Thailand's diving possibilities are almost endless. With world-class dive sites, heavenly tropical islands, and immaculate white sand beaches, Thailand's undersea kingdom is the perfect destination for a dedicated or casual diving holiday.
Thailand is a remarkable country full of history and culture, friendly natives who offer various services, beautiful national parks, a wide range of accommodation possibilities at every price level, extraordinary food, and exotic tropical fruits in the world. Hence, with over 50 dive centers located on the islands and towns in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, visiting some of the best dive sites in the world has never been easier.
Diving environments range from deep underwater mountains, to breathtaking pinnacles rising out of the sea; from shallow pristine coral gardens to dramatic undersea formations created by huge granite boulders; from plunging limestone walls to large dramatic caves.
Thailand's reefs feature hundreds of both hard and soft corals. Large pelagic fish, including whale sharks, silver tip sharks, and manta rays are seen frequently. The amount and variety of tropical Indo-Pacific fish will impress even the most seasoned diver.
Diving activities take place in three general areas: Pattaya, close and convenient to Bangkok; the islands of the Gulf of Thailand including Ko Samui and Ko Tao; and on the west coast of Thailand in Phuket, Ko Phi Phi, and Krabi, where diving is offered in the two Andaman Sea triangles.
Diving is popular all year round at all dive sites around Thailand. However, the best time of the year for the Andaman Sea and most other areas is between October and June when the seas are calm and flat and the traveling range of dive boats is increased dramatically.
Note: Thailand's dive centers are all very concerned about environmental protection of the country's coral reefs. Please take note of this when diving in Thailand!