10 Best Places for Scuba Dive in Thailand

10 Best Dive Sites in Thailand

Thailand is one of countries in South East Asia which is a wonderful underwater destination for scuba dive. It’s prefect for both experienced and beginner scuba divers. With is calm and clear water, it’s nearly perfect for training and exploring sea.

Read about my travel tips before going to Thailand here and Thailand fun facts.

If you dive there, you’re going to enjoy stunning corals, unique sea creatures plus some shipwrecks. Moreover, Thailand has hundreds of scuba diving points to choose from.


However, amongst the hundreds, we have chosen 10 best places for scuba dive in Thailand. Keep in mind that our list is not based on the quality. Probably number four in the list is your preferred place to dive.

We select them based on the combination of marvellous scuba dive point, access to get professional diving service and notably, the availability of diving shops. Here is my list of dive sites in Thailand.

Koh Lanta

The is dive points are spread all over Koh Lanta. You can go to Hin Daeng as well as Hin Muang to watch hundreds of stunning corals and fish.

Moreover, if you’re lucky enough, you’ll get bonuses like watching whale sharks, leopard sharks and countless sea species.

Recommended destinations: Hin Muang, Koh Haa and Hin Daeng.

Phi Phi Islands

If you are a beginner diver, this is a place to visit. When you arrive, you‘ll be surrounded by diving centres. When you learn and practice how to dive, you can also look at the beauty of reef fish, various corals and reef sharks.

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 Scuba Diving in Phi Phi

No need to worry, there are dream bays for newbies. When we say “dream”, it offers clear visibility at almost no currents. If you want to try something different, try to get in to the caves.

Recommended destinations: Phi Phi Shark Point, Palong Wall and Maya Wall

Koh Lipe

It is located in Tarutao National Park and has more than 20 unoccupied islands, completed with reefs containing numerous fish.

Other than those, you may meet manta rays pass through between the whale shark, but you need to go to deeper area. The upper side also presents gorgeous coral and myriad fish variety.

Recommended destinations: Stonehenge, Eight Miles Rock and Koh Pung.


Koh Tao

The star of the show is turtles. Its name meaning gives you a perfect clue, “Koh Tao” means “Island of Turtle”. Koh Tao is one of the cheapest places to get your PADI. It is a good sites to learn diving. The water is perfect for visibility and it has bays.

Koh Tao John-Suwan Viewpoint
Koh Tao John-Suwan Viewpoint

Just do basic things and get acquainted to dive underwater, you will be able to revel in the reef and frequent whale sharks swimming around you.

Recommended destinations: Koh Nang Yuan, Chumphon Pinnacle and Southwest Pinnacle.

Khao Lak

When we mention Khao Lak, its attractions are not only about diving point, but also the islands. In particular, they are Surin and Similan. Located near Phuket, they belong to the marine national park.

They provide perfect sight and tremendous coral reefs pictures. However, if you are a little braver and experienced, you may try some challenges. You will be rewarded a great scene like leopard, bump head parrotfish, turtles, and white tip sharks.

Recommended destinations: Elephant Head Rock, Christmas Point and Richelieu Rock.

Koh Samui

This place is near Ang Thong Marine National Park, which make it a worth place to come by. Undeniably, you can count on the view on the surface.

Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui
Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui

There are corals forest which basically miraculous. It is the house of lionfish, barracuda, cuttlefish and angelfish. Do you want to practice and improve your scuba diving level? You got it right.

Recommended destinations: Koh Yippon, Sail Rock and Dragon Island.


It is one of the most legendary destinations in Thailand. It is the paradise of Thailand diving sites. Phuket provides staged level for various scuba diver skill ranks.

The location is also strategic to jump to the nearest attractive islands, like Similans, Phi Phi and Racha Islands. Artificial reef were constructed by placing two large statues of elephant and a vast oyster shell.

Recommended destinations: Shark Point, Siam Bay Statues and Racha No.


Unfortunately, if you expect Pattaya offers things like the other sites, you will regret it. The visibility is unclear and it has limited sea creatures. You can feel a little bit relieved because it has dolphins and several resident turtles.

Hence, while the others rely mostly on their underwater destinations, Pattaya is a home for shipwrecks. Pattaya has more than three shipwrecks.

They include three ex-Royal Thai Navy troop transports sunk as artificial reefs and a genuine war wreck from 1945.

Recommended destinations: HTMS Khram, Koh Rin and Hardeep Wreck.

Koh Chang

The leading point of Koh Chang Marine National Park is the dazzling reefs which are found easily at shallow area. Good news for newbie divers, as they can enjoy and observe the reefs longer.

There are sharks but don’t expect too much to meet them often. It is more familiar to turtles, moray eels and blue-spotted stingrays to show up.



Krabi is a heaven dive site with remarkable coastline and sublime islands. As a result, you can find diving spot with no trouble. Hundreds of fish species like to live there and the view of stingrays, leopard sharks and cuttlefish is something common.

Ao Nang Beach Krabi Thailand
Ao Nang Beach Krabi Thailand

Koh Yawabon is the one you can pick for if you are a skillful diver. Its flawless diving condition will make you fall in love instantly.

Recommended destinations: Koh Yawasam, Koh Si, and Koh Dor.

Wrapping Up

Finally, to finish on some of the best places for scuba dive in Thailand, please consider the time of year you go diving. The best time to go there is, when the ocean condition are good. You may regret to go in low season as some dive points are closed.

And that’s it for now! I’d love if this post on the 10 best dive sites in Thailand was helpful to you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if you go.

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