One of the biggest questions we get in regards to scuba diving and dive courses in Thailand is where is best?
Having spent a large amount of time working and diving in all the locations our team knows how difficult it can be to choose which one to visit – so we though we’d put together a quick low down on each location to hopefully help you decide!
Koh Tao is one of our favourite places in Thailand. This island lives and breathes diving and more people head here for their open water than anywhere else in the world. By day you’ll have the chance to crack on with any level of scuba dive qualification, videography course or marine conservation internship and explore dive sites like the amazing Chumpon Pinnacle – regularly frequented by whale sharks! By night you can kick back in some of the many beach bars or join the infamous Koh Tao pub crawl.
It’s a great island to explore and we highly recommend taking a day trip over to the neighbouring Nang Yuang islands to relax and soak up the gorgeous views.
Pick if – Money is your biggest concern. Tao is the cheapest spot for fun dives, open water and dive master courses.
Phi Phi Island
Phi Phi is where out team have spend the most amount of time diving and gaining their own qualifications – and for good reason. There’s a great array of dive sites – and an abundance of amazing marine life. Whether you spend the day with turtles, leopard sharks or trying to find nemo there’s heaps to keep your attention! Scuba diving course on Phi Phi allow you to access a great range of dive sites including the King Cruiser Wreck.
The island itself is just a short hop from Phuket (meaning internal or international flights are easily accessible) and it’s easy to find party or tranquility depending on your mood. A stroll down to the beautiful long beach and the reef tip shark nursery or a venture up to the view point for sunset will fill the mellow days where as beach parties will help you let loose if you choose!
Pick if – You’re on a mid range budget and want a bigger variety of dive sites to choose from than Koh Tao
Although Khao Lak itself is rather quaint and quiet it’s the best base to access the diving jewel of Thailand – the Similan Islands.
This chain of islands (a few hours boat journey from the mainland) is home to some of the best dive sites, conditions and marine life in the area. Spots like Elephant Head Rock, Richelin Rock and Koh Bon West will offer the chance to cruise with whale sharks, manta ray, barracuda, turtles and huge shoals of fish.
For us it’s the best diving we’ve done in Thailand and we can’t wait to go back again!
We hope that gives you a better understanding of where to choose – and if you’re in any doubt drop our team a line and we’ll make sure you end up hitting the water in the best locations for your goals and budget.
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