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Adventures in Thailand > Diving Snokelling

Diving Snokelling


About Diving in Thailand

Swim alongside the world's largest fish - the Whale Shark and be awed by the haunting underwater flight of the Giant Manta Ray! This is what you can expect in the waters of the Andaman Sea located in the Southwest and, the Gulf of Thailand in the Southeast of Thailand. In case you didn't already know it, Thailand is The diving school destination for rookies. Why? Mainly because the Gulf of Thailand has relatively calm waters and good visibility all year round as well as unbeatable dive packages. Most dive operators also incorporate interesting activities for a dive package to make your trip even more interesting, combining them with sightseeing tours. For instance, when in Phuket, dive packages often include a visit to the pearl cultivation island, Koh Naga. Underwater cave exploration is also a great option for the more seasoned diver. For those who prefer exclusivity, live aboard dive and snorkelling trips are also available. You may consult your dive operator for more information on prices and options for live-aboards and exclusive dive trips.

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About Snorkelling in Thailand

Friendly snorkelling trips and basic lessons are available throughout Phuket, Koh Samui, Pattaya, and all other beach destinations in Thailand and, are usually combined with great sea kayaking experiences and picnics on isolated islands and marine national parks. Basically, wherever there are small islands, you can bet that there is a tour company that will be able to take you on a boat ride to visit them as well as recommend great snorkelling sites. Snorkelling is a great activity for those who have younger children accompanying the group as the risk of an accident is almost non-existent. Moreover, all trip operators do offer life vests for those who are not strong swimmers. In fact, because of the life vests, those who cannot swim have found that snorkelling can still be enjoyed.

How to get started?

Diving is a great experience and should be tried by everyone at least once in their life-time. And.... it's not as scary or complicated as you would think. By the way, it's also not as cumbersome as you would think. Granted the number of equipment for divers are many however, once you're in the water, rest assured you'll not feel weighed down. I suppose you could compare divers to sea turtles. Sea turtles seem cumbersome and walk really slowly on land. But have you seen a sea turtle swim? They literally cut through the waters and zip past you so quickly you may not realize its that same cumbersome turtle you've seen on land. That's how diving is. Once you're in the water, you'll be comparable to the most agile and elegant sea creatures.

Diving is a great sport to learn and/or practice in Thailand as dive packages are fairly priced when compared to other destinations around the world. The dive schools in Thailand are also among the best in the world. To be assured that you receive the best learning experience and arc assured of safety, always sign-up with dive schools and operators that are certified by PADI.

To get started, consider signing up for a package at a dive school in Bangkok where you are trained in friendly dive tanks and/or pools. Once you've grasped the basics and have gained confidence, these Bangkok schools will take you to close by dive destinations in the Gulf of Thailand (eastern Thailand) in Chon Buri to familiarise you with actual ocean dives. Upon completing this basic course, you can then join the open sea diving course which will take you to deeper waters that could lead to one of the most enriching experiences of your life. The more experience you have in diving, the deeper and longer your dives can be.

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    For the more adventurous who just can't wait to hit ocean waters, you can opt to sign-up for diving lessons that starts you off immediately in the following dive destinations.

Dive Destinations

Eastern Thailand (Gulf of Thailand)

Within Chon Buri is the beach resort town of Pattaya; Thailand's premier modern dive destination for wreck and technical diving with diving activities planned by the dive community there all year round. Off the shores of Pattaya are scatterings of small islands which can be explored, in combination with dive trips. In particular, close to Pattaya is Koh Chang (Chang Island), Thailand's second largest island and, at the moment, relatively un commercialised with an abundance of natural underwater treasures that are yet to be discovered. That's just how new it is as a dive site, although popularity of Koh Chang is growing.

Southern Thailand

For the more adventurous, or for those divers with more experience, you can choose to start your dive experiences immediately in Southern Thailand's beach destinations such as Phuket and Koh Samui. Diving in Phuket and Samui can be highly rewarding as the majestic Giant Manta Rays and Whale Shark visit the waters of both islands.

Apart from the great sea life, fur those qualified deep sea divers, wrecks and rock formations abound at both destinations abound and warrant as many as 5 dives to fully explore any one site. There is just so much to see and perhaps the first day is spent in awe of the site itself that not so much exploration is done.

Gulf of Thailand, Southeast Thailand

Diving and snorkelling in Southern Thailand is a joy as the waters are still pristine and the sea life plentiful. It must be noted that the Gulf of Thailand's waters are usually not as clear as the Andaman Sea due to the high amount of plankton in the waters. Despite this, divers dive at both destinations as the experience at either destinations are just incomparable and definitely worth the effort.

In the Gulf of Siam, Koh Samui in Surat Thani is the launching pad for divers and snorkellers alike. Popular dive sites within this area are the many smaller islands off Samui such as Koh Pha-ngan, Koh Tao and Chumphon.

Andaman Sea, Southwest Thailand

The start off point for both diving and snorkelling in Phuket Province is Khao Lak which is some 45-minutes drive from Phuket. The snorkelling here is particularly spectacular as the coral reefs are some of the most colourful around.

The Andaman Sea is admittedly the more dazzling of the two destinations as it holds some of the best coral formations and reefs as well as ocean drops and submerged pinnacles. Within the Andaman area where Phuket is located, popular dive sites are Phang-nga Bay, Krabi, Phi Phi Island, Koh Lanta and the Similan Islands.

At both locations, not only will you have a great time diving, but just exploring the archipelago itself is already an adventure. Divers in Thailand can expect to see Nurse Sharks, the Hawks Bill Turtle, Anemone Fish (Clown Fish), Barracuda, Scorpion fish, Manta Rays, the legendary Whale Shark and a large array of other marine life. Start your dive experience in Thailand and create your own personal memories now!

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Best Time to Dive

Gulf of Thailand, Southeast Thailand. Diving can be done almost all year round in Koh Samui. However, the best time to dive in the gulf is during April when the chances of running into a whale shark and giant manta rays are greatest – general indicator only as sightings of these creatures are highly unpredictable. The worst time to dive in the Gulf is during November as the waters are more choppy due to the strong winds.

Andaman Sea, Southwest Thailand. Diving in this area is also relatively all year round however the best time to dive is between November and May when sightings of the elusive giant marine life such as the whale shark and giant manta rays are more likely.


When identifying a dive school or operator, it is always best to check if they are PADI accredited. Diving with non-accredited operators can be risky as they may not include insurance or proper emergency procedures within their packages. To find out more about the dive sites located within Thailand, feel free to consult PADI’s website at where you will find useful links to diving in Thailand. Also visit for a useful list of not only dive sites, but also a list of sea life that can be found, as well as a list of PADI accredited dive schools and operators in Thailand.

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