Thailand, Far East & Australia
Thailand offers scuba diving holidays with clear water diving conditions and sandy beaches as far as the eye can see. Sportif recommend two diving locations, Khao Lak on the west Thailand coast and Phuket island, just 900 km south of Bangkok and easily reached by a short flight from the mainland. Khao Lak, on the west coast of Thailand’s mainland, is located an hour's drive from Phuket International Airport. Mile long white sandy beaches stretch as far as the eye can see. We have a choice of divers resorts with options for Thailand liveaboard extensions at the beginning or end.
Phuket's dive sites depths average between 18 to 30m and suit novice to the more experienced recreation diver. Explore drop-offs, small caves and wrecks as well as interesting rock formations and coral landscapes. The marine life of the Andaman Sea is very versatile with many varieties of tropical fish and rare species of sea horse and ghost pipe fish. Leopard sharks are frequently sighted and sometimes a manta is spotted. The dive sites in the Similan and Surin Islands are slightly deeper, with fantastic visibility of usually not less than 30m depending on local conditions. All levels of diver can dive here and enjoy the huge variety of marine life from coral fish, barracuda, sharks and manta and whalesharks during the season usually between February and May. We recommend a special trip to the Similan Islands, he Koh Bon site sand the Boonsung Wreck with it's huge variety of marine life.
Culture & Activities
Phuket is found 900 km south of Bangkok and is Thailand's largest island. Located in the Andaman Sea most of Phuket's tourist resorts are located along the island's beautiful west coast beaches of Patong, Karon and Kata, Famous for their busy bars, restaurants and there's also excellent shopping where tailor made suits cost a fraction of what they do back home. Khao Lak is bordered in the south by the Khao Lak National Park, and the famous Khao Sok National Park in the north, lies this region nestled in a picturesque landscape at the bottom of a tropical mountain side.
Best Time: Year Round
Average Air temps: 26-35°C
Average Water temps: 24-28°C
Top Dive Sites: Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock, , Surin Archipelago, Boonsung Wreck, Shark Point, Anemone Reef.
Hotel: Palm Garden Resort, Phuket >
Dive Centre: Sea Bees PADI >
Great Reasons to Dive in Thailand