Thailand is known for its scuba diving, in which warm, calm Waters and plenty of incredible marine life make for spectacular dives. Thailand’s scuba diving is also quite cheap when compared with diving in different areas. To get the maximum out of diving in Thailand, then you need to know when and where to tour. Not all Thailand’s scuba dive sites are accessible throughout the year, so it is good to do a little bit of planning. Here is a detailed guide for you.
The Similan Islands are broadly considered among the greatest dive destinations. They are a little group of famous islands in the Andaman Sea, just off the western Thai shore. The Similans are often visited by live-aboard ships from Phuket and Khao Lak, where Australians eat, sleep and dive on the ship for several days. Normally the live-aboard lasts four days and four nights also lets the members get 14 dives. Be certain to ask your operator concerning the newness of their scuba gear as well as their staff credentials. The Similan Islands are only available to diving visitors from October to May every year. The monsoon season comes throughout June to September and leaves the seas too dangerous for diving.
There is a set of dive sites farther south from the Andaman Sea and accessible from Krabi, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. They are typically seen on day trips from these destinations, but there a couple of liveaboards who see them. Koh Lanta is a stunning Thai island which is not quite as busy or pricey as Koh Phi Phi. Hin Daeng and Koh Ha will are open from October to May only. Koh Bida and Phi Phi possess a couple of flora which are available all year round if you are touring Koh Phi Phi.
Koh Tao is a tiny island on the opposite, eastern coast of Thailand. Koh Tao is a four-hour ferry ride from Surat Thani on the mainland. Koh Tao is a known island for divers and relaxed escape, while widely known, Koh Tao stays quite uncrowded. If you would like to learn how to dive but do not need to dedicate to doing a live-aboard, Koh Tao is a superb spot to find out and love the laid back party landscape too. Koh Tao’s monsoon season lasts from September to December.
The best times of the year to dive in Thailand are October to May for the Similan Islands and Koh Ha or Hin Daeng and January to September for Koh Tao. When planning your Thailand diving tour, think of what time of year it is possible to go and then determine if you would like to do a more live-aboard trip or if you would prefer to do day trips. Ask the dive operators the available excursions and dive packages that are offered. The dive operator may also give you the very best advice of the way to get from where you live to your dive destination.