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 guide that can help you.
The Similan Islands are known to be one of the best 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 just available to divers 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 seen on day trips from these destinations, but there a couple of liveaboards who see them. Koh Lanta is a beautiful Thai island that is not as active or expensive 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 few reefs which are available all year round if you are visiting 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 famous island for divers and lone relaxing, though popular, Koh Tao remains quite uncrowded. If you want to learn to dive but don’t wish to devote to performing a live-aboard, Koh Tao is a great place to find out and enjoy the party landscape also. Koh Tao’s monsoon season lasts from September to December, but, it is still possible to dive at this time though the weather can be a bit harsh.
The best times of the year to dive in Thailand are October to May for Hin Daeng, Koh Ha and the Similan Islands and January to September for Koh Tao. When planning for your Thailand diving trip, think of what time of year you can go and then decide if you would like to do a live-aboard excursion or day trips and go back to the hotel every day. 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.