Diving in Khao Lak

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...Good for: Small animals...
...Not so good for: Beginner divers, visibility and snorkelling...

Along with its beautiful coastline and lush tropical jungle interior, Khao Lak is fast-becoming a favourite among Thailand scuba divers, especially regular visitors.

The main reason for this is that it is the gateway to the Similan Islands which are situated just a short hop west across the Andaman Sea. Show more

Dive Site Descriptions

Bunsoong Wreck - This is a dive site just off the shore of Khao Lak Beach. The boat is an old tin ore processor that was sank in 1984 and lies on the sea floor in a north - south direction. The devastating tsunami of December 2004 caused major structural damage to the wreck, breaking the 60 metre long, 12 metre wide and 6 metre high vessel into 5 major sections. One could say that the Bunsoong is not really a wreck anymore; it is more a very well populated artificial reef and a great dive! Show more

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How to Dive Khao Lak

Check out your diving options:

The best way to plan your diving is to join our daily scuba boat trips. There are plenty of places to stay in the area and a range of budgets to suit all pockets.

If you'd like to spend time diving Khao Lak's offshore sites at the Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock then you can take a Thailand liveaboard trip and choose the number of nights you prefer.


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Diving Season

2 monsoons influence the climate of Khao Lak. You can dive here from November to May but the best diving conditions are from November to April, during the northeast monsoon, as it is driest then. The southwest monsoon starts in April, bringing rain from the Indian Ocean. October is the wettest month of the year.

The weather is warm all year, and the water temperature ranges between 26-30°C, usually warmest in the dry season. The water clarity during the dry months is usually great for diving, with up to 30m often experienced in the diving season.

Most of the marine creatures of Khao Lak, including sea snakes, leopard sharks and reef sharks, can be spotted all year around. Chances to encounter manta rays and whale sharks are especially good during the months of February to April.

The Similan liveaboard season runs from early November to mid May, which is the main attraction in the area as the Similans are only 60 km west of Khao Lak and therefore easily reachable. The dive season has calmer waters, making the trip to the islands more enjoyable for divers as they cruise on flat seas.

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Where is Khao Lak and How Do I Get There?

Review our maps below of Khao Lak and its host country Thailand. Here, you will find information on how to get to Khao Lak.

Map of Khao Lak (click to enlarge in a new window) Map of Thailand (click to enlarge in a new window)

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Reef Summary

Depth: 12 - 18m
Visibility: 2 - 15m
Currents: Moderate
Surface conditions: Can be rough
Water temperature: 26 - 30°C
Experience level: Intermediate
Number of dive sites: 5
Distance: ~90 km north of Phuket (1½ hours)
Recommended length of stay: 1 - 2 days, or 1 week to dive all destinations that are accessible from here

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