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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 and 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.

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Diving Conditions

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Best Time: Year Round

Average Air temps: 26-35°C

Average Water temps: 24-28°C

Visibility: 15-30m

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

  • Beautiful beaches
  • Sheltered diving for beginners on Phuket
  • Macro and Wide Angle photography
  • Rich culture - twin centre stay with Bangkok
  • Drift sites
  • Variety of coral gardens, drop offs, caves and wrecks.



Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.

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