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Best Diving in Thailand - Top 8

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Thailand is not on many seasoned dive travelers bucket list, but here are a few reasons why it should be:
- world class dive sites like Richelieu Rock in the Similan Islands, King Cruiser wreck in Koh Phi Phi, and the pinnacles of Hin Daeng and Hin Muang
- go in the right season (Dec to Mar) and you should see a ton of marine life including big schools of jack and barracuda, whale sharks, mantas and many more
- good for macro and wide angle
- really friendly people and amazing thai food
- great beaches, isolated islands, and fun cities to visit before or after scuba diving
- very affordable and easy on the pocket
I was on a liveaboard trip and that is the best way to dive Thailand as most of the thai best dive sites are a long commute from land.

Visited on 01/2016 - Submitted on 03/24/2020
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Cocos Island

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Cocos is scalloped hammerhead central. If you want to get close to hammerheads daily, and see a wall of hammerhead sharks, there are not many places that can compare than Cocos. Expect to also see massive schools of Jacks, lots of marbled rays, Galapagos sharks, silvertip sharks, silky sharks and white tip reef sharks. Making an occasional appearance are also tiger sharks, whale sharks and mantas. leave your macro lens at home. The best night dive in the world can also be found in Cocos where you see hundreds of whitetips hunting for food and getting into a feeding frenzy. There is no need for baited shark dives. The island itself is a beauty. You will pass by numerous waterfalls on your way to the dive sites. A visit to to the ranger station and a hike up to a viewpoint is also a must do on Cocos Island.
A dive trip to Cocos is an adventure of a lifetime and well worth the 36 hour crossing from Puntarenas on mainland Costa Rica.

Visited on 10/2016 - Submitted on 11/06/2017
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Cocos Island

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Cocos is scalloped hammerhead central. If you want to get close to hammerheads daily, and see a wall of hammerhead sharks, there are not many places that can compare than Cocos. Expect to also see massive schools of Jacks, lots of marbled rays, Galapagos sharks, silvertip sharks, silky sharks and white tip reef sharks. Making an occasional appearance are also tiger sharks, whale sharks and mantas. leave your macro lens at home. The best night dive in the world can also be found in Cocos where you see hundreds of whitetips hunting for food and getting into a feeding frenzy. There is no need for baited shark dives. The island itself is a beauty. You will pass by numerous waterfalls on your way to the dive sites. A visit to to the ranger station and a hike up to a viewpoint is also a must do on Cocos Island.
A dive trip to Cocos is an adventure of a lifetime and well worth the 36 hour crossing from Puntarenas on mainland Costa Rica.

Visited on 10/2016 - Submitted on 11/06/2017
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Fish 'n Fins Palau

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Fish n Fins is the first dive center to open in Palau. The current owners, Tova and Navot are very respected divers in the Palau diving community. They have a great crew of captains, divemasters and office staff that will take care of your every need. Their dive center is located minutes from downtown Koror and many of the top resorts that divers stay at. There is also a muck dive right at their dive center dock where there are mating mandarinfish. Just ask them and they will hand you a tank and show you where to go.
They have boat sizes for all groups, from smaller speed boats to luxury liveaboards, the Ocean Hunter II. The dive shop is stocked with everything you need including reef hooks. There are large rinse tanks for all your gear, including camera gear. As a bonus, they have a bar/restaurant where you can grab a beer and some local snacks when your boat returns after an awesome day of diving.

Visited on 07/2016 - Submitted on 11/05/2017
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Fun Baja

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We had a great group trip with Fun Baja in La Paz. Their divemasters were not only very knowledgeable about the dive sites, but also very flexible with what our group wanted to do, and made the diving and boat rides extremely fun. They put together a great trip for us which included a couple nights camping (glamping) on Isla Espiritu Santo Island which was phenomenal. We did sea lions, whale sharks, dolphins, giant jawfish, wrecks and a mobula ray night dive. They took our group of 20 out on their newly acquired large boat which was unfortunately slow but we made most of the long boat ride. I believe they have since made the boat faster. Lunch is served on the boat and could be better, but we had tamales one day which was very tasty!

Visited on 11/2017 - Submitted on 11/07/2017
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Hotel Kaveka

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Hotel Kaveka is perfect if you do not need luxury accommodations. Rooms are simple but very spacious and affordable. They are located right on the water with a long private dock. There is also a small beach with a couple of beach chairs to lay out in the sun.
The restaurant is large and right on the water. Dining with a view. The restaurant food is ok, and there are plenty of food options within walking distance including a great pizza stand, a fancy French restaurant, a BBQ joint, a burger stand and an oceanfront bar and restaurant.

Visited on 10/2019 - Submitted on 09/25/2020
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Hotel Maitai Rangiroa

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Hotel Maitai is a really good affordable accommodation option in Rangiroa. The rooms are simple and built in traditional style, but they are large and spacious. AC is available which is a plus. Each rooms have a nice patio with chairs and a table. The infinity pool is located right on the ocean and offers amazing views. Next to the pool is a bar and restaurant with the same great views. The restaurant food is decent. Wfi is a little spotty, but you're on vacation so unplugging is refreshing.

Visited on 10/2019 - Submitted on 09/25/2020
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Lembeh Strait

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The best muck diving in the world! I only did 2 days of diving here, 8 dive total, but i've seen pygmy seahorse, pygmy cuttlefish, pygmy squid, mimic octopus, coconut octopus, longarm octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, blue ring octopus, ambon scorpionfish, giant frogfish, painted frogfish, hairy frogfish, pipefish, pipehorse, mandarinfishm the endemic banggai cardinalfish, so many nudibranchs, and a lot more that I don't recall.
The port town of Bitung is the 3rd largest port in Indonesia, and the waters around Lembeh can have a lot of trash, but don't let that stop you from diving here and seeing all the critters.
It is also very easy to combine a trip to Lembeh with a trip to Manado about 90 minutes by car where you can dive the Bunaken National Park.

Visited on 01/2022 - Submitted on 01/27/2022
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Malapascua Island

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Malapascua is a must do destination because it is one of the few places in the world where a diver can reliably see thresher sharks up close ... everyday! The sharks are at a pinnacle named Monad Shoal and they come up to the top of the pinnacle at 80ft to get cleaned. This happens at dawn so boats have to leave early in the morning. The payoff though is the chance to see thresher sharks and devil rays.
Lighthouse Reef is also a great dive to do at dusk because there are mating mandarinfish there.
The rest of the dives around Malapascua is mainly macro, with an an amazing array of nudibranchs, seahorse including pygmy seahorse, octopus including blue ring octopus, cuttlefish, frogfish and many more critters. The only downside is that divers can see some signs of reef destruction.
For some nice reefs, sharks and lots of banded sea snakes, do a day trip to Gato Island.
The island itself is small with most of the dive resorts located right on the white sand beach.

Visited on 02/2012 - Submitted on 03/10/2020
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Moorea

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Moorea ... WOW!!! What an amazing destination. If you go between August and October, spending a few days in the water swimming with humpback whales is a must do. The diving is also excellent with lots of sharks, rays and turtles. Black tip reef sharks and lemon sharks are the most common, and tiger sharks are sometimes also seen by divers. Visibility is easily over 100ft, and the water is the bluest you will encounter anywhere.
There are luxury resorts with overwater bungalows, and more affordable family run lodges to fit every budget.
Restaurants are pricey but food is excellent! There are also lots of inexpensive options at food stands along the street.
When not in the water, I really enjoy renting a scooter and driving around the island, stopping at different beaches and taking in the sights.
Moorea is not cheap, but the extremely good value for money for what you get.
A great destination for divers and non-divers.

Visited on 09/2019 - Submitted on 01/29/2021
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