Thailand Liveaboard Diving Holidays
Diving holiday by liveaboard Thailand
Liveaboards in Thailand became famous among scuba divers through the national parks of the Similan and Surin Islands. Here are fairly easy dive sites where the less experienced diver can easily get started with liveaboard diving.
Nowadays Thailand liveaboards are exploring more of the Andaman sea and you can get to The Southern regions near the Phi Phi islands or combine the best dive sites in the Similan Islands with a week-long dive safari to the Mergui Archipelago.
Stunning reefs and excellent biodiversity makes the Andaman Sea a dream for every diver. It is worthwhile a visit to the land of smiles where many divers like to come back.
Diving the Andaman Sea you can do in pure luxury liveaboard to the backpacker that loves to dive in Thailand but is on a very tight budget. Trips to the Similan and the Phi Phi islands are 3-7 days of diving. An advanced diver would be highly recommended to have or take onboard.
With a Thailand liveaboard, you have several choices to go to. The most famous is the Similan Islands and Richelieu rock where most dive boats tempt to visit. Some liveaboards such as Deep Andaman Queen combine the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar with the best of the Similan.
Another beautiful liveaboard experience you find in the Southern region of Thailand with the islands of Koh Phi Phi, Koh Haa, and Hin Deang/Hin Muang.
The Andaman sea has excellent biodiversity that you can find on each dive site. From the larger animals such as reef sharks, whale sharks, and manta rays. To the smaller critters that are hiding on the reef such as harlequin shrimps, pygmy pipehorse, sea moth, and several species of nudibranchs.
All liveaboards offer night diving where this is the perfect time to see moray eels hunting around lionfish waiting for small fish to pass buy or find loads of shrimps and crabs hiding in the cracks.
How To Get There
The liveaboard trips leave from Phuket or Khoa Lak. Here for the best option would be to fly to Phuket international airport find a hotel in the Southern part of Phuket or in Khoa Lak. This saves you a lot of time sitting in minibuses.
A Thailand liveaboard season is from October until the half of May. During this time of the year, you have the best weather on the West coast of Thailand with clear blue skies and flat seas. As well as that the national parks are only open between these months. Around May you will see the change of weather when the wind comes from the West. This is the start of the monsoon season what brings in tropical storms with rain and rough seas. the water temperatures are pretty stable between 27c° and 29c° what makes it possible for most divers to dive in a 3 mm full wetsuit or even a shorty.
To enter the Thai kingdom as a tourist you don’t need to apply for a visa. On arrival, you will receive a stamp that permits you to stay in the country for a maximum of 30 days. If you would like to stay longer you can apply to a Thai embassy for a tourist visa that will allow you for 90 days. When you overstay your visa there is a THB500 fine per day.
Before departure make sure your passport is still valid for at least 6 months on the date you plan to arrive back home as well you need an empty page for the stamps.