Thailand is a fantastic destination for combining a land, recreation and diving vacation.
Thailand offers excellent dive sites and the most amazing underwater, colorful reefs, and
great diving conditions for all levels of divers.

It is an ideal destination, especially after completing a diving course (maybe even in Thailand
itself) and offers a great opportunity for divers to require more skills and experience in some
of the most amazing diving sites in the world on liveaboards including full accommodation.

Thailand is one of the most interesting places for a vacation, where you can combine
trips, shopping, beaches and many adventures. The north of the country offers trekking
tours, daily visits to the local villages, motorcycle trips, tours of silk factories and temples.  

The islands and beaches are renowned for parties and clubbing, and also for a peaceful
family holiday. The best diving excursions leave from the west coast of Phuket Island,
to Similan and Surin islands.

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The best time to visit Thailand is between November and February. At this time of year,
it isn’t as hot and humidity is relatively low.

March and July are hot and humid months, and July to November are characterized by
strong and frequent monsoon rains.

Thailand may be a perfect country to tour throughout the year but for us divers the rainy
seasons are not fit for diving, due of the large amount of rain that flushes into the sea and
affects the water clarity. In order to enjoy a perfect diving vacation, we limit the diving
season in Thailand from the end of October to mid-April.

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Arriving in Thailand is easy with direct flights from nearly all destinations to
Bangkok, followed by a domestic flight to your desired destination.
Transportationand communication in Thailand is relatively good, the people are
very nice and service orientated and there is lots of information for tourists.

In order to get proper training as a diver, we recommend you visit the islands of
Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, or on Phuket island itself, where we will
be happy to recommend a great combination of diving courses and diving excursions.
This combination allows you to participate in a novice diving course and be able to
dive in some of the world's best and most amazing diving sites, within just a few days.

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כללי על היעד

דירוג היעד
מתי בשנה
October to May
אופי הטיול
ממוצע מספר צלילות בטיול
טמפרטורת מים
26-30 C
מזג אויר ממוצע
Hot and Humid
מתאים למשנרקלים
משך נסיעה מומלץ
סיורים יבשתיים במהלך הטיול

אופי הצלילות

צלילות זרם
צלילות קיר
ראות ממוצעת
דרגת צלילה מינימלית
Open Water
ניסיון צלילה מומלץ

מה רואים

שוניות טרופיות
אניות טרופות
מערות וקניונים
להקות דגי ים פתוח
כרישי שונית / חול
כרישי ים פתוח
כרישי לוויתן

Similian Island Dive Sites |The Similian Islands are formed from granite,
providingan interesting topographyof huge boulders with spectacular, vibrant reefs in
a range of dive sites. The dive sites are in the Similian protected nature reserve.

Elephant Head Rock (Hin Pusar)
One of the most beautiful sites on these islands, located south of island number 8.
The site is formed from several huge granite rocks. The dive is like a passage through
a maze between the rocks and the wall faces that are covered with colorful soft and fan
corals with masses of reef fish swimming between them. Here you can see white tip
and black tip sharks, barracuda and pelagic fish. Sometimes you can see manta rays
and whale sharks. Currents here are common; however, there is always place to find
shelter from them.
Level: Suitable for advanced divers.
Depth: maximum 30 m.

East of Eden
One of the most popular and colorful sites, located at island number 7. The reef
moderately deepens until a sandy seabed at a depth of 35m. during this spectacular
dive you can see numerous species of tropical fish that live in the area, and many
kinds of soft and hard corals. Additionally you can encounter turtles, crabs, lobsters
and more. During the morning, there is a good chance to see reef sharks.
Level: Suitable for all levels of divers.
Depth: maximum 30 m.

Shark Fin Reef
An amazing site near ​​island number 3. The reef consists of granite boulders and hard
corals. Along the reef are three coral pinnacles that jut out of the water and look like
three shark fins, which is how the site received its name. The site is home to soft corals,
colorful fan corals, schools of pelagic fish and a variety of sharks such as leopard sharks
and reef sharks, Napoleons and huge Bumphead parrotfish.
Level: Suitable for all levels of divers.
Depth: 5-30 m.

Bolder City
A site located south of island number 3, formed out of a large number of boulders
covered in soft corals and fan corals. The site has several cleaning stations where
you can see barracudas, manta rays, many reef fish like Unicorn fish, huge Bumphead
parrotfish, tiger sharks, and sometimes even whale sharks.
Level: Suitable for all levels of divers.
Depth: maximum 20 m.

Christmas Point
One of the most popular sites! Located north of island number 9. A large collection
of giant boulders reaching a depth of 40 meters, creating a large range of passages
between them. The constant currents contribute to abundant soft and fan corals.
There is a beautiful coral garden in the shallow waters of the site. At a depth of 24
meters, you can pass through a large, beautiful arch. Here you can encounter many
species if reef fish, white tip reef sharks that swim close to the sandy seabed, Napoleon
fish, barracuda, colorful Nudibranchs, spectacular Ribbon eels and more.
Level: Suitable for all levels of divers.
Depth: maximum 30 m.

Beacon Reef
Is located at the southernmost point of island number 8. The site contains huge rocks that
rise up from the sandy seabed at a depth of 35 meters and reach the shallow waters. The
start of the dive depends on the direction of the current. Next to the impressive rocky area,
there is a rich coral reef abundant with hard corals and fan corals with literally thousands
of colorful reef fish and Nudibranchs. This is a great location to see manta rays, eagle rays,
tiger sharks and reef sharks. On the white sand, you can see many spotted stingrays.
Level: Suitable for all levels of divers.
Depth: maximum 30 m.

Anita's Reef (Barrucuda Point)
Located close to ​​island number 5. A drift dive in a diverse and colorful site. The east side
is characterized by huge granite rocks and the western part of the site has a moderate slope
with a sandy seabed rich in large coral stones covered with soft and fan corals that grow
on them in spectacular colours. Many species of small reef fish can be seen here. The
seabed is home to a spotted garden eel, table corals, a symbiosis of Goby fish and shrimps
that share the same home, blue spotted stingrays and more. This site has a sunken fishing
boat at a depth of  28-40 m. here you can also see giant triggerfish, enormous 2 meter fantail
rays of 2 meters, and huge schools of blue fusilier.
Level: Suitable for all levels of divers.
Depth: 5-30 m.

Surin Islands Dive Sites These remote virgin islands are located north of
Similan, and boast spectacular clear waters. This is the place to mainly see manta rays
and sometimes whale sharks. The diving sites are protected by the Similan Nature Reserve.

Richelieu Rock
One of the best dives in Thailand! The site discovered by Jacques Cousteau who named
it "Rich Place". The site is shaped like a horseshoe with huge rocks and in the middle a
giant rock that almost reaches sea level. The entire site is covered with a colorful blanket
of corals. Here you can see spectacular views of small marine creatures hiding in small
caves and crevices such as frogfish, Ghost Pipefish and seahorses, huge schools of barracudas
and a good chance to meet manta rays, stingrays and whale sharks.
Level: Suitable for advanced divers - sometimes there are strong currents.
Depth: 5-30 m.

Koh Tachai
This site is protected and is part of the nature reserve. It is an underwater mountain.
At the shallow part of the mountain there is a plateau with a beautiful variety of hard
corals, and as you dive deeper you can see rocks everywhere covered with fan corals.
This is a great site to see manta rays, tiger sharks, schools of barracudas and more.
Level: Suitable for advanced divers - sometimes there are strong currents.
Depth: 12-30 m.

Koh Bon
This site has a moderate slope of soft coral ridges in vibrant colors and reaches
a depth of 40 m. here you can see lots of manta rays, Napoleon fish, tiger sharks
and spectacular purple Goby Fish.
Level: Suitable for advanced divers.
Depth: maximum 30 m.

Koh Bon Pinnacle
About 100 meters from the island's hard coral garden, there is a magnificent stone pinnacle
with its peak at a depth of 18 meters and reaching a depth of 50 meters deep. A spectacular
deep dive during which you can see many manta rays, and assorted sharks, such as Nurse sharks.
Level: Suitable for advanced divers - sometimes there are strong currents.
Depth: 18-30 m.

Koh Torinla
This site has coral ridges that moderately descend to a depth of 15 m. Colorful reef fish live
amongst the coral reefs e.g. Bumphead parrotfish, black tip reef sharks, turtles and more.
Level: Suitable for all levels of divers.
Depth: maximum 15 m.


אתרי הצלילה המובילים בתאילנד נמצאים במערב המדינה - איי סימילאן וסורין. 

איי סימילאן ממוקמים בים אנדמן ממערב לתאילנד. איים אקזוטיים אלו זכו
לתואר "פיסת גן עדן על כדור הארץ". תשעת איים הם איי גרניט המכוסים
ביערות טרופים בהם חיים בעלי חיים מרתקים, חלקם אנדמיים (ייחודים).
האיים הוכרזו כשמורת טבע ואין עליהם מגורי אדם, בחלקם אפילו לא ניתן לבקר.

האיים מוקפים בטופוגרפיה של בולדרים וולקנים המכוסים באלמוגי מניפה ואלמוגים רכים
בשלל צבעים. הראות היא הטובה בתאילנד ומגיעה ל-40 מ'! בצלילות, ובחלק מהאתרים גם
בשנירקול, אפשר לראות מגוון עצום של חיים תת-מימיים מאלמוגים רכים וקשים, דגי
שונית צבעוניים, להקות גדולות של ברקודות, גרופרים, סוגים רבים של כרישים למשל
כרישי ריף שחורי ולבני קצוות, כרישי זנבתן מנומר, כרישי Nurse, מנטות וכרישי לוויתן.
כמובן שאפשר למצוא גם יצורים קטנים ומיוחדים כמו חשופיות ומנטיס שרימפס.

איי סורין המרוחקים ובתוליים, חמישה במספר, נמצאים צפונית לסימילאן, ומגוון היצורים
שאפשר לפגוש במים דומה- באיי סורין אפשר לפגוש את מגוון היצורים שרואים בסימילאן,
בעיקר מנטות ולעיתים כרישי לוויתן. גם איים אלה מוגנים כחלק משמורת הטבע.


International Time Zone
GMT +7 hours.

Entry Visas
For most nationalities, immigration authorities grant a 30-day visa on
entering the country. Visas can be extended by departing  and re-entering
the country.  for more information please contact the nearest embassy in
your country. A valid passport is required for a period of at least six
months and a return flight ticket. Visas are issued at airports and land
border crossings. Ensure to keep the visa inside your passport in order
to show on your departure from the country.


There is no risk of malaria but it is recommended to take precautions against mosquito
bites. Renew routine vaccination if they have expired. It is recommended to keep up to
date with your Ministry of Health website. Stomach upsets may occur if you drink tap
water and from fruit and vegetables that are not thoroughly washed before consumption.
Please ensure to buy drinking water or mineral water. Stock up on antibiotics and travel\
seasickness tablets.


Personal Documents
A passport with at least 6 months validity.
Travel and diving insurance - can be purchased on this site.
A credit card is accepted in most places (but only on some
of the boats) saving the need to carry excess cash.
Diving certificate, valid diving insurance and a diving logbook.
Photocopy of your passport, diving certificates and travel insurance.
Make sure to keep it in a separate file from the original documents.


Diving Equipment
It is recommended to bring your own equipment with which you are accustomed
to using, especially a mask and a dive computer.  Scuba diving with a computer is
a necessity. Check your diving equipment prior to your departure. Scuba diving
equipment rental must be booked in advance. Payment for the equipment will be
direct. We recommend you equip yourself with a 3 mm wetsuit according to season
and your own personal comfort. Average water temperatures during January and
February are 26c degrees and can reach 28c degrees during June to October.


This is certainly a destination to document. Thailand dive sites and landscapes
are magnificent both above and below the surface! You do not have to be an expert
photographer in order to take spectacular photos to capture some amazing, unique
and unforgettable moments. Diving packages are available for most kinds of cameras,
for photography above and under water. Easy-to-use extreme cameras are also a popular
and available choice. Our instructors are experts on the subject and we will be happy to
advise and assist in purchasing an underwater photography kit and training prior to the trip.


Diving to a tropical destination does not require you to bring to much clothing.
Light clothing to wear during the day between dives is recommended. One or
two buttoned shirts for the evening can be useful. We recommend you bring
swim suits and lycra clothing to wear on the beach and in the water. You can
avoid bringing shoes and in most cases a pair of sport sandals is sufficient.
Towels and bed linen are provided by hotels and liveaboards.


Medication and First Aid
Pre-equip yourself with enough personal medication, the chance of obtaining
specific drugs is possible but is easier to bring from home. Pack a high factor
sunscreen to protect you from prolonged exposure to tropical weather and warm
light coloured clothing is recommended to wear on the beach and whilst in the
water. Don't forget a hat and sunglasses! Bring a mosquito repellant and soothing
after bite gel!


There are a huge variety of flights to Bangkok, you can easily find economic
budget flights as well that usually include a stopover. Local airline domestic
flights are highly recommended for reaching the islands. When you receive
your flight ticket, please ensure that your name is spelled exactly as in your
passport!  You must arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before departure for
an international flight. Whilst checking in, make sure that the label on your
suitcase shows the final destination of your trip. The number of bags and their
weight should comply with airline restrictions to avoid overweight charges.


Transportation, Arrival and Pick Up
Transportation in Thailand is easy and available everywhere.
Transport can also be pre-booked.   


Thailand is well connected especially in tourist areas. You can choose to purchase
a communications package from your country or purchase a local sim card.


Weather and Seasons
The best period of the year to visit Thailand is between November to February, when
it is less hot and humid. Between March to July the climate is very hot and extremely
humid. July to November is characterized by rainy monsoons that can be heavy from
time to time. Although Thailand is a fantastic destination to visit all year round, for
divers, the rainy season is not a suitable time to visit as water visibility is affected.
We limit the preferred diving season in Thailand to between late October and mid-
April in order to maximize and enjoy a perfect diving vacation.


Sea Conditions
Most of the activity takes place in pleasant and calm waters, but seas can be high due
to winds whilst sailing to the island, back to the mainland and sailing to the various dive
sites. Some sites have currents that we will make the most of to dive in the direction of
the current or maintain our location by using a Reef Hook. Use an inflatable buoy to
mark your location until the dive boat arrives.
Underwater visibility is good and ranges between 18-30 meters. Ensure to keep within
eye contact distance with the group leader according to visibility conditions.


Electrical Supply
210/220V. The sockets are mostly two-hole without grounding and flat,
therefore it is advisable to prepare ahead.


The local currency is Baht. It is best to change currency at your local post office or
bank before departure, although you may exchange nearly any currency on landing
and nearly anywhere in Thailand. All tourist service providers accept credit cards, and
you are advised to keep track of the use of the card to prevent copying or duplication.


Local Taxes
Entrance tax to Similian and Surin Nature Reserve is $55 per person. (prices might change)


The usual tips on these cruises are 10-15% of the cost of the cruise per person.


Emergency Numbers and Decompression Chamber
In the event of an emergency, you must inform the local instructor who will
take care of the evacuation procedure to the decompression chamber.
The decompression chamber in Phuket is located at Phuket International
Hospital Telephone: 667624900
email: info@phuketinternationalhospital.com



Is this a suitable destination for non-divers?
Thailand is a superb destination for those who are already certified divers and
also for those who are not yet certified. All diving sites are both beautiful and
pleasant for those who love fantastic beaches, delicious food, refreshing shakes,
swimming and sightseeing, therefore it is definitely recommended to include
family members or friends who are non-divers. It is also recommended for them
to take the opportunity and book an intro dive or even attend a diving course.
During the course, it is possible to join one of the dive cruises during which you
can complete the compulsory dives for certification in Thailand's most beautiful sites.


Do I need to be an experienced diver to dive in this destination?
Thailand is the perfect destination for all levels of divers.
A professional team of instructors and staff accompanies all dives.


Do I Need Nitrox Certification?
During an intensive week of diving is highly recommended to use nitrox. Using the
dive computer in regular air mode whilst breathing nitrox increases safety ranges.


Do I Need Medical Approval to Dive?
In principle, the requirement for medical approval is international with a medical
statement accepted by diving organizations. If the answers to all the questions in
your health declaration are negative, then there is no problem. If there are positive
answers, consult your diving doctor and get approval. If you are over 45, a medical
certificate is required.


Should I Purchase My Own Diving Equipment?
The answer to this question is according to the amount of dives. Naturally,
when planning a scuba diving trip you can decide to purchase full or partial
scuba equipment. We recommend to purchase your own mask and personal
dive computer. We would be happy to be at your service and offer advice on
purchasing equipment.

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