Thailand offers some of the best diving in the world. Closer to the mainland you have very good diving opportunities around the Koh Lanta(Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are two world class dive sites), Koh Phi Phi and Phuket Islands. These destinations offer good chances to dive with a Manta Ray or even a Whale Shark.
The cost for a day trip starts at about 3,400 Baht for 2 dives and 3,700 – 4,000 Baht for 3 dives. Rental dive equipment is 500 Baht for a set if you are traveling without your own gear. Diving insurance is available for only 250 Baht per day.
The best diving in Thailand is in the Andaman Sea, to the west of the kingdom. Two dive sites you shouldn’t miss are in the Southwest: Hin Daeng (Red Rock) and Hin Muang (Purple Rock). These world-class diving sites deserve to be in every divers’ top 10. Other places to target are the Similan and Surin Islands.
Where to dive Andaman Sea. Whether you’re looking for great landscapes, scuba diving or nightlife attractions, there is plenty of choice. Khao Lak. Explore the sparkling, rich waters of the Similan and Surin Islands. Koh Chang. Koh Lanta. Koh Lipe. Koh Phangan. Koh Phi Phi. Koh Racha.
Top 10 Dives : World’s Best Places for Scuba Diving Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia. Blue Corner Wall, Palau, Micronesia. The Yongala, Australia. Thistlegorm, Egyptian Red Sea. Shark and Yolanda Reef, Egyptian Red Sea. Manta Ray Night Dive , Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Great Blue Hole, Belize. USAT Liberty, Bali, Indonesia.
Bull sharks and Tiger sharks have been located occasionally in Thai waters but they are very rarely encountered by divers as they prefer staying at depth. The shark divers are most likely to encounter in Thailand is the grey reef shark, which grows quite large – up to 2 metres – but is harmless.
The fatality rate was 1.8 per million recreational dives , and 47 deaths for every 1000 emergency department presentations for scuba injuries. The most common injuries and causes of death were drowning or asphyxia due to inhalation of water, air embolism and cardiac events.
Start saving your pocket change future divers; taking a scuba diving course can be pretty expensive. Getting your Open Water scuba diving certificate can cost anywhere from $150.00 to $600.00 depending on how you go about deciding to complete your course. The average cost is about $250.00 to $300.00 per student.
It can take anything from 2-4 days in Thailand , depending on whether you plan to do home study before the course begins. After completing the course , you will be certified to dive independently to a max. depth of 18m, anywhere in the world.
Frequently called the diving capital of the world , Key Largo, which runs from mile marker 90 to 112, has all the underwater flair you’d expect including sunken ships, statues and coral reefs you have to see to believe.
The clear warm waters are enticing, and are pretty safe for most of the year. The sea does contain dangerous creatures, such as sea snakes, lionfish, stonefish and jellyfish. However, it’s only really jellyfish that could concern swimmers , and these are not much of a problem on Thailand’s Andaman coast.
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How much does scuba diving lessons cost in Thailand ? Taking PADI diving courses cost 5,980 THB per person to 15,400 THB per person.
The best way to dive in The Similan Islands is from a liveaboard boat. The majority of trips leave from Khao Lak, but there are departures from Ranong and Phuket too. The recommended length is a four-day four-night trip, but there are shorter options available.