For those who have not yet savored the joys of the Kingdom of Thailand, simply whisper the name of the country that will magically appear a world wrapped in a myriad of exotic beauty, mystical culture, appetizing food and breathtaking views. Thailand is the land of a thousand smilesThe beauty of the country, ranging from meadows that gently extend over mountainous terrain, to tropical jungles bursting with equatorial flora and fauna, accompanying the ancient Buddhist temples and cloistered monasteries, and the air that in the pristine white beaches it perfumes in an idyllic way of salt.
Undoubtedly, in the middle of the exhilarating magnetism of thousands of attractions that Thailand offers, its most precious jewel is the moment when you leave the sultry, sensual, intoxicating world of the earth and then reborn in its extremely unique underwater realm; the moment when you become one with the magnificent seascapes that stretch out in your presence offering some of the best dive sites in the world. Thailand Diving Thailand offers top diving all year round, and each region boasts its peak diving at specific times of the year. First, there is the Andaman Sea on the west coast of Thailand, which offers fine diving around the tropical islands of Phuket, Koh Lanta, Koh Lipe and the Phi Phi islands, with Khao Lak and Krabi providing one of the main entrances to some of the most extraordinary dive sites. On this coast of Thailand you can enjoy tropical climates and fantastic dives from November to May, since the monsoon winds usually strike from June to October, making some dive sites inaccessible. Weather permitting there are however boats that go out daily, and this could be one of the best times to grab some of the great bargains the dive centers in
the area have to offer.
In the Gulf of Thailand, the extensive East Coast of the country, the tropical islands of Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan boast some of the most renowned dives. Pattaya and Koh Chang offer fantastic wrecks, and other depths, which mostly still need to be explored. In the Gulf of Thailand, divers crowd the flat waters and enjoy the delightful climate from May to October, until the arrival of the monsoon winds towards the end of September. Even then, in all these destinations there will still be good dives to live and lots of fun, no matter what the month. After you have hung your fins on the wall and put your 3 mm to dry, relax on the beach with a massage, which is convenient for your wallet, sip fruit cocktail at sunset, savor some traditional Thai food, the phlegmatic style of nightlife of the island, and haggle the riches of the local markets to bring home some souvenirs of your time spent in paradise. Elephant trekking, fantastic sunsets and the bustling nightlife of Bangkok are among the non-underwater Thai attractions that should not be missed.
The Andaman Sea, North:
This is the place to visit to see mantas, whale sharks (from February to May), reef sharks and an overwhelming variety of marine life. The Andaman Sea should be on the list of the first 5 things to do for each diver, and is explored even better on the cruise, which are offered with a wide choice. Richelieu Rock - Not only is it an incredibly popular dive site in Thailand but is a must for any diver in the world. From February to May, whale sharks revolve around this site as satellites, and it is common to meet manta rays, white tip reef sharks and whale sharks - all in the same dive. Be sure to absorb the vitality of the barrier and the diversity of the seascape and topography in equal proportions, and in the meantime keep an eye open on one of the most sought after shark sightings.
Koh Bon / Koh Bon Pinnacle - If the elegant twisting of the manta rays is your underwater dream, then ask for a dive (or three) to Koh Bon. You will also have the opportunity to spot leopard sharks and a great variety of moray eels. Among the reef visitors you can include sea eagles, black and white fin reef sharks and jack spurts. A dive that can not definitely be lost.
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The Similan Islands became a Marine Park in 1982, and the waters around the nine islands teem with life. You will continue to encounter tuna, jackfish and jack, as well as being surrounded by a teeming diversity of tiny marine life, and an abundant marine landscape thanks to soft corals and giant gorgonians.
The eastern half of the Similan offers tranquil coral gardens while the western part brings the challenge to more daring formations. The Similans are best accessible by boat, and Khao Lak, which is located in the west of Phang Nga Bay, about 120 km North from Phuket, offers the best access to the Similans. Daily trips to the park are organized by Khao Lak with fast boats. For Dive Shops in this area click here Elephant Head Rock - The swirling currents here swell the soft coral forests, forming a crazy band of bright color. The gorgonians grow up to reach gigantic proportions and there is such a quality to be able to swim in the middle. The leopard sharks, along with turtles and shoals of tropical fish, have built their house among the ravines of these beautiful barriers.
Thailand Scuba Diver and Whale Shark Andaman Sea, South: Hin Daeng and Hin Muang - Hin Daeng boasts of being among the most remote and unrivaled pinnacle dives of the Andaman Sea offering beautiful soft coral formations. The gray reef sharks have made this site their home sharing it with manta rays and whale sharks, when it is period.
Phuket: Many cruise boats start their adventures from here, partly because most Andaman diving sites are within easy reach.Phuket in particular has an abundant variety of dive sites and tropical marine life to offer: Koh Dok Mai - A magnificent wall and current dive, with caves and gorges hidden on the rock face . You can appreciate the true beauty of this site when the sun's rays are positioned right above the wall illuminating it. This site is home to nurse shark puppies and whale sharks in the blue, when it is season.
Racha Noi and Racha Yai -Racha Noi has much to explore and experience, including manta rays and whale sharks, when it is period, Blue spotted lagoon breeds, black fin barracudas and large tuna and jack shoals. Click here to see Dive Shops in this area Shark Point -This site is full of scorpion fish, lion, puffer fish, angel fish and some leopard shark in the area . All of them intertwine their lives among the bright colored soft corals: pink and purple.
The Phi Phi Islands: Incredibly enchanting, these islands are the inspiration for many entertainment films. Bida Nai - After having swam in the midst of a myriad of glass fish, you'll meet shy needle fish, legions of nudibranchs and colorful seahorses. They are voracious lion fish scouting for sea fans, while jack vortexes spin over their heads. Take a peek under the branches of the acropora to find leopard sharks offspring, this site is also known for meetings with cuttlefish. Bida Nok - Extraordinary above and below the water, the site is rich in marine snakes and sea turtles. Murene, shoals of Napoleon fish and even more leopard sharks keep the environment alive, while soft corals, parrotfish and giant tridacne remind you that the creativity of mother nature knows no boundaries. Krabi, Koh Lanta Yai and Koh Lipe: The coastal south-western city of Krabi gives access to the enchanting archipelago of Koh Lanta, and the fabulous Koh Lipe, both reachable by ferry. On the eastern part of Phang Nga Bay the local marine life is as prolific as it is diversified and from here you can easily reach the Phi Phi, Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Shark Point islands (in case you have not visited them yet) .Koh Haa - In Thai language means '5 islands', offering a little bit of everything to any diver exploring it - swim among the pinnacles, blue jumps, caves and big ravines. Marine life ranges from shy phantom fishes to abundant octopuses, occasional overgrown turtles and stingrays. Koh Lipe - On the border with the Tarutao National Marine Park, it includes 30 islands, an infinite number of walls, and access to the lively seas rich in marine life.
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