Diving, scuba diving and snorkelling are very popular activities when visiting Thailand during the holidays. Thailand is a very popular diving resort because it has so many amazing and breathtaking diving sites. The underwater world is one of the rare places on the Earth where you can truly explore new areas and experience adventures.
Also in some of diving sites the undersea visibility can sometimes be up to 30 metres depending on the weather. In Thailand you can dive all year round and it is suitable for all, for beginners as well as for advanced divers. Thailand s dive sites are divided into two areas, the Andaman Sea in the West and The Gulf of Thailand in the East.
Best diving times in the Andaman Sea are from November to April and also from June to September.
The best diving times in the Gulf of Thailand are from May to September but you can dive year around because there is always beautiful underwater sceneries. Diving in Thailand has become a very popular pass time over the years.
The Similan Islands are a great place to dive, scuba dive or snorkel. The Similan Islands have many great dive sites for example Elephant Head Rock which is simply a massive boulder and it is ideal for experienced, daring divers. There you can see grouper, hawksbill, jet black trevally, lionfish, silver trevally or even snappers. In the Donald Duck Bay you can see crabs, cuttlefish or octopus swimming around the bay. The Donald Duck Bay was named after the cartoon character because it resembles it. The Donald Duck Bay is a great site for viewing marine life.
The Surin Islands are almost untouched islands with their pristine virgin reefs that slope to the bottom of the sea. Near the Surin Islands there is a reef shaped like horseshoe and it is called Richelieu Rock. Just the diversity of marine life there contains numerous types of moray eels, plenty of lionfish, chevron barracudas, scorpion fish and five different types of anemone fish, juvenile emperor angel fish, ornate ghost pipefish, sea horses, harlequin shrimps, manta rays, shovelnose rays and even whale sharks.