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 compared to diving in other areas. To get the maximum out of diving in Thailand, then you need to know when and where to tour. Not all Thailand’s dive sites are accessible all year round, so it pays to do a bit of planning. Here is a guide for you.
The Similan Islands are broadly considered among the greatest dive destinations. They are a small group of unsettled islands in the Andaman Sea. 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. Make certain to ask your operator how new the scuba gear is as well as their staff credentials. The Similan Islands are only available to diving visitors from October to May every year. The monsoon season arrives from June to September and leaves the seas too dangerous for safe diving.
There is a collection of dive sites further south in the Andaman Sea and accessible from Phuket, Krabi, Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi. They are typically visited on day-trips from these types of destinations, but there a couple of liveaboards who visit 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 are only accessible from October to May every year. Koh Bida and Phi Phi possess a couple of flora that 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 journey 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 wish to learn to dive but do not want to commit to the live-aboard, Koh Tao is a wonderful spot to learn and enjoy the party landscape also. Koh Tao’s monsoon season lasts from September to December.
The best days of the year to dive into Thailand have been October to May for the Similan Islands and Hin Daeng or Koh Ha and January to September to get 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 Thailand dive operators the dive excursions and 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.