Thailand Diving Holidays: An Overview

Thailand's unique culture, delicious food and superb beaches means it is easy to see why it is an extremely popular holiday destination. Bustling Bangkok contrasts beautifully with the serenity of Thailand's ancient temples and traditional villages. The North provides the ultimate culture fix as well as trekking through the lush jungle. For divers, Thailand offers a great choice of dive sites, including marine sanctuaries, where you can find rock pinnacles, reefs, drifts and an abundance of marine life from the macro to the massive.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Some of the best beaches on Earth with endless white sand and turquoise waters.
  • Incredible opportunities to explore the culture and nature of this beautiful country.
  • Excellent choice of hotels , everything from the supremely luxurious to good value.
  • Beautiful liveaboards for diving around the Similan Islands.
  • Did we mention the food?

Our Guide to Thailand Diving Holidays

Thailand has some of the most beautiful coastline in the world, with dramatic scenery, superb beaches, warm seas and a number of top-class beach resorts. To the south lies Phuket, the largest island in Thailand. Mountainous and heavily forested, the island has a tropical climate and beautiful stretches of coastline. The surrounding region also boasts some of the most magnificent scenery in Asia.

To the west of Phuket lies the Andaman Sea and the Similan Islands, while to the east lies the protected Gulf of Phuket, home to Phang Nga Bay and the beautiful islands of Koh Phi Phi. The islands make great day-trip destinations by boat, and also offer superb scuba diving with the biggest draw without a doubt being the Similans, still a world-class diving destination. While the islands are most conveniently dived by liveaboard (we can arrange that too) you can also access them from the coast.

Top picks for Thailand

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SY Asia

Raja Ampat

SY Asia is a magnificent, 100ft luxury charter yacht launched in January 2009. She is now available for charter throughout Southeast Asia.

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Western Thailand

Set on the immaculate north-west coast of Phuket, skirting the jungle clad hills of a secluded cove, Trisara fuses Thailand’s rich heritage with jet-setter luxury.

Where to stay

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Maha Bhetra

Western Thailand

Imagine a floating Aman hotel that you have all to yourself and you have the Maha Bhetra which cruises from Amanpuri.

Where to stay

Pristine Similan Islands Beach, Western Thailand

Western Thailand


Off the western coast of Thailand, a group of islands called the Similans are home to the very best diving that can be found in Thailand. Here you can find whale sharks, mantas and other large pelagics.

Where to go

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Exuding exotic adventures of Indonesian sailing boats travelling the historical Spice routes, seafaring on the Silolona is a luxurious nautical experience.

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Western Thailand

The flagship Aman resort, Amanpuri is located on the island of Phuket on a verdant headland overlooking a white-sand beach and the pristine Andaman Sea.

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