Diving in Phuket is comparatively cheap, and once you have achieved your certification in Phuket, you can use it to scuba dive all over the world. The Racha Islands and the underwater rocks around Phuket are full of soft corals and sea fans. It is a year-round dive site, though best from December to April.
The Andaman Coast - A world of stunning natural beauty
When to visit & dive?
November to May is the dive season in the Andaman Sea. If you would like to fully experience the tropical skies, sunlight, and clear undisturbed water, February to April is best.
What about friends & family?
For groups or family travelers, good live aboard operations will take non-divers along at a substantially reduced fee. Friends and family can relax, swim, sunbathe, snorkel, and still enjoy the food, scenery, and experience of sailing in some of the world’s most beautiful waters.
Where to dive?
Similan Islands – One of the Top 10 most beautiful dive sites in the world
The charm of the soft corals and sea fans make this area one of the top 10 most beautiful dive sites in the world. It also has the greatest diversity of marine life. Many species of fish are found only here, and with over 100 convenient live-abroad boats ready to serve, no one can deny that these islands are in a league of their own. Popular dive sites are East of Eden, Island No. 5, Shark Rock, Christmas Point, and Hin Pusar.
Richelieu and Surin Islands – Best for Whale Shark
Richelieu is a world famous site to encounter the world’s largest fish: the whale shark. The area also has the most abundant soft coral reefs of any site in Thailand. Giant cuttlefish and grouper are always divers’ underwater companions here. Surin Islands’ deep-water areas of the reef slopes are the habitat for several rare creatures, such as ribbon eels, crocodile fish, leaf fish, and so on. Sharks and sea turtles are plentiful in these islands as well.
Ko Bon and Ko Tachai – Best for Manta Ray
Located in Mu Ko Similan Marine National Park, divers head out to Ko Bon to see manta, the largest ray in the world. Ko Tachai is an island surrounded by a vast expanse of sea. Underwater rocks are one of the most diverse habitats for soft corals and sea fans in Thailand. Whale sharks and manta rays often visit. The beauty of the 65-foot-deep underwater rocks is a sight not to be missed.
Hin Muang – Hin Daeng – Best for wall dive
“Muang” (purple) and “Daeng” (red) indicate the colors of the soft corals that adorn these islands. There are also sea fans, large black corals, and fishes that range in size from tiny to enormous, such as whale sharks, manta rays, great barracudas, and small rare animals like the harlequin shrimps. Hin Muang – Hin Daeng is the best for wall dives in Thailand.
Adang – Rawee – Secret of Thailand’s blue world
At the southern tip of Thailand are located some remote dive sites that very few people have visited. However, it is one of the three most diverse dive sites, comparable to the Surin and Similan Islands. Eight-Mile Rock is the best in the area. Whale sharks and manta rays often visit. It is also an interesting historical site for both sea gypsies, who consider the sea as their home, and the legendary of Tarutao, who were sunk for good by British troops in 1947.
Phi Phi Islands – Best for wreck dives in the Indian Ocean
The world beneath the waves of Phi Phi is no less enchanting than the mainland. Diving alongside limestone cliffs and into water caves, and encountering large and small marine creatures such as leopard sharks, frogfish and ghost pipefish are popular here. If you want more excitement, the King Cruiser wreck is one of the most famous wreck dives in the Indian Ocean. Phi Phi is a year-round dive site, though best from December to April.