraces, the Italian Restaurant found on the ground of the Four Seasons Resort overlooking the pond. We arrived just after sunset and immediately ordered our starters, which included a chicken Caesar salad and bruschetta. Now I have had bruschetta from restaurants on a global scale and I will say compliments to the chef as this starter is mouth watering and makes you just want more. Our mains consisted of a pizza and linguine, which again were sensational. Their menu included all kinds of Italian influenced dishes and the local favorites I honestly found myself struggling to choose what I wanted to eat as there were so many different options that sounded so good! The drink menu is also extensive with cocktails, beers and wine from all around the world. I topped the night off with a whiskey on the rocks and a delicious tiramisu.

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The following morning we awoke from our villa, had a refreshing morning swim and spa in our private pool, called for a cart and were driven down to breakfast at Sala Mae Rim once again for our buffet breakfast. After filling up we decided to walk off the food coma and head back to our villa as we would be checking out in a few hours time.

After finding myself falling into the mattress once again I took a moment to appreciate the true beauty of our pool villa room. Everything that you could imagine, want or need can be found within the vicinity of the villa or is a phone call away. It is like your very own get away where you feel just at home where you can decide on utter privacy or to adventure the grounds and the greater Chiang Mai. The resort provided all options for guest tours and will cater to all your needs. As we said our goodbyes and checked out of our villa and were ushered into our private car I honestly felt like the room had left an ever lasting impression on me as everything I could have ever imagined was just there ‘luxury, relaxation and exquisite food’.

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To make a reservation with the Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai, Thailand – click here

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai, Thailand in exchange for this review. As always, I would never endorse or recommend a service or product that I didn’t honestly enjoy.

Advancing My Abilities Underwater With La Bombona Diving, Koh Tao

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So the time had come I take the plunge and complete my Advanced Divers Course. Now as I was certified with PADI for my Open water I would now undertake the advanced course in SSI with La Bombona Diving. To clear things up this does not change anything as they are essentially the same just with different labels and a few different ways of doing certain things underwater. You can switch from PADI to SSI and visa versa.

I arrived at La Bombona Diving early one morning to complete some paperwork and commence the training. Now the breakdown of the course is actually quite simple in that you watch a short water safety video then plan out your 5 dives and the skills in which you are interested in further developing. This should not at all be daunting for anyone as you should be fairly confident with your diving. Now there are several options for the skills you can complete however with the assistance of our instructor Tom we chose skills that would be beneficial in assisting us to be the best divers we could be.

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The skills we chose included:

  1. Navigation (how to correctly set a bearing to begin your dive then understand how to set a bearing to find the boat at the completion of your dive).
  2. Perfect Buoyancy (Always the hardest however the most fun in finding that point where you hover in the water with every breathe in and out. For those who are talented upside down perfect buoyancy)
  3. Night Dive & Limited Visibility (This is basically a night dive with your instructor to say that you are confident swimming with a small torch underwater)

NOTE: If you complete your advanced course with La Bombona in Koh Tao you may be lucky enough to see the ‘Bioluminescence’)

  1. Deep Diving (A dive to 30 meters where you complete a few different tests which shows you how coordination and thinking can be slowed down drastically)
  2. Underwater Naturalist (This is learning to understand the underworld and having the ability to come back aboard and tell others about what you saw and didn’t see)

There are many other options in which you can choose for example ‘Fish Identification’ where essentially you learn more about marine life and certain fish and corals above land. Then on your dive you are challenged to discover and make note of your findings. For example, the fish that you saw and how these can be categorized into small, medium and large sizes and different coral formations. All of these skills are there to better your confidence under water and attain a greater knowledge and understanding of the underwater world.

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Fast forward to our stride entry into the water for our first of five dives at location one Mango Bay. Now this was personally my longest dive ever being 57 minutes all thanks to some wise words from our instructor Tom. He simply told me to imagine I was breathing in and out through a straw and really concentrate on 4 seconds of breathing in and 6 seconds of breathing out. Trust me there is nothing worse than coming up from a dive on reserve and your buddy has half a tank. After completing our navigation and perfect buoyancy requirements we had time to adventure the underworld and slowly rise to the surface.

Dive number two took place at Twins where we completed our navigation tests and the correct use of our computers underwater. I can confidently say I now am able to use a compass as I was never a boy scout or had the use for a compass but now I have this down pack. Dive number three was soon to take place as the sun lowered below the horizon we endeavored on our night dive and my god I was excited. Call me crazy but I love night diving as the little fish are now all hidden and the big boys are out to play. I will pat myself on the back for discovering an enormous spotted stingray within two minutes of entering the water, however that was about it for me.

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The next morning we were back in the water to complete our fourth dive at Hin Won Pinnacle. This would be time to complete our 30 meter deep dive and partake in the colour, pressure and narcosis tests. The deep dive was truly something special after slowly coming up to the surface we stumbled upon several gigantic grouper! Our fifth and final dive was at the beautiful Lighthouse point where we partook in a combination of underwater naturalist and fish identification. The lighting here was perfection like looking into a glass of clear water. We surfaced and gave each other a high five as we knew we were now Advanced SSI Divers.

After completeing the course we reassembled at La Bombona’s Diving Café where we finished our paperwork, logged all of our dives, drank a beer and were awarded with our new SCUBA Diving licenses and La Bombona shirts.

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Why you should choose La Bombona Diving – The instructors are what I deem as over qualified in the sense they are SO good at what they do. They posses the ability to stay so calm and keep you calm underwater. You never seem rushed at any point to go down the buoy line and the dive is all about having fun while staying safe. Personally from diving with La Bombona my confidence has grown ten fold and I was so lucky to have the ability to dive with such an awesome instructor whose second home is literally 15 meters below the ocean.

What I have taken away from the course is the ability to now travel anywhere in the world and dive to 30 meters confidently and in a way I feel is safe. The team at La Bombona go beyond the normal training and throw in so many extras to help you in turn become over qualified as well.

Now you might be saying to yourself this must cost a few dollars. In all honesty completing your Advanced Diving or any other course with La Bombona Diving in Koh Tao is extremely affordable and doesn’t at all burn a hole in your pocket. La Bombona keep the groups small with the instructors and work with you so you can get the most out of the course.

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Here are the costs for completion of your diving courses with La Bombona Diving and feel free to access their website and make bookings online at:

http://www.labombonadivingkohtao.com/en/

Open Water Course: 7500 baht ($220 USD)

Advanced Course: 7000 baht ($200 USD)

Refresher Course: 1500 baht ($42 USD)

EFR Course: 3000 baht ($84 USD)

Rescue Course: 8000 baht ($235 USD)

 

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Disclaimer: I was a guest of La Bombona, Koh Tao in exchange for this review. As always, I would never endorse or recommend a service or product that I didn’t honestly enjoy!

Review: La Bombona Diving – The Best on Koh Tao

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We left Surat Thani aboard the cozy night boat to arrive at 6am on the stunning island of Koh Tao. Slowly waking up, we collected our belonging and disembarked the ship to be immediately bombarded by taxi drivers and promotional staff handing out flyers from all the different companies across the island trying to rope us in on their ‘great deals’. Now I don’t know what you’re like at 6 am, but confrontational conversation isn’t on my list of things to do so we just smiled, said no thank you and strolled on by to find our pre-booked accommodation on the island.

Now when you arrive on Koh Tao, you will discover there is an abundance of dive companies spread throughout the tiny island. However all companies don’t operate they same way. We were lucky enough to find La Bombona Diving, Koh Tao!

Lets talk a little about La Bombona!

La Bombona Diving is a multi language diving school that caters to all of your needs underwater and above land. The staff is extremely professional and knowledgeable and are all about having some fun whilst always operating in a safe and considerate manner. Their dive center is located close to the pier area and offers bargain prices.

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La Bombona Diving Center, Koh Tao

La Bombona offers the following courses; Refresher, Try Dives, Open Water, Advanced, Rescue and First Aid and Divemaster. All diving gear is provided by the company on each dive you undertake and is clean and great quality (BCD, Mask & Snorkel, Wetsuit, Fins and Regulator).

La Bombona operates from a spacious and large 3 level boat that motors through the ocean to the best dive sites throughout Koh Tao. Each day brings forth different scheduled dive locations and the opportunity to night dive every other day (This is a must!!).

La Bombona’s owners Rocio and Alberto are exceptional at what they do and have such an amazing team. You will see these two working each day and may be lucky enough to be apart of their group when undertaking your course and training. I can’t tell you the total amount of dives logged for all staff working for La Bombona however I can tell you there is quite a lot, and they are all very well experienced. They know exactly what they’re doing and conduct business in a manner that is so calm and genuine. They truly are an amazing company to dive with as its not just about getting in the water and exploring, but really appreciating the entire experience and the knowledge they can pass onto you. There is no greater feeling than diving with a group of people who have such a great knowledge and understanding of SCUBA diving and the ocean!

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Now about the fun dives:

We jumped onboard with La Bombona and took part in two days of fun diving for two consecutive mornings. Fun dives operate both morning and afternoon. For the morning session you meet at the pier around 6:20am and are back on land around 11am. The afternoon session meets around 11:30am and returns around 4pm. Those interested in night diving meet at 5:30pm and return around 8:30pm. It’s important to note for each fun dive you are provided with a guide, all gear, breakfast, fruit and drinks (coffee, tea and water).

So prior to our fun dives we had met with Rocio and Sam (our guide) at the dive centre and were fitted for our dive gear. We had been informed of our dive locations for each morning and were told to meet at 6:20am each morning down by the Pier.

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Day 1:

We arrived at the crack of dawn to meet with our guide and be taken to our boat. Now this boat is awesome, and it’s big with lots of space to move about freely. There is even a cat, which lives aboard the boat! We were allocated our tanks and set up our gear. Once this was done we were taken above deck to discuss our dive locations and what we might see. Our first dive location for the day was Hin Won Pinnacle and our second site would be the Lighthouse.

After buddy checking and launching into the water it was easy to see why Koh Tao is one of the best locations in the world to dive. As we hit the bottom we explored into the unknown discovering large schools of barracuda, razorfish, parrotfish and the stunning formations of corals. After climbing back onboard I was yet again ready to jump back into the water. Lighthouse really put on a show for us with such clear visibility we were yet again graced with an abundance of fish and stunning corals. It was great to see our guide knew his way around under water and pointed out certain things we may have missed. This truly made today a special day!

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After climbing back aboard we slowly packed away our gear and dried off. We then we taken away by the pure beauty of Koh Tao and the surroundings as we motored back into port. Once arriving back we returned to La Bombona dive shop where we logged our dives and thanked our guide for an excellent morning.

Day 2:

Once again we arrived at 6:20am to meet with our guide and climb aboard the boat. Our dive locations today would be Southwest Pinnacle, which was a 45 minute boat ride from the shores of Koh Tao and Shark Island. Our dive guide let us know quite early on that Southwest Pinnacle is known for the occasional whale shark so I was itching to get into the water and explore. After setting up aboard we sat down and looked over todays dive locations and what we may see. In all honesty all that was running through my mind was ‘whale shark, whale shark, whale shark’!

We got ready, buddy checked and launched into the unknown. Southwest Pinnacle today had some stunning visibility and we were lucky enough to find giant grouper and be circled on several occasions by enormous schools of barracuda, which ranged in sizes from small to large. This truly was a surreal experience to be motionless in the water with barracuda circling you. Our second site Shark Island was an awesome dive as where we launched and dropped down we immediately came across a large spotted stingray and large trigger fish. However there was a strong current this was absolutely fine as we swum around a hundred meters into this and then simply rode this back to the boat.

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I came aboard the boat with a smile from ear to ear today and immediately felt the need to organize further advancements in my SCUBA certifications. After conversation with Rocio we agree it would be time for me to do my advanced course. As all my dives with La Bombona had been such great experiences and I had not at all felt rushed, pressured or stressed at any stage I knew this dive centre would be the one for me!

Keep posted for my next article on my experiences of undertaking my Advanced diving course with La Bombona Diving, Koh Tao.

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Disclaimer: I was a guest of La Bombona in exchange for this review. As always, I would never endorse or recommend a service or product that I didn’t honestly enjoy!