Scuba Diving in Thailand

Scuba Diving News

A new coral reef discovered in Phang Nga's Tai Muang area covers some four square kilometers and accounts for about 5 per cent of all the coral areas in the Andaman Sea.

Announcement: Closure of Diving Spots

Southern region

On 21 January 2011, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation announced the closure of the following diving sites in 7 national marine parks in South Thailand due to severe coral reef bleaching. The closure is effective from 21 January 2011 until it recovers. The condition will be reassessed after one month.

The closed dive sites are:

  • Chueak Island in Hat Chao Mai National Park, Trang
  • Buloan Mai Pai and Buloan Rang Pheung Islands in Petra National Park, Satun
  • Takieng, Hin Ngam, Rawi, Dong Islands and Hat Sai Khao Beach in Tarutao National Park, Satun
  • Maphrao Island in Mu Koh Chumphon National Park, Chumphon
  • Hin Klang Reef in Noppharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park, Krabi
  • Fai Wap Bay and East of Eden in Mu Koh Similan National Park, Phang Nga
  • Suthep Bay, Stork Island, Hin Kong reef, Pakkard Bay and the reef in front of the National Park Office in Mu Koh Surin National Park, Phang Nga

Eastern region

As of 25 February, the closure of 3 more diving sites in the Gulf of Thailand in the eastern region have been announced as following:
  • Kra Island, Trat
  • Tian Island, Trat
  • Thonglang Island, Trat

Thailand Scuba Diving at a Glance

  • Two long coastlines - 2000 km
  • Two diving seasons
  • Diving luxury at bargain prices
  • Easy travel arrangements
  • A top 10 scuba diving destination
  • Thailand is a complete destination

Scuba Diving Day Trips

If your schedule is tight, or your outing is a family affair, many dive shops can arrange a variety of day trips. This option also allow you to experience the shore amenities of Phuket or Ko Samui each evening.

Scuba Diving Liveaboard

Dozens of dive boats ply the Andaman Sea from Ko Tarutao to the Burma Banks. Accommodations vary from budget to air conditioned luxury with gourmet meals.