Khao Lak: Diving area of world rank

Located north of Phuket, the Khao Lak area boasts many easily accessible dive sites that could hardly be more diverse. The Similan Islands have a reputation of world class in the diving scene, for example. But the area around Khao Lak has far more to offer. We will tell you what there is to discover here for divers!

This is what distinguishes the diving area of Khao Lak

It is no secret that Khao Lak, some 60 kilometers north of Phuket, is a top-class diving area. The infrastructure is correspondingly well developed. You have the choice between numerous excellent diving schools. For example, our partner Sea Bees is also represented here with a diving base.

You should also know the following about Khao Lak:

  • There are some diving spots near the mainland. Many of the most beautiful dive sites can only be reached by boat.
  • Shoals of fish, rays, octopus, whale sharks and co: The underwater life in Khao Lak could hardly be more diverse.
  • Corals that grow on spectacular rock formations offer a breathtaking panorama for fascinating underwater images.
  • With an appropriate diving certification, the possibility to explore wrecks is also available on site.
  • The diving trips start from Tap Lamu – a small port town south of Khao Lak.
  • On dive-free days, dream beaches invite you to relax and sunbathe

Diving around Khao Lak: Dive sites for all divers

More than two dozen recommended dive sites are located in the Khao Lak area. In the course of a diving holiday, you are therefore spoiled for choice – after all, you will hardly be able to explore more than a fraction of the dive sites. We give you the first orientation and present you some of the most beautiful places.

Koh Bon and Koh Tachai: two pearls of the Khao Lak area

Many worth seeing dive sites are in front of the islands Koh Bon and Koh Tachai. In Koh Bon, divers will encounter spectacular rock formations, along which huge fish swarms swim. With a bit of luck, even mantas can be spotted at the dive sites.

Corals and colorful tropical fish await you in Koh Tachai, whose underwater crust is known as “Twin Peaks” and regularly attracts divers from all over the world. In addition to the most diverse fish species, the chances are good that you can see rays, turtles or nurse sharks here.

Both Koh Bon and Koh Tachai are suitable only for divers who already have experience.

Wreck diving in front of Khao Lak

Wreck dives in Khao Lak are worth the money. Three lounging wrecks lie in front of Khao Lak and are waiting to be explored:

  • Boonsung Wrack: The Boonsung wreck has been in the sea for almost four decades. So the underwater life had enough time to develop. Thus, the wreck is completely settled by soft corals, between which a number of marine creatures are swimming.
  • Premchai Wrack: The Premchai Wreck is located at a depth of 21 meters. Many soft corals, dragon heads and moray eels can be admired here.
  • Sea Chart Wrack: The Sea Chart Wreck only exists since 2009. Nevertheless, the wreck, some 80 meters long and 12 meters wide, now attracts numerous divers. After all, countless marine creatures have already settled here. Diving between 28 and 40 meters of depth. This dive site is only suitable for experienced divers.

The Similan Islands: spectacular rock formations meet breathtaking animal diversity

You can not express it differently: the dive sites around the nine Similan Islands are simply spectacular. The islands are part of the national park Mu Koh Similan. There are several dive sites with different degrees of difficulty. The underwater world impresses with corals, fascinating rock formations, and various marine life. Even mantas and whale sharks are often spotted here. As nearly all dive sites have a visibility of 30 meters and more, you can enjoy the underwater world to the fullest.