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Explore the best dive sites in Thailand

From the Andaman Sea to the Gulf of Thailand, both beginner and advanced divers can find magnificent diving throughout this beautiful country’s coastal regions. Thailand is famous for its stunning white-sand beaches set against lush tropical forests and limestone cliffs jutting straight up out of the ocean. Thailand’s warm waters are thriving with marine life with over 200 species of fish, rays, turtles, and sharks and 80 species of colorful corals. Diving in Thailand is every diver’s dream. With its magical underwater world set against a stunning landscape and friendly locals offering delicious cuisine, it is no wonder Thailand is one of the most perfect dive destinations.

HTMS Sattakut 742, Wreck

The HTMS Sattakut is a wreck that rests at a max depth of 35m, with the top of the tower at 18m. The wreck is 48 meters in length and lies just south of a neighboring pinnacle dive site, Hin Pee Wee, a favorite destination for safety and deco stops after exploring the wreck.

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30 to 45 minutes southwest of Koh Tao, these large pinnacles range from 30 to 5 m. Sandy ocean floor with big rocks on the south side. many cracks on the pinnacles where small wildlife can be found. The shallower parts of the pinnacles are covered in magnificent anemones.

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Richelieu Rock is one of the most popular dive sites in Surin Islands National Park. It is a limestone reef that rises almost vertically from a depth of 35 meters, and appears only at low tide, about 1 meter above the surface.

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Shark Point is one of Phuket’s most popular dive sites. The three pinnacles of the Shark Point break the surface in a small area. The rest is submerged and covered in soft and hard corals. This is a great drift dive. You can frequently spot leopard sharks and bamboo sharks here, hence the name.

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Sail Rock is a pinnacle which rises to 15m above and 40m below the surface. Sail Rock lies between Koh Phangan and Koh tao. It’s famous for its natural underwater vertical swim through or chimney which divers can enter at 6 metres and exit at 18.

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Koh Tachai Pinnacle/The Dome

The Dome is a hidden reef point located about 500m south of Tachai Island. A large dome-shaped bedrock shaped like an upturned plate is dotted around a large granite boulder. The top of is at 12 meters and the current can be the strongest in the area depending on the conditions. As a result, there are many large predatory fish such as blue and white trevally, bluefin tuna, barracudas, manta rays, and whale bays.

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King Cruiser is rated as one of the best wreck dive sites in Asia, certainly Thailand. Having sank on May 4th in 1997 this is an amazing wreck dive sitting at over 30m, the top of the wreck is now around 18m. Suitable for Advanced and technical divers. Large Schools of fish and beautiful coral.

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Viking Cave has a striking bay and a beautiful cave above the water, but the real deal is underwater a few hundred meters to the north of Viking Cave. A few years ago, the Phuket Marine Conservation department put down a beautiful artificial reef to re-establish marine life after the tsunami.

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The main pinnacle of Chumphon Pinnacle comes as shallow as 14 meters and the deepest point of the site goes as deep as 45 meters. Offering great opportunities for divers at Open Water level through to XR level.

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This dive site is located at the northernmost tip of island 4. Many big rocks (boulders) where you can dive in between. Please note that there is almost always a current running at this dive site.

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Featured Dive Destinations

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The coral reefs around the Andaman Islands are isolated and are mostly untouched which provides for a great sampling of some of the best marine life.

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Scuba diving in Hokkaido is not for the faint of heart, however, as the water is either cold or frozen, and a dry suit will be needed.

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The Eastern Province of Sri Lanka is a perfect, traditional, Indian Ocean diving location that features all the best things the region has to offer.

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Tanintharyi Region

Tanintharyi is defined by its amazing variety, from dugongs to manta rays, amazing reef sharks to colorful macro such as shrimp, lobsters, crabs and frog fish.

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Also known as “The wild west of the Philippines“ due to its location and remoteness, the archipelago of Palawan is one of the largest provinces in the country.

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Western Gulf Islands

From Koh Tao to Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, the islands of the Western Gulf of Thailand offer wonderful diving conditions, with vibrant reefs and whale sharks.

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The island of Flores offers superb diving, spectacular scenery and a unique blend of cultures.

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You will have an unforgettable underwater experience in East Malaysia, one of the most important and beautiful scuba diving destinations in the world.

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If you’re looking to dive, it’s Sihaoukvill you will be aiming for, where the Andaman Sea is calm and clear, with fantastic visibility and a whole array of mari

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Pretty Nha Trang has become a hub for divers thanks to its wonderful variety, from fascinating macros to the eagle rays further from the shore.

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Explore underwater life

Aquatic life under our oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams is amazing! From microscopic zooplankton to the largest animal on earth, the blue whale, underwater life comes in all possible shapes and sizes. With 71% of the earth being covered with water, it is no wonder we are so fascinated with what lies beneath the surface. In fact, scientists estimate that there are nearly 1 million different species of aquatic animals. Freshwater ecosystems are home mainly to fish, invertebrates, and reptiles, whereas the ocean contains a wide array of marine life including fish, mollusks, crustaceans, reptiles, sharks, and marine mammals like whales, dolphins, seals, and manatees.

They are very peaceful and completely safe, making swimming with whale sharks an extraordinary experience.

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Zebra sharks are found living on coral and rocky reefs in the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific - here are the dive sites.

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Giant Oceanic Manta Ray

Scuba diving with mantas is one of the most amazing experiences any diver can have underwater.

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Diving with hawksbill sea turtles is one of the most desired encounters for most divers since they don’t venture far from the reef.

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Moray eels are usually seen with their heads poking out from the reef.

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Clownfish

If you’re lucky enough dive with clownfishes you could experience these cute little fish attempting to “attack“ you to defend their anemone.

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Barracuda are easily identifiable by their shiny, silvery color, long, snake-like body.

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Go diving with octopuses and you’ll encounter firsthand how interesting and incredible these animals really are.

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