Thailand

Andaman Sea

The west coast of Thailand offers the best diving: from liveaboards visiting the Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock, to resorts and day trips from Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and Krabi exploring the local sites, to the more isolated beaches of Koh Lipeh exploring the southern waters of Turatao National Park. The Andaman Sea is crammed with colourful coral and tropical marine life, has some stunning tropical islands and offers the chance to swim with big pelagics as leopard sharks, mantas and whale sharks. The Land of Smiles really has something for everyone and a holiday to suit every budget.

 

Sea Andaman Sea
Number of Dive Site > 250
Experience Level Beginner – Advanced
Depth 5 – 40 m
Visibility 5 – 40 m
Currents Can be strong
Surface Conditions Can be rough
Water Temperature 26 – 30
Good For Large and small animals, reef life, photography
Number of Days 5 – 15 days
Available Resorts, day trips and liveaboards
Best Time to Go Year Round

 

Gulf of Thailand

Most of the diving on the East Coast is around Koh Tao, a small and enchanting island with fast access to some easy to dive sites at low cost, and is seasonally visited by the majestic whaleshark. Its bigger and older brother Koh Samui has many operators that offer day trips to Koh Tao’s dive sites. Another favorite destination in the north of the gulf is Pattaya, located on mainland Thailand, due to its proximity to Bangkok and the numerous wrecks that can be explored.

 

Sea Gulf of Thailand
Number of Dive Site 35
Experience Level Beginner – Advanced
Depth 5 – 40 m
Visibility 5 – 30 m
Currents Can be strong
Surface Conditions Can be rough
Water Temperature 26 – 30
Good For Large animals, reef life, wrecks, value for money
Number of Days 5 – 10 days
Available Resorts and day trips
Best Time to Go Year Round