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Diving in Thailand

Thailand Dive Map

 

 

Thailand offers underwater nearly everything for everyone, nevertheless you are a novice diver, a hobby diver or an experienced sub aqua adventure diver.
The country edges two seas-  in the East to the Gulf of Siam, merging into the South China Sea; in the West to the Andaman Sea.
The advantage of this geography is, that you may go diving in Thailand whole year around.
If you have the wet or monsoon time at one side, you may find good diving conditions on the other side.
What can you find?
WWII Wrecks; Drop offs and holes; Extensive cave systems; a lot of continental and oceanic; islands with diverse marine ecology.

What can you expect?
Thailand has a very good tourism infrastructure, because of that, some of the famous diving resorts as Koh Tao, Koh Samui, Phuket, Phi Phi Islamds, they are geared up for divers very well and offers you from day trips, liveaboards, mixed gas, technical diving up to Instructor
Training Courses everything.

Every diving destination has it`s own strong point.
Koh Tao is famous for novice divers;
Pattaya and Phuket offers some good wreck diving,;
Phuket is known as the hub to all famous diving spots in the Andaman Sea; Similan islands and Surin islands are world class dive spots with very high visibility and  offers some of the best marine life in Thailand.


 

Dive seasons at famous dive spots in Thailand.

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Trang Isl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best diving conditions

 

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Koh Chang

Koh Chang Dive map

Koh Chang is the second largest island in Thailand and is one of the remaining places in Thailand that survived the mass tourism.
Koh Chang itself is the biggest of 52 islands, comprising the Koh Chang Marine National Park.

Most of the dive sites in Koh Chang Marine National park are located south of the main island.
Hin Sam Sao  (3 girls rock) and Hin Look, the most known diving sites in the area are located south of Koh Chang, as both spots are in the open sea area, the visibility is very good.
You will find hard corals, sea whips and also some species of soft corals.
A greater diversity of fish , such as reef fishes (damselfish, angelfish) and large pelagic fishes (barracudas, sharks) can be found here.


Koh Chang at a glance
Accommodation:  many resorts and hotels, ranging from budget to deluxe class.
Tourist Attractions:   Beaches, tropical rainforest, unspoiled diving
Dive sites:   about 10
Dive operators:    about 20
Getting there:    by ferry from mainland in about 30 – 40 minutes.
From Bangkok you can either take the flight to Trat, or book a joint transfer or a private transfer to the island.

Pattaya Dive Map

 

Pattaya

Close to Bangkok, Pattaya offers beaches, fun, convenience and affordable diving experience.
There are some 10 near-shore islands, such as Koh Larn, Koh Sak, Koh Mai Phai, Koh Rin  and others, which can be reached within 20 – 60 minutes.
You can easily find Seahorse, Sea Moth, Indian Walkman, Crocodile fish and others.
Koh Rin is an offshore island which has three shipwrecks to be explored with a good visibility.

 

Pattaya at a glance
Accommodation
:  many resorts and hotels, ranging from budget to deluxe class.
Tourist Attractions:   Beaches, Nightlife, shopping, wreck-diving
Dive sites:   about 15
Dive operators:    about 25
Getting there:    by car from Bangkok in about 1 hour  30 minutes.

 

 

 

ChumpohnDive map

Chumpohn

Chumpohn has some quite nice diving spots, even it is not well known among divers.
There are about 50 islands in the Chumpohn province and you find caves, swimthroughs and beautiful marine life, unspoiled from the mass tourism that occurs at some other places.

If you choose the right time in the year Chumpohn might be a very good diving place for the novice diver as well as to the experienced one.


Chumpohn at a glance
Accommodation
:  there are a few resorts, raning from budget to first class.
Tourist Attractions:   Beaches, Nightlife, shopping, wreck-diving
Dive sites:   about  6
Dive operators:    2
Getting there:    by car from Bangkok in about 6 hours. 4 times a week there is a direct flight Bangkok – Chumpohn.
There are several trains, during daytime as well as night rains, that takes you to Chumpohn

 

 

Koh Tao dive mapKoh TaoKoh Tao island is about 21 square kilometer and belongs to Chumpohn province, about 70 km offshore the mainland.
Koh Tao means in English Turtle Island and is easily to reach by boat either from Chumpohn, from Koh Phangan or from Koh Samui and Surat Thani.
In former time, there were a lot of hawksbill and green sea turtles in the waters around the island and today you still might spot these turtles at the dive points in the Koh Tao area.
Today Koh Tao is known as the best place in Thailand to learn scuba diving


Koh Tao in a glance
Accommodation:  there are plenty of accommodation in the mid and luxury range, but many of them are not at the beach, but located on the cliffs.
Attractions:   Learning to dive, Whale Shark
Dive sites:   about  20
Dive operators:    more than 30
Getting there:    by boat from Chumpohn at mainland in between 1,5 to 2,5 hours.,
Boat from .Koh Phangan about  1,5 hours, Boat from Koh Samui between 2,5 and 4 hours

Koh Samui dive map

 

Koh Samui

Comparing with Koh Tao further north of Koh Samui, this island does not have the diving quality as Koh Tao, but it provides a base to explore other, sometimes unspoiled diving spots in the area, and many of the diving
bases offers 1 day trips to Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan.
Other options are to visit the Angthong Marine National Park west of Koh Samui and to male liveaboard to remote southern islands.

Koh Samui at a glance
Accommodation
:  there are plenty of accommodation in the budget to luxury range, and you may choose in between about 150 resorts at about 10 different beaches.
Attractions:   Angthong Marine National Park, Liveaboard trips, snorkeling at Koh Mad Teng.
Dive sites:   about  10
Dive operators:    more than 20
Getting there:    by airplane from Bangkok, Singapore, KL and other cities in the neighbour countries. By ferry or Katamaran it takes from Surat Thani between 1 and 1,5 hours, from Koh Phangan about 30 – 40 minutes
and from Koh Tao between 2,5 and 4 hours.

 

Similan  Islands

Similan and Surin Islands Dive map

The Similan Islands are located off the coast of Khao Lak, or around 100 km north of Phuket Island, and provide some of the best diving in Thailand.
There are altogether 9 granite islands covered with jungle, and surrounded by powder white sand beaches.
The Similan Islands are a protected national park, that means, there are no private owned resorts on the islands, the only accommodation are 2 camping sites, where once might rent a tent, and at island nr. 4 there is, next to the Similan Headquarter, a bungalow resort,  where you might rent a wooden bungalow, but very basic.
Under water you will find different landscape with deep canyons, giant boulders, coral gardens, caves and walls.

The Similans at a glance
Accommodation
:  tent at a camping site, or on board a liveaboard.
Attractions:   One of the best diving places in Thailand, with impressive boulder formations
Dive sites:   about  25
Dive operators:    more than 30 at Khao Lak and Phuket
Getting there:   by boat in about 3 hours.

Surin IslandsMu Koh Surin, or also called Surin Islands are more famous for it` s pristine beaches than for the diving spots.
Diving is possible, but the dive sites are not as good as in the Similands..
Most of the divers coming into the Islands, they will continue straight on  to Richelieu Rock, Koh Tachai and Koh Bon, all three officially not belonging to Surin national Park

Surin Islands at a glance
Accommodation
:    tent at a camping site
Diving:  water depth:  10 – 30 m.
View under water:    5 – 20 m.
Currents:        moderate   

 

 

 

Phuket

Phuket dive map

Phuket is something like the diving hub of Thailöand in the Andaman Sea.
There are numerous dive bases and dive shops, offering daytrips as well as liveaboards to nearly all dive spots in the northern Andaman Sea.
Well known dive sites beside the local spots are Phi Phi islands, Similan islands, Surin Islands, and even to the Mergui Archipelagos and Burma Banks  in Myanmar, you can go on a liveaboard from Phuket.

Phuket at a glance
Accommodation
:   several hundred resorts in all ranges are available, depending on the money you want to spend.
Highlights:  Access to nearly all dive sites in the northern and central Andaman Sea.
Dive Sites:    about 25
Dive operators     more than 30
Getting there:    international airport

 

 

Koh Phi Phi   ( Phi Phi Islands)

Phi Phi dive map

Phi Phi Don – the bigger island with plenty of resorts on it, and with Tonsai Village as the center, where you will find more than 10 diving operators, plenty of restaurants, shops and bars.
Phi Phi Lae – the uninhabited island, with stunning rock formations and the famous Maya Beach is its main attraction
Because of it`s centrally location – it is located in between Phuket, Krabi and Koh Lanta, you may dive at all the well known dive spots at Phuket, Krabi and Koh Lanta.
In the Phi Phi area you will find crystal clear  water, fantastic reefs and  some small Robinson Islands with laid back beaches.

Phi Phi Islands at a glance
Accommodation
:   more than 30 different resorts, ranging from lowbudget resorts to luxury 5 star resorts.
Highlights:  very clear water with good sight and the whole year round good dive conditions.
Dive Sites:    about 15
Dive operators     more than 10
Getting there:    you will get access to Phi Phi either from Phuket, Krabi or Koh Lanta.From all three destinations there are ferries and speedboats operating to the twin islands.
Some of the highend resorts have their own boatservice to and from Phuket and Krabi .

 

 

Krabi

Krabi dive map

Krabi is well known for it`s stunning rock formations, beautiful beaches,  many tourist attractions and activities, but is less known for it`s beauty below water surface.
Some dive spots have suffered damages from the Tsunami but the marine life in the deeper waters remains mostly undamaged.
From the main beaches, Ao Nang Beach and Noppharat Thara Beach you can book the dive trips to some small offshore islands, or to the dive spots near Phi Phi Islands  and Koh Lanta.

Krabi  at a glance
Accommodation
:   more than 100 resorts in all classes, depending on your budget.
Highlights:   Stunning landscape, many activities, good access to other islands..
Dive Sites:    about 5
Dive operators     more than 10
Getting there    Krabi international airport connects you with Bangkok, Koh Samui as well as to some European countries by charter flights.By car it`s about 2 hours drive from Phuket  airport.
From Krabi airport it`s about 1,5 hours to reach Koh Lanta by car.

 

 

 

Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta dive map

The island Koh Lanta belongs to Krabi province, but as this island is quite far away and also have different marine life than at the krabi dive spots, we separated these 2 places into 2 sections.
From Koh Lanta you may reach some of the best dive spots in Thailand easily.
For the experienced diver there are outer rocks and islands with moderate current, for the novice diver there are calm and gentle fringing reefs to explore.
You will find a lot of beautiful places on the large island, from white sand beaches,  tropical rainforest to stunning rock formations.

Koh Lanta  at a glance
Accommodation:   the main beaches, Klongdao Beach, Long beach, Klong Hin beach, Klong Nin Beach and others, they offere more than 50 resorts in different classes, for the lowbudget traveller or for the highend tourist.
Highlights:   World class dive sites
Dive Sites:    about 15
Dive operators     more than 10
Getting there:   from Krabi international airport it is less than 2 hours drive to get to Koh Lanta.
There are speedboat services and ferries to Koh Hai, Koh Mook, Koh Jum, Phuket, Phiv Phi Island, Krabi and even to Koh Lipe in the most southern part of Thailand.

 

 

Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe dive map

The Butang Island group in the far south of Thailand, only a few miles to the Malaysian border, consists of 45 islands.
Koh Lipe is the only inhabited island inside of this group.
The biggest island of Butang group is Koh Tarutao, the former prison island.
Diving in the Butang group means, find many unspoiled dive spots and at least seven discovered submerged pinnacles and with plenty of other diving spots in the area.
Some dive spots are 8 Mile Rock – a pinnacle covered in soft corals dropping to nearly 50 meters deep and Hin Chabang with wonderful soft corals.
Nearly all regular Andaman Sea marine inhabitants can be seen here, also the  big pelagics

Koh Lipe at a glance
Accommodation:   on Lipe Island you will find about 30 to 40 small to medium sized resorts, ranging from about 1000 Baht to 8000 Baht per night.
Highlights:  unspoilt dive places, stunning beaches and landscapes
Dive sites:  more than 10
Dive operators:   depending on the season, on Koh Lipe there are 3 – 10 dive bases, offdering daytrips to the Butang area.
Visibility:     10 – 30 m.
Ciurrents:    can be stron
Getting there:    by speedboat from Pakbara, about 1,5 hours.
Several companies offer a speedboat service from Phi Phi Island – Koh Lanta – Koh Hai – Koh Mook – Koh Lao Liang to Koh Lipe.

                                                                  

 

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Andaman Sea

  starting & ending Phuket   

      Similan & Richelieu   

Dive Cruise

   5 days / 6 nights  
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Andaman Sea

starting at Ranong

endiong at Phuket

  Mergui Archipelagos / Myanmar  

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Similand islands

10 days / 9 nights

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