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Dive Locations

6 recommended locations:

Khao Lak

Located on the west coast of Thailand, 57 kilometres from the Similan Islands, Khao Lak is a great place to relax before or after a liveaboard. Blessed with great beaches and bordered by superb national parks, Khao Lak appeals to divers and non-divers alike.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, giant oceanic manta ray, green turtle, hawksbill turtle, ornate ghost pipefish
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving

Koh Lanta

The beautiful beaches and laid-back charm of Koh Lanta make this island an excellent base for divers wishing to explore Thailand’s southern Andaman Sea, a region known for its clear waters, superb marine diversity, and deeper dive sites.

  • Ideal for viewing: hawksbill turtle, ornate ghost pipefish, common cuttlefish
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Reef diving

Koh Phi Phi

Actually two Islands - Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh - the fabulous scenery extends down below the water line into the aquamarine waters of Phang Nga Bay. Limestone cliffs plunge underwater, forming the colourful soft coral walls for which Phi Phi is famous.

  • Ideal for viewing: leopard shark, hawksbill turtle, ornate ghost pipefish
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Family diving, Reef diving

Koh Tao

The smallest of Thailand’s main gulf coast islands, Koh Tao is considered one of the best and cheapest places to learn to dive or further your education. The pretty Japanese Gardens are ideal for beginners, whilst the Southwest and Chumpon Pinnacles attract sharks.

  • Ideal for viewing: white-tip reef shark, hawksbill turtle, barracuda, black-tip reef shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Family diving, Learn to dive

Phuket

Thailand’s largest island is fringed with white sandy beaches with a backdrop of lush green hills and coconut groves. Within easy reach of some of the country’s most outstanding dive sites, there are excellent chances to spot leopard sharks amidst stunning marine life.

  • Ideal for viewing: hawksbill turtle, ornate ghost pipefish, western clownfish, leopard shark
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Singles diving, Reef diving

Similan & Surin Islands

A group of nine islands, the Similans are one of the world's top famous destinations and Thailand’s most beautiful islands. The Surin Marine National Park is famed for manta ray and whale shark encounters, and lays claim to Thailand’s finest dive site, Richeleu Rock.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, giant oceanic manta ray, leopard shark, green turtle, hawksbill turtle
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving

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Dive trips

The waters of Thailand are excellent for all levels of diving from resorts and liveaboards from Phuket, Khao Lak and Koh Tao. Travel between locations to get the very best these waters have to offer and enjoy topside excursions and cultural experiences as well as a stopover in Bangkok.
4 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

West Coast Explorer

This itinerary allows you to explore the most famous dive sites of Thailand, both from the convenience of a liveaboard and the comfort of a dive resort, where you can relax in tropical surroundings.

  • When to go: Nov-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,045 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Learn to Dive Thailand

The beautiful island of Koh Tao in southern Thailand is a perfect location to learn to dive, offering good accommodation, golden beaches and numerous dive sites suitable for beginners taking their first breaths underwater.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Koh Phi Phi Diving

Visit Thailand's most iconic and visually stunning islands, based at a comfortable resort on the Andaman coast. Dive a variety of sites, from rugged walls covered in soft coral to shallow gardens harbouring turtles and sharks.

  • When to go: Nov-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,085 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Phuket & Khao Lak Diving

Here are some of Thailand’s most outstanding dive sites, with excellent opportunities to spot leopard sharks amidst a kaleidoscope of marine life, with manta rays often gracing divers with their presence.

  • When to go: Nov-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,545 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

When to go

Thailand’s Andaman and Gulf coasts tend to have opposing weather patterns throughout the year, meaning Thailand can be dived all year round.

Seasons

  • Dry season, west coast

    Nov to Apr: The best months for diving on Thailand’s Andaman coast
  • Dry season, Gulf coast

    May to Oct: Dry weather and calm seas on Thailand’s Gulf coast

Wildlife events

  • Nov to Apr: Mantas rays can be see on Andaman coast
  • Feb to Apr: whale sharks can be seen on both coasts

Dive Resorts

Liveaboards