Scuba Diving - Pattaya, Thailand
Pattaya may not be at the top of the list for scuba dive sites in Thailand, but it does offer acceptable diving conditions year round.
Added to that the nearness to Bangkok and the opportunity to spend time in what will soon become the Las Vegas of Thailand makes Pattaya an attractive scuba diving destination for beginning and intermediate divers.
A number of dive shops and schools offer day trips to the islands in the Gulf of Thailand off Pattaya Bay. The area has hard and soft coral, numerous species of marine life and shipwrecks. Night dives are available as well.
One shipwreck is vertical, which allows divers to inspect the derelict in water as shallow as 5 meters.
Visibility in the area varies from 6 - 30 meters depending on the month, sea conditions, currents and weather. Currents are usually mild and normal water temperature is 28 degrees C.
Day trips that offer 2 - 3 dives that include rented equipment, divemaster and food start at around Bt 3,000.
Passengers and snorkeling; figure Bt 1,000
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Pattaya has a handful of PADI and NAUI dive schools and dive operations. Several are PADI 5 Star rated.
Mermaids Scuba Diving - PADI 5 Star - Tip Plaza, Beach Rd - Mermaid Beach Resort, Jomtien Beach Rd; tel (038) 323 219/207
Aquanauts Dive Centre - PADI 5 Star - 437/17 So 6, Beach
Road; tel (038) 361 724
Paradise Divers - Siam Bayview Hotel, Beach Rd; tel (038) 423 871/8 fax (038) 423 879
Moose Divers 72/28 Soi 5, Jomtien; tel (038) 231 874
Seafari Dive Center - Pattaya Beach Resort; tel(038) 429 060 fax (038) 361 356
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