EXPERIENCE THE UNFORGETTABLE…..OBSERVE THE EXTRAORDINARY CREATIONS OF THE OCEAN….
OPEN UP AN UNIVERSE OF IT’S OWN …EXPLORE BRILLIANTLY COLORED CORAL REEFS AND BE DAZZLED BY FISH OF A THOUSAND HUES…..
EXPECT CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH GIANT BARRACUDA, MANTRA RAY, SEA COWS, SHARKS AND LOTS MORE….
DIVING – WHY IN THAILAND
Thailand is the home for some of the finest and most beautiful beaches in the world, surrounded by crystal water and stunning coral, making it the center point of attraction for numerous divers that visit Thailand for an ultimate diving experience.
As Thailand is considered as one of the safest destinations for diving and snorkeling, it is indeed a great place for first timers to get acquainted to their special skillsets.
Thailand has very clear waters with an average sea temperature 28 C. The sea visibility at some places is upto 30m – unheard of in many places in the world. Almost all throughout the year, one can enjoy splendid sights of underwater mountains, coral gardens, undersea rock formations, hard and soft coral, whale sharks, silver tip sharks, manta rays and even sunken battleships. The best time to dive in the Andaman Sea is from November to April, and again June to September, while in the Gulf of Thailand from May to September. However it is quite safe and enjoyable to dive all year round.
Competitive Training and certification cost which is valid globally make it all the more competitive for people to opt for a Thailand Diving package.
Diving is very diverse in Thailand and has a package to suit everyone’s budget.
POPULAR DIVING SITES IN THAILAND
Koh Tao lies in the Gulf of Thailand. This coast of Thailand is a gigantic shallow depression just south of Cambodia with an average depth of 60m. The area boasts 112 islands with countless fringing reefs. The reefs are not as varied as those of the Andaman Sea but the marine life is still prolific.
Koh Tao is great for beginners and one of Asia’s most popular places to get certified.
Ko Tao, meaning ‘Turtle Island’, has become one of the most popular diving areas in the country. The island has an area of only 21sq km and lies north of Ko Samui and Ko Phang-ngan. Ko Tao’s popularity could be because there is something to satisfy every level of diver.
Diving in Ko Tao is easy, fun, and you can see turtles, stingrays, barracudas, lots of small fish, reef sharks, and there is a very small chance of seeing a whale shark.
Nearly any time of the year except November is good diving weather in Ko Tao and visibility can exceed 40 m. Average visibility is around 15-20 m. In November visibility is reduced and the seas are choppy, but diving can still be good by the standards of many other destinations.
It is possible and perfectly comfortable to swim and dive without a wetsuit year round. However, as with most diving, a wetsuit is recommended to help reduce risk of cuts or injury. Avoid contact with coral reefs!
Scuba diving is practiced almost everywhere on the Thailand coastline. However, the top spots are found on the west coast, where diving sites at Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock, Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are renowned worldwide for it’s brilliant underwater coral collections. The Andaman Sea treasures colorful coral and tropical marine life amidst huge submerged boulders. One can get a chance to swim with whale sharks, leopard sharks and manta rays.
These small collection of islands are undoubtedly the most popular place for diving in the west coast of Thailand. Topography ranges from stunning rock formations and beautiful age-old gorgonian sea fans to colorful corals brimming with exotic marine life. World class dive sites pepper the area such as West of Six and Elephant Head Rock which are among the finest in the country and as good as anywhere in Asia.
Diving experience in the Similan islands has it’s two fold advantage for divers – to explore the pretty coral gardens and to get amazed at the huge underwater boulder formations.
HIN MOUANG AND HIN DAENG
These are fantastic diving sites and are the feeding grounds for pelagic fish making it worth the trip only for that.
While underwater in Hin Mouang, one is enchanted by the huge shoals of fish, beautiful anemone carpets, soft corals and gorgonions sweeping through the large underwater pinnacles. Look out for the unusual bryazoan – clumps of white, straw-like things at around 8 metros.
Hin Daeng is close to Hin Mouang and comprises of walls, plateaus and rocks. One may see leopard sharks, grey reef sharks, morays, barracuda, octopus, crayfish, shrimps and many more. Nurse sharks are sometimes found in the south west cave (around 10 m) while whale sharks and manta rays are found abundantly. This site is also worth mentioning for it’s soft corals underwater.
All reputable dive centers are affiliated with PADI or other international dive bodies, and most hold courses in multiple languages. International standard boats, modern amenities and professional service facilities make Thailand the best option for scuba divers. Learn more about PADI in Thailand
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