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Dive Sites for Thailand Liveaboards

Khao Lak Dive Sites North Andaman Sea

Khao Lak and north Andaman Sea has some of the world’s most diverse diving available for Liveaboards. There are Liveaboard dive sites for beginners through to Advanced Open Water Divers and even professional divers. Explore diving at Richelieu Rock and Mergui Archipelago at some of the world’s most famous dive sites. Khao Lak Liveaboard dive sites include coral reefs, wall dives, wrecks and diving on underwater pinnacles. Join one of our Liveaboard dive trips and have a fantastic time of diving on your holiday in Thailand! All Liveaboard diving Trips starting from Chalong or Tablamu Harbour.

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Similan Islands National Park Dive Sites

The nine Islands – Seafaring gypsies used to live on the Similan islands, but they are now uninhabited except for the park rangers’ office and the beautiful occasional residence of the Thai Royal family on Similan islands Island no. 4. The Similan Islands are the “base camp” of your Similan Islands diving. The nine islands of the Similans run roughly North to South. The islands’ tropical rainforest consists mainly of large rubber trees, several species of palm, bamboo and vines.

Beneath the waves the Similan Islands offer best scuba dive conditions and an outstanding range of marine life including some 500 species of hard and soft corals. The visibility in the Similan Islands is 20 to 40 meters and your eyes are greeted by a kaleidoscope of colour on every dive during your Thailand scuba diving vacation.

In contrast a dive site such as Boulder City – Similan Islands diving Island no. 3 – offers a classic underwater landscape. Leopard sharks and white tip sharks weave amongst the enormous boulders. At Elephant Head – close to Similan islands Island no. 8 – the boulders are heaped together and on top of each other creating a myriad of gullies and scuba diving swim-throughs.

Head down to depths at Deep Six – Similan islands Island no. 6 – to hang out with the sharks swimming above the gently sloping seabed or get face to face with green turtles at Christmas Corner – Similan islands Island No. 9.

Islands and Similans Dive Sites

  • Island No. 3 – 2 Dive Sites
  • Island No. 4 (Main Island) – 2 Dive Sites
  • Island No. 5 & 6 – 1 Dive Site
  • Island No. 7 – 3 Dive Sites
  • Island No. 8 – 3 Dive Sites
  • Island No. 9 – 3 Dive Sites

Similans Quick Facts

  • Distance: 56 Kilometers
  • Boat Trip: 180 minutes. Approx.
  • Depth: 3 – 40 meters
  • Experience Level: easy/advanced
  • Reef type: Coral gardens, granit rock, walls
  • Visibility: Variable from 10-40 meters
  • Current: Variable, often strong, good drift diving
  • Coral: Lush colorful soft corals, healthy hard corals
  • Fish: Quantities and varieties excellent
  • Highlights: different sharks, dramatic landscape above and below the water, swim through, vertical walls, and many colorful soft corals.

Koh Bon Dive Sites

The Manta Point – An hour or two north-east of the Similans reaches its next stop, the uninhabited island of Koh Bon. Both above and below the surface the waves surge through holes that they have cut right through the island. Nearby is an underwater cave where large nurse sharks sleep.

The breathtaking underwater terrain of the south point makes a perfect feeding ground for manta rays, and Koh Bon’s dive site gives you your best chance of seeing and diving with them in the whole of the Andaman Sea.

Just west of the south point dive site at Koh Bon one passes over a pristine field of staghorn coral populated by trumpetfish enjoying their favorite habitat. Of course there is plenty more to see here during your Similan islands scuba dive liveaboard or daytrip such as octopus, barracuda, whitetip sharks to name but a few.

Koh Bon Dive Sites

  • The Manta Point
  • The Bay (preferable for night dives)
  • Koh Bon Pinnacle

Koh Bon Quick Facts

  • Distance: 65 Kilometers
  • Boat Trip: 200 minutes. Approx.
  • Depth: 3 – 40 meters
  • Experience Level: easy/advanced
  • Reef type: Coral gardens, reef slope, pinnacles, wall
  • Visibility: Variable from 5-30 meters
  • Current: Variable, can be strong
  • Coral: soft corals, staghorn coral
  • Fish: sometimes Napoleon Wrasse, hunting trevallies, Reef fish
  • Highlights: different sharks, Manta Ray, Batfish, Cuttlefish, Schools.

Tachai Island

The divers paradise – Further north still your liveaboard trip reaches the island of Koh Tachai, a diver’s paradise.
A deep dive here amongst the granite boulders can be rewarding for those in search of sharks and rays. Finish your scuba dive on the coral-covered plateau in 12m which is simply teeming with life. Colorful fauna is everywhere and the water is thick with schools of trevally, emperor, surgeonfish and roaming leopard sharks.

As at Koh Bon, manta rays are very common here, and whale sharks visit occasionally. Expect to spend your scuba diving safety stop in the close company of a large school of batfish.

Tachai Island Dive Sites

  • Tachai pinnacle
  • Reef east

Tachai Quick Facts

  • Distance: 75 Kilometers
  • Boat Trip: 240 minutes. Approx.
  • Depth: 3 – 35 meters
  • Experience Level: easy/advanced
  • Reef type: Coral gardens, granit rock, walls
  • Visibility: Variable from 10-40 meters
  • Current: Variable, often strong, good drift diving
  • Coral: Lush colorful soft corals, healthy hard corals
  • Fish: Quantities and varieties excellent
  • Highlights: different sharks, hunting trevallies, swim through, vertical walls, and many colorful soft corals.

Richelieu Rock

The Jacques Cousteau Dive Site – Welcome to world-famous Richelieu Rock, so named because of its uncountable purple soft corals. Without doubt this is one of the highlights of your liveaboard trip. The rock itself appears only at low tide through the warm surface of the Andaman Sea, and is often completely submerged. How it hasn’t created any shipwrecks is a mystery.

As the only pinnacle for miles around, Richelieu Rock attracts a huge variety of marine life. Regular treats include octopus, huge brown-marbled groupers, occasional turtles, many species of moray eels, families of as many as 10 lionfish, and pretty schools of fusiliers. Manta ray are frequent visitors, and we have also seen guitar sharks here.

As always keep an eye towards the surface or out “into the blue” of the warm Andaman Sea because there you can see schools of bigeye trevally and barracuda usually hanging away from the rocks. And last but not least, here you have probably the best chance in the world of seeing whale sharks during your liveaboard.

Richelieu Rock Dive Sites

  • Richelieu Rock

Richelieu Rock Quick Facts

  • Distance: 80 Kilometers
  • Boat Trip: 240 minutes. Approx.
  • Depth: 5 – 35 meters
  • Experience Level: easy/advanced
  • Reef type: Coral gardens, granit rock, walls
  • Visibility: Variable from 10 – 30 meters
  • Current: Variable, can be strong
  • Coral: Lush colorful soft corals, healthy hard corals
  • Fish: Quantities and varieties excellent
  • Highlights: Sea horse, Harlequin shrimp, variety of Nudibranch, Pipe fish, Cuttle fish, whale shark, big school of Snapper, Chevron barracuda, Giant grouper, and many more.

The local Khao Lak Dive Sites

The Boonsung Wreck is an old tin mining boat that sank in 1984 in unknown circumstances at a depth of 18m. Over the years many shells and hard and soft corals have attached themselves to the hull, which has become an artificial reef and naturally attracts large schools of fish from the flat, sandy seabed. This dive site has an outstanding abundance of fish life, including resident seahorses, curious batfish, a large family of porcupine fish and several kinds of crustaceans, along with large schools of barracuda and the occasional leopard shark.

The Thai Muang Wreck “Condreco” is in excellent condition with the most amazing soft corals and has attracted large numbers of Honeycomb & White-eyed moray eels, lionfish & all types of scorpion fish. It is also possible to spot Ornate ghost pipe fish here. There has been a lot of discussion as to whether to raise this wreck for salvage, and we don’t know how long she will stay in this position off our coast, but for this season at least it is still possible to dive here.

The Sea Chart 1 wreck was off limits for many years due to some confusion over salvage rights but finally the wreck was opened for diving activities. Lying at a depth of 40m on her starboard side, this 85m long, 12m wide wreck still has much of her original cargo onboard and is in excellent condition. Her large size, already teeming with new marine growth and fish activity, makes every dive a new experience as new features and obstacles are revealed.

Closer to home, Khao Na Yak is the house reef for Khao Lak. Only 45 minutes away by local boat, and with a maximum depth of only 9m, this is a most relaxing dive and an excellent site for new divers or for those of you who haven’t dived for a while. Khao Na Yak Reef also appeals to experienced divers who like to spend some time focusing closely on the varied fish life of a tropical reef, with the advantage of a longer bottom time due to the shallow depth.

Khao Lak Dive Sites

  • The Boonsung Wreck – Depth: 18 meter
  • Thai Muang Wreck “Condreco”
  • Sea Chart 1 Wreck – Depth: 40 meter
  • Khao Na Yak reef – Depth: max. 9 meter

Khao Lak Quick Facts

  • Distance: 5 to 15 Kilometers
  • Boat Trip: max 60 minutes. Approx.
  • Depth: 3 – 40 meters
  • Experience Level: easy/advanced
  • Reef type: Coral gardens, sandy, a lot of metal
  • Visibility: Variable from 5 – 15 meters
  • Current: Variable, can be strong
  • Coral: Lush colorful soft corals, healthy hard corals
  • Fish: Quantities and varieties excellent
  • Highlights: different sharks, dramatic wrecks, morey eels, nudibranch, Batfish, Cuttlefish, Schools.

Mergui Archipelago (Myanmar)

Go beyond – Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago in the Andaman Sea (Burma) has over 800 tropical islands, covering an area of over 10,000 square miles and it had been closed off to the outside world for over 50 years, until late 1996. Countless uninhabited islands, entirely virgin beaches, lakes and waterfalls… this is truly one of the very few untouched areas remaining on earth.. Due to the virtual isolation, the islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of wildlife, big and small, together with soft and hard corals and huge barrel sponges. The big includes giant groupers, all sorts of schooling fish, various species of sharks, regular sightings of large numbers of manta rays. To couple that, really beautiful macro life is present. Sea horses, ghost pipefish and a lot more are amongst the archipelagos rare inhabitants.

Mergui Archipelago and Dive Sites

  • North Rock
  • Fan Forest Pinnacles
  • Northern Rocky
  • Cray Fish Cave and Eagles Nest
  • High Rock
  • Three Islets
  • North Twin

Mergui Archipelago Quick Facts

  • Distance: 150 Kilometers
  • Boat Trip: 15 hours. Approx.
  • Depth: 3 – 40 meters
  • Experience Level: advanced
  • Reef type: Coral gardens, granit rock, walls
  • Visibility: Good from 10 – 30 meters
  • Current: Variable, often strong, good drift diving
  • Coral: Lush colorful soft corals, healthy hard corals
  • Fish: Quantities and varieties excellent
  • Highlights: different sharks, Manta Rays, hunting trevallies, swim through, vertical walls, and many colorful soft corals.

Andaman Islands (India)

The remote and must see area – Beneath the waves lie reefs barely touched and hardly seen by other divers. In fact, until recently, only about 50 divers a year have been lucky enough to experience the Andaman’s hidden treasures. It is easy to see why Jacques Cousteau named the Andaman’s the ‘invisible islands.’ You can be among some of the first explorers in this incredible diver’s paradise! A lack of any local commercial fishing fleet, and the granting of only very few licenses to foreign fishing boats, means the reefs are simply teeming with fish and macro life, as well as home to some thrilling sharks and giant rays, and the occasional dugong. The islands themselves are rocky, rainforest-clad droplets in an azure ocean, edged with champagne-colored beaches fringed with palms, and are home to over 150 endemic plant and animal species. You may be lucky enough to witness a ‘snorkeling’ working elephant, as these creatures often cool off in the sea using their trunk to breath above the water! And where else can you go diving and then go off and search for Tigers or visit the wonderful Taj Mahal?

The most fantastic spot in the Andaman Sea is an extinct volcano. Walls drop to over 700 meters here as well—just off the shoreline—but the difference between this volcano and Barren Island is that here everything is alive and healthy. This is truly a diver’s paradise.

Imagine four-meter tall barrel sponges. Sea fans are twice as large as they are in the Similan Islands. Monstrous dog-toothed tuna—one animal we saw was almost three meters long—cruise the walls and the shallower reef tops. The best part of our first trip to the area was the herds of mobula and manta rays that visited us on every dive—both in shallow and deep water. In four days we saw at least 50 of these rays and our first afternoon there we spent snorkeling with a group of 20 animals while they fed on the surface.

Mantas and mobula are everywhere you go, even in shallow water right up to the beaches. No one knows why there are so many here, but the local soldiers who were stationed at the island said that they stay all year-round.

Andaman Islands and Dive Sites

  • Havelock Island
  • North Passage Island
  • Harvelock Island
  • Narcondam Island
  • Barren Island
  • Flat Rock

Andaman Islands Quick Facts

  • Distance: 250 Kilometers
  • Boat Trip: 30 hours. Approx.
  • Depth: 3 – 700 meters
  • Experience Level: advanced
  • Reef type: Coral gardens, granit rock, walls
  • Visibility: Good from 20 – 50 meters
  • Current: Variable, often strong, good drift diving
  • Coral: Lush colorful soft corals, healthy hard corals
  • Fish: Quantities and varieties excellent
  • Highlights: different sharks, Manta Rays, hunting trevallies, swim through, vertical walls, and many colorful soft corals.