Scuba Diving in Thailand
If you are a scuba or even just snorkel enthusiast and have not discovered this amazing underwater paradise bursting with colour you are missing out. Plus, if you do not have a dive ticket yet you can now easily afford to become a certified diver and still be able to stay at the best hotels in Thailand. This is not only because we offer a price comparison facility so you can easily find the best accommodation deals, but also because scuba courses in Thailand is relatively cheap and because dive schools and centres are plentiful in all the popular tourist areas like Phuket, Phi Phi, Khao Lak and Koh Tao.
Apart from the scuba operators you will notice everywhere, there are also hotels in Koh Samui and many 4 and 5 star hotels in Phuket, Pattaya, Krabi and also several hotels in Khao Lak with their own in-house dive centres. All offer daily excursions, or you could book your space on a liveaboard boat for longer overnight diving trips. This allows you to stay on a very well equipped boat for anything from 3 to 7 days, ample time to properly explore the underwater world of The Andaman Sea and you can also include night dives. To the West of Thailand in the Andaman Sea which includes Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Surin and Similan Islands, Krabi, Khao Lak and Koh Lanta, liveaboard excursions are very popular.
Apart from the fact that diving with good visibility is possible throughout the year makes this destination a scuba diving heaven. It is also generally accepted that in Thailand the best rates are offered for training courses. Courses from beginners to instructor level are offered and will allow you to obtain a world-wide accepted certificate from operators like Padi and NAUI and the supply all the gear you need.
Discovery Dives, designed for those who first want to feel what its like being weightless under the water is also available. A short 2 hour crash course is offered where after you can simply walk in from the beach with a certified instructor and get the feel of it before committing to full training.
Some of the best diving in this area is to be found in national marine parks like the Similan, Surin and Tarutao archipelagos. Diving around Koh Phi Phi and Phang Nga Bay should be on every enthusiast's agenda. The Andaman sites are best visited from November to April due to rough weather brought about by the Monsoon the rest of the year. The Western Gulf of Thailand with its shallower waters is best visited between January and October and the eastern seaboard can be visited all year.
Richelieu Rock, one of the most popular dive sites in South-East Asia, is part of the Surin National Marine Park, located approximately 18 kilometers east of the islands themselves and just barely exposed at the lowest of tides. It is situated 200 kilometers north-west of Phuket and 70 km from Khao Lak.
The Samui archipelago in the protected Gulf of Thailand consist of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and the Angthong National Marine Park. Koh Tao especially is very popular with divers due its spectacular coral reefs and then of course only a few hundred meters away, the most beautiful island in the world, Koh Nang Yuan.
Pattaya offers some great wreck dives while Koh Chang, Thailand’s newest holiday island and least affected by tourism, offers some shallower water and new diving sites to explore.
With its abundant coral reefs and tropical marine life, its accessibility and more than generous price tag, has to make scuba diving in Thailand the most desirable and rewarding dive destination in South-East Asia, if not the world.