Diving in Khao Lak

Fringed by picture-perfect beaches and kissed by the gleaming Andaman Sea, Khao Lak has earned its places as one of Thailand’s favourite beach resorts. The waters here are clear and warm, home to coral reefs and a great selection of wrecks. Khao Lak is also the jumping-off point for the Similan Islands, one of the top 10 scuba diving sites in the world and home to beautiful coral reefs as well as dramatic submerged rock formations, huge boulders and deep gorges. Here the visibility is 20 to 30m (65 – 98ft) and the best time of year to dive is between October and May. You can also strike out from Khao Lak to dive the Surin Islands, north of the Similan Islands, with live-aboard boats (there are day trips but it makes the days long) offering trips to discover some of the best coral in Thailand at Koh Torinla and your best chance of seeing whale sharks at Richelieu Rock as well as some great opportunities for underwater photography. Back in Khao Lak, you have four wreck sites to choose from, plentiful marine life and a mix of coral gardens and monoliths that puncture the underwater topography. Look closely and the macro life is quite dazzling as well.

Featured places to go in Khao Lak

Similan Islands

If you like your dive sites dramatic, head to the Similan Islands, where manta ray feeding stations meet soaring pinnacles and whale sharks like to pass through

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Surin Islands

To the north of the Similan Islands you will find the Surin Islands, famous for their spectacular reefs and popular with professional divers.

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Tap Lamu, Khao Lak and Bang Niang

Around Khao Lak there are some great local dive sites revealing fascinating wrecks that divers of every ability can enjoy.

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Aquatic Life in Khao Lak

The dive sites at Khao Lak offer superlatives at every turn. The Similan Islands promise an overwhelming display of coral and rocky swim-throughs, with leopard sharks, manta rays and turtles populating the waters. Richelieu Rock is not just a whale shark hangout, but also a place where you can see rays and lumpy frogfish, huge barracuda and grouper and tiny sea horses. Tuna, fusiliers and hawksbill turtles gather at Koh Tachai, while Koh Bon is perfect for spotting manta rays and eagle rays, black tip reef sharks and octopi. The wrecks offer their own rich marine life, from the colourful reef fish and pipefish at the Boonsug wreck to the Sea Chart wreck, which is home to lionfish and batfish.

Dive Sites in Khao Lak