8 Famous Diving Spots in Thailand

Whether your hobby is recreational divers or exploring underwater beauty, Thailand is equipped with some of the most famous and amazing dive sites in the world. Here are the most famous and beautiful dive sites in the White Elephant Country (Thailand).

1. Koh Tao 

Koh Tao Island is a beautiful place for diving. More than thousands of islands can be found on the mainland, but this particular island remains a top choice for tourists to explore under the sea. With abundant inexpensive dive shops, experienced divers and beginners alike flock to the smallest islands on three islands in the Samui Islands. One of the most important of them is all Sail Rock, also known as Hin Bai. The site itself is about a 90 minute boat ride from the island, but the final destination is well worth the wonderful trip. Divers actually see a rock rising out of the Gulf of Thailand as it approaches, because it is located about eight meters from the water. Deep dive sites pass 40 meters below the surface in several areas. Because it is so far from the island, the marine life here is vast and unique, apparently unaffected by tourists going to Koh Tao. Cave makeup like a cave, also known as a chimney, is a big challenge for experienced divers. At a depth of about five meters, divers can get in and down to around eight meters while in the rock.

2. Surin Islands

Marine life in the Andaman Sea ranges from manta rays to whale sharks. Visibility is as clear and clear as a glass jar. Perhaps not surprisingly, some of the best dive sites in the world are found here, including along the coast of the Surin Islands. Located in Tha Phang Nga province, this stretch of island is some of the most remote, some 37 miles from the west coast of Thailand. Because it is so far from the mainland, tourists tend not to visit, making it remote and pure by visitors. In addition to marine animals, divers here will also find that the reef is vast and apparently untouched, with a variety of corals throughout. This is largely due to the fact that the islands, as part of UNESCO development, have been a National Marine Park since 1981. One of the most famous dive sites, Richelieu Rock, is found here as well. Divers are almost guaranteed to find whale sharks, especially during the months of February to April.

3. Chang, Koh Chang 

What is it about shipwrecks that divers can't get enough? Some divers like the artificial reef they will explore, sometimes more amazing than the natural one. Others enjoy a frightening atmosphere, a sinking ship, where rotting crafts have nothing but the marine life where people and goods are used to live. Luckily for divers who went to Thailand, there were a number of wrecks found on the coast that needed to be explored, including HTMS Chang, outside the island of Koh Chang. This shipwreck is one of the newest in Thailand, and sank on November 22, 2012. It is located only four miles from the coast of the island. Basically, the bottom of the ship is 30 meters several, and the ship itself is 100 meters long, making it the largest shipwreck in the country. 

4. Koh Ma Island

Beginner divers will be happy to hear that Koh Ma, outside the island of Koh Phangan, is a great site for those who want to get certified for the first time, or those who want to refresh their diving skills. Not far from Mae Haad beach on Koh Phangan, it is still home to most marine life, including colorful parrotfish and intimidating barracudas. The island is only attached to Koh Phangan by a sand dune, making it relatively easy to reach because no boat or other forms of transportation are needed. Apart from being an ideal site for new divers, there are several accommodation options on the island, making it a quiet getaway from the busy island of Koh Phangan.

5. Hin Daeng and Hin Muang

There are a number of native islands in Phang Nga Bay, including the island of Koh Lanta. This island is the quietest island compared to some of its neighbors which are full of parties. The island is home to Mu Koh Lanta National Park, which protects and maintains two of Thailand's most famous dive sites; Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. Many travelers believe these sites are the best in the world, and a trip to Thailand without seeing them is a futile opportunity to make life-changing dives. As the name implies, soft corals found here have many different red shades. Besides the amazing coral, whale sharks and manta rays are usually seen here.

These are equally amazing neighbors, Hin Muang, also known as Purple Rock, consists of soft purple coral. The vertical wall is the highest in Thailand, and one side reaches a depth of 60 meters, while the other continues even deeper. It is best to dive here from November to April.

6. Similan Islands 

Located some 50 miles from Phuket is the Similan Islands. These 11 remote islands are located between Mu Koh Similan National Park and are protected by the Thai government. Founded in 1982, this area protects an abundance of soft and hard corals, a variety of marine life, and clear water that embraces the islands' shores. This is one of the reasons why these islands are home to some of the best dive sites in Thailand, and some people might argue that they are the most amazing in the whole world.

7. King Cruiser Wreck, Phuket

Phuket might attract backpackers, with the promise of a thriving nightlife, but the island also provides underwater explorers with some amazing dive sites. One of the most popular among them is the wreckage of the King Cruiser. Car and passenger ferries are now home to coral-filled toilets and abundant marine life. Unlike many divers the accident accidentally sinks to create an artificial reef, King Cruiser seals a watery fate after crashing into Anemone Reef while traveling between Phuket and Koh Phi Phi on May 4, 1977. More than 500 passengers are forced to jump ship, although fortunately no one was killed. After being submerged for nearly 40 years, wrecks have attracted a variety of marine life, and corals continue to make the interior and exterior of the ship become frightening and mesmerizing. The ship itself is about 85 meters long and 30 wide, and it sits 33 meters deep at the bottom of the sea.

8. Shark Point, Phuket

About 90 minutes by boat from Phuket is Shark Point. If the name hasn't been given yet, this particular dive site is home to a number of Leopard Sharks. Fret doesn't, because these unique animals are usually quite submissive, and tours generally come out every day with groups of divers ready to be explored. Aside from Leopard Sharks, Shark Point also offers colorful tropical fish, Moray Eels, and soft corals that live throughout. The site itself is rather large, and divers can take several days to explore the amazing site as a whole. Its depth ranges from 10 to 30 meters, making it a good diving spot for beginners and experts.

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