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Scuba Diving at Pattaya
Written by Chandru on May 15, 2020 Share on

Scuba Diving in Pattaya

Pattaya is a vibrant coastal city in Thailand which is always switched on and fun. This city rose to fame in the early 1980s, and stayed there. Trip to Pattaya is constantly crowded with life, as water sports lovers take to the waters right from sunrise to sunset. The action shifts to the streets, as tourists, explore its nightlife scene, where partying continue until dawn.

Pattaya walking street
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Ladyboys, risqué shows, and drunk tourists are the things which come to people’s mind as soon as they think about Pattaya. Pattaya is a place that has many things to offer right from beautiful temples and beaches but it also has so many activities to get involved in that it is impossible to get bored.

Top 5 places for scuba diving in Pattaya

Scuba diving is an adventure activity that everyone wishes to try at least once in their lifetime. Pattaya is a beautiful place with beaches and islands around and offers a surprising range of marine life and both hard and soft coral that helps the tourists have the best experience of their lifetime. Scuba diving in Pattaya is fun due to the presence of around 18 Coral Islands & 30+ Dive Sites to explore some of the best coral reefs and ship remains of shipwrecks.

Those who wish to do certification courses in diving, then Scuba diving in Pattaya is the place to go. PADI Open Water Course is a 4 days training given for those who are serious about diving and want to try it on their own. Right from all the basic functions and working of the suits, and how to manage pressure at such great depths in water are taught by the experienced instructors. The divers are then left to have the best scuba experience in Pattaya. The instructors are very knowledgeable and are able to deliver their knowledge to the tourists and people determined to learn diving, in the right manner as they have been in this job for ages. Below are the top scuba diving sites in Pattaya which will enhance your diving experience.

Koh Larn

Koh Larn, also referred to as the Coral Island is the largest island in the Pattaya Near Island group. Koh Larn is one of the most famous places for scuba diving in Pattaya. This small island is around 12KM west of the Pattaya beach and can be reached in less than an hour on boats. The terrain is mostly covered in heavy vegetation as you go inland and the island is about 4km long and 2km wide. The picture-perfect scenes will drag you to the sea the moment you touch your feet on the beach from the boat. This place offers scuba diving which is ideal for beginners since the island is surrounded by shallow water. You will not be disappointed since it offers a wide range of marine life even in this shallow water.

Scuba Diving in Koh Larn
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Koh Sak

Koh Sak is situated less than 1km away from Koh Larn. Thanks to its natural horseshoe shape, the north bay of this island is much protected from wind while the south bay contains a coral reef that extends all along the seashore. This is one of the most suited sites for scuba diving for beginners as well as professionals. This location too has a big collection of colourful fishes and corals along with the Octopus, Seahorses too. You can also have a close encounter with around 40 different species of Seahorses.

Ko Khrok

Koh Khrok is just 9 Kilometers from the coast and is one of the most popular scuba diving in Pattaya sites. It could be huge fun to do the dive in this area due to strong incoming tides. The area will be calm and tranquil during lower tides. You will encounter many reef fish and hawksbill sea turtles in this Koh Khrok site.

Koh Rin

Koh Rin, situated in the Pattaya Far Island group of islands is the largest scuba diving site in Pattaya. It is very favourable for diving during November and March even though it has good all-year visibility. The island is well known for its white sandy beach and crystal clear waters consist of fallen rocks which are all covered with the foliaceous corals. You will find the sea whips and black coral bushes at around 12m depth. This island is home to many marine lives. You will also able to see the snappers squirrelfish and lionfish along with the Three-spot Dascyllus, basslets, and Chromis.

Scuba Diving in Koh Rin
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Koh Chan

Koh Chan is situated a bit far in the Samae San Island but one of the best spots for scuba diving. Due to being the secluded site and the distance is what makes this place unique. There are huge rocks in the southernmost tip which have fallen from the cliff before centuries. You would be able to encounter the Black Tip reef sharks here. You will reach the bottom which slowly grows to be deeper once you enter the water and start following the coral reef. Be ready to be amazed by the blue-spotted stingrays, schools of yellowtail Fusiliers, and ion fish once you are in there.

Koh Chuang

Koh Chuang is a secluded island and the largest scuba diving spot located in the Samae San Island in Pattaya sites which is good for a visit all around the year. Koh Chuang is most ideal for the novice or beginner scuba divers, due to their picturesque beaches and shallow waters. Scuba divers jump into this water and follow the coral reel down all the way to the sandy bottom. This site houses some of the most amazing fish like blue-spotted rays, angel, and butterflyfish along with turtles which are common here.

Scuba Diving in Koh Chuang
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You can also find Pattaya to be one of the most amazing shipwreck dives along with these beautiful underwater diving opportunities. The list is endless and it goes on and on as there are numerous locations for experiencing the scuba diving in Pattaya. Make sure you get PADI certified teachers and tours. Take a trip to Thailand with Pickyourtrail and go dive in fun and adventure!

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