Diving in Thailand
Thailand and the Andaman Sea with it's Similan islands, Phuket dive sites, Phi Phi Islands, Hin Daeng and the Taratuo Nationalpark counts to the top 10 diving destinations in the world. Diving in Thailand is possible all of the year round, but the best conditions exist from November until April. The mounth's May to October brings the west monson with higher waves, and also the visibility is somtimes 30% reduced , but it is very seldom that diving trips are cancelled due to bad weather.
Similan - Surin Islands
This nine granite islands with the tropical jungle, and white beaches provide the most beautiful diving in Thailand. This National Park lie in the Andaman Sea, about 100 km north west from Phuket. The eastern site of the islands offers wonderfull hard coral gardens in the shallows and reef banks down to thirty metres. The western side of the Similans offer more exciting diving around huge granite boulders, which form arches and tunnels. You'll immerse yourself in thriving reefs, lush corals, sea fans and an incredible variety of marine life as well as manta rays and whale sharks.
This island is the best place from where you can go diving at all of Thailand's dive sites. From here it's very easy to do liveaboard diving on the Similan Islands, Hin Daeng, Richelieu Rock, Taratuo Nationalpark, as well as Burma.
Also many daytrips boats offer diving on the local diving sites like Ko Doc Mai, King Cruiser wreck, Shark Point, Anemone Reef, Racha Islands or Koh Phi Phi Islands.
Phi Phi Islands
Phi Phi , with more than 15 different dive sites, ranks on the top 5 dive diving destinations in Thailand. Limestone cliffs rise out of the sea and plunge straight back down underwater, with colourful soft coral walls. There are also interesting caves and caverns. The sea life is very different to the other Thailand scuba diving destinations. Here is also the best opportunity to see turtles , sea snakes, squid, angelfish, black-tip reef sharks and leopard sharks.
Hin Daeng a huge underwater formation thee meters above the surface, is the second number for scuba diving in Thailand with whale sharks and manta rays. Hin Daeng's red soft coral is lush and tall, and huge schools of jacks and trevally sweep past the ridge At the south end of the site, the wall drops down to about 70 Meter. Here is the best change to see in the big blue a whale shark or manta rays. The shallow parts provide barracudas and large schools of fusiliers. The rocks hide shrimps, crabs, cowries and moray eels.
Diving on the highest wall in Thailand. The side in the south descends to over 60 metres. The walls are covered with large sea fans of red, white and orange coulers. Ther are a lot of glass fish around the fans. Anemones cover the shallower sections of the pinnacle. Hin Muang is also great for bigger fish and schools of pelagics. Leopard sharks and grey reef sharks are often seen.
Koh Ha is a group of five Islands with channels over 50 m deep.The highlight is the cathedral of the biggest island of Ko Ha. There are two huge caves. One cave with air pockets above the surface. The drop off on this island is interesting about chances to meet big groupers or octopus. The second biggest of the five islands offers also a nice drop off, with plenty of pelagic hunters.
Tarutao National Marine Park
The unknown Tarutao is the oldest national park in Thailand and lies near to the Malaysian border and only about 32 nautical miles northwest of Langkawi. The diving sites support rich coral reefs, lobsters, and around 25% of the world's tropical fish species, including lionfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, groupers, trumpetfish and others. Dolphin encounters are common and rare dugong encounters are possible too.