If traveling from uk travel go via Bankok , grab a train then coach to boat terminal .
Expect a paradise setting and trust me your senses will still get bursts of surpassed surprises time after time both below the waterline and above .
The staff are helpful and are good company which enables you to socially get along with there team and your own diving team members who you will probably meet for the first time.
Bonus for you thinking of diving is simply this In London to get upto advanced diver it will cost you £700 -800 plus travel . As I remember the flights, accom and course at big blue is roughly the same price if not cheaper . food and booze is cheaper. eating in house has to be done it's highly affordable too . locals are great . The ladyboys there are immense . I nearly got caught out by one but was fortunate enough that he had some ugly lady mates with abig Adam's apples standing next to him lol