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Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#1  Postby fatimberlake » Tue May 15, 2012 11:57 am

Dear fellow divers,

It's time for me to post my recent diving trip to Koh Lipe on 30th March until 1st April 2012. This is my 2nd solo trip to Thailand since I just have my first to Krabi on February 2012.

Decided to go just 2 days before while I'm in Labuan for work trip. What attracts me to this island is the popularity among the tourist. Heard that it was less crowded than Krabi and Koh Tao. And yes it is!!!


29/3/2012
2130H : Depart to LGK
2230H : Arrived LGK, greet by my friend and went for dinner - scrumptious prawn burger

*cost incurred RM150(flight) + RM15(transportation to LCCT)

30/3/2012
0930H : Speed boat to Koh Lipe from Telaga Harbour. Owned by Dato Azhar. He was there when clearing the passport. They don't check our luggage. So you can smuggle what ever you want. Hahahahaha
0930H(Thai) : Arrived at Pattaya Beach under Bundayya Travel. Go for immigration check.
1030H : Arrived at Davy Jones Locker Diving at the end of the beach. Greet by Tina one of the instructor and show my singleroom. It is a brand new dive resort. Go for lunch & relax abit since 1st dive is at 1400H.
1400H : Went there by Long tail boat taking us there about 30min. 1st dive to Stonehedge with Axxxx, Yxxx and weed couple. Saw ghost pipe fish, lionfish, moray eel and leoparddddddd shark. Beautiful soft coral here
1630H : 2nd dive at Koh Taru. This time we found lobster, shrimp & etc. Need to carry the dive gear and wash them by my own. T_T. OMG sharing toilet & bathroom make my nose bleeds heavily.
1900H : Went for dinner and meet Msian who is working for his uncle at on of the resort. Heard that a Msian girl also working for Forra/Ocean Pro. Then go for Thai massage so shiokkk and cheapppp. Then to walking street and sleep.

* RM238(return trip to Koh Lipe). Can get a bit cheaper from Kuah. Lunch & Dinner can get for 3500B for fried rice & fruit shake

31/3/2012
1000H : 1st dive was at Koh Yang. The corals was amazing & colourful. Spotted many kind of moray eels and not to forget scorpionfish
1300H : 2nd dive was at Koh Burak. There is a spot where we found the Anemone Reef. Awesome!!!!Duhh to many Clown Fish.
Dive trip today with the same divers. The American was doing the DMT and she is full of milk. the Netherland is the one of the
instructor. While the weed couple is English & Canadian diver.
1900H : Went for cheap dinner again and must try fruit shake (mango, coconut + banana) OMGWTFBBQ it was so fantastic. Went
to small bar, Mellowmango for chilling out and playing tetris. Been there quite a while the couple went totally wasted.


1/4/2012
1000H : Went for a walk along the beach and having breakfast cum lunch since 1st dive at 1pm. Again fruit shake. One of the best stall located 300-400m into walking street. The walking street can connect you to Sunrise/Sunset Beach.
1300H : Today I'm going with other divers to the same location as my 1st day but at different spots. It was totally awesome and managed to take few scrumptious uw scene.
1900H : Arrived at dive resort and clean our diving gear. And seems everybody was properly dressed up for half moon party at Mia Luna. WTFBBQ!!

2100H : Withdraw some Baht to pay the resort. Having my budget dinner with the couple at the same bar. They looks tired. Then we go for a 1.5km walk to watch EPL Match at OMG Bar.
Finally managed to get my 1st free wifi in the island. Check my email, FB and contact my friend. Fall asleep there for quite a while
since we are lying on the small pillow while watching. Finally gone wild to the party. WTFBBQ another 1km walk.

*7350B for diving trip including full set gears and accomodation & refreshment.

2/4/2012
1030H : By speedboat back to Telaga Harbour
1230H(Msia Time) : Went to Kuah & having lunch before take off to Penang by ferry around 1400H
1700H : Safely arrived at Swettenham Port and enjoy the rest of the day with local friend

*RM60 for ferry
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#2  Postby fatimberlake » Tue May 15, 2012 12:29 pm

Enjoy more photosss  :glasses9:
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#3  Postby run » Tue May 15, 2012 12:38 pm

great pix. Thanks for sharing. i will end my dive for this year @ south thailand. Gonna be enjoying my dive LOB style. Hopefully the weather there will calm by that time.
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#4  Postby mamakpenang » Tue May 15, 2012 12:41 pm

nice one bro....the soft coral there splendid.... B-)
glad u enjoy Koh Lipe....
will be back to Koh Lipe by end of November, Sunrise Beach this time instead of Pattaya Beach
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#5  Postby fatimberlake » Tue May 15, 2012 12:49 pm

thanks for compliment. yupp for sure I'll be back there someday. :P

Maybe try with forra divers.

Only the ferry ride was quite expensive thou
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#6  Postby mamakpenang » Tue May 15, 2012 1:07 pm

yea the speed boat ferry from telaga harbour quite expensive
i travel by car from penang to wang kelian in perlis border with thailand then drive to Pak Barra jetty in Langgu Satun Thailand, the speed boat ferry from Pak Barra jetty to Koh Lipe (in front of bundhaya or walking street) is around RM 100.00 per pax 2 ways.(return)
i will stick with Forra Diving as usual, double decker ship (quite big & spacious), no need to return to Koh Lipe to change tank for 3 dives a day... :D  but sometimes they do 2 dives a day, depends.
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#7  Postby fatimberlake » Tue May 15, 2012 2:36 pm

Heard a boat ride from Pak Bara on the mentioned price. Again, I don't a plenty of time to spent  :(

Btw, how much for a day trip ; 3 dives + lunch with Forra. Yes saw their big boat
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#8  Postby mamakpenang » Tue May 15, 2012 3:48 pm

forra charge me 2800 baht for 3 dives + lunch on board maybe because there are 3 of us instead of 3100 baht for 3 dives + lunch on board (own equipments)
if using their equipments please add another 400-500 baht per day....(regardless how many dives u make)
6 dives = RM 560.00 per dives around RM 93.00 + lunch on board (included)
if u stay at forra bamboo bungalows which is somewhere around 1000-1200 baht for 2 pax per day, u get 25% discount on the room on the days that you dive with forra diving.
the bungalow can accomodate 4 pax double decker queen size bed, additional 200 baht per pax on top of 1000-1200 baht for 2 pax.
speed boat from telaga harbour to koh lipe is nearer & faster compare from Pak Barra Jetty, a good options if travel alone or 2 pax from penang or flight from KL to langkawi, if you travel in group ie 6 pax it is better to drive to Pak Barra Jetty and again if you got time...... B-)
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#9  Postby fatimberlake » Tue May 15, 2012 4:12 pm

Hey dude, thanks for the well brief and informative explanation.

Thanks again. Will look again to this post if I would like to revisit.  :glasses9:
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#10  Postby Narco » Tue May 15, 2012 4:31 pm

Wonderful report fatimberlake.

Me and mamakpenang are both planning of going to Koh Lipe sometime in September 2012. Since my age is catching up, no longer remember numbers well and this somehow disable me to mention the date.

Mamakpenang, can hopefully share more on the dates and method on how we are going there. Well, this would perhaps be the second and final trip for me in 2012.. sigh..

Sorry fatimberlake for hijacking your thread. Good job though and i believe u had great fun in Lipe.
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#11  Postby mamakpenang » Tue May 15, 2012 4:52 pm

narco,
the plan will be from Thursday 22/11/2012 - Monday 26/11/2012 5D4N trip to Sunrise Beach Koh Lipe Thailand from Pak Barra Jetty Langgu....... :D 
why november?
Low Season:
November 1st until November 30th
April 15th until May 15th
low season for diving & less tourist in Koh Lipe, cheaper room & diving rates, foods are still at the same price i think... B-)
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#12  Postby fatimberlake » Tue May 15, 2012 5:29 pm

Hey its ok dude. If I got free maybe can join you guys. hehe :D
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Post Number:#13  Postby mamakpenang » Wed May 16, 2012 10:19 am

let us know bro....u are welcome.... B-)
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#14  Postby fariz sawal » Mon May 21, 2012 10:50 pm

Hows Davy Jones on Lipe? I've seen Davy Jones instructor here on Koh Tao is an ass. Anyway I might plan a trip to Lipe one day. Good report. Sad to leave this island for couple of weeks but will be back after I settle some shit back home.
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#15  Postby JACK TAN » Tue May 22, 2012 12:54 pm

Hi Mamakpenang ,
May i join yours ? I wish to dive at koh lipe also . I try to check the date whether i can make it or not ...
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#16  Postby mamakpenang » Wed May 23, 2012 9:05 am

JACK TAN wrote:Hi Mamakpenang ,
May i join yours ? I wish to dive at koh lipe also . I try to check the date whether i can make it or not ...

jack,
yes u can, no problemo...... :D
still got 6 months to prepare & plan the trip hehe.....
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#17  Postby fatimberlake » Fri May 25, 2012 9:45 am

fariz sawal wrote:Hows Davy Jones on Lipe? I've seen Davy Jones instructor here on Koh Tao is an a**. Anyway I might plan a trip to Lipe one day. Good report. Sad to leave this island for couple of weeks but will be back after I settle some shit back home.


Yeahh their main is Koh Tao. A bit new here. But I would say the owner was pretty cocky. The rest of the staff is ok.
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#18  Postby fariz sawal » Sun May 27, 2012 3:11 am

most farangs are like that. very cocky. anyway if anyone of you plan to come and dive on koh tao just let me know. maybe we can hang out for couple of air haram. hahahahaha
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#19  Postby fatimberlake » Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:35 pm

bro fariz,

How was weather in Koh Tao right now? I would say from now until Ramadan. Low season right?
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#20  Postby toodus » Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:27 pm

Nice leopard shark...I haven't seen one....


But what I want to know is...how you get your transportation to LCCT for Rm15?
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#21  Postby fariz sawal » Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:36 am

fatimberlake, weather getting better now. i kind of weird as we get rains end of last month for bout week plus. now is pretty low but July & August gonna be high season again. this year quite funny...everything seem unpredictable season.
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Post Number:#22  Postby Daylight » Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:07 am

even season in malaysia is pretty unpredictable nowadays. the wind and water tempreture are changing through time. even corals look different than what they were 5 yrs back.

nice pic bro. thanks for sharing  :icon_thumleft:
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#23  Postby fatimberlake » Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:52 am

toodus wrote:Nice leopard shark...I haven't seen one....


But what I want to know is...how you get your transportation to LCCT for Rm15?



Bro, I was from Salak Selatan LRT to LCCT via KLIA Transit at TBS
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#24  Postby fatimberlake » Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:53 am

fariz sawal wrote:fatimberlake, weather getting better now. i kind of weird as we get rains end of last month for bout week plus. now is pretty low but July & August gonna be high season again. this year quite funny...everything seem unpredictable season.


fariz gonna PM you when I've decided to go. Tq for info
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#25  Postby fariz sawal » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:19 am

No worries bro. Just helping here.
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#26  Postby bexny » Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:36 pm

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to add some info to this thread. I am actually the Msian girl referred to in the OP's post. Except that I am not Malaysian, sorry to disappoint you! I am Chinese-American  :cheesy:    I was working for Ocean Pro at the time and knew all the Forra staff so I figured the OP must have been talking about me.

I want to let everyone know about a new dive center called Ko Lipe Diving opening this November. Big 23m double decker boat, offer 3 dives per day (with option to only do 2 dives then return to shore). International staff includes a female Malaysian instructor who can also teach in Cantonese & Mandarin. No need to carry and wash dive gear - all taken care of by the staff.

Here's the website for more info and 2012/13 pricelist.
Ko Lipe Diving

Facebook page where you can see the latest news. Like this page to keep updated on future promotions and package deals.
Ko Lipe Diving on Facebook

Thanks for reading and hope to see you on Koh Lipe!
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#27  Postby gavstang » Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:26 pm

Thanks for the info Rebecca!  Hope to see you one of these days too! 
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#28  Postby fatimberlake » Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:36 pm

bexny wrote:Hey everyone,

I just wanted to add some info to this thread. I am actually the Msian girl referred to in the OP's post. Except that I am not Malaysian, sorry to disappoint you! I am Chinese-American  :cheesy:    I was working for Ocean Pro at the time and knew all the Forra staff so I figured the OP must have been talking about me.

I want to let everyone know about a new dive center called Ko Lipe Diving opening this November. Big 23m double decker boat, offer 3 dives per day (with option to only do 2 dives then return to shore). International staff includes a female Malaysian instructor who can also teach in Cantonese & Mandarin. No need to carry and wash dive gear - all taken care of by the staff.

Here's the website for more info and 2012/13 pricelist.
Ko Lipe Diving

Facebook page where you can see the latest news. Like this page to keep updated on future promotions and package deals.
Ko Lipe Diving on Facebook

Thanks for reading and hope to see you on Koh Lipe!



Hi Rebecca,

Yeahh found you!!! How did you come by through this post?  :tongue:
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Re: Koh Lipe - 30/3/2012 - 1/4/2012

Post Number:#29  Postby bexny » Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:50 am

Hi fatimberlake,

Your post was the most recent one that came up when I did a search on Lipe. Then as I started reading it I thought, hey...what a small world!  :tongue:
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