Thailand: What is the Best Time to Go Diving?

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Aside from the precise bodily underwater magnificence that Thailand has to supply, the logistical magnificence is that it provides assorted diving alternatives virtually all yr round. That isn't to say that each diving locale is appropriate all yr, and that is what typically causes confusion. To fire up the visibility additional, what some journey brokers will confer with as excessive season merely denotes the general enterprise of the world and never the height diving circumstances in that space. So what's the greatest time to go scuba diving in Thailand?

The problematic situation with Thailand is the climate shouldn't be constant all through the nation. In reality, it virtually splits the nation into an east versus west state of affairs. Usually whereas one coast is bathed in sunshine with its seashores barely caressed by waves as a result of the ocean is so calm, the opposite is being lashed by rain and gusting winds.

October to Might

Usually, that is the perfect time to go scuba diving in Thailand in any west coast scuba diving vacation spot.

Similan and Surin Liveaboard Season

If hopping aboard a liveaboard vessel and cruising comfortably in between websites whereas being fed like a goose is the way you wish to dive, then you need to be taking a look at heading to Thailand between October and Might. The Similan and Surin Islands aren’t accessible for the entire yr primarily as a consequence of climate, and the park is off-limits outdoors of those occasions. The sooner and latter a part of the season, as you may anticipate, can expertise some uneven seas and lowered visibility, however the websites are quiet. December, January and February are by far the busiest months, and it is best to e-book early to keep away from disappointment. They're busy for good cause. Anticipate Bombay-sapphire-like visibility with a wholesome shot of manta ray and whale shark motion thrown in.

Similan Islands

West Coast Land Based mostly Scuba Diving

In case you are travelling with non-divers or don’t have the time for a liveaboard, then you'll be able to see a few of the Simian’s dive websites on at some point or in a single day journeys in the event you keep in Khao Lak. Khao Lak has some nice nearer to residence dives too. Krabi, Koh Lanta, Koh Racha, Koh Lipe, Ranong, and Phuket all take pleasure in this similar seasonality. The well-known pinnacles of Hin Daeng and Hin Muang lie inside straightforward day journey attain of Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi and are an excellent place to identify the bigger pelagics notably manta rays and sometimes whale sharks too.

The Gulf of Thailand

Koh Tao, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan expertise their worst monsoon climate round November, and when you may be fortunate, on the entire, it’s not an advisable time to go to if you wish to see these image good underwater scenes. December, January and February can see some good circumstances nevertheless it’s removed from constant, uneven seas and dangerous visibility are extra doubtless. April and Might are good months to see whale sharks notably at Chumphon Pinnacle, South West Pinnacle and Sail Rock. All of those dive websites are in attain of any of those islands, however Koh Tao is nearer to Chumpon and South West Pinnacle whereas Koh Phangan is nearer to Sail Rock.

Though in The Gulf of Thailand, Koh Chang enjoys a climate sample just like that of the west coast making the October to Might interval a good time to go to. Shut by Pattaya, nevertheless, is extra according to the remainder of The Gulf of Thailand however the rain does have a tendency to start out in September.


June to September

For this portion of the yr, the reverse is just about true.

West Coast Land Based mostly Scuba Diving

The Similan and Surin Islands near all vessels and diving stops from Ranong into Burmese waters, too. Excessive-speed ferries not whisk vacationers to island locations and the coast usually hunkers down for wind and rain. Native ferries function although and you may nonetheless get round. There could be good days and even some nice days diving too. In case you are planning an prolonged journey and have the pliability to wander based mostly on the climate, then some good offers might be had together with peace and quiet. For an outstanding scuba diving trip, nevertheless, you’re higher off elsewhere.

Bat Fish

The Gulf of Thailand

Uninformed journey brokers typically assume that the entire of the nation is now vulnerable to monsoon rains and sometimes inform can be guests to keep away from the gulf’s islands of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. That is merely not the case, this time of yr is a superb time to go to. Do notice although that this space is usually very busy in July and August on account of European faculty vacation time and lodging and transport e-book up early. Pattaya falls into this similar zone whereas Koh Chang shall be experiencing comparable circumstances to the west coast.

Nonetheless confused? No drawback, merely get in touch with a PADI Journey Scuba Journey Professional, and we will probably be glad that will help you select the perfect vacation spot for you on the good time too.

his weblog was initially written by Ayesha Cantrell and revealed on the Diviac Journal.

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