Diving and Snorkelling Holidays in Thailand
Ideal for: Singles, familes, couples and non-divers
Thailand has long been a popular destination for travellers and divers, due to the welcoming nature of the Thai people, the tropical climate, tasty food, picturesque beaches of the south and islands, and dense jungles in the north. The rich waters of the Andaman Sea are home to a huge variety of marine life, and diverse dive sites offer divers the chance to dive reefs, pinnacles and wrecks. It is home to a number of shark species-including Leopard Sharks, Black Tip Reef Sharks, Bamboo Sharks and even Whale Sharks and a tropial reef life with Hawksbill Turtles, Mantis Shrimps, Frogfish, Butterflyfish, Stingrays and much more to keep divers coming back year after year.
- Koh Lanta is an hour and a half from Krabi airport, and with its many stunning beaches and luxury resorts, it is one of the best locations to get the most out of the nearby dive spots.
- From Koh Lanta, it is possible to reach the famous Hin Daeng and Hin Muang pinnacles, and the opportunity to see Whale Sharks and Manta Rays, the King Cruiser Wreck, Shark Point Phuket and Anemone Reef, Bida Nok and Nai, the great diving in the Phi Phi Marine Park and Koh Ha, with some of the most varied diving in the Andaman. It is recommended to hire a moped for a few days to explore the island of Koh Lanta.
- A liveaboard to the Similan and Surin Islands is an unforgettable experience. Cruising through the warm waters of the Andaman Sea and diving some fantastic sights from the breath taking topography of Elephanthead Head Rock to the diversity of life at Richelieu Rock there is something to hold even the most experienced diver's attention.
- The Phi Phi islands are home to some of the best diving in the Andaman Sea, and one of the best ways to get the most out of the diving is to stay on Phi Phi itself. The island has a variety of accommodation options to suit all requirements. You can stay in the hotels of Long Beach, for those wanting a quiet island getaway, or stay in the main town area and experience the backpacking mecca that is Phi Phi, with its beach bars, pancake stands and tattoo shops.
- Time: GMT +7-8hrs
- Flying Time: 12-16hrs (twin center recommended)
- Language: Thai. English is often spoken in tourist areas
- Climate: Thailand's coasts have two seasons, the dry/high season and the wet/green/low season. From November to April the Andaman Sea islands are in high season and this is the best time to travel to get the best conditions both above and below water though diving is possible and still good in low season. April to November sees the better weather on the Gulf of Thailand side.
- Currency: Thai Baht £1 = 40-50 BHT
- Visa Requirements: A 30-day holiday visa is granted on entry for those flying into the country from most EU countries