...Highlights: great macro life/ marine diversity, nondiving activities...
...Krabi's diving environment: beginner divers...
As well as beautiful beaches and some wonderful resorts, Krabi, on Thailand's peninula west coast, offers some excellent diving. While most visitors make for Thailand's islands, there is as much fun above and below water to be had by exploring this beautiful area of the coastline.
Diving in Krabi at one of Ao Nang Beach's 7 main groups of nearby islands means immersing yourself in some of Thailand's most diverse waters where schools of reef fish, beautiful soft corals and wondrous macro-marine life are all present in surprising and impressive quantities.
For big fish fans there are plenty of sharks, including leopard sharks, barracudas and large groupers, all frequently seen patrolling the area. The area lies within the Hat Nopparat Thara - Mu Koh Phi Phi National Marine Park.
Koh Dor - In the afternoons the west side of Koh Dor Island often hosts a group of the usually shy black-tip reef sharks. Whilst brief sightings of these sharks are possible on scuba, it's best to watch them on snorkel at lunchtime. The island has a good mix of larger Porites and Diploastrea Heliopora hard corals and soft corals, sea whips, fans and leather corals. Several large barrel sponges are also dotted around the dive site. Show more
Staying in one of the excellent resorts in the Ao Nang area, which are very reasonably priced and well-run, is the best way to dive in Krabi.
For more information on these options, and all the other travel information you might need to visit the Krabi and Thailand, view our Krabi day trips section.
You can visit the local Ao Nang Beach area dive sites, which are a very short distance away, or you can join one of the daily boat trips to the sites further offshore, such as those of the Phi Phi Islands, and the Shark Point - Kingcruiser - Anemone Reef area.
The season for diving in Krabi is the same as that of Phuket with the high season, especially January to March, seeing the best conditions. Visibility is often 20m but may drop due to sea swells and plankton during low season, when there are fewer divers but less predictable weather. This can sometimes lead to cancellation of day trips to the sites further from shore. Visit thefor more on the climate and weather forecasts in Krabi.
The water temperature in Krabi can reach even 30°C during the dry (high) season, while even in rainy season it never drops below 27°C.
One of the most popular creatures at the Krabi dive sites is undoubtedly the leopard shark. Most of them seem to prefer staying in a particular area instead of making long journeys elsewhere. Their mating season is between March and June, when the female can give birth to as many as 35 pups.
Review our maps below of Krabi and its host country Thailand. Here, you will find information on how to get to Krabi.
Depth: 5 - 25m
Visibility: 5 - 20m
Surface conditions: Calm, but can be choppy in rainy season
Water temperature: 27 - 31°C
Experience level: Beginner
Number of dive sites: >10
Distance: ~5-10 km west of Ao Nang Beach (¾ hour), ~70 km east of Phuket
Recommended length of stay: 1 week to dive all destinations accessible from here
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