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Scuba diving in Thailand, scuba diving holidays to Thailand . . .
Overview:

Scubadviser Diving in ThailandScuba diving in Thailand can be divided very easily between the east and west depending on when you go due to the monsoons. 

The good news is that, when one side is affected, the other isn't with the west coast (Andaman sea) diving season from November to April and February to May is the calmest time of year on the east side (Gulf of Thailand).

What to see:

Thailand West (Andaman sea) - if diversity is what you're looking for, this is the best side for reefs and fish life which can include both leopard sharks and manta rays.  Most dive facilities are on Phuket Island.  Dive operators from Phuket, who arrange trips to the Similans (a national park), shuttle their customers to Tap Lamu pier in Khao Lak. The trip to Khao Lak from Phuket takes 60-90 minutes depending on where you are staying.  The trip to the Similans from Khao Lak is 55 kms by sea.

Thailand East (South China sea) - Koh Tao is famed for offering the best dive sites and the resort of Pataya (not the most spectacular diving destination) has the wreck of the HTMS Kut, an ex-Thai Royal navy vessel. However, Koh Tao is over-dived and damaged - it's one of the biggest cerifying places in South-East Asia.  Thousands of new divers do their Open Water certificate here, year after year, so the reefs have been damaged by new divers learning to control their buoyancy.

Diving from Koh Phangan prevents divers diving on overcrowded dive sites and more chances on diving on the more remote places (for example Sail Rock, one of the best dive site in the Gulf of Thailand and Ang Thong Marine Park)

However, trips from Koh Phangan do go to Koh Tao as well, so you might like to check your dive destination before booking.  Many dive centers on Koh Tao head out at the same times and mostly to the same sites - 10 boats on 1 site is not uncommon here, with big boats taking up to 60 divers. It would be advisable to do your research throughly with the local dive centers before you travel. 

Need to know:
  • A yellow fever vaccination cerificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas
  • Malaria risk exists throughout the year in the whole country. Prevention recommended.
Useful stuff:
Language: Thai, but English is widely spoken
Currency: Baht
Time: GMT +7
Climate: Tropical
Diving season: Year round
Natural hazards: Land subsidence in Bangkok, droughts
Water temperature: Jan - March 27C (80F)
July - Sept 29C (84F)
Air temperature: 27 - 34C (80 - 93F)

South East Asia - Thailand: Latest User Reviews

Supert dykkesenter! (Superb Dive Center)  Kon-Tiki Phuket, Thailand 4 Star Rating Added: 6th August 2014 by stenolav
Norsk familie på 7 stk, tok Open water diver i July 2014. Alt var topp tilrettelagt, pick-up fra hotell,bassentrening,teor og sjødykk var veldig bra. Alle avtaler og klokkeslett ble overholdt. Hjelpsom og hyggelige instruktører. Kort fortalt : kan anbefale Kon-tiki til både kurs og fun-diving. English Translation: Norwegian family of 7,...
Charged for Certification, never reported to PADI  Pro-Tech Dive College, Thailand 1 Star Rating Added: 5th May 2014 by pranger
I did a nitrox certification course with Protech Divers in early March, and should have been a little suspicious when they asked for cash only. It was a mediocre dive at best, but I wanted the cert for a liveaboard trip I was going on the next day. They never submitted...
The Best Time Ever  Asia Divers, Thailand 5 Star Rating Added: 30th March 2014 by bigken
I took my PADI open water here. It was a really good organised program. Did enjoy a lot how James, our instructor, teached us. With a lot of humor! The group was 4 people, small enough to get enough attention when you needed it. Every step was carefully explained and...
Easily the worst dive shop on the island  Crystal Dive Resort, Thailand 1 Star Rating Added: 6th February 2014 by DeanJohns
The staff at the dive shop are crooks. They treat their customers in a hostile way and all they care about is how to get as much profit as possible out of you. So diving with them really makes you feel like an idiot. They badmouthed all the other dive...
Great and Friendly Dive Center!  Ocean Geo Divers, Thailand 5 Star Rating Added: 14th October 2013 by rotherhithe
Booked a refresher course at Ocean Geo as I hadn't dived in more than ten years - despite my knowledge being very very rusty I was quickly back up to speed, certified and off to Koh Racha Yai for an awesome day of diving! Students take note: their cafe also...
Aqua One, Nai Yang, Phuket  Aqua One Watersports Phuket, Thailand 5 Star Rating Added: 25th September 2013 by huntandgather
I have never dived before and though I had always wanted to learn to dive, I was apprehensive about being able to relax enough to breath under water at depth. Then I met Caroline at Aqua One at Nai Yang beach, Phuket. and instantly felt that with her professional approach...
Easily one of the best liveaboard dive companies in Thailand!  The Smiling Seahorse, Thailand 5 Star Rating Added: 14th August 2013 by DivemasterOli
Hi all, I think you should all know that the poor reviews on this site relate to AIDC, who were the previous owners of the boat 'MV Thai Sea'. The current owner's, 'The Smiling Seahorse', are excellent. I have done liveaboards with quite a few companies based out of Ranong...
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