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Diving Thailand Thailand offers incredible dive opportunities.

From the Andaman Coast Similan Islands & further south to Hin Daeng and Hin Muang all the way to the Gulf coast with Koh Tao, Phangan & Samui the dive conditions are outstanding - arguably some of the best in the world.

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Liveaboards Our Liveaboards Section features over 20 of the best liveaboard operators boats in Thailand from budget to luxury. Enough choice without being confusing.

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Diving Education Dive Courses in Thailand are not expensive and taught to International Standards of the training organisations.

In the main PADI and SSI courses are taught although it is possible to do CMAS qualifications with some operators.

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Dive Sites We have comprehensive information on the majority of dive sites in the popular dive destinations in Thailand. In many cases we have dive site maps also. . .
Diving Safety
Diving is statistically a very safe sport. You are far less likely to have an accident or sustain an injury compared to many other activities. However in the unlikely event of an incident Thailand has professionally operated re-compression chambers as well as many excellent medical facilities.

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Description: MV Similan Jazz was built on Phuket island with building commencing in June 2004. Built from tropical hard wood (Takienthong) from the Northeast of Thailand & comprising more ribbing and structural binding than most conventianal wooden boats MV Similan Jazz was designed to withstand the harshest conditions.SIMILAN JAZZ VITALS: * 25 METERS IN LE ...
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marineslateWith each booking we give you a FREE Common Marine Life of Thailand identification slate worth 10 Euros to help you identify what you see. Thailand has some of the most spectacular marine life in the world in its tropical waters. This slate shows you actual pictures of the most common fish and coral. Best of all it's waterproof so you can take it diving. A great momento of your trip !

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Thailand Liveaboards, Similans, Surin, Burma Banks, Myanmar, Southern Sites

The Similan Islands, Surin Islands, Mergui Archipelago & Burma as well as the Andaman Islands offer divers some fantastic liveaboard diving holidays. Diving trips here are from three to over 7 days and offer you a wide variety of dive sites. The Surin Islands, Mergui Archipelago and the Burma are solely the domain of liveaboard operators due to their distance from the main tourist spots. The Similan Islands are dived both by day trip and liveaboard vessels. Some of the best diving in Thailand can be found at these destinations.

 

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The Similan Islands are by far the most spectacular group of dive sites that Thailand has to offer and are on par with some of the best diving destinations worldwide.

The Similans are a huge scuba diving destination popular with liveaboard diving operators based in Phuket & Khao Lak. Being situated on the coast north of Phuket The Khao Lak operators are also close enough to run day trips by speedboat to this group of spectacular diving sites. None of this picturesque group of nine islands are inhabited - other than by the abundant marine life of course.

Located about one hundred kilometres northwest of Phuket, the Similans consist of nine granite islands covered in lush, tropical, jungle foliage, surrounded by sparkling clear blue oceans.Similans Map The beaches are made up of the finest white powdery sand and literally melt into the warm tropical waters.

mastheadThe east coast, with its white powdery beaches, feature hard coral gardens which slope down to 40m. Drift diving is the name of the game here as divers use the current to propel them along the vibrantly rich reefs teeming with unusual and interesting marine life.

The west coast of the marine park, facing out towards the Andaman Islands, offers pace and exhilaration as divers soar through and around Huge granite boulders. Dramatic rock formations abound including: holes, overhangs, swimthroughs and canyons. There is an amazing variety of colourful soft corals and enormous sea fans that span metres across. There are truly very few places on earth like this.

The length of dive safari trips vary from three to five days, often longer if the dive liveaboard includes the Similans as just one stop on the itinerary. Other destinations that are often visited are Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and the Surin Islands as these are just north of the Similans.

All these islands offer a class of diving vastly different from that experienced at the Similans and if you're after the big fish, then it shouldn't be missed.




mapgrey_mapKoh Bon

Located 20 km north of the Similans Koh Bon is famous for the natural perforation carved through the island. The southwest dive site is a sheer wall 35m deep followed by a stepped ridge descending to 45m. Leopard sharks are sited on the ridge and sandy flats below. Koh Bon is noted as one of the better places to experience the majesty of diving with manta rays.

Koh Tachai

About 25km north of Koh Bon, Koh Tachai's lush tropical foliage runs over granite to a beautiful sandy beach. Tachai is famous for an underwater ridge that juts out at 90 degrees to the island. Tachai offers Rays, Leopard Sharks & Nurse Sharks. 
Koh Surin and Richelieu Rock. The surin islands although rather beautiful topside are rather boring below the waves. Richelieu Rock, however, is one of the best places in the world for encountering Whalesharks.








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Richelieu Rock

• Horseshoe Shaped Pinnacle
• Hard & Soft Corals
• Whale Sharks, Numerous Tropicals, Barracuda
• Moderate Currents
• 10 to 30 Meters Visibility
• Advanced Divers

This horseshoe shaped rock located near the Surin Islands in the Andaman Sea, is considered by many to be the best dive site in Thailand. Discovered by diving pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau with the aide of local fishermen, it now attracts divers from all over the world due to the sheer variety of marine life that can be seen here.

Schooling Chevron Barracuda, numerous types of Moray Eels, abundant LionFish and Scorpion Fish. 5 types of Anemone Fish, Juvenile Emperor Angel Fish, Sea Horses, Ornate Ghost PipeFish and Harlequin Shrimps can all be found. This site is also a prime location for sighting Whalesharks, occasional Manta Rays and ShovelNose Rays.

Richelieu Rock should be a must on every divers list. Regardless if you're a macro enthusiast or passionate about bigger creatures it has something for everyone.
 

Hin Muang & Hin Daeng

The Southern area of the Andaman Sea offers some excellent diving. The sites of Koh Ha, Hin Muang & Hin Daeng are the domain of liveaboard operators during the lower season period between mid April to mid October. During this period the Similans National Marine Park is closed for ecological reasons to preserve the standard of the reefs and marine life for all.

hin-muangkoha• Steep Underwater Pinnacles and Islands
• Hard & Soft Corals with Sea Fans
• Sharks, Other Pelagics, Tropicals
• Moderate to Strong Currents
• 10 to 20 Meters Visibility
• Advanced Divers

 



Hin Daeng

Hin Daeng is 3m clear of the surface with the southern side dropping to 60m plus. This is the steepest & deepest drop in Thailand's waters. The rock itself is quite barren but offers the opportunity to see large pelagics and fantastic underwater gardens on the shallower shelving eastern side where two ridges descend to 40m plus. Barracuda are a common sighting as well as Fusiliers.

Hin Muang

Hin Muang is only a few hundred meters from Hin Daeng and is completely submerged. The rock, shaped like Ayres Rock (central Australia) is 20m wide and 200m long. It is covered with purple soft corals and anemones, hence it's name (Muang is purple in Thai). Many sea fans of varying colors decorate the steep sides and it has a remarkable amount of life on it compared to its neighbor.

Whalesharks, Sharks and Mantas are regularly seen around the two pinnacles enjoying the freedom that the depth of water here offers them.

 

Koh Ha

koh-ha• Small Limestone Islands
• Hard & Soft Coral with Sea Fans
• Lion Fish, Sea Snakes, Moorish Idols
• Mild to Moderate Currents
• 10 to 25 Meters Visibility
• All levels of diver

Koh Ha is about 2 hours from Koh Lanta and consisits of five small islans (Ha is 5 in Thai). In fact there are six small islands - evidently one got overlooked! The group of islands offers great diving opportunities and is picteuresque topside which makes surface intervals a pleasure. With a maximum depth of 34 metres as well as plenty of shallow reefs there is something for everyone.

   

Myanmar (Burma) & Mergui Archipelago

This destination is visited by fewer liveaboard operators than the more well known liveaboard destinations and offers diving for all levels. It is an ideal destination for divers that like to venture a bit further afield and dive places that are quiter and more remote. Departure points for these trips vary between operators and include Phuket, Thap Lamu (Khao Lak) and Ranong - further north on the Myanmar (Burma) border. If you have the time then this destination is well worth a look - possibly in combination with the Similan Islands on a longer liveaboard.

burma-banks-merguimyanmar• Pinnacles, Islands and Sea Mounts
• Assorted Hard & Soft Corals
• Sharks, Other Pelagic's, Small Rare Species
• Moderate to Strong Currents
• 10 to 20 Meters Visibility
• Advanced Adventure Divers

150 miles northwest from Phuket Island lay the little known Burmese islands of the Mergui Archipelago. Opened to divers in 1996, the 800 or so islands that comprise the Mergui Archipelago, give home to a wide and diverse array of Marine life.

This is a dive destination that has it all whether you're an experienced or novice diver. The Mergui Archipelago will satisfy your needs with the quantity and diversity of its marine life plus the spectacular soft corals and ruggedly beautiful underwater terrain.

Topside, these beautiful islands are uninhabited. Being covered with lush primal rainforest they give home to a rich display of flora and fauna.

Countless white sand beaches can be see on nearly all of the islands, whilst healthy coral reefs make for good snorkelling between dives.


   
I have a non diver who wishes to come - is that OK ?

This is no problem. There is plenty of good snorkeling and often shore / beach time also on some trips. Please note however that the price is likely to be almost the same as a diver however as the cost of the trip is mainly running the vessel, not the diving. The trip costing is based on the number of beds / people that the vessel can take not whether they dive or not.


Do I have to book a liveaboard a long time in advance ?

If you have specific requirements then generally yes you do. Depending on the boat and the season things can get booked up fairly quickly. From December through to April in Thailand is the peak liveaboard season so booking early is recommended. If you are not so choosy and you don't want one of the longer 6 or 9 day trips then it is often possible to find spaces on boats at late notice.


Can we charter a boat for our own group and would it cost less ?

Yes you can, many of the boats can be privately chartered with the crew and most offer discounts for charter bookings compared to a per person rate. Simply tell us how many people and what level of comfort you expect and we can give you some options. . .


What is the best trip for me ? There are so many ?

Well the best way we can recommend a suitable selection of trips for you is for us to know a bit about your diving experience and previous  trips as well as your budget. If you are very experienced we appreciate how difficult it is at times to find something new or different. If you are an avid photographer or videographer then let us know as some boats cater for this better than others. Longer trips covering more destinations / dive sites offer the maximum opportunity for seeing something spectacular. If you e-mail or call us and explain your prior diving experience and budget we can usually find something to suit. As all divers know - we can't guarantee the marine life - and we are very pleased we can't. If every time you got in the water you knew you were going to see a Manta or Whaleshark then diving would quickly lose the excitement of the unknown. We can however make some educated predictions. . .


Can children also dive ?

Yes. If your children are between 10 and 12 and certified as divers they can go to a maximum 12m depth. If they are 12 to 15 they can dive to a maximum of 21m.  Normally you are required to dive with the children unless special arrangements are made in advance. Divemasters can usually be hired to look after them if you wish. These standards are set by PADI and the Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC).


I don't have much experience - is this ok for live-aboard diving ?

As long as you have an entry level diving certification you will be fine. All the boats have guides and usually there are 4 to 6 divers per guide. As always if you haven't dived for a longer period - 6 to 12 months then it is a good idea to familiarize yourself again either in your own country with a local dive centre or by doing a quick scuba review with a dive school here prior to your trip. Remember you don't have to do all the dives on a trip. There are usually up to 4 dives a day but if you want to sit some out then that is fine. You will still dive enough to see plenty ! Remember the crews and Divemasters are all experienced and are there to assist you.


I can't dive but I want to learn. Can I do this during the trip?

Yes you can however we don't recommend it. Entry level diver training has several classroom and confined water (pool or calm beach) sessions for skills practice. There are then 4 certification dives in open water. It is best to complete an entry level course prior to the trip if possible. When you are on a liveaboard you want to be concentrating on the diving not the classroom! The course only takes 3 or 4 days so try to find the time if you can before the trip. One option - although not perfect but certainly a lot better is to complete your classroom and swimming pool sessions and all theory tests before the trip and then just do the 4 qualification dives on board. This is called a referral course. This can be arranged either here prior to your trip or in your home country. Contact your local dive centre for details.


We can only dive on certain dates. Is this a problem ?

Not usually unless you also have a very specific destination and/or budget in mind. Simply e-mail or call us with the dates and your budget and we can usually find you a trip. However please note that you may be more restricted if you are trying to book at short notice.


I'm a single female traveling alone. Can you find me another female to share with or can I get a single cabin ?

If you contact us as far in advance as possible then it may be possible to find you a female cabin mate. More and more females are diving each year. However, unfortunately since beds are sold on liveaboard trips and not cabins it is usually expensive (about twice the price) to have a twin or double cabin to yourself as you simply end up paying for the other bed space also. This is the same if you are male or female. Very few boats (only 1 at the present time - the Mermaid I) have single cabins.


When is the best time for liveaboard diving in Thailand ?

Generally the best time to come is between October and May. From June to September the Similan Islands Marine Park is closed so any trips running at this time tend to be shorter 2 or 3 night trips to the southern dive sites or around Koh Phi Phi. On the East coast of Thailand however the diving from Koh Tao, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan is good during this time and although not the domain of liveaboard operators we are happy to assist you.


How can we pay ?

We accept PayPal, VISA, MasterCard and AMEX through our secure payment gateway. We do not keep credit card details on file as we never receive them - they are handled by the secure payment provider.

Generally a 20% deposit secures your place with the remainder paid 45 to 60 days before departure. If a liveaboards only has 14 places then only 14 are booked. It is easy for a hotel or airline to find you an alternative if they double book however with liveaboard trips this is rarely possible. Hence full payment is required at least 45 days before departure.
   

Professional Diving

Go ProIf you are interested in becoming a Diving Instructor from whatever your present qualification then contact us with our quick form. Simply let us know your requirements and the dates and we will supply you with information for the package that best suits you.

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Dive Insurance

It is advisable to be insured as a recreational diver. As an Instructor or Divemaster it is usually mandatory. Standard medical insurance is unlikely to cover evacuation costs or re-compression treatment in the unlikely event of an accident. We supply you with an easy way of getting dive insurance quickly on-line at very affordable rates.

Don't take the chance with policies available at such low premiums - get insured today . . .

Dive Safety

sss-logo-webDiving is statistically a very safe sport. You are far less likely to have an accident or sustain an injury compared to many other activities. However in the unlikely event of an incident Thailand has professionally operated recompression chambers as well as many excellent medical facilities.

To minimize the chances of anything untoward happening read our dive safety tips . . .