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THAILAND DIVE & ADVENTURE RETREAT

Trip Overview

Join us and other like-minded travelers on this one-of-a-kind dive and adventure retreat in the beautiful islands of Thailand. Whether you are already a diving fanatic or want to dive for the first time, this trip is perfect for you. Get your Open Water or Advanced Open Water certifications inclusive in this retreat or you can come simply as a fun diver soaking up the sun and the warm, clear blue waters of the Thai Islands.  As well as the diving, explore Thailand's ultimate travel highlights with us, such as staying in overwater bungalows in Khao Sok National Park, partying the night away at the world-famous Full-Moon Party on Koh Phangan, ethical elephant experiences and rock climbing the cliffs of Railay. For all diving and adventure lovers, it doesn’t get better than this.

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Trip Highlights

  • Experience Thailand’s buzzing capital Bangkok including The world-famous Khao San Road.

  • Become a certified diver.

  • Take part in an exhilarating Trapeze experience.

  • Snorkel Thailand's clear blue waters.

  • Enjoy a relaxing yoga session.

  • Kayaking and cave hiking adventures.

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ITINERARy 1

ITINERARY 2

DAY ONE

📍 Location: Bangkok

Arrival day + welcome dinner.

 

DAY TWO

📍 Location: Bangkok - Chumphon

Railway & floating markets, temples + sleeper train.

 

DAY THREE

📍 Location: Koh Tao

Dive orientations + dress-up dinner.

 

DAY FOUR

📍 Location: Koh Tao

Dive day 1 + beach BBQ.

DAY FIVE 

📍 Location: Koh Tao

Sunrise Yoga + dive day 2.
 

DAY SIX

📍 Location: Koh Tao

Dive day 3, beach BBQ + Koh Tao night life. 
 

DAY SEVEN 

📍 Location: Koh Tao

Free day + Trapeze show & participation. 

 

DAY EIGHT

📍 Location:  Koh Tao - Sail Rock - Koh Samui

World class fun dives at Sail Rock. 

DAY NINE 

📍Koh Samui

Elephant Sanctuary, waterfall hike + sunset dinner. 

 

DAY TEN

📍 Location: Koh Samui

Full day at Ang Thong Marine Park.

 

DAY ELEVEN 

📍 Location: Koh Samui - Railay

Ferry, transfer + long tail boat to Railay.

DAY TWELVE

📍 Location: Railay

Rock-climbing cliffs of Railay.

DAY THIRTEEN

📍 Location: Railay

Railay lagoon hike + reggae party.

 

DAY FOURTEEN

📍 Location: Railay - Krabi

Departure day.

DAY ONE

📍 Location: Bangkok

Arrival day + welcome dinner.

 

DAY TWO

📍 Location: Bangkok - Chumphon

Railway & floating markets, temples + sleeper train.

 

DAY THREE

📍 Location: Koh Tao

Dive orientations + dress-up dinner.

 

DAY FOUR

📍 Location: Koh Tao

Dive day 1 + beach BBQ.

DAY FIVE 

📍 Location: Koh Tao

Sunrise Yoga + dive day 2.
 

DAY SIX

📍 Location: Koh Tao

Dive day 3, beach BBQ + Koh Tao night life. 
 

DAY SEVEN 

📍 Location: Koh Tao

Free day + Trapeze show & participation. 

 

DAY EIGHT

📍 Location:  Koh Tao - Sail Rock - Koh Phangan

World class fun dives at Sail Rock. 

DAY NINE 

📍Koh Phangan

Paradise waterfall, Koh Ma Beach + Sunset dinner 

 

DAY TEN

📍 Location: Koh Phangan

Full moon party baby!

 

DAY ELEVEN 

📍 Location: Koh Phangan

Hangover, rest + relax day.

DAY TWELVE

📍 Location: Koh Phangan - Khao Sok

Sunset cruise + check-in to floating bungalows.

DAY THIRTEEN

📍 Location: Khao Sok

Sunrise cruise, kayak + cave hike.

 

DAY FOURTEEN

📍 Location: Khao Sok - Surat Thani

Departure day.

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The itinerary of this trip has been carefully constructed and is provided in good faith and whilst we hope that we will stick to it, diving is a weather-dependent activity. a drastic change in weather is unlikely and not expected but it is a possibility and important to consider. appropriate amendments will be made to ensure the safety and comfort of guests in these circumstances.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

accommodation

All accommodation included. We will be staying in a range of shared dorms, hotel rooms & bungalows.

Activities

All activities listed in the Itinerary are included from sunrise yoga to the Trapeze show & lots of scuba diving, of course.

TRANSPORT

Taxis, shuttles, sleeper trains, ferries & 

other transport options.

FOOD

2-3 meals per day.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

THESE BITS YOU'LL HAVE TO DO YOURSELF BUT WE'LL BE ON HAND TO HELP AND ADVISE!

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

You are responsible for arriving in Bangkok on the arrival date and traveling back to your home country (or onwards in Thailand) from Krabi or Surat Thani.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Whilst dive insurance is included on the tour, you will still need to obtain your own travel insurance for the duration of the trip in Thailand. This is mandatory and a copy of your policy will be required for submission along with a waiver form.

VISA

Thailand doesn't always require a visa for entry but it is advised that you check your local government website. It is your responsibility to obtain any visas that you may require for your trip.

most but Not all meals and drinks are included on the trip. You will also have some free time to explore and buy souvenirs. We RECOMMENDED THAT YOU BRING at least 300 USD OR EQUIVALENT as spending money for the duration of this retreat.

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IDEAL CANDIDATE

✓ You love scuba diving or you're keen to try it for the first time.

 

✓ You want to learn new things and step outside of your comfort zone

✓ You enjoy partying and nightlife.

✓ You like meeting new and like-minded travelers.

✓ You're 20-35, adventurous individual, looking for an escape (it's no problem if you're outside of this age range but expect the majority to be within this age bracket).

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Bryan Roseman 

    Bryan was a bit of a party guy when he was younger.  In fact he was one of the pioneers of the silent disco concept and toured some of Europe's biggest festivals with his previous company Headphone Disco.  Following his lifelong dream of owning his own dive school on a tropical island, he's now the proud owner of La Bombona Diving.  Oh, and did we tell you he used to be an opera singer?

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    Taniesha Walker

      Taniesha is the Executive Assistant at Backpacking Bananas, an Influencer marketing nerd & travel fanatic. She's backpacked around South East Asia & Australia and knows how to have a fun time. Taniesha will be your best friend on the trip, and will always be there to lend a helping hand & ensure you're comfortable and having the best time possible throughout this experience of a lifetime.

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      Christianne Risman

        Solo female traveler and entrepreneur, Christianne has backpacked across the globe, sumitting Kilimajaro, working in Oz and NZ, and becoming a Rescue Diver and Freediver, all while successfully building a career on YouTube over the past 7 years. Christianne loves every part of backpacking life and thrives off sharing new experiences and helping others to step outside their comfort zone.

        FAQ

        Do I need to be a qualified diver to attend this retreat?

        No. If you've never dived before then you will be doing your Open Water dive qualification which is the entry-level to get you scuba diving. If you already have your Open Water, you can complete your Advanced Open Water. If you already have a dive qualification and you do not wish to progress, then you can enjoy the retreat as a fun diver. We've put together a fun dive package including all the best dive sites around Koh Tao.


        Will all the equipment be provided?

        ​Yes. All dive equipment will be provided including wetsuits and masks.

        Will transfers from the airport be included?
        Yes. If you are flying into Suvarnabhumi Airport on Day 1, before 4pm, transfers will be provided upon arrival in Bangkok. You will be collected from the airport by either Bryan, Taniesha, or Christianne who will be holding up a snazzy sign. If you are not flying into Suvarnabhumi Airport, you will need to make your own way to the hostel on the arrival day. 

         

        At the end of the retreat, shuttle transfers will be included to either Krabi (Itinerary One) or Surat Thani (Itinerary Two) so that you can continue on your travels in Southern Thailand as you please or make your own way back to Bangkok. Please note, that transport back to Bangkok is not included. 

        Who will I be sharing a room with?

        All rooms will be shared in a dormitory-style. We will happily honor requests on whom you would like to be roomies with throughout the trip. 

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        Is this suitable for solo travelers?
        Of course! We encourage solo travelers on this trip and we expect a majority of travelers will be coming solo so don't let it put you off attending.
         

        TRIP LOGISTICS

        Itinerary One

        ARRIVE BANGKOK: 2nd March 2024

        DEPART KRABI: 15th March 2024

        PRICE?

        £1,900 (£400 deposit required to secure your space).

        The remaining amount will be due by 2nd January 2024.

        Itinerary Two

        ARRIVE BANGKOK: 16th March 2024

        DEPART SURAT THANI: 29th March 2024

        PRICE?

        £1,700 (£400 deposit required to secure your space).

        The remaining amount will be due by 16th January 2024.

        Trip 2 is SOLD OUT.

        BOOK Trip 1 HERE

        If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to us at trips@backpackingbananas.com

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