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11 Jul
2018

Monsoon Season

Posted by: Simba Sea Trips

So, we find ourselves in the monsoon season once again. Our familiar friend that brings life-giving rain, yet larger sea-swells, cloudy skies yet cheap hotel beds! At Simba, this annual event can be the hardest to explain, especially predicting trips to distant islands. With this in mind, the following is a brief introduction to the monsoon more generally, and then how this affects us. What is the Monsoon? The word monsoon literally means ‘season’ in Arabic. Traders traveling the waters off the Arabian and Indian coast noted for centuries that dry, cool, northeast winds blew for 6 months and then suddenly changed to warm, moist air from the southeast. So in a nutshell, the monsoon weather is a change in the type and direction of winds (and therefore swell) that brings moist air. When and how does it work? Between April to September, the wind blows from the southeast as the land mass of India, the Himalayas and beyond heats up relative to the ocean. This causes moist warm air from the Indian ocean to rush into the gap as the warmer air rises. This is the moist ‘maritime’ air that brings the monsoonal rains. Between October and March, this phenomenon is reversed, as the temperature…

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11 Jul
2018

Why such a large variation in price for boat tours??

Posted by: Simba Sea Trips

This is one of the most common questions we are asked! For the holidaying tourist, boat trips can be one of the most financially driven decisions made when visiting Thailand. In an increasingly competitive marketplace there have been an growing number of tours marketed as a ‘Sunrise Tour’ at different price points and understandable this can cause confusion amongst holiday makers. Here we try give you an unbiased view of the tour boat adventure market in Phuket, and explain what to look out for in helping you make up your mind which company is right for you. Of course we understand Simba’s pricing won’t be suitable for every budget but we do think it is important to shed a little light on what drives the cost of providing a tour and in turn how these factors can and will impact upon the price of a tour. There is a reason why people ask the question "why are yachts so expensive to hire" when they go to book a tour in some cases. Think of the following as a bit of a checklist to help guide your choice and please remember that the old adage ‘you get what you paid for’…

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