Just WHAT was the Phoenix dive boat doing out in the Andaman at this time of year?
Has the operator not heard of “the wet season”? Did she not check the weather forecasts or the Marine Office? Is there anything to see underwater when the sea is churning like it has been this week?
Here in Phang Nga, 100 kilometres further north, the dive boats were pulled out of the water at the end of May when the Similans marine park closed. Why? Because it’s too dangerous. This is the Andaman Sea, not the Gulf of Thailand, which is placid by comparison. Even during the tourist season, our dive operators scrutinise the weather forecasts and pull a tour if they look bad. As I write this email, I can hear the roar of the ocean from my house, which is 600 metres inland. Even our local fishermen don’t go out when it’s like this.
I will suggest an answer to my first question. With 105 tourists on board, the Phoenix would have earned around a quarter of a million baht from the day’s trip. As Gordon Gekko once said, “Greed is good”.