Thailand

Enjoy a range of diving, beaches and Thai culture.

Thailand is most famous for its beaches, culture and food. The diving opportunities range from local sites around the limestone islands to outer reefs in the Andaman sea.

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Some of the best diving in Thailand is in the Andaman Sea with very clear waters set around some stunning tropical islands and reefs crammed with colourful coral and tropical marine life.

Thailand’s diving opportunities will keep you very busy and vary from beautiful fringing reefs, deep drop-offs and wrecks to healthy walls, caverns, tunnels, pinnacles and open ocean seamounts where you can find both a variety of macro life as well as leopard sharks, mantas and other pelagic.

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

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Phuket

Thailand

Phuket has plenty of local dive sites plus the opportunity of joining a liveaboard to Similan. You can choose to be around the vibrant nightlife or nestled away in a secluded resort on a hill.

  • All diving experience levels
  • Thai culture
  • Choice of lively or quiet locations
  • Similan islands
  • Phi Phi Island
  • Postcard views

Khao Lak

Thailand

A picturesque location well away from any nightlife and activity offering a very relaxed slow holiday experience with local restaurants run by local people and daily boat diving.

  • All diving experience levels
  • Thai culture
  • Choice of lively or quiet locations
  • Similan islands
  • Phi Phi Island
  • Postcard views

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Enjoy a range of diving, beaches and Thai culture.

The best diving is found around the Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea which generally is visited on a liveaboard trip from either Phuket or Khao Lak. This can be tailored to fit in with a beach holiday quite easily if you are travelling with a non-diver or want to experience the Thai Culture, which we recommend. We can also offer day trips by fast catamaran to the Similan Islands and liveaboards to Burma banks, which is a place rarely visited by divers in the world.

Located in the centre of South East Asia with two seas to choose from, The Gulf of Thailand and The Andaman Sea the options are huge. There is year round diving in Thailand however the best time for diving is November to April especially as the Similan Islands suffer from monsoon through the summer.

Phuket is the main base in the south of the country as it bears most of the usual home comforts expected by a western traveller. However, the local reefs around Phuket have taken a battering in recent times so they do not provide the best diving experience. Koh Tao and Koh Phangan are generally packed with backpackers learning to dive and enjoying the beach hut life.

Koh Samui has some good diving and nice resorts. It is also the easiest of the eastern islands to get to with direct connecting flights from Bangkok and Phuket. The islands of Kho Phi Phi; Phi Phi Le and Phi Phi Don have some fantastic diving with many leopard sharks and great flora to see.

It is also impossible to forget the excellent fun that can be had on land. The Thai people are very welcoming and enjoy a laugh with the "farang". The local food is great with many dishes to choose from including Pad Thai and lots of fresh fish, though do beware of the hawkers as this can ruin your holiday.

Thailand Diving Holidays - Diving Information



Thailand diving topography ranges from deep underwater mountains to stunning pinnacles and from shallow coral gardens to striking under sea formations. The reefs contain amazing numbers of exotic tropical fish and hundreds of hard and soft corals. This destination offers endless opportunities to see large pelagic animals, such as whale sharks and manta rays.

Phuket

Phuket is another amazing diving destination in Thailand, home to beautiful coral gardens with a magnificent and colourful marine life allowing you to swim through pinnacles and underwater canyons located on the southeast of the island.

A number of dive sites are situated around the islands of Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh a few kilometres off the shore of Phuket. These limestone islands stand up to 50 metres out of the water and gained massive world attention from the film “The Beach”.



Khao Lak



Diving from Khao Lak will give you the opportunity to visit the famous Similan Islands, Surin Islands and Richelieu Rock and come face to face with manta rays, whale sharks, leopard sharks, silvertips and other multicolored marine life.

The Similan Islands are ranked as one of the finest dive destinations in the world and with more than 500 species of coral and 30 metres of visibility it ticks all the wow boxes!

Destination Key Information

Currency Thai Baht
Time Difference GMT +7
Vaccinations Against the childhood diseases (Tetanus and Diphtheria, Measles, Mumps and Rubella) as well as cover against the food borne diseases of Typhoid and Hepatitis A. For those trekking in the Thai countryside or staying for longer periods then cover against Hepatitis B and Rabies should be considered.
Tipping Tipping in hotels is not expected, but is always appreciated, for instance 20 - 50 baht for the porter that carried your bags up to your room, or 20 baht left under your pillow for the cleaner. In all restaurants it is customary to leave behind any loose change in coins as a tip.
Passport & Visas British passport holders can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa - this is known as a visa exemption. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Thailand. Entry to Thailand is normally refused if you have a passport which is damaged or has pages missing.
Taxes 7%
Flight Routes Flights from Heathrow to Phuket via Doha.
International Flight Durations Average flight time is around 17 hours including the stop over.
Luggage Allowance 23Kg
Transfer Information Our packages include transfers on arrival and departure day. On arrival you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to the resort.
Dive Season October to April is the best time for the Andaman Sea. Between June and September some resorts in Khao Lak are closed and diving is not possible from this area. Ultimate Diving offers diving holidays to Phuket if you are interested in visiting Thailand during this season.

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Thailand, Phuket

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Thailand, Phuket

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Thailand, Phuket

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