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Besides the spectacular scenery over the surface, Krabi also offers divers amazing sceneries below the surface consisting of an abundant marine life.

Despite the recent damaging impact of the tsunami, the deeper waters have remained comparatively intact.

If divers are willing to dive in Koh Phi Phi or in other small islands, then Krabi would be the most appropriate base. Ao Nang is where the majority of the local diving operators are based and it is around 30mins drive away from the town of Krabi.

Scuba Diving

Diving is relatively shallow around fringing and patch reefs, reached in a maximum of 45 minutes on Longtail boats, about half the time by dive boat, which also visits the dive sites further afield.

Local diving parallels local tourism: they are both very much in their infancy here, as people are only just learning of Krabi’s existence.

The locals corals have suffered minimal damage, with the conditions improving towards the south of the bay.

Visibility ranges from day to day with an average expectancy of between 5 and 15 metres making these waters perfect for diver training and qualified divers alike.

There are gentle, sloping reefs, caves and exciting swim-throughs, and first-class snorkelling in easily accessible shallow waters. Currents at particular sites are strong at different times of the day and month. Dive leaders here are well aware of their local conditions and accurately select the sites accordingly to suit the conditions present on the day.

The reefs here primarily consist of clusters of staghorn, cauliflower, leaf and plate corals, along with generous patches of soft coral varieties. The presence of marine life is as diverse as it is colourful, and divers and snorkellers can expect to see small reef sharks such as black-tip and leopards. Turtles too are a familiar site, as well as stingrays and moray eels.

Sites further afield include ‘Shark Point Marine Sanctuary’ and the ‘King Cruiser’ wreck, the Koh Phi Phi and Koh Ha Yai Island groups and, as previously mentioned, Hin Daeng and Hin Muang in the deep south. This selection of diving really caters for all levels of diver, with opportunities to learn in ‘nursery’ like waters before taking that giant stride at accessible world-class locations.

Style & Service

This beach is also rich in its selection of diving operators, which begin and end before and after you hit the main drag. The interesting thing about this particular destination is that each dive operator has their own special points or style of service. For instance, if its equipment you’re after, there are some tech-friendly dive shops that maintain a fully functional service centre and retail outlet stocked with an extensive range of major brands as well as a selection of handy knick knacks otherwise unseen in Krabi.

 

Dive Season

Year round scuba diving with best conditions between the months of October and May.

Liveaboards

Heading down the road towards the beach are some dive centers who operate the areas with liveaboard services, with regular trips scheduled to the southern sites of Hin Daeng and Muang. Access to these remote sites is not restricted to liveaboard excursions; the super-fast boat of some dive centers whisks divers to these sites on a daily basis.

Ao Nang has two islands, locally known as Ko Poda Nai and Nok; to the west of these islands is a handful of limestone outcrops. Along with the two islands themselves, it is the perimeters of these eroded structures that provide the area’s dive sites.

Dive Sites

Koh Haa

  • 12-22m
  • Moderate to strong currents
  • Rocky karst with colorful soft corals.
  • Good for critters and leopard sharks.

Koh See

  • 10-20m
  • Moderate to strong currents
  • Good bio-diversity of soft and hard corals.
  • Black-tip reef sharks, leopard sharks and triggerfish.

Koh Ya Wa

  • 3-10m
  • Can be strong current
  • Huge underwater archway. Several boulders covered with anemones hosting nemos.
  • Variety of shrimps.

Hin Bia Rhlua

  • 5-16m
  • Weak to moderate currents
  • Several swimthroughs.
  • various color soft corals and snapperfish, triggerfish, angelfih and butterflyfish.
  • Nudibranchs.

Koh Mae Urai

  • 10-16m
  • Weak to moderate currents
  • 2 swimthroughs.
  • Lionfish, pufferfish and scorpionfish.
  • Sea anemones hosting anemonefishes.

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Vinícius July 26, 2017

Hello. I’m planning a trip at the end of the year to Thailand and I would like to know about diving for beginners. Where does the PADI course for beginners take place? Is it avaiable in Phi Phi, or just in Railay? What time does it begin and finish? Thank you.

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Angeline August 09, 2017

staying at Islanda Hideaway Resort from Thursday to Sunday and keen to dive 🙂 2 people advanced and 2 need a refresher course before doing dives. Can you let me know costs and if you can collect us from the resort?

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Han August 28, 2017

I would like to book diving, thanks!

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Yasmin August 29, 2017

Hi,

My daughter (14) and I are coming to Railay in February 2018 and we’re interested in having an intro to Scuba. Please could you tell me what would be the best option for us, how much it would cost for 1 adult and 1 child and what the timings would be ie. is it a full day trip?

I look forward to hearing more details.

Many thanks in advance.

Best wishes,

Yasmin

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jeff September 12, 2017

Hello,

I will be in railay in early December and would love to do a day trip. I have advanced certification with 26 dives but haven’t dived since 2012.

What is the best trip for me? Does a day trip include the standard 3 dives or is there time for more?

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Steinar September 24, 2017

HI! I have Advanced divinglevel from 1995 and ca.500 dives up till now. I have lost my Advanced card, but my diveshop in Trondheim, Norway tells me no cards are neccesery anymore, that divecenters all over the world can look up my name and courses on Padi.com if you have my name and birth date.
I will arrive Railey Sand resort 2.Oct and I really want to do some dives during my stay. Can you please tell me if my divecenter in Norway is correct? Please respond urgently.
Yours sincerely
Steinar

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Jacob October 30, 2017

Hello, I would like to do a diving course. I am kindly waiting for a response. Thanks

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Yasmin November 03, 2017

Hi, I would like to book a dive for me and my daughter who are staying in Railay from 12th-15th February. My daughter is 14 and has never been diving before. I have dived but it was almost 20 years ago. We would like a taster session. Please could you let me know what would be most suitable for us and the costs involved?
Many thanks.
Yasmin

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Yasmin November 09, 2017

Dear Sir/Madam,
I would really like to book a dive for me and my daughter. I’ve contacted you several time but have had no response.
Please could you contact me?
Many thanks.
Yasmin

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Jodi November 25, 2017

We will be visiting Krabi the end of December and first part of January. We are beginners in diving and would like to take a course to be certified. What would be the best course for us?

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Iwona December 05, 2017

Dear Sir/Madam,
I represent polish travel agency. Our clients coming to Rayavadee hotel in January. They would like to diving in the area. Could you send me information about options, where they can diving and what you offer. If you have any maps, please for information.
I will be grateful for quick answer.
Thank you.

Kind regards
Iwona

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Sheldon December 07, 2017

Hi there I am coming to rayavadee resort in March 2018 and want to do the advanced diving certification. Please get back to me on price etc so I can book.

Thank you

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Alex December 08, 2017

Hello!
Do you still have any 2d/3n liveaboard cruises with the Mermaid 2 going to Hin Daeng/ Hin Muang?
I am interested in a trip at the end of this month (December 2017).

Thank you!

Alex

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Leslie December 13, 2017

I am going to be in Ao Nang on March 19 and would like to do my PADI Advance Open Water. Can you please send me info on the size of your groups and costs. When do you need me to make a reservation?

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jean January 04, 2018

Hello i would like some information for a day scuba diving for beginners (my girfriend and me), we’ll stay in railey west between 15 and 19 january 2018. Is it possible ?

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Angela January 14, 2018

I am interested in a day trip to Phi Phi (2 dives)in March 2018

What is the cost?
Does it include lunch/drinks/hotel pickup?

Is there extra charge for equipment hire (regs, BCD, suit)?

regards

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Christine January 15, 2018

To whom it may concern,

I would like to know if you have any dive day trip for 1st or 2nd April, to dive sites Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Koh Ha?

If so, how much is it and what’s the schedule of the day be like?

Thanks!

Regards,

Christine

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Maynaha February 04, 2018

Hi I am planning to do my open water referral course int he UK. Is it possible to do Open water completion only with you. How much would that normally cost?

Regards
May

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