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Diving in Thailand

Without a doubt Thailand is home to some of the finest and most beautiful beaches and islands in the world, surrounded by crystal clear water and stunning coral. And that is the main reason why the number of divers coming to Thailand has escalated over the past decade or so.

Even though the best time of the year to dive in Thailand is between October and June, it is still perfectly possible to dive virtually any day of the year. As Thailand is considered one of the safest destinations for diving and snorkeling in the world, it is perfect for first-timers wanting to try these pastimes out.

The sea visibility in some places of Thailand is almost unbelievable; which means talking about distances of up to 30 meters – unheard of in most parts of the world. One can enjoy splendid sights of underwater mountains, coral gardens, undersea rock formations, hard and soft coral, whale sharks, silver tip sharks, manta rays and even sunken battleships.

History

Diving in Thailand is a recently new phenomenon beginning with the American Navy SEALs during the Vietnam War. Thailand’s first ever diving store was opened in Pattaya in just 1977 and shortly after that very year, the popularity of diving for both Thais and foreigners in Thailand exploded.

After Pattaya, the next destination to see divers arriving by the busload was Phuket and they were soon heading out to dive in the gorgeous Similan Islands and the rest of the stunning Andaman Sea. In the fact, the Similan islands have been ranked as one of the top ten diving sites in the entire world. Today, diving is popular all over the Andaman Sea, including the virtually unseen Tarutao and Surin islands.

Over on the other side of Thailand in the Gulf of China, Ko Tao (Turtle Island) has recently emerged as the biggest diving destination in Thailand with over 20 major centers located on the island.

It is believed that Thailand is now the most popular destination for diving in the whole of Asia.


Statistical Facts

The Similan Islands are a prime example of encouraging divers, while at the same time maintaining ecological stability and preserving biological diversity of flora and fauna. From 1999 to 2003 the Similans attained a five fold increase in the amount of visitors, which was just 10,000 increased to 50,000 and most of them were divers. The income grew in that time from 22,000USD to a staggering 460,000USD with foreign divers each spending an average of roughly 1,200USD.

Diving Destinations and Diving Sites in Thailand

Thailand has 2 uniquely different diving zones consisting of The Andaman Sea on the west and The Gulf of Thailand on the east.


The Andaman Sea

Introduction: The best time of the year to dive in the Andaman is from October to April. The visibility in the Andaman is similar to that of the Gulf of Thailand but the area has more extensive coral reefs. Due to the influence of the southwest monsoon, most of the reefs surrounding the offshore islands occur on the east side of the islands.


List of Destinations


Phuket

Phuket Island has some decent dive sites and the largest diving center in Thailand. The reefs around the area are in a healthy condition with both solid and colorfully soft corals. There is also an abundance of marine life. Most of the dive locations are suitable for all levels of divers but there are also some that are quite deep.

The most well-known dive site in the Phuket area is Racha Yai with its sloping rocky reefs and its plentitude of solid coral forests. There is also Ter Bay where there is an exciting wreck in the depths of 25-35 meters. The area south Racha Yai, Racha Noi, is a haven for experienced divers as the depths are greater and the currents stronger. The overall topography is strikingly different from Racha Yai with huge granite boulders and the chance to see Manta Rays and Whale Sharks. The diving in Racha Noi compared to Racka Yai is definitely more challenging but the rewards are far greater. Just off Phuket, is the limestone island of Koh Doc Mai which soars vertically from the sea-bed. It is home to a diversity of fish and offers the opportunity to view leopard sharks, moray eels, octopus and turtles.


Krabi

This stunning part of Thailand offers some terrific diving and snorkeling sites with plenty of succulent soft coral, limestone crops and diversity of marine life. One can go diving for example off the nearby islands of Podah Nai and Nok.


The most popular destination however, in Krabi, is the beautiful island of Ko Phi Phi. Even though the island was struck badly by the Tsunami disaster in 2004, the area has recovered impressively and divers are coming back in flocks. The island has two remarkable limestone crops divided by a narrow flat isthmus and it is there where most of the visitors stay. Ko Phi Phi has an abundance of succulent coral and colorful schools of fish.


A popular and perhaps the best dive site off Ko Phi Phi is King Cruiser which claim remnants of a passenger ship which sunk in 1997 after it hit the Anemone reef. The Anemone reef is in itself a unique dive site with a massive limestone pinnacle which soars 30 meters from the seabed to just 4 meters beneath the surface. The site is well-known for its abundance of sea anemones that cling to every surface while attracting enormous schools of fish. Different types of fish to be seen include: tropicals, snappers, groupers and colorful clown fish, along with larger game-fish like tuna and barracuda as well as the occasional leopard shark.


There is also Shark Point which is a marine sanctuary with a reef that comprises of three pinnacles. The largest of which actually breaks the surface appearing as a barren rock outcropping. The reef is home to a delightful abundance of tropicals, colorful soft corals and vibrant sea fans that decorate the limestone pinnacles.


Along the sea from Krabi Town is quiet Ko Lanta, in fact the island is not just one but fifteen. The major island of Ko Lanta Yai is approximately 25km long with a string of white sandy beaches. The diving sites surrounding Ko Lanta are considered by many to be among some of the best the country has to offer. There is an enormous variety of fringing reefs, marine life, caves, rocks and islets.


Hin Daeng and Hin Muang near Ko Lanta are definitely two of the most favored dive sites in Thailand. Hin Daeng has the steepest and deepest in the whole of the country with fantastic marine life. Hin Muang next door is completely underwater and it is covered with delicate violet coral.


Other dive spots in Krabi province include Gareng Heng rock outcrop and the 5 islands of Ko Ha.



Similan Islands

Located in Phang Nga province, 90km north-west of Phuket, the Similan Islands boast one of Thailand’s most famous diving sites and can lay claim to having one of the best diving sites in Asia. The Similans consist of 9 islands (Similan means 9 in Malay language) Ko Bon, Ko Bayu, Ko Similan, Ko Payu, Ko Miang (two adjoining islands), Ko Payan, Ko Payang, and Ko Huyong. The islands are famed for their thriving reefs and abundance of delicate coral and superb variety of exciting marine life. It is possible to see chevron barracuda, giant trevally, manta rays, leopard sharks and rainbow runners.


Of all the islands, one of the most popular with divers is Ko Bon. This island has a sheer wall 35 meters deep which is followed by a stepped ridge descending to 45 meters. Located roughly 25km north of here, but not actually part of the Similans, is Ko Tachai with its lush tropical foliage and underwater ridge which juts out at 90 degrees. Divers may experience the opportunity to encounter leopard sharks, nurse sharks or whale sharks.


Other popular diving sites in Similans include:


  • Stonehenge: This is a large towering rock formation with a variety of marine life. Divers can spot barrel sponges, lionfish, gorgonian sea fans, barracuda, wrasse, ghost pipefish and long nose butterfly fish.


  • Snapper Alley: This site is extremely popular for night dives its solid healthy table and sheet provides marine life places to hide and sleep.


  • Shark-fin Reef: This is a great dive site for experienced divers. It is possible to spot clown trigger fish, half-moon trigger fish, bat fish and surgeon fish.


  • Elephant Head Rock: This rock is simply a massive boulder and is ideal for experienced and daring divers. Silver trevally, jet black trevally, small reef sharks, hawksbill turtle, lionfish, grouper and snapopers can all be seen.


  • East of Eden: Here boasts the most spectacular bommie in the Similans and the violet and blue corals are just breath-taking.


  • Donald Duck Bay: This rock was named after the cartoon character it resembles and it is another great site for marine life where one can also see crabs, octopus and cuttlefish running across the sea bed.

Surin Islands

The Surin Islands are virtually untouched with pristine virgin reefs that meticulously slope to the seabed. The islands are situated 80km west of Ranong province along the west cost of Thailand.

Located near the Surin islands is the horseshoe shaped Richelieu Rock which is considered by hoards of divers to be the most fantastic dive site in the whole of Thailand. The sheer diversity of marine life is amazing. Divers may see schooling chevron barracuda, numerous types of moray eels, abundant lionfish and scorpion fish and 5 types of anemone fish, juvenile emperor angel fish, sea horses, ornate ghost pipefish, harlequin shrimps and even whale sharks, manta rays and shovelnose rays. Richelieu Rock is a must-see for every diver in the south of Thailand.


Khao Lak

Khao Lak Marine National Park a palm fringed coastline with newly discovered reefs. The area is home to a plentitude of marine life and even a couple of wrecks. The Similan Island Marin Park is headquartered here and the Similan Islands lay 50km directly West. The Local pier, located at Tap Lamu is the main departure point for Similan Island daytrips and Liveaboards. The nearby sites of Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and the Surin Islands are all accessible via speedboats for one day or overnight trips.

Mergui Archipelago

This brand new diving area just south of Burma has only been opened to the public since 1997. The area is still relatively unknown and unexploded and offers the opportunity for divers to visit exciting new dive sites. The representation of coral however is sporadic and the underwater terrain is rather rugged, so making it all not quite and spectacular as the nearby Similan Islands. Parts of the area attract a diversity of sharks, manta eagle and marbled rays.


The Gulf of Thailand

Introduction: This cost of Thailand is a gigantic shallow depression just south of Cambodia. It is roughly 60 meters deep with a maximum of 85. The area boasts a staggering 112 islands with countless fringing reefs with rocks and succulent seabed. The reefs are not as varied as that of the Andaman Sea but the marine life is still prolific.


List of Destinations


Ko Tao

Ko Tao meaning Turtle Island, has grown into the hottest diving area in the country. The island with only an area of 21sq km lies north of Ko Samui and Ko Phang-ngan. Ko Tao’s astonishing popularity could be because there is something to satisfy every level of diver.

The Chumphon Pinnacle, located 11km from Ko Tao is considered by many divers to be the finest dive site in the region. It consists of a massive granite pinnacle and a series of smaller one. It starts at 14m underwater and drops to a low of 26, covered with sea anemones and pink anemones fish. Divers can even see schools of barracuda, jacks and batfish, then during the right season whale sharks and mantas appear.


Green Rock between just one and 28 meters deep are boulder formations which an array of short tunnels and swim throws. Diving at the rock offers the splendid opportunity to enjoy parrot fish breeding, white eyed morays and blue spotted rays. The area is safe and is perfect for everyone of every level. It is believed to be one of the most exciting sites in the Ko Tao area.


The Nangyuan Pinnacle is undoubtedly the most popular of all the sites in the region. Its granite boulder formations have a diversity of swim-throughs and tropical reef fish such as groupers, long fin, banner fin and blue spotted stingrays.


Shark Island just off the south-west coast is another of the most popular areas to dive with depths of almost 30 meters and hawksbill turtle, blue ridged angel, long fin banner, leopard sharks and reef sharks. The area is perfect for any standard of diving.


The South-West Pinnacle offers diving ranges between 5 and 30 meters deep. The series of steep pinnacles rise from the sandy seabed and offer an ample variety of colorful marine life, such as butterfly fish, blue-ringed angelfish, jacks, barracudas and occasional whale sharks.


Twins which lies just to the west of Ko Nangyuan is made of rocks with depths of 6 to 18 meters. Among the hard corals are big grouper, white-eyed morak eels, pink anemone, clown fish, blue spotted rays, wrasse and black and white sergeant major fish.


White Rock near Twins offers decent depths for all levels of divers and is a good place for night dives. Marine life there includes butterfly fish, parrot fish, angel fish, large barracuda titan trigger fish and red breasted wrasse.


Ko Phangan

This ‘hippy’ hideout of an island famous for its full-moon parties is an excellent departure point for the northern most part of the Ang Thong Marine National Park. The visibility in the area is just 4 meters with a highest of 25.


Ko Samui

Ko Samui is more renowned for its long sandy beaches and sizzling nightlife than its diving, but there are some enjoyable sites nearby.

Sail Rock is by far and away the most well-known dive site in the Ko Samui area. It is a rock pinnacle shaped like an iceberg which emerges from a sandy seabed at 40m to tower 15m above the surface. It is also a magnet for fish and there are fascinating schools of anemones and pink anemones.

Koh Yippon consists of 50 different islands. The visibility is lower than that of the other sites in the area but the scenery is still beautiful.


Chumphon

Chumphon province offers the visitor an astonishing array of natural attractions and it is a good place to stop and enjoy the healthy diversity of marine life and fringing reefs. One can also do some night diving.

Ko Lak Ngam located just 15km north-east of Chumphon, is one of 40 islands which belong to the Chumphon Marine National Park. There is plenty of hard and soft corals and hosts home to a large amount of sea life such as bat fish, trevally, fusiliers, turtle and seasonal whale sharks.


Pattaya

Just 90 minutes from the capital, this coastal shoreline is ideal for those in Bangkok who wish to do some diving on their day off.

Undoubtedly, the most popular destination in Pattaya for diving buffs is the Hardeep Wreck which was sunk by the allies in the Second World War. The wreck lies on its starboard side at a maximum depth of 26 meters.


Ko Chang Marine National Park

Ko Chang has seen an explosion in the amount of visitors over the past few years. It is just one of a total 52 islands in the Marine National Park. Even though the area has previously been victim to man-made wrongs, there is still the chance to enjoy fringing reefs, marine life, a wreck, giant clams and snorkeling.


Hin Kuak Maa offers the diver a huge variety of solid and soft corals which are home to the likes of moray eels, blue spotted sting rays, sea turtles, starfish, stonefish and puffer fish.


Hin Luk Bath has turned into one of the most favored dive sites around with its boulder formations which appear from a sandy seabed 15 meters down The way they jut out allows a vast array of corals and barrel sponges. It is also possible to spot angel fish and barracuda.


Hin Rap South is a 18 meter rock pinnacle which can be dived by anyone of every level. It is covered with staghorn corals, barrel sponges and delicate corals. Experienced divers can also venture out 200 meters to admire a group of rocks known as Blue Mountains which often glow from the sun.


Hin Run Tek with an average depth of 12 meters, is a huge rock formation site with a diversity of colorful marine life such as parrotfish, wrasse and angelfish.


When to dive in Thailand

The best time to dive in the Andaman Sea is from October to April, and in the Gulf of Thailand from May to September. However though, it is okay to dive all year round.



Diving Courses and Types Available

There are four diving companies operating in Thailand offering diving certification, they are:

  1. PADI - The Professional Association of Diving Instructors
  2. NAUI - The National Association of Underwater Instructors
  3. SSI – Scuba Schools International
  4. BSAC - The British Sub-Aqua Club


Instruction Location

Of all the above companies PADI is certainly the most famous. PADI, NAUI and SSI offer diving instruction at every major diving site in Thailand, they are:

  • Phuket
  • Ko Tao
  • Krabi
  • Similan Islands
  • Ko Samui
  • Ko Chang

The BSAC - The British Sub-Aqua Club only offers instruction on Phuket.

Out of the entire above diving course location, Ko Tao has turned into the major destination for taking a diving course in Thailand.


Types of Instruction Courses Available

PADI, NAUI and SSI offer the following courses in Thailand:

  1. Scuba Diver
  2. Skin Diver
  3. Open Water Diver
  4. Adventure Diver
  5. Advanced Open Water Diver
  6. Emergency First Response
  7. Rescue Diver
  8. Dive Master
  9. Search & Recovery Diver
  10. Training Assistant
  11. Underwater Archeologist
  12. Master Scuba Diver
  13. Instructor Course
  14. Advanced Scuba Diver
  15. Deep Diver
  16. Dry Suit Diver
  17. Enriched Air Nitrox Diver


Out of all these courses offered in Thailand, the basic Scuba Diver course is the most popular.


Types of Diving Available in Thailand

  1. Snorkeling
  2. Free diving
  3. Scuba diving
  4. SNUBA diving
  5. Eco diving
  6. Wreck diving
  7. Night diving
  8. Rescue diving
  9. Cave Diving
  10. Diving with disabilities


All of the above types of diving can be experienced in Thailand at all major diving sites except number 5. Wreck Diving can be found at The Similans, Ko Phi Phi and Pattaya.


Of all the types of diving available in Thailand snorkeling and scuba diving are the most popular. Since people are becoming more and more aware of man-made destruction of natural coral etc. The popularity of Eco-diving has been soaring over the past few years.

Diving Vacation in Thailand

Day Trips

Usually, day trips itinerary and timetable are designed to allow the diver access to select his favorite local dive sites. With 2 or 3 dive options, he can choose the trip best suitable to him. The trips usually include hotel transfers, a dive master or instructor, tanks, weights, and belts, lunch, and three to four dives--depending on the day, the destination, and the boat.

Two-day trips are also available which usually include 7-dives, hotel accommodation, and meals. They are similar to mini-liveaboards



Diving Holiday Package

Diving packages are designed for tourists who want to either stay for a longer period of time or have come to Thailand especially to dive. There are various kind of packages designed for the diver. Various diving operators or agents have a variety of different packages with different cost range of accommodation.

For e.g.:

Khao Lak Resort Packages

  • High Budget – Baan Khao Lak Resort
  • Medium Budget – Best Western Palm Galleria Resort
  • Low Budget – Khao Lak Mohin Tara Hotel


Koh Phi Phi Resort Packages

  • High Budget – Holiday Inn
  • Medium Budget – PP Erawan Palms Resort
  • Low Budget – PP Banyan Villa


Krabi Resort Packages

  • High Budget – The Cliff Ao Nang Resort
  • Medium Budget – Ao Nang Villa Resort
  • Low Budget – Ao Nang Paradise Resort


Koh Samui Resort Packages

  • High Budget – Banburi Resort and Spa
  • Medium Budget – Chaweng Villa Beach Resort
  • Low Budget – AI’s Hut Hotel



Liveaboard

Liveaboard dive boats offer the opportunity to visit various locations for 3 – 10 days at a time. They usually require overnight travel before arriving at their destinations. All trips usually include dive masters.


These boats travel to the following locations:

  1. The Similan Islands
  2. The Surin Islands : Ko Bon, Ko Tachai and Richelieu Rock
  3. Hin Daeng
  4. The Mergui Archipelago
  5. The Andaman Islands

Thailand Diving Operators and Services

All dive centers and schools should be moved to the individual desination articles


Dive Centers in Thailand

Bangkok

  • Aqua Sport 45/3 Soi Sukhumvit 31 (Tel: 0 2662 1417-8 Fax: 0 2258 4592)
  • Dive Info Chitlom BTS (Sky Train) Station, Ploenchit (Tel: 0 2655 4646)
  • Dive Master Dive Master Co., Ltd. 16 Asoke Court, Sukhumvit 21 Road (Tel: 0 22593191 Fax: 0 2259 3197)
  • Just Dive It, Khaosan road Bangkok Tel: 02 2822205 Fax: 02 2822202, E-mail: info@justdiveit.com, http://www.justdiveit.com/
  • Planet Scuba Floor 2, Terminal Centre, Sukhumvit Soi 24 (Tel: 0 2261 4412 Fax: 0 2261 4414)
  • R and Son Scuba Travel Co., Ltd. 141/7 Chollathip Village, Soi Chaengwattana-Pakkret4, Pakkret(Tel: 0 2960 9842-3 Fax: 0 2960 9844)
  • Scuba Jamboree Racquet club no.8, room 102, Sukhumvit 49/9, Sukumwit Road (Tel: 0 2714 7210 Fax: 0 2714 7210)
  • Sport Time 918 Wachirathamsathit 30, Sukhumvit 101/1 (Tel: 0 2747 7640)
  • Thailandscuba 41/181 Family Town, Inthamara 29, Suthisarn Road, Phayathai
  • Thai Sea Frog Diving Sukhumvit Soi 22, Sukhumvit Road (Tel: 02 663 4125)
  • Wahoo Diving Center 114 Sukhumvit 26 (Tel: 0 2392 9591 Fax: 0 2260 7903)

Chonburi

  • Aquanauts Dive Centre 437/17 Moo 6, Soi Yodsak, Beach Road (Tel: 0 3836 1724 Fax: 0 3841 2097)
  • Mermaid's Scuba Diving Center 75/124 Moo 12, Jomtien Beach Road Nongprue, Banglamung (Tel: 0 3823 2219-20 Fax: 0 3823 2221)
  • Siam Divers 380 Mu10 Daa-Laa-Pan 1, Soi 17, Banglamung (Tel: 0 3830 0422)


Krabi

  • Lanta Diver 197/3 Mu 1, Saladan Koh Lanta (Tel: 0 7568 4208 Fax: 0 7568 4057)
  • Go Dive Lanta 116 Mu 1, Saladan, Ko Lanta (Tel: 0 7568 4320, 0 7568 4640)
  • Hippodivers Hippodivers cabana hotel (Tel: 0 7561 8200 Fax: 0 7561 8201)
  • Koh Lanta Diving Center Saladan, Koh Lanta (Tel: 0 7568 4065)
  • Phi Phi Scuba Ton Sai Bay, Phi Phi Island (Tel: 0 7561 2665)
  • Princess Divers 103 Mu 7, Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Muang (Tel: 0 7562 2079 ext 460 Fax: 0 7561 2188)


Phang Nga

  • Liquid Adventure, Khao Lak 13/43 Moo 7, Takuapa, Pang Nga, Thailand. Phone:+66 76 485 068 Web: http://[www.liquid-adventure.com]
  • Wicked Diving 4/17 Moo7, Khao Lak, Khuk Khak, Takuapa, Thailand. (Tel: 0 76 485 868 Fax: 0 76 485 878, Website: http://www.wickeddiving.com)
  • Haad Yao Divers Haad Yao Beach, at Sandy Bay Bungalow (Tel: 0 4279 3085)
  • Kon-Tiki Phang Nga P.O.Box 5, Lam-Kean, Tambon Lam-Kean, Amphoe Tai-Muang (Tel: 0 7642 0208 Fax: 0 7642 0209)
  • Similan Diving Safaris 4/54 Mu 7, Khaolak, Kukkak, takuapa (Tel: 0 7642 3470 Fax: 0 7642 3471)209

Phuket

  • Andaman Divers 62 Prabaramee Road, Patong beach (Tel: 0 7634 1126 Fax: 0 7634 1126)
  • ALOHA SNUBA Thailand 48/22 Moo 2, Rawai (Tel: 081-91-SNUBA(76822) Fax: 076-289-638 Website: SNUBA
  • Dive the World Thailand 210/26 Ratuthid Road, Patong Beach (Tel: 0 7634 4736)
  • Fantasea Divers 219 Rat U-thai Road (Tel: 0 7634 0088 Fax: 0 7628 1389)
  • Marina Divers 120/2 Patak Road, Karon Beach (Tel: 0 7633 0272 Fax: 0 7633 0998)
  • Pro-Tech Dive College 389 Patak Road, Karon Beach (Tel: 0 7628 6112 Fax: 0 7628 6112)
  • Sea Bees 83 130 Phuket - 1/3 Mu 9 Viset Road, Ao Chalong (Tel: 0 7638 1765 Fax: 0 7628 0467)
  • Siam Dive n Sail 16/37 Chao Fa East Road, Mu 8, Chalong Bay (Tel: 0 7633 0967 Fax: 0 7633 0990, website: http://siamdivers.com)
  • Sunrise Diving 198/12 Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong, Phuket, Thailand. (Tel: 0 7629 2052 Fax: 0 7629 3034, Website: http://www.sunrisediving.net)
  • Sunrise Divers Centre 269/24 Patak Road (Karon Plaza), Karon Beach (Tel: 0 7639 8040)
  • Peterpan Andaman Diving Co.,Ltd. 8/62-3 Moo 3 Kwang Rd. Tambon Vichit, Amphur Muang Phuket 83000 Thailand Website: Peterpan Cruise

Surat Thani

  • Asia Divers Koh Tao (Tel: 0 7745 6055)
  • Buddha View dive resort Koh Tao (Tel: 077 456074)
  • Ban's Diving Koh Tao (Tel: 0 7745 6466)
  • Big Blue Diving Center 17/18 Mu 1, Koh Tao (Tel: 0 7745 6415 Fax: 0 7745 6772)
  • Captain Caveman's Dive Center 159/32 Mu 2, Bophut, Koh Samui (Tel: 0 7742 2215 Fax: 0 7742 2215)
  • Coral Grand Divers Koh Tao Sairee Beach, Koh Tao (Tel: 0 7745 6431-3 Fax: 0 7745 6430)
  • Crystal Dive Resort Mae Haad (Tel: 0 7745 6107 Fax: 0 7745 6107)
  • Easy divers S.E.D. Co.,Ltd, 169/3-9 Mu 4, Tambon Maret (Tel: 0 7741 3373 Fax: 0 7741 3374)
  • Koh Phangan Dive Club 61/20 Mu 2, Ban Tai, Koh Phangan (Tel: 0 7737 7150)
  • Phangan Divers P.O. Box 4, Thongsala, Koh Pha-ngan (Tel: 0 7737 5117)
  • Samui International Diving School Angthong Road, Naton, Koh Samui, Chaweng Beach (Tel: 0 7723 1242 Fax: 0 7723 1242)
  • Sunshine Divers Koh Tao (Tel: 0 7745 6061)

Trat

  • BB Divers Bang Bao 16/2 (Tel: 0 6155 6212)
  • Koh Chang Divers Bamboo Bungalows, White Sand Beach
  • Koh Chang Waterworld Koh Chang Plaza A1-A2 (Tel: 0 6139 1117)
  • Ploy Scuba Diving PO Box 4, 23170 Koh Chang (Tel: 0 6155 1331)



Liveaboards

  • Barcodescuba 174/25 Mu 9, Bangtungtawanthong, Chonburi (Tel: 08 1902 7611, E-mail: dive@barcodescuba.com)
  • Colona Diving & Tours 393 Patak Road, Karon, Muang Phuket (E-mail: colonadt@loxinfo.co.th)
  • Coral Grand Divers Coral Grand Divers Khao Lak, 5/2 Mu 7, Phetkasem Road, Khao Lak, Phang-Nga (Tel: 0 7742 3308 Fax: 0 7742 3309, E-mail: info@queenscuba.com)
  • Dive the World Thailand Song Roy Pee Centre, 210/26 Ratuthid Road, Patong Beach, Phuket (Tel: 0 7634 4736 Fax: 0 7634 4736, E-mail: info@Dive-The-World.com , [1])
  • Excalibur Liveaboards111 Mu7, Ao Nang, Phi Phi Island, Krabi (Tel: 0 7561 2092 Fax: 0 7561 2092, E-mail: info@thailand-liveaboard.com, [2])
  • Haad Rin Divers Seagarden Resort, Koh Phangan (Tel: 0 7737 5415 Fax: 0 7737 5414, E-mail: haadrindivers@hotmail.com)
  • Kon-Tiki Krabi Diving & Snorkeling Center 290/20 Mu 2, Ao Nang, Krabi (Tel: 0 7563 7675, 0 7563 7826 Fax: 0 7563 7676, E-mail: kontiki2@loxinfo.co.th)
  • KrabiDivers.com Sea of Love Plaza, opposite McDonalds, Ao Nang, Krabi (Tel/Fax: 0 7569 5480, E-mail: info@krabidivers.com)


  • Liquid adventure13/13 Mu 7, Khao Lak, Takuapa, Pang Nga (Tel: 0 7642 3068 Fax: 0 7642 3069, E-mail: diving@liquid-adventure.com)
  • Manta Point Dive Center 5/12 Mu 7, Khuk Khak, Takuapa, Khao Lak, Phang Nga (Tel/Fax: 0 7642 0570, E-mail: info@mantapoint.com )
  • Moskito Diving Center111 Mu 7, Ao Nang, Phi Phi Island (Tel: 0 7561 2092 Fax: 0 7561 2092, E-mail: info@moskitodiving.com, [3])
  • Phi Phi Scuba Diving Center Ton Sai Village, Phi Phi Island, Krabi (Tel: 0 7561 2665, E-mail: info@phiphi-scuba.com, http://www.phiphi-scuba.com/)
  • Phuket Divers Co.,Ltd 13/13 Mu 7, T. Khuk Khak,, Khao Lak, Amphoe Takua Pa, Phang Nga (Tel: 07648 5628 Fax: 0 7648 5266)
  • Phuket Pro Dive 43/24 Mu 5, Ao Chalong Road, Tambon Rawai, Muang Phuket (Tel: 0 7638 3913-4 Fax: 0 7638 3915 Mobile: 08 1893 4686, 08 1891 9276, E-mail: prodive@phuket-scuba-diving.com)


  • Phuket Scuba Club 241 Koktanod road, Kata Beach (Tel/Fax: 0 7628 4026, E-mail:info@phuket-scuba-club.com)
  • Posiedon Dive Centre23/1 Mu 2 and 172 Mu 2, Ao Nang Beach, Krabi (Tel: 0 7563 7263 Fax: 0 7563 7264)
  • Railey Village Resort West Beach, Ao Nang Beach (Tel: 0 7563 7064, Email: pndivers@loxinfo.co.th)
  • Santana diving & canoeing 49 Taweewong Road, Patong Beach, Phuket (Tel: 0 7629 4220 Fax: 0 7634 0360, E-mail: info@santanaphuket.com)
  • Scuba Addicts 245/5 Mu 2, Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Muang, Krabi (Tel: 0 7563 7705 Mobile: 08 9586 1990, E-mail: diving@scuba-addicts.com)
  • Seafan Ao Nang Beach (Tel: 0 7563 7214 Fax: 0 7563 7214)
  • Seimoa 123 Meyer Road #22-04, The Makena Apartments, Singapore (Tel: (65) 9730 3945 Fax: 0 7642 0209, E-mail: info@seimoa.com, Website: [4], [5])
  • Siam Dive n' Sail 68/14 Soi Katekwan (behind Club Med) Mu 2, Kata Beach, Phuket (Tel: 0 7633 0967 Fax: 0 7633 0990, E-mail: info@siamdivers.com)
  • Similan Liveaboard, 4/17 Moo 7, Khao Lak, Thailand (Tel: 0 76 485 868 Fax: 0 76 485 878, E-mail: info@wickeddiving.com , [6])
  • Sunrise Diving 198/12 Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong, Phuket, Thailand. (Tel: 0 7629 2052 Fax: 0 7629 3034, E-mail: info@sunrisediving.net, Website: http://www.sunrisediving.net)
  • The Dive Site (Tel: 0 2651 2632 Fax: 0 2651 2633, E-mail: dive@divesiteasia.com)

Diving Schools

Koh Ngai (Hai)

  • Rainbow Divers Brigitte Monat and Lothar Gensing, Koh Hai Resort Dive Shop, 205 Subdistrict Phattalung, Trang (Tel: 0 7521 1045, E-mail: RainbowTau@aol.com)


Koh Muk, Trang

  • Princess Divers Charlie Beach Resort, Trang


  • Sea Moth Dive Center and Tour 212/5 Vestkul, Tubtieng (Tel/Fax: 0 7522 5969, E-mail: seamoth2004@yahoo.com)


Koh Lanta

  • Aqua Scuba 122 Mu 2, Tambon Saladan (Tel: 08 6953 6223 Fax: 0 7568 4563, E-mail: dive@aquascuba.net)
  • Blue Planet Divers 3 Mu 1, Ban Saladan (Tel/Fax: 0 7568 4165, E-mail: scuba@blueplanetdivers.net)
  • Dive & Relax 111 Mu 2, Phrae Beach (Tel: 0 4842 2191, 08 9050 3009 Fax: 0 7568 4193, E-mail: info@diveandrelax.com)
  • Diving Atlantis (Tel: 08 1228 4106)
  • Go Dive Lanta 116 Mu 1, Saladan (Tel/Fax: 0 7568 4320, E-mail: info@godive-lanta.com)
  • Justdiveit.com (E-mail: info@justdiveit.com, [7])
  • Ko Lanta Diving Center (E-mail: KLDC@kolanta.net)
  • Laguna Fun Divers 147 Mu 1, Tambon Saladan (Tel: 0 7568 4528, E-mail: lagfund@gmx.de)
  • Lanta Diver Co Ltd (Tel: 0 7568 4208)
  • Lanta Diving Safaris 289 Mu 1 (Tel: 0 7568 4904 Fax: 0 7568 4905, E-mail: manta@lanta-diving-safaris.com)
  • Narima Diving 98 Mu 5, Klong Nin Beach (Tel: 0 7560 7700 Fax: 0 7560 7709, E-mail: narimadiving@hotmail.com, [8])
  • SCool Divers 173 Mu 1, Saladan (Tel: 0 7568 4654, E-mail: info@scooldivers.com)
  • Scubafish 72 Mu 5, Kan Tieng Bay (Tel: 0 6946 8262, 0 9482 5898 Fax: 0 7566 5093 Mobile: 0 6946 8262, E-mail: info@scuba-fish.com)
  • White and Blue Dive Club 218 Mu 1, Ban Saladan, Koh Lanta Yai (Tel: 0 7535 7534 Fax: 0 7568 4589, E-mail: lanta@white-bluedive.com)


Koh Phi Phi

  • Barakuda Diving Ton Sai Bay (Tel: 0 7562 0698 Fax: 0 7562 0698)
  • Moskito Diving Center 111 Mu 7, Ao Nang (Tel: 0 7561 2092 Fax: 0 7561 2092, E-mail: info@moskitodiving.com)
  • Paradise Diving & The Paradise Resort (Tel: 08 1968 3982, E-mail: info@divethailand.com)
  • Phi Phi Princess Divers & Spa Resort 107 Mu 7, Tambon Ao Nang (Tel: 0 7562 2079 Fax: 0 7561 2188
  • Phi Phi Scuba Diving Center Ton Sai Village (Tel: 0 7561 2665, E-mail: info@phiphi-scuba.com, [9])
  • Visa Diving Center 77 Mu 7, Ao Nang (Tel: 0 7560 1157 Mobile: 08 6119 4570 Fax: 0 7560 1269, E-mail: visadiving@gmail.com)
  • White and Blue Dive Club 134 Ao Nang (Tel: 0 7562 0589 Fax: 0 7562 0589, E-mail: phiphi@white-bluedive.com)


Krabi

  • Ao Nang Divers 143 Mu 2, Ao Nang (Tel: 0 7563 7242 Fax: 0 7563 7246, E-mail: info@aonang-divers.com, [10])
  • Coral Diving Krabi Resort Ao Nang (Tel/Fax: 0 7563 7662, E-mail: info@coral-diving.com)
  • Kon-Tiki Krabi Diving & Snorkeling Center 290/20 Mu 2, Ao Nang (Tel: 0 7563 7675, 0 7563 7826 Fax: 0 7563 7676, E-mail: kontiki2@loxinfo.co.th)
  • KrabiDivers.com Sea of Love Plaza, opposite McDonalds, Ao Nang (Tel/Fax: 0 7569 5480, E-mail:info@krabidivers.com
  • Phra Nang Divers Railey Village Resort, West Beach, Ao Nang Beach (Tel: 0 7563 7064, E-mail: pndivers@loxinfo.co.th)
  • Posiedon Dive Centre 23/1 Mu 2 and 172 Mu 2, Ao Nang Beach (Tel: 0 7563 7263 Fax: 0 7563 7264)
  • Reefwatch Worldwide 48/23 Krabi Road (Tel: 0 7563 2650, E-mail: sales@reefwatchworldwide.com)
  • Scuba Addicts 245/5, Mu 2, Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Muang (Tel: 0 756 37705 Mobile: 08 9586 1990, E-mail: diving@scuba-addicts.com)
  • Seafan Ao Nang Beach (Tel: 0 7563 7214 Fax: 0 7563 7214)
  • Sting Ray Divers 202 Mu 2, Ao Nang Beach (Tel: 0 7563 7493 Fax: 0 7563 7493)
  • Viking ScubaTon Sai Beach, Railey Bay


Phuket

  • ALOHA Phuket-Diver Rawai, Muang (Tel: 08191-SNUBA(76822), E-mail: info@Phuket-Diver.com [11])
  • Peterpan Cruise Diving & Travel : 8/62-3 Moo 3 Kwang Rd. Tambon Vichit, Amphur Muang Phuket 83000 Thailand Mobile : +66 (0) 84 638 6668 Tel : +66 (0) 76 521 948 or +66 (0) 76 521 949 Fax : +66 (0) 76 521 949 E-mail : info@peterpancruise.com Peterpan Cruise
  • Bubble Dive 135/8 Mu 4, Tambon Rawai, Amphoe Muang (Tel: 08 1645 8922, 0 7628 1198)
  • Colona Diving & Tours 393 Patak Road, Karon, Muang (E-mail: colonadt@loxinfo.co.th)
  • Dive Community Dive Community18 Soi Kok Tanode, Mu 2, Kata (Tel: 08 1728 9761, 0 7628 4060, E-mail: orangeslemons@hotmail.com)
  • Dive Adventures Asia (Tel: 001-281-733-4909 Fax: 001-832-282-2885, E-mail: info@DiveAdventuresAsia.com, [www.DiveAdventuresAsia.com])
  • Dive Asia 24 Karon Road (Tel: 0 7633 0598 Fax: 0 7628 4033, E-mail: reservations@diveasia.com)
  • Dive Travel Asia 27/156 Mu 8, Choke Tip Villa, Chalong (Tel: 0 7628 3339 Fax: 0 7628 3339, E-mail: info@divetravelasia.com)


  • Dive the World Thailand Song Roy Pee Centre 210/26 Ratuthid Road, Patong Beach (Tel: 0 7634 4736 Fax: 0 7634 4736, E-mail: info@Dive-The-World.com, [12])
  • Kamala Dive Center 95/2 Mu 3, Kamala Beach (Tel: 0 7638 5254 Mobile: 08 1086 0557 (Carl), E-mail: info@kamaladivecenter.com)
  • Kon-Tiki Co., Ltd. 42/14 - 15 Mu 5, Rawai, Muang (Tel: 0 7628 0366, 0 7628 1382 Fax: 0 7628 0357, E-mail: kontiki@loxinfo.co.th)
  • Oceanic Divecenter 30 Karon Road, Tambon Karon, Muang (Tel: 0 7633 3043 Fax: 0 7633 3063 Mobile: 08 1970 1599, E-mail: info@oceanicdivecenter.com)
  • Phuket Scuba Club 241 Koktanod road, Kata Beach (Tel/Fax: 0 7628 4026, E-mail: info@phuket-scuba-club.com)
  • Poseidon Diving Atlas Dive Resort, 14 Vised Road, Rawai, Amphoe Takua Pa (Tel: 0 7638 1286 Fax: 0 7638 1279, E-mail: info@poseidondiving.com, [13])
  • Pro-tech Dive College 389 Patak Road, Karon Beach (Tel: 0 1270 4504, 0 4839 3922, E-mail: info@protechdivers.com, [14])
  • Santana diving & canoeing 49 Taweewong Road, Patong Beach (Tel: 0 7629 4220 Fax: 0 7634 0360, E-mail: info@santanaphuket.com)
  • Sea Bees Diving 1/3 Mu 9 Viset Road, Ao Chalong (Tel: 0 7638 1765 Fax: 0 7628 0467, E-mail: info@sea-bees.com)
  • Sea Bees Kata 96 Tayna Road, Kata Beach (Tel/Fax: 0 7628 4044, E-mail: info@phuket-scuba.com)
  • Seafarer Divers Ltd CO (RAWAI P.O. Box 2) 1/10-11 Mu 5, Soi Ao Chalong, Viset Road, Tambon Rawai, Amphoe Muang (Tel: 0 7628 0644 Fax: 0 7638 1219, E-mail: info@seafarer-divers.com)
  • Sea Fun Divers 14 Kata Noi Road, Karon (Tel: 0 7633 0124, E-mail: info@seafundivers.com)
  • Sea King Divers 20/24 Mu 4, Soi Suksan, Viset Road, Rawai, Muang (Tel: 0 7628 8971 Fax: 0 7638 3803 Mobile: 08 18923320, E-mail: info@seaking-diving.com)
  • Seimoa 123 Meyer Road #22-04, The Makena Apartments, Singapore (Tel: (65) 97303945 Fax: 0 7642 0209, E-mail: info@seimoa.com, Website: [15],[16])
  • Siam Dive n' Sail 16/37 Chao Fa East Road, Chalong Bay (Tel: 0 7633 0967 Fax: 0 7633 0990, E-mail: info@siamdivers.com, website: http://siamdivers.com)
  • Sunrise Diving 198/12 Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong, Phuket, Thailand. (Tel: 0 7629 2052 Fax: 0 7629 3034, E-mail: info@sunrisediving.net, Website: [17])
  • Sunrise Divers 269/24 Patak Road - Karon Beach (Tel: 0 7639 8040 Fax: 0 7628 6130, E-mail: info@sunrise-divers.com, [18])
  • Thailand Divers 198/12 Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong, Phuket, Thailand. (Tel: 0 7629 2052 Fax: 0 7629 3034, E-mail: info@thailand-divers.com, Website: [19])
  • Worldwide Dive and Sail Chalong Bay (Tel: 0 2282 6985, E-mail: naomi@worldwidediveandsail.com)

Khao Lak

  • Diving Similan 4/37 Mou 7, Khaolak, Kukkak, Takua Pa (Tel: 084 333 1522, [20])
  • Manta Point Dive Center 5/12 Mu 7, Khuk Khak, Takuapa (Tel/Fax: 0 7642 0570, E-mail: info@mantapoint.com)
  • Phuket Diving Safaris 4/54 Mu 7, Khaolak, Kukkak, Takua Pa (Tel: 0 7642 3470 Fax: 0 7642 3471 Mobile: 08 9590 0588, E-mail: info@phuket-diving-safaris.com Website: http://www.phuket-diving-safaris.com/)
  • Sea Bees Diving 1/3 Mu 7, Petchakasem Road, Tambon Khuk Khak, Takuapa (Tel: 0 7642 0581 Mobile: 08 9873 8102 Fax: 0 7642 0727, E-mail: khaolak@sea-bees.com)
  • Sea Dragon Dive Center 5/51 Mu 7, Tambon Khuk Khak, Amphoe Takua Pa (Tel: 0 7648 5420 Fax: 0 7648 5418, E-mail: info@seadragondivecenter.com, Website: http://www.seadragondivecenter.com)
  • Similan Diving Safaris Co, Ltd 13/19 Mu 7, Khaolak, Kukkak, Takua Pa (Tel: 0 7648 5470 Mobile: 08 9590 0588 Fax: 0 7648 5471, E-mail: info@similan-diving-safaris.com, [21])
  • Sunrise Diving 198/12 Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong, Phuket, Thailand. (Tel: 0 7629 2052 Fax: 0 7629 3034, E-mail: info@sunrisediving.net, Website: http://www.sunrisediving.net)
  • Wicked Diving, Khao Lak 4/17 Moo 7, Khao Lak, Takuapa (Tel: 076 485 868 Fax: 076 485 878, E-mail: info@wickeddiving.com, [22])

Koh Samui, Koh Tao & Koh Phangan

  • a-seadivers 51/16 Mu 5, Koh Samui (Tel: 0 7724 7964 Fax: 0 7724 7964, E-mail: info@a-seadivers.com, [23])
  • Ban's Diving Resort Sairee beach, Koh Tao, Surat Thani (Tel: 0 7745 6061, E-mail: bans@amazingkohtao.com)
  • Blue Marlin Divers Mae Haad, Koh Tao, Suratthani (Tel: 0 7745 6823, E-mail: info@bluemarlindiving.com)
  • Blue Planet Dive Centre 119/21 Mu 2, Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani (Tel: 0 7741 3106 Mobile: 08 9591 2631, E-mail: info@blueplanetdivecentre.com)
  • Coral Grand Divers Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, Surat Thani (Tel: 0 7745 6431-3 Fax: 0 7745 6430, E-mail: info@coralgranddivers.com)
  • Crystal Dive Resort Mae Haad, Koh Tao, Surat Thani (Tel: 0 7745 6107 Fax: 0 7745 6105, E-mail: info@crystaldive.com)
  • DJL Diving 9/21 Mae Haad, Koh Tao, Suratthani (Tel: 0 7745 6216, E-mail: info@techdivethailand.com)
  • Easy Divers 10/3 Mu 2, Tambon Koh Tao, Amphoe Phangan, Suratthani (Tel: 0 7745 6010 Fax: 0 7745 6321, E-mail: info@kohtaoeasydivers.com)
  • Haad Rin Divers Seagarden Resort, Koh Phangan (Tel: 0 7737 5415 Fax: 0 7737 5414, E-mail: haadrindivers@hotmail.com)
  • Infinity Diving 38/3 Mu 3, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani (Tel: 08 4308 2680, E-mail: frank@infinitydiving.com, [24])


  • Koh Nang Yuan Dive Resort 46 Mu , Koh Tao (Nangyuan), Suratthani (Tel: 0 7745 6088-93 Fax: 0 7745 6088, E-mail: info@nangyuan.com)
  • Koh Tao Divers Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, Surat Thani (Tel: 08 6069 9244, E-mail: info@kohtaodivers.com)
  • Koh Tao Island Resort 9/5 Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, Suratthani (Tel: 0 7745 6296 Fax: 0 7745 6296, E-mail: info@islanddiveclub.com)
  • Master Divers PO Box 4, Koh Tao, Suratthani (Tel: 0 7745 6314 Fax: 0 7745 6765, E-mail: info@masterdive.org)
  • New Heaven Resort Koh Tao (Tel: 0 7745 6462, E-mail: newheavendive@hotmail.com)
  • New Way Diving Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, Suratthani (Tel: 0 7745 6527 Fax: 0 7745 6528)
  • Phoenix Divers Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, Surat Thani (Tel: 0 7745 6033 Fax: 0 7745 6034, E-mail: info@phoenix-divers.com)
  • Planet Scuba Mae Haad Pier, Koh Tao, Surat Thani (Tel: 0 7741 3050 Fax: 0 7723 1242, E-mail: planet-scuba-kt@planet-scuba.net)
  • Simple Life Divers Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, Surat Thani (Tel: 0 7745 6329, E-mail: info@simplelifedivers.com)

Pattaya

  • P J Scuba Co., Ltd (Mermaids Group) 75/124 Mu 12, Jomtien Beach Road, Nongprue, Banglamung (E-mail peter@pjscuba.com)
  • Aquanauts Dive Centre 437/17 Mu 9 Soi 6, Beach Road (Tel: 0 3836 1724 Fax: 0 3841 2097, E-mail: aquanauts@aquanautsdive.com)
  • Asian Sport 392/3 Sukhumvit Road (Tel: 0 3837 3700-1Fax: 0 3837 3273, E-mail: asport@loxinfo.co.th)
  • Scuba Tek Dive Center 78/20 Mu 9, Weekender Hotel, Second Road (Tel: 0 3836 1616 Fax: 0 3842 9461, E-mail rickr@loxinfo.co.th)
  • Seafari Diving Center 359/2 Soi 5 (Tel: 0 3842 9060, 0 3842 4708 Fax: 0 3836 1356, E-mail seafari@loxinfo.co.th)
  • Siam Divers 380/5 Mu 10 Daalaapan 1, Soi 17, Pattaya Nongplue (E-mail info@siam-divers.com)
  • Seaduction dive center Bali Hai Pier Pattaya (Tel: 0 6076 5668, E-mail andycrosby@hotmail.com)
  • Barcodescuba 174/25 Mu 9, Bangtungtawanthong (Tel: 08 1902 7611, E-mail dive@barcodescuba.com)
  • The Dive Site Tel: 0 2651 2632 Fax: 0 2651 2633, E-mail: dive@divesiteasia.com)
  • Real Divers Opposite the Jomtien Beach on the way up to the Soi Welcome Hotel (Tel: 0 3823 2476, E-mail: info@real-divers.com)


Koh Chang

  • BB Divers 16/2 Bang Bao Pier (Tel: 0 3955 8040 Mobile: 08 6129 2305, E-mail: bbdivers@bbdivers.com)
  • Wing Dive Centre White sand beach (Tel: 0 3955 1445, 08 4946 9972, E-mail: thewingdivethailand@hotmail.co.uk)




Dive Shops

Bangkok

  • All Star Diving Centre (Tel: 0 2934 6533-4, 0 2934 8386)
  • Aquarium Dive Center (Tel: 0 6058 8989)
  • BAN’s MTC Diving Network (Tel: 0 2957 6198-9, 0 2982 3300)
  • Blue Shark Diver (Tel: 0 2691 4761-2, 0 2691 4763)
  • Dive Master (Tel: 02 259-3191, 02 259-3197)
  • Dive Supply (Tel: 0 2661 6087-8, 0 2661 6089)
  • Dumnam.com (Tel: 0 2639 5577, 0 2233 3970)
  • Freedom Dive (Tel: 0 2898 7945, 0 2415 5459)
  • High Tide Diving (Tel: 0 2636 6686 Ext 1 (Pct), 08 9107 1636, 0 2636 6500)
  • Marine Dive (Tel: 0 2318 5831)
  • Master Scuba Divers (Tel: 0 2662 5226-8, 0 2662 5858)
  • Oceanic (Tel: 0 2662 6715-6, 0 2662 6717)
  • Planet Scuba (Tel: 0 2261 4412-3, 0 2261 4414)
  • Professional Divers (Tel: 0 2652 1545, 0 2684 1042)
  • Safety Stop (Tel: 0 2392 9475-6)
  • Scuba Best (Tel: 0 2261 4015 , 0 1327 0055)
  • Scuba Jamboree (Tel: 0 2714 7210, 0 1459 0515)
  • Scuba O (Tel: 0 1624 2707, 0 1922 0865)
  • Scuba Plus (Tel: 0 2248 2294, 0 2248 2294)
  • Scuba Square (Tel: 0 2880 0114, 0 2880 0115)
  • Scuba Time (Tel: 0 2720 5951, 0 1318 2258)
  • Sport Time (Tel: 0 2747 7460 - 1, 0 1641 7118)
  • Wahoo Diving Center (Tel: 0 2260 7901-2, 0 2260 7903)
  • Zcuba Tech (Tel: 0 2722 0131, 0 5188 4535)


Chonburi

  • Adventure Scuba (Tel: 0 3841 0469)
  • Aquanauts Dive Center (Tel: 0 3836 1724)
  • Dave's Divers Den (Tel: 0 3842 0411)
  • Dive Sout East Asia (Tel: 0 3871 0900)
  • Holiday Diving Club (Tel: 0 3871 6187)
  • Ihtiander (Tel: 0 3871 0208)
  • Larry's Dive (Tel: 0 2663 4563)
  • Mermaid's Scuba Diving Center (Tel: 0 3823 2219)
  • Neptune Dive Center (Tel: 0 3871 0131)
  • Paradise Scuba Divers (Tel: 0 3871 0567)
  • Sam's Dive Shop (Tel: 0 3842 7443)
  • Scubamoose Dive Center (Tel: 0 3842 4205)
  • Scuba Tek Dive Center (Tel: 0 3836 1616)
  • Seafari Diving Center (Tel: 0 3842 9060)

Rayong

  • Dive Guide Thailand Tel: + 66 76 238306 Fax: +66 76 377954, E-mail: info@diveguidethailand.com, http://www.diveguidethailand.com
  • High Tide Diving (Tel: 0 2636 6686 Ext 1 (Pct), 08 9886 2206)
  • Ray's Divers (Tel: 0 3860 7480)

Koh Chang

  • Divers Dream Top Cliff Resort, 10/21 Mu 4 (Tel: 0 7128 7140)
  • Eco-Divers Limited Partnership Banpu Hotel 9/11 Mu 4, White Sand Beach (Tel: 0 3955 1192)
  • Koh Chang Dive Point Honley Beach, 103-1 (Tel: 0 7142 2948)
  • Seahorse Dive Center 10/8 Mu 4 Kai Bae Beach (Tel: 08 1996 7147)
  • The Dive Adventure Bang Bao Beach (Tel: 0 6057 2715, 08 1781 3680, 08 1305 4124)


Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan

  • Abyss (Tel: 0 7742 7720, 08 1677 4251)
  • Big blue Diving Mae Haad (Tel: 0 7745 6050), Sairee Resort (Tel: 0 7745 6415), Samui (Tel: 0 7742 2617)
  • Blue Planet (Tel: 0 7741 3106)
  • Bug Diving (Tel: 0 7723 0079)
  • Caption Caveman (Tel: 0 7742 2215)
  • Calypso Diving (Tel: 0 7742 2437, 0 7741 3249)
  • Coral Grand Divers (Tel: 0 77 45 6431)
  • Dave Covery (Tel: 0 7742 7400)
  • Discovery Dive Center Amari Palm Reef Resort, Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui (Tel: 0 7741 3196)
  • Dive Indeep (Tel: 0 7723 0155-6
  • Dive Resort&Watersport Center (Tel: 0 7745 6488)
  • Dive Shop (Tel: 0 7723 0232, 08 1476 6168)
  • Divers in Paradise (Tel: 0 7724 7408)
  • Easy Divers Samui (Tel: 0 7723 1190), Kho Tao (Tel: 0 7745 6010), Nangyuan (Tel: 0 7745 6789)
  • Green Turtle dive Center (Tel: 0 7745 6065)
  • Island Dive Club Sairee Beach, Mu 1, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan (Tel: 0 7745 6296)
  • Koh Tao Cottage International Dive Resort (Tel: 0 7745 6134)
  • Mui Divers (Tel: 0 7723 2160, 08 9292 2815)
  • Phangan Divers (Tel: 0 7737 5117)
  • Phoenix Divers (Tel: 0 7745 6033)
  • Pro Divers (Tel: 0 7723 3399, 08 9909 0204)
  • Samui Blue Diving (Tel: 0 7742 7218)
  • Samui Diving Service (Tel: 0 7723 0053)
  • Silent Divers (Tel: 0 7742 2730)
  • Travel Solution (Tel: 0 7723 0706, 0 7723 0203)


Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta

  • Dive Guide Thailand Tel: + 66 76 238306 Fax: +66 76 377954, E-mail: info@diveguidethailand.com, http://www.diveguidethailand.com
  • Aqua VisionCenter Dive 137 Mu 2, Ao Nang, Muang (Tel: 0 7563 7415)
  • Ao Nang Divers (Krabi Seaview) 143 Mu 2, Tambon Ao Nang (Tel: 0 7563 7242-3)
  • Aonang Scuba Center (Tel: 0 7569 5039, 08 1810 0276)
  • Baracuda Diving Center Ton Sai Bay Main Rd, 52, Phi Phi Island (Tel: 0 7562 0698)
  • Go Dive Lanta 116 Mu 1, Saladan, Koh Lanta (Tel: 0 7568 4320)
  • Hippo Diving Center Cabana Hotel, Mu 7, T.Ao Nang, Phi Phi Island (Tel: 0 7562 0634, 0 7561 2594-6, 08 1970 3440)
  • Isand Divers Dive Center Mu 7, Phi Phi Island, Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Muang (Tel: 08 9873 2205)
  • Lanta Diver Co Ltd 197/3 Mu 1, Saladan, Koh Lanta (Tel: 0 7568 4208, 0 7568 4057, 08 1271 9050)
  • Moskito Diving Center Tonsai Bay, Phi Phi Island (Tel: 0 7561 2092, 08 1229 1361)
  • Phi Phi Scuba Diving Center 128 Mu 7, Tambon Ao Nang, Muang, Phi Phi Island (Tel: 0 7561 2665)
  • Phranang Divers P.O.Box 54, Amphoe Muang (Tel: 0 7563 7064, 08 1693 0342)
  • PPK Diving 129 Mu 7, Phi Phi Island, Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Muang (Tel: 08 1230 4273)
  • Railay Diving 123 Mu 2, Ao Nang, Amphoe Muang (Tel: 0 7563 7588, 08 1979 2632)
  • Scuba Marine Diving Base Tonsai Bay, Phi Phi Island (Tel: 08 1787 5022)
  • Sea Fa Diving Co Ltd Unit 11/12 Zone C, Beach Plaza, Nopparat thara Beach, Ao Nang, Amphoe Muang (Tel: 0 7563 7627, 08 1895 7095)
  • Sting Ray Divers 202 Mu 2 Ao Nang, Amphoe Muang (Tel: 0 7563 7493, 0 7563 7624)
  • Viking Scuba Ton Sai Bay, Ao Nang (Tel: 08 6595 0660)
  • Visa Diving 77 Mu 7, Phi Phi Island, Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Muang (Tel: 08 1229 2518)
  • Wet 'n Wild Dive Center Phi Phi Island, Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Muang (Tel: 08 1894 5403)

Phuket, Khao Lak

  • Dive Guide Thailand Tel: + 66 76 238306 Fax: +66 76 377954, E-mail: info@diveguidethailand.com, http://www.diveguidethailand.com
  • ALOHA Phuket-Diver Rawai, Muang (Tel: 08191-SNUBA(76822), E-mail: info@Phuket-Diver.com / www.Phuket-Diver.com)
  • Andaman Divers 62 Prabaramee Road, Patong beach (Tel: 0 7634 1126)
  • Andaman Scubaventure 111/22 Taina Road - Kata Centre (Tel: 0 7633 1006)
  • Dive Asia 24 Karon Road, Kata Beach (Tel: 0 7633 0598)
  • Marina Divers 45 Karon Road, Karon Beach (Tel: 0 7633 0272)
  • Ocean Divers 142/6 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach (Tel: 0 7634 1273)
  • Scuba Cat 94 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach (Tel: 0 7629 3120)
  • Sea King Divers 27/3 Mu 7, Chaofa Road, West Chalong, Muang (Tel: 0 7628 0319)
  • Sunrise Diving 198/12 Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong, Phuket, Thailand. (Tel: 0 7629 2052 Fax: 0 7629 3034, E-mail: info@sunrisediving.net, Website: [25])
  • West Coast Divers 120/1-3 Rat-u-tit 200 Pee Road. Patong Beach, Kathu (Tel: 0 7634 1673)
  • Wicked Divers Tel: + 66 76 485 868 Fax: +66 76 485 878, E-mail: info@wickeddiving.com, http://www.wickeddiving.com, Website: [26]

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  • Phuket Sailing Thailand ([29]), (Yacht Charters, Cruises and Services)
  • Samui Ocean Sports ([30])
  • Sunsail Sailing Holidays & Yacht Charter ([31]), (Worldwide yacht charter and sailing holidays)

Diving Tour Guide

Basic Etiquette for Scuba Divers


There is the problem of applying anti-fogging compound to the lenses of the diving mask.

  1. Saliva is the proper substance and should, as far as possible, avoid involving post-nasal drip. Saliva should be applied in the least noisy manner possible and with as little foreign matter (coffee grinds or other materials normally associated with unbrushed teeth) as possible.
  2. The mask should be held in the diver’s own hands, close to his own face, while applying the compound.
  3. A diver should only use one of his own hands to evenly spread the anti-fogging compound on the lenses of your mask and rinse that hand over the side before attempting last-minute cheek pinches, pats, squeezes or hugs.
  4. Do rinse the mask after spreading the compound.

Since many divers are prone to seasickness, a few guidelines to help carry off bouts of this affliction with decorum are offered:

  1. Never eat scratchy stuff. Stick to smooth, pleasant tasting basics that will not ferment or multiply in your stomach.
  2. Enduring misery up on deck, in the fresh air, is usually more practical than below deck where the atmosphere may be contaminated with diesel fumes, fish bait or cooking odours.
  3. Remember that divers usually get picked up on the leeward side (downwind) of the boat as the skipper normally uses the wind to drift onto the waiting divers. These swimmers would appreciate a warning well in advance.


Medical Consideration

This section applies to scuba diving in general, information should be merged into Scuba diving


Medical Conditions

There are some medical conditions that may exclude the diver from SCUBA diving, some of these conditions are

  • Seasickness
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Drugs and Medications
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Marijuana
  • Pregnancy
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Some cancers
  • Hepatitis
  • Malaria


With some, it is the condition itself, and others, it is the drugs that are given for the condition that exclude one from diving. Unfortunately, the medical profession doesn't give black and white answers and some of the conditions require the diver to accept the risk and responsibility for the decision. But, research is being conducted by various agencies around the world all the time and things do change from time to time.

Dive Insurance

It is advised that all divers have their own travel and diving insurance. In the very unlikely event of a problem, treatment for diving accidents can be expensive. The general travel insurance may cover diving, but one should check this before traveling.


When not to dive

A person should not dive when he is:

  • Uncertified
  • Tired
  • Dehydrated
  • It is raining (with or without lightning)
  • Sick, have sinus congestion, runny nose, fever, etc.
  • Have trouble clearing the Eustachian tubes ("equalizing")
  • Scuba gear is not working
  • Nitrogen level is too high (take a surface interval)
  • The water is choppy, rough or visibility is poor
  • No buddy to dive with
  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Have preexisting health problems that may present hazards (see the doctor)
  • Short of breath, asthmatic or have problems with allergies.

Useful Contacts

  • TDA Diving Association (Thailand): 52 Moo 5, Thanon Thepkrasattri, Ampher Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand Tel : (+66) 076-206514 - 5 Fax : (+66) 076-206094 Email : office@cmas-thailand.org
  • Dive centre and liveaboard reviews for Thailand[32]

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