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Scuba Diving in Thailand I Ediving I Divers' Reviews

  2. 2. SCUBA DIVING IN THAILAND: divewith the whale shark. Divers’ ReviewsThailand is a wonderful country for divers.The southern part of the country is basically a thin strip of land between theAndaman Sea to the west (part of the Indian Ocean ecosystem), and the Gulf ofThailand to the east (part of the Pacific Ocean ecosystem) where you arealmost sure to go scuba diving with whale sharks whereas in Phuket, Koh Samuior Koh Phi Phi.CLIMATEDiving in Thailand is possible year around, the average daily air temperature is77 °F to 89.6°F (25°C to 32°C), but the diving season is affected by thesouthwest and northwest monsoons, rainy season goes from June to October,cool and dry weather from November to February. Between monsoons, Marchto May, is the hottest time of the year. The best time to dive is from Novemberto March. Water temperatures range from 78°F to 82.4°F (26°C to 28°C) yeararound. 2
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  4. 4. GULF OF THAILAND, HOME THEWHALE SHARKThe Gulf of Thailand is the place to see the largest fish in the world, theimpressive whale sharks. The gulf hosts a dense population of soft and hardcorals too and the best time for dives is between May and August.Koh Samui is a quiet island in the western part of the gulf. It´s Thailand´ssecond largest island and, together with six smaller islands, it forms the AngThong Marine National Park. It includes tourist destinations such as KoPhangan and Ko Tao. Forty islets provide you with a lot of soft coral; therare black coral can be observed here. There are 13 different dive sites, withKoh Wao and Hin Yippon leading the visit counter for divers.Hin Bai (Sail Rock) is the hotspot for whale sharks. You can wall dive anddeep dive, it has massive boulders and impressive underwater scenerypopulated by pelagics, barracudas, moray eels and shrimp.Koh Samui offers plenty non-diving options, some of the Buddhist templeshave not only sacred value, but amazing views and jungles. The pristine andsecluded beaches of the national parks are the idyllic. 4
  5. 5. Ko Tao´s economy is based on tourism, specially diving, it has 17different dive sites. This is an important breeding ground for hawksbill andgreen sea turtles. The Southwest Pinnacles stands out in pelagic life and sharkpopulation.There are two wrecks specially recommended for scuba diving:• The Unicorn, around 12 miles off Mango Bay, is a 192 ft. (60 m.) cargo vessel sunk in 1989 that is completely intact.• The Torpedo was a 224 ft. (70 m.) Japanese cargo vessel that sank in the mid ’70s, it stands upright about 180 ft. (55 m.) deep.Ko Tao was ranked #2 as the island that issued the most diving certificates(after Cairns, Australia) but there´s plenty of nature walks and trails to hike aswell as a thriving yoga community 5
  6. 6. ANDAMAN SEA, DIVING IN JUNGLEBEAUTIESOn the west coast of Thailand, the Phuket province has access to a lot ofthe dives sites, including the Phi Phi Islands and the Racha Island. Kaho Lak isthe place to stay to explore the northern part of the Andaman Sea and it´s thepoint of departure for many liveaboards en route to the Similan Islands.Phuket has dive sites for day trips:• Shark Point, one of the most interesting, has pinnacles with healthy corals, a variety of scorpionfish and moray eels as well as leopard sharks.• Racha Island is another day trip option worth exploring. It has 12 different dive sites and it´s very good for snorkeling too. The Home Run Reef is one of the best rated, although there is some coral bleaching, you can dive to 72 ft. (22 m.), you can see the wreck of the Andaman Explorer and admire the impressive marine life.Ko Lanta Marine National Park has dive sites suitable for all level divers. HingDaeng and Hing Muang are the stand outs, these sites are good for drift dives,wall dives and big pelagic. It´s the best place for spotting gray reefsharks too. 6
  7. 7. The Phi Phi islands are where scenes from the movie The Beach were filmed.They are 45 km east of Phuket and Phi Phi Don is the biggest one, the only onewith hotel accommodations. Hin Dot is a good dive site with abundant sea life,yellow-line snappers and sweepers specially. Koh Bida Noc is a reallynice dive site with a cave, a wall with sea fans and there good chances tospot sharks.Similand Islands, in the Similan Marine National Park are nine islands ranked assome of the best dive sites in the world. There are no dive centers here, most ofthe diving operations are based on Phuket. A liveaboard is a good option toscuba dive the more than 20 dive sites around the islands. Elephant Head is agreat site, good for deep dives, caves and sharks. The coral is in verygood conditions too.Christmas Point is northwest of the Koh Bangu Islands, it´s a great site with bigdrop offs and you may easily spot sharks and large pelagics among the attractivefield of sea fans. Strong currents can happen here so you need to check with youroperator before diving at this site.Kaho Lak is a less populated location, with great jungle treks on elephant backsand sea canoeing. 7
  8. 8. DIVE OPERATORS LISTED IN THAILANDAndaman Scuba / Andy’s Scuba Diving / BB Divers / BB Divers KohKood / Blue Label Diving / Diva Marine / Eden Divers / Hippo Divers/ KiwiDiver/ Krabi Noi Marine Dive / Lanta Diving Safaris / Masterdivers / Merlin Divers Phuket / Pattaya Dive Center / PattayaSafari / Planet Scuba / Poseidon Dive Center / Prapaht Sea SportsClub / Rainbow Divers Vietnam / Real Divers / Santana Diving / Sea & SunDivers / Shell Diving / Smiling Sea Horses / Thailand Dive & Sail /Read more: find & Book an hotel recommended by our Dive Operators: 8
  9. 9. About the Author Thomas SACCONE is a former financial manager who discovered scuba diving in Costa Rica in 2007. Since then, he is only satisfied when underwater. 9