6 of the best Thai Locations for your next diving holiday
Of all the water sports available along the Thai coastline, diving has to be the most serene way to spend your time. Thailand has some of the richest waters in the world, and time spent exploring life beneath the waves is well rewarded as you will encounter all manner of sea creatures during your stay.
So, where are the best places to go in order to get the most out of your Thai diving holiday? Let’s take a look at six of the best regions available to both the novice and experienced diver in Thailand:
Koh Phi Phi
Made up of two stunning islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh, this magnificent part of the world offers great beauty both above and below the sea. Visitors here can expect to catch glimpses of leopard sharks, ornate ghost pipefish and hawksbill turtles during their stay, and the calm waters make it ideal for family diving holidays.
Koh Tao is one of the finest places in Thailand to learn how to dive or even improve upon your existing skills. The importance of advanced training for safety cannot be understated and Koh Tao offers up some excellent training facilities. The waters around this small island are a haven for many different species of marine life and white- and black-tip reef sharks can often been seen here along with barracuda and hawksbill turtles.
Situated on the west coast of Thailand, Khoa Lak is a mere 57km from the wonderful Similan Islands. Both liveaboard and resort based diving is offered from this part of Thailand, and there are some fantastic beaches and national parks to enjoy here as well. Giant oceanic manta rays, green turtles and whale sharks all populate the waters here, making the diving some of the best in the world.
If it is a seriously relaxed diving holiday you are after, Koh Lanta is the place for you. The Andaman Sea kisses the stunning beaches here and its clear waters offer some amazing diving too. Reef diving is popular in this southern part of the country and hawksbill turtles, common cuttlefish and ornate ghost pipefish await those who venture beneath the surface of the crystal clear Andaman Sea.
Surin and Similan Islands
This set of nine islands is the perfect place to dive and they are widely regarded as some of the best waters in the world. The Surin Marine National Park is home to Thailand’s most famous dive site, Richeleu Rock, and its beauty will transfix visitors. The diversity of life found here is incredible. Whale and leopard sharks, manta rays, and hawksbill and green turtles are just some of the species that you will encounter during your stay.
The largest island in all of Thailand, Phuket is a picture card paradise. Long, white, sandy beaches line the coast and the lush green hills offer an amazing contrast that will take away the breath of all who visit. A wide variety of marine life can be found here too, and the reef diving is particularly excellent with western clownfish and leopard sharks amongst some of the species you will see during your dives.
If you are looking for a holiday with a difference and diving is either a pastime you enjoy or one that you would like to learn, look no further than Thailand. Adventure travel insurance is available and can be tailored to your individual needs, so why not book a flight and see what lies beneath the sea in this Asian paradise.
Roxanne Seabourne is the Marketing Executive for Avanti Travelcare, who specialise in travel insurance for those with pre-existing medical conditions, and are one of very few that have no upper age limit on their policies.