Diving in Thailand
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Thailand has over 2,000 kilometers of coastline, brushed by hundreds of offshore islands. It enjoys a tropical climate and its waters are warm and clear and home to an immense variety of marine life and coral reefs making it heaven for scuba divers.
Divers in Thailand encounter a dazzling array of fish and marine life, including large pelagics such as whale-sharks and manta rays as well as an abundance of coral reefs and wrecks. Diving in Thailand is concentrated mainly around the tourist centres of Phuket and Koh Samui, although there are notable sites elsewhere.
The west coast of Thailand offers some of the best diving in Asia with world-class dive sites in the Andaman Sea such as the Similans, Surin and Hin Daeng. Professional operators provide first-class services and boats. Fully equipped ‘liveaboard’ boats take divers in comfort to the best sites, which can only be reached by overnight journeys.
In the east, the best sites are all close to the islands of Koh Samui, and Koh Tao, with the latter providing some great diving very close to shore.
The new diving frontier is in Burmese waters but can only be accessed from Thailand. The Mergui Archipelago is still being explored although there are already over eighty recognised dive sites providing truly world class diving.