Finding your ideal scuba diving destination in Thailand

03 May 2017

Thailand has become a highly popular destination for those looking for a scuba diving adventure to remember. But with an abundance of options on offer, how do you decide which Thai destination is best for your thrill-seeking needs? Well, that’s why Broadgate Securities is here to lend you a helping hand. We’ve listed some of the prime locations for scuba diving in Thailand so you can find the perfect spot to suit your tastes.

Phuket

This buzzing hot-spot is the number-one choice for those travelling to Thailand for the first time. There’s a number of local dive sites, offering a multitude of underwater delights and colourful wildlife to check out. Discover the stunning ornate anemones and masses of clownfish populating Anemone Reef; dive or snorkel in the highly visible waters of Racha Yai Island that’s home to a zoo of marine creatures; or explore Kingcruiser Wreck, an 85-metre passenger ferry that sank on May 4, 1997.

Well suited for: Beginner divers who want to try a bit of everything.

Phi Phi

After shooting to fame in the movie The Beach, Phi Phi remains a hot spot for tourists. The beautiful beaches, bays and islands of this destination not only make for breath-taking scenery, but also provide superb diving opportunities. Explore striking limestone walls, shallow coral gardens and an abundance of soft corals and sponges. In addition, wildlife here varies from pipefish, seahorses and turtles to reef sharks, leopard sharks and crocodile long-toms.

Well suited for: Snorkellers and beginner divers (especially those keen on wall diving).

Khao Lak

Featuring a beautiful coastline juxtaposed against dense jungle, Khao Lak is much more laidback than the likes of Phuket. Regular visitors and seasoned divers often travel to this stunning location to explore the fascinating wrecks lying on the sea bed, including Bunsoong Wreck, an old tin ore processor that has become a well-populated artificial reef since sinking in 1984; Sea Chart I Wreck, an 84-metre ship that’s still a relatively new addition to Khao Lak after sinking in 2009; and Premchai Wreck, a tin dredger that remains largely intact since sinking in 2001.

Well suited for: More advanced divers interested in wreck diving.

Pak Meng

Pak Meng offers visitors an authentic Thai experience. Made up of five islands, this tourist destination features densely-vegetated rainforests, long stretches of exotic coastlines and beautiful caverns to explore. Hin Daeng and Hin Hin Muang are located here – twin peaks that have been rated as one of the most sought after diving spots in the world. Herein, divers can expect to see schools of small fish, soft coral and gorgonians as well as larger marine life, including giant barracudas, manta rays and whale sharks.

Well suited for: Beginner divers and experienced divers daring to take things a little further.

Nai Yang

If you’re looking for something a bit quieter when planning your Thailand trip, Nai Yang is the perfect spot. Here you can enjoy absolute relaxation and mingling with the locals in between your scuba diving adventures. Fringed with casuarina trees, this idyllic destination boasts a variety of marine life, including turtles, barracudas, octopi and cuttlefish. You’ll also have the chance to see the local wreck ‘Tin Lizzy’, which plays host to a vast array of small sea creatures.

Well suited for: Beginner divers, those who haven’t dived in a while and holiday-makers pressed for time.

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