Scuba enthusiasts will be well aware of the delights of diving in Thailand. Whether you’re an experienced practitioner or an aspiring underwater tourist, this Southeast Asian paradise is an excellent destination. The following spots are just a few of the best places to suit up and get wet.
The go-to spot in the Andaman Sea is the island of Phuket. People of all ages and skill levels can find what they’re looking for here. The island itself is a little touristy, but it’s worth braving the crowds to experience the coral reefs, sunken wrecks, rays, dolphins, and flourishing sea life that abounds in the area.
2). Surin Islands
If it’s seclusion you’re after, the Surin Islands are a safe bet. Guided excursions and so-called “liveaboard safaris” are highly recommended, even for experienced divers. Apart from keeping you safe, the professionals will help you tap into the populations of various fish species, whitetip and blacktip reef sharks, turtles, and eels.
3). Ko Tao
Once home to a detention center housing political prisoners, Ko Tao is now an up-and-coming tourist destination with a growing reputation as an excellent place to learn to dive and hone your skills.
Thanks to the large number of certified dive operators, the island is a convenient and affordable place to settle in and take the necessary time to gain your PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certification. Ko Tao is also an excellent place for adventures on land, with plenty of opportunities for rock climbing, paintball games, golf, yoga, and bowling.