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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.

 

Koh Chang Marine National Park

Koh Chang has seen an explosion in the number 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 snorkelling.

 

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 favoured 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 any one 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 colourful 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:

PADI - The Professional Association of Diving Instructors

NAUI - The National Association of Underwater Instructors

SSI – Scuba Schools International

BSAC - The British Sub-Aqua Club

Diving around the Islands of Thailand. Diving Course’s in Thailand

Diving in Thailand page 6, Great Diving places around the Islands
Diving in Thailand page 8, Types of Instructional courses available