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  |  Bangkok  February 14, 2015 06:34 AM    
 

 

Into the Blue World

 

Diving

Scuba diving is Thailand’s most popular water sport. The country boasts some of the most beautiful dive sites in the world – the water is clear, the sea life is plentiful, and transport and accommodations are readily available. Diving in Thailand is comparatively cheap, and once you have achieved your certification in Thailand, you can use it to scuba dive all over the world.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Thailand?

The Andaman Coast – A world of stunning natural beauty
• 155,213 square miles of marine environment
• Over 500 islands
• Year-round diving
• Unique characteristics rarely found elsewhere
• One of the few sites in the world where whale sharks and manta rays can be found
• Twenty percent of world’s coral reef fish, with over 800 species
• Well-developed diving tourism
• Affordable and safe

 

 

When to visit & dive?

Andaman Sea

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.

Gulf of Thailand

April to October is the main dive season in the Gulf of Thailand. However, the best time is between August and September.
 

 

Where to dive?

North Andaman

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.

Phuket Island – Convenient and year-round

Phuket is an island where Thailand travelers must visit at least once. Its dive sites can be reached so easily, quickly, and conveniently. 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.

 Gulf of Thailand - East

Pattaya and Ko Chang – Convenient and affordable

Closer to Bangkok, Pattaya and Ko Chang offer fun, convenient, and affordable diving experiences. Pattaya’s near-shore islands, such as Ko Lan and Ko Sak, are accessible within 20-40 minutes. Sea horse, sea moth, Indian walkman and crocodile fish are easily found here. Ko Rin, an offshore island, provides better visibility, with three shipwrecks to be explored.

Hin Sam Sao and Hin Look Bath, located to the south of Ko Chang, is an open sea area where the visibility is better than any other part of the east. For aquatic scenery, there are hard corals, sea whips, and a few species of soft corals. A greater diversity of fish can be found here, especially reef fishes like damselfish and angelfish, as well as large pelagic fish such as barracudas and sharks.

Gulf of Thailand - West

Ko Pha-ngan and Ko Tao – Most popular on Thailand’s Gulf coast

More than 70 islands, including the three world-famous islands of Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao, make this area one of the most famous dive sites in Thailand. To really enjoy the underwater world, Ko Tao should be the first choice. It is the best place to learn diving as well. Experienced divers, meanwhile, can encounter large creatures like the whale sharks, manta rays, potato cods, and so on.

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.

 

   

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