Koh Samui, Thailand

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The usual panoply of watersports are available in Koh Samui, including plenty of dive shops, but most diving is done either at the nearby Ang Thong National Marine Park or Koh Tao as the visibility around Samui's sandy beaches tends to be poor. You can book diving day trips at dive shops, most of which are based in Chaweng. The dive boats tend to leave from the pier at Bophut and Bang Rak.

 
 
 
 
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An Thiong National Marine Park by Ahoerstemeier

The south of Thailand has some of the most beautiful beaches and islands in the world, which are surrounded by crystal clear water and stunning coral. For this reasons the number of divers coming to Thailand has steadily increased over the past decade. Even though the best time year of the year to dive in Koh Samui is between June and August, it is still perfectly possible to dive virtually all year round. 

As Thailand is considered one of the safest destinations for diving and snorkelling in the world, it is perfect for first-timers. The sea visibility in some places around Ko Samui is good (distances of up to 10-30 m). One can enjoy splendid sights of underwater mountains, coral gardens, undersea rock formations, hard and soft coral, and whale sharks when in season.

Koh Tao by victoriapeckham

Samran Pinnacles
Since the currents in this area are often quite strong, this site is recommended only for experienced divers. Due to the currents, the site is a haven for bringing in larger pelagics such as barracuda and jacks. There are three submerged pinnacles near Sail Rock.

Koh Kra and Koh Losin
These two small islands are located to the southeast of Samui. Because of their remoteness, the islands don’t get too many divers but worth a visit. Marine species seen here include the black-tip sharks, manta rays and hard-to-find loggerhead turtles.

 
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