Scube diving trip to Thailand - here are 5 places you must experience

5 places to experience on your scuba diving trip in Thailand

Thailand is one of the most popular places on your Asia tour to get your diving certification, and there’s a good reason why your diving trip should start here. Not only do you get incredible value for money in Thailand, but the quality is incredibly high.

Thailand is home to many coral reefs and has an incredible underwater life, where it’s possible to dive with stingrays, colorful fish and if you’re lucky, whale sharks. Visibility is top notch, the water is calm without too many waves and adventure experiences await you here. The temperature is around 28 degrees, so there’s nothing to complain about.

We’ve gathered the 5 best destinations for your diving trip in Thailand.

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1. Koh Tao the ultimate place to get your diving certification

Koh Tao, or Turtle Island as it translates to, is an island unto itself. The entire island is devoted to diving and is the place in Thailand where you’ll find the most dive shops and dive tour providers.

Koh Tao is located in the Gulf of Thailand, not far from the famous islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Around Koh Tao, the water is crystal clear and with many bays, it’s perfect for diving. There are over 25 different dive spots around the relatively small island. Koh Tao is known for the frequent presence of whale sharks swimming around the area, so if you’re lucky, you can dive with the world’s largest fish.

The top 3 best diving spots on Koh Tao are:

Chumphon Pinnacle
Koh Nang Yaun
Shark Island.

A small island in the middle of the blue ocean

2. Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta is known as the island to go to if you need to relax and have the beach to yourself on your Thailand diving trip.

Around Koh Lanta there aren’t the best places to dive, but a short boat ride away you’ll find the Koh Lanta Marine National Park. The marine park has some truly beautiful areas and one of the highest populations of whale sharks in the world. The area is also known for having a population of over 100 different species of fish as well as leopard sharks, which are commonly found in the area.

The top 3 best diving spots on Koh Lanta are:

Hin Muang
Hin Daeng
Koh Haa

Island coastline with green hills going down in the blue ocean

3. Phi Phi

One of the more popular places to dive in Thailand is at the Phi Phi Islands. It is known to be one of the better diving spots in Thailand. Due to the many bays you’ll find around the islands, there are great conditions for beginners as the water is calm and visibility is top notch. With 15 different dive sites, you’re sure to find a spot that’s perfect.

The limestone cliffs of the Phi Phi Islands continue down into the water, allowing you to find a lot of exciting caves and canyons to dive in. The site is known for its abundance of sea turtles, black tipped reef sharks and, if you’re lucky, zebra sharks.

The 3 best dive spots in Phi Phi are:

Phi Phi Shark Point
Maya Wall
Palong Wall

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4. Similan Islands

In the area around the Similan Islands, you’ll find iconic sites to visit on your diving trip to Thailand. It takes a few hours to get to the islands from the mainland. The most popular way to explore the area is by going on a live aboard. This is where you live out on a dive boat for several days, with plenty of dives included.

However, it is recommended to have Advanced Open Water diving certification, as many of the dive sites on the Similan Islands have a depth of around 30 meters. There are 9 islands in Similan National Park, and they often make the top 10 list of the best dive sites in the world. The area is home to manta rays, whale sharks and turtles. From October to early May is the best time to visit the area.

The top 3 dive sites at Similan National Park are:

West of Eden
Elephant head Rock
Koh Bon West

2 clack and white striped fish with yellow fins laying in the choral reef

5. Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe is located right in the heart of the oldest marine park in Asia, the Tarutao National Park.

In addition to the beautiful coral reefs surrounding Koh Lipe, there are over 30 uninhabited islands nearby and hundreds of reefs in the vicinity. Around 25% of the world’s tropical fish species can be found here. At the deeper coral reefs, it’s common to spot whale sharks and manta rays. In the shallower waters closer to Koh Lipe, there are wildly beautiful corals and colorful fish.

The top 3 best diving sites on Koh Lipe are:

Eight Miles Rock
Koh Pung

2 small islands in the middle of crystal blue ocean

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