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 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”.
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!