Whether you are looking for an underwater adventure on your vacation, or diving is your full-time job, Thailand is home to some of the most stunning diving spots you will ever see. Apart from beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and gorgeous temples, Thailand also has some of the world’s most magnificent scuba diving sites to its name. When you are looking for an experience of a lifetime, going deep sea diving is one activity you cannot afford to miss. Here we have for you a list of the top 5 scuba diving sites in Thailand you have to put on top of your bucket list!
These islands are the closest you can get to a tropical paradise setting. With crystal clear blue waters and powder soft sands, you also get to see a huge variety of fishes and corals. This place comes highly recommended for scuba diving or snorkeling as you get ambient warm waters to swim in. The water quality and visibility are fantastic and as are the number and species of fishes. Getting to Similan islands is a long way especially if you are on your way from Phuket town, but it is so worth the trip. There are also several villages and National Parks spread across the islands that you can visit. The magnificent natural beauty of the islands makes for a truly exceptional trip.
- Surin islands
This brilliant set of islands offers fabulous sandy beaches, superb snorkeling and scuba diving, and great iced coffee. If you love swimming with fishes and visiting beautiful live corals, this is a must-visit island set. There are several diving centres scattered across the islands so you can choose the best fit for you and set sail. The guides are proficient and knowledgeable in what they do. The dive is very professional, yet fun and relaxed. For a better and more complete experience, spend a night on the islands instead of the usual day-trips. You will get to witness the stunning sunrise and sunset over charming waters. This place is quiet, beautiful and unspoiled which makes it perfect for underwater exploration activities.
- Koh Ma
Koh Ma is a really special beach where you can walk from the beach into the water and go snorkeling with fairly good visibility. You can swim out from the beach where you can see beautiful fishes in shallow water. As you swim further, you hit slightly deeper water with lots of corals and schools of fishes. It is a large and clean beach, with restaurants further along. The island also has great rocks to practice rock climbing on. Koh Ma is an absolute must-visit when on a trip to the Ko Pha Ngan island. The two islands are connected by a thin strip of sand that has different water currents on both its sides. It is a peaceful and lovely location you must go to if you want to get away from loud tourists.
- Hin Daeng and Hin Muang
Diving in Hin Daeng and Hin Muang is a superlative experience that is well known all over the world for the frequent Manta Ray sightings and interactions. More often than not, these two huge, remote, deep water rocks are brought to light in terms of the frequency of Manta Ray and Whale Shark sightings, but they also have a lot more to offer besides. When on the dive, you are likely to find large schools of barracuda, trevallies, rainbow runners, as well as reef sharks. The area is located to the south of Phuket in the southern Andaman sea. These two sites are often respectively known as Red Rock and Purple Rock, owing to the colours of corals they are surrounded by.
- King Cruiser Wreck, Phuket
On the 4th of May 1977, the passenger ferry King Cruiser was on a routine trip to the Phi Phi islands from Phuket. It made history by deviating several miles off the course, hitting an anemone reef, and subsequently sinking. Today, the King Cruiser wreck rates at the best wreck dive site in Asia. The site is located to the east of Phuket, and about 9 miles west of Phi Phi Don. This wreck now serves as a fantastic artificial reef and is populated by large schools of fish. The charm of this accidental reef will only increase as time goes by and it gets encrusted with a variety of colourful corals. One thing to keep in mind is that this dive site if for advanced divers only because of medium to strong water currents and the depth of the wreck.
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