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Koh Chang/ Mak / Kood

Diving around Koh Chang/ Mak/ Kood

Koh Lanta & Koh PhiPhi are both island in the South Andaman Sea. Right in between Phuket in the north and Koh Lipe in the south. Therefor, this is a great location to spend some days diving while coming from or going to Phuket or Koh Lipe.

Diving can be done year round, but a lot of dive centers stop operating in the rainy season. usually they will start operating again in the end of September.

Rain and wind can cause conditions to be sub-optimal to say the least. Especially Koh lanta is subject to the weather as most dive sites are quite far away from the island.

Koh PhiPhi is part of a group of smaller islands, offering more shelter and therefor can operate year round.

In short: I would recommend avoiding Koh Lanta during the rainy season (June - September).

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Koh PhiPhi is famous for one of the most gorgeous beaches in Thailand and perhaps the world: Maya Beach. This beach was featured in the movie: The Beach which made this a very popular destination for travelers. 

Nowadays, you can book day trips to Maya beach from Koh PhiPhi. However, we scuba divers can enjoy this location from the best possible place: The ocean. While boats have to dock on the other side of the island, diving trips just spend their surface intervals in the bay, overlooking the beautiful beach, away from the masses.

Koh PhiPhi is and has been known for its parties and vibrant nightlife. While this is still the case, many divers seek out different scenes at Phuket or Koh Lanta, where it's easier to escape the crowds. 

However, diving is cheap with trips leaving every day around the island. Expect to pay around 2500 baht (75$) for 2 dives and lunch in between dives.

"East Thailand diving, to experience tranquillity, solitude and great wreck and reef diving!"

Koh Mak & Kood

Where to stay?

Koh Lanta is a relatively big island with multiple dive centers operating and servicing many dive sites from Koh PhiPhi to Koh Haa in the south. The best place to stay is in the north-western part of the island. There is 1 main road following the coastline with hotels, restaurants, and dive centers to choose from.

Diving in Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta doesn't have dive sites worthwhile close by. You will head out on bigger boats or speedboats visiting Koh Haa, Koh PhiPhi, or Hin Duang for example. These trips usually take 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on the size of the boat and group.

Because of the travel time and distance, diving is a bit more expensive. Expect to pay 3500 - 4500 baht (100-130$) (park fees may apply) per day (2 dives, lunch, and transport).

The upside to this is, that you will be able to visit a greater variety of dive sites within your perhaps short and precious time, compared to Koh PhiPhi, so choose wisely.

 

How to get there?

Koh Chang:

Koh PhiPhi is the island between Phuket and Koh Lanta. Because of the enormous interest from tourists to visit this island, transfers are plenty and easy to arrange. You can use the transfer links I provided on this page to book your trip in advance. 

 

Some examples of destinations you can reach Koh PhiPhi directly from are: Phuket - Krabi - Koh Lipe - Koh Lanta.

Koh Mak & Kood:

Koh Lanta is connected in a way to the mainland with a small car ferry and a bridge after that. You can arrive at Koh Lanta from Krabi or Surathani (if you come from Koh Tao/ Samui etc.) or by boat from Phuket, Koh Lipe, and Koh PhiPhi.

I highly recommend using the links I provided to book your trip as they're usually the cheapest and easiest to book.

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Koh Haa Islands
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Koh Chang

Koh Tao is a diving paradise for those who want to learn this amazing hobby/ sport. All sorts of diving are offered, from easy to tech diving the Unicorn wreck at 50 meters deep. I have made a map with the most important dive sites you can visit. There are more, but they are just not worth it because others are way better!

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Koh Tao dive sites

Diving sites, more in depth:

Below I will go more in-depth (pun intended) into these dive sites. The history is very often interesting! I will not note currents here, since there are almost none in the area.

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"Chumphon Pinnacle"

This Dive site is between Chumphon town and Koh Tao. It's around a 1-hour boat ride away and is usually done in the morning. Big schools of fish, amazing corals, and chances of whale sharks. What else?

Depth: 8 - 35 meters

"Southwest Pinnacle"

Named after its location regarding Koh Tao, Southwest pinnacle is much like Chumphon, with a different landscape. Schooling fish by the thousands will pass you by, with their predators not far behind!

Depth: 35 meters

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"Japanese Garden"

A beginner dive, and a beautiful coral garden in a very sheltered location close to Koh Tao (west). You will find many smaller fish and huge boomy corals in a stunning landscape.

Maximum depth: 16 meters.

"Twins"

A beginner dive usually done in the afternoon. With a max depth of 18 meters suited for all level of divers. Twins gets his name from the 2 outcrops of corals and rocks with a sandy bottom between them.

 

Maximum depth: 18 meters.

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"Sail Rock"

One of the best dive sites in Thailand, and Asia. This rock in the middle of the ocean between Koh Tao & Koh Pha Ngan is a pinnacle you can easily swim around in 1 dive. With many schooling fish and barracudas, queenfish, and clownfish everywhere! Beautiful scenery and rock formations make this a must-do dive site.

 

Maximum depth: 36 meters.

"Wreck dive Sattakut"

A shipwreck sunk right next to Koh Tao, this was a gift from Japan to the Thai King, who gifted it to Koh Tao many years ago. Still, very much intact, this is a beautiful dive site with a max depth of 32 meters, while the top is only 16 meters deep. 

Maximum depth: 32 meters.

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Koh Mak & Kood

Koh Tao is a diving paradise for those who want to learn this amazing hobby/ sport. All sorts of diving are offered, from easy to tech diving the Unicorn wreck at 50 meters deep. I have made a map with the most important dive sites you can visit. There are more, but they are just not worth it because others are way better!

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Diving sites, more in depth:

Below some photos and impressions

If you want to share your impressions and/or photos you're more than welcome to share them!

Below I will go more in-depth (pun intended) into these dive sites. The history is very often interesting! I will not note currents here, since there are almost none in the area.