Liveaboard diving holidays in Thailand offer scuba divers the chance to experience some of the best dive sites in the world.
Thailand, often referred to as “The land of Smiles”, borders Cambodia to the east and Laos to the northeast. It’s western border is shared with Myanmar (Burma) and Malaysia to the south.
Due to it’s geographical location Thailand offers a range of dive experiences depending on the destination. The islands and coastlines of the Gulf of Thailand focus mainly on day-trip and resort diving whereas southern Thailand’s west coast is liveaboard territory and it’s here that you’ll find Thailand’s world class dive sites.
Scuba diving at the world famous Similan Islands National Marine Park is simply breathtaking and the main reason so many dive enthusiasts holiday in Thailand.
The Similan Islands National Marine Park (including Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and the Surin Islands) are the main attraction here and liveaboard trips can range from a single day trip to four, six or even nine nights duration. Most of the longer trips sail on to Burma to dive the Mergui Archipelago, after spending a few days, or more, diving the Similans.
Many liveaboards also visit the southern Andaman dive sites including Phi Phi Island, for great diving at dive sites such as Bida Nai and Bida Nok, as well as Hin Daeng and Hin Muang for more spectacular diving. Trips are usually shorter in duration, usually 3 nights.
You can expect to see a great deal of marine life here in Thailand. Pelagics such whale sharks and manta rays are frequently sighted. In fact I’d be very surprised if you didn’t encounter at least one of these magnificent creatures while diving here. black tip reef sharks, and also white tips, nurse sharks, bamboo sharks, hawksbill green turtles, turtles, cuttlefish, octopus, barracuda, boxfish, pufferfish, ornate ghost pipefish, nudibranchs, sea-horses, durban dancing shrimps, banded cleaner shrimps, moray eels, devil scorpionfish, lionfish.
Best Time To Dive
Diving in Thailand is available at all times of the year, although visibility changes according to the season.
Thailand has very clear waters and an average sea temperature of 28 degrees celsius.
How To Get There
The main hub for nearly all Thailand liveaboards is Phuket. Most operators offer free transfers, usually by VIP air-conditioned minibus, from the main areas of Patong, Karon and Kata. Transfers from hotels further out from the main tourist areas can also be arranged upon request.