Thailand Dive Sites
Thailand Dive Sites:
Krabi offers some of Thailand's most spectacular above water scenery and is a major draw for rock climbers from around the world. The area also has a lot to offer divers.
Divers staying in Krabi can also reach Phi Phi islands dive sites. This area lies within the Hat Nopparat Thara - Mu Koh Phi Phi Marine National Park.
Most dive centre are located on Ao Nang beach and daytrip dive boats depart from either end of the beach each morning.
Divers staying on Railey beach can catch a longtail boat (local Thai water taxi) around Ao Nang beach in the morning in time to jump on a dive boat.
Underwater visibility is never as good on Krabi dives as it is on nearby Phuket or Phi Phi dives, the water can be a little green here. Currents are manageable and there are dives suitable for all levels of divers. Most dives are not that deep, often no deeper than 25m.
There are some caves in this area that are still being discovered and mapped by divers at the extreme end of our sport. The best time to visit and dive Krabi is November to April.
Koh Ha boasts a wide variety of coral species, gorgonian sea fans and anemones. Barracuda and Leopard sharks are common sightings.
Koh Si is home to schools of snapper and fusilier. In the rocks and around barrel sponges look for scorpionfish, lionfish and many species of nudibranch. Seahorses are sometimes spotted in sea fans. Shy blacktip reef can be glimpsed in the blue. This is also a popular snorkelling site.
Koh Dor is another good snorkelling site with a better chance of seeing blacktip reef sharks. Dog faced pufferfish, porqupine fish and trumpet fish are just a few species you'll find here. The sandy bottom is covered with sea cucumbers and black spiny sea urchins.
Koh Yawabon has schools of fish as well as a long swim-through. Coral growth is good here with hard and soft corals, seafans and sea whips. Large groupers are often spotted. Blue spotted stingrays and black spot garden eels can be seen in the sandy areas.
GK Island has beautiful soft corals that play host to vast numbers of small marine life. Take a torch to see the true coral colours and to highlight the little critters like harlequin shrimp and porcelain crab. Cristmas tree worms and feather stars at colour. Sea fans are numerous. Turtles can be seen here. Fish include fuseliers, butterflyfish, schooling bannerfish, parrotfish and angelfish.