Diving in Thailand
You can dive Thailand all year round. The best conditions exist from November to April, with whale sharks visiting from February to May, and manta rays all year round…..
For the Gulf of Thailand, the best months are May to August, when the Andaman Sea has it’s low season.
The world famous Richelieu Rock is perhaps the Thailand’s most famous site, and it rates as one of the best places in the world for diving with whale sharks. Koh Bon and Koh Tachai are great for manta rays and white tip reef shark encounters.
Turtle Island’s Dive Sites
This famous travellers island has long been known as a great place to learn how to scuba dive. This has always partly been due to the very competitive prices for diving in Koh Tao, but also due to the numerous sheltered and shallow bays that make excellent training reefs for students divers.
White Rock is located midway between Koh Tao’s Mae Haad Pier and Koh Nang Yuan. The site is very similar to Twins, being comprised of 2 big boulders which are only a few metres apart.
Koh Samui is the ideal base for exploring the dive sites on the Gulf of Thailand. The diving may not be quite as varied Phuket and the Similan Islands, but there are some very good dive sites around Samui and Koh Tao which can be combined with a stay at one of Samui’s excellent resorts
Phuket, Khao Lak, Phi Phi Islands and Ao Nang Beach – Krabi are the best resort areas for a Thailand diving holiday. Phuket is best placed to serve the whole region, and is popular with party-goers, whilst Khao Lak is ideally placed to focus on the northern Thai Andaman Sea. Ao Nang is set on the peaceful and spectacularly beautiful Krabi coastline across Phang Nga Bay, and Phi Phi’s magic draws sunseekers and travellers for the beaches and a slice of island-life.
Diving from Ao Nang Beach
This area consists of a group of 7 main islands dotted around Koh Poda – Koh Ha, Koh Si, Koh Yawabon, Koh Dor, Koh Talu, G.K. Island and Koh Yawasam. Local marine life that you’ll see when you’re diving in Krabi is both diverse and prolific with over 200 species of fish and 80 species of coral catalogued.
Koh Phi Phi Islands
Actually 2 Islands – Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh – these 2 awesome sisters languish in the sea like a pair of emerald jewels studding the aquamarine waters of Phang Nga Bay. It’s one of the most picturesque islands in the world. You’ll marvel at the stunning movie-set desert-island scenery both above and below the waterline.
The large island of Koh Talu boasts 2 shallow swim-throughs that are suitable for most levels of divers and large barracuda often frequent the entrances. Mantis shrimps are sometimes found scuttling across the bottom as you move to deeper waters. The coral extends a long way south and it is even possible to swim from the western side of this island right across to the next site, G.K. Island.
Tarutao National Marine Park, formed in 1974 and Thailand’s oldest national park, is in Southern Thailand in the Andaman Sea, near to the Malaysian border. It is about 32 nautical miles northwest of Langkawi.
Hin Musang was given official marine sanctuary status in 1992. It’s made up of 3 large rock pinnacles, the largest of which breaks the surface. These rocks abound with life. The sheer density and diversity of coral and fish life makes diving here a wonderful, sensual experience. Phuket Shark Point’s most colourful feature is the profusion of the purple and pink soft corals that cling to the rocks, and its huge barrel sponges.
Koh Bon Island lies an hour or so north of the Similan Islands. It’s one of the best places in Thailand to see manta rays, especially from April to May, though the last couple of years have seen Mantas almost year round.
Koh Rok, 25 kilometres south of Koh Ha are 2 sister-islands – Koh Rok Nok and Koh Rok Nai – separated by a narrow channel about 15 metres deep. The islands lie within the protective boundaries of the Mu Koh Lanta National Marine Park.
Why is it that Thailand is such a popular place for dive courses? Can it be the gorgeous weather, fantastic beaches, professionally run diving outfits? Or is it just the clear warm waters and the colourful, tropical sea-life? Whatever the reason, Thailand is the top choice of many and could be the best bet for you.
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Publié le août 1, 2012, dans Discover Thailand, Island Thailand, Thailand Travel News, voyage thailande, et tagué Andaman sea, discover Thailand, Diving Thailand, flights to thailand, Koh Phi Phi island, Krabi, Pattaya, Phuket, Phuket thailand, thailand, Travel thailand. Bookmarquez ce permalien. Poster un commentaire.