Thailand is known for its scuba diving, in which warm, calm Waters and plenty of incredible marine life make for spectacular dives. Thailand’s diving is also quite cheap when compared with diving in other places. 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 available all year round, so it pays to do a bit of planning. Here is a guide that can help you.
The Similan Islands are widely regarded among 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 nights also allows the participants to get 14 dives. Make sure to ask your operator how new their scuba equipment is 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 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 types of destinations, but there a few 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 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 small island on the other, eastern shore of Thailand, above Koh Phangan. Koh Tao is a four-hour ferry trip from Surat Thani on the mainland. Koh Tao is a grand island for both divers and getaways, although famous, 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 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 picking your Thailand diving excursion, think of what time of year it is possible to go and after that determine if you would like to do a live-aboard excursion or if you would like to do day trips and return to the hotel daily. 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.