Thailand is one of the best places in the world for scuba diving. The country has dozens of islands which have businesses that offer scuba diving day trips. Some of the day trips offer guests three full dives, but most are limited to two. There are also plenty of places which enable single-dive trips, for example half-day excursions that return after everyone has dived. The water in Thailand is warm and clear all year round, and there are always plenty of colourful species to look out for. The weather, local hospitality, low prices, great food and other activities also help to make Thailand such a great place to visit at any time of year. However, it’s important to know which areas are best for diving during a particular season and which are closed. Thailand’s east & west coast high seasons are not the same, although they do overlap a little.
The best place to dive in Thailand is on the country’s west coast. Not far from Phuket is a province called Phang Nga, which is home to the world-famous Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock. While the diving here is more expensive than in other parts of Thailand, it is well worth the extra investment for those who can visit between November and April. Koh Tao, on the east coast, is where most people fun dive and learn to dive in Thailand, but the sea conditions (visibility) and the large numbers of people diving on a budget make for a less pleasant experience than at The Similan Islands.