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Thailand Dec Diving NOT Similans/Surin/Phuket/PhiPhi

Discussion in 'Thailand' started by drschibi, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. drschibi

    drschibi Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Francisco
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    Looking for resort based diving for Dec that is not Similans / Surin / Phuket / Phi Phi.
    Is there anyplace on the west coast still with reasonably healthy reefs and wildlife?
    Any suggestions appreciated.
    Over the past 5 years have done multiple trips to places above and the experience regrettably was not so great. Big crowds, little wildlife, poor visibility. Hoping there is some magical place still left.
     
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  2. rabe

    rabe Barracuda

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Brisbane
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    I really loved Koh Tao, even though I didn't like the tourists...
     
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  3. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

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    Second Koh Tao. Just returned from 2 weeks diving with Master Divers.

    Or, Koh Lipe and use Davy Jones Locker, was there 2 weeks in March.
     
  4. stevenl

    stevenl Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Kata, Phuket, Thailand
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    You have just excluded the West Coast diving in your post with the exception of Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Koh Haa. All accessible on daytrips from Koh Lanta and liveaboard from Phuket, offering really good diving.
     
  5. rabe

    rabe Barracuda

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Brisbane
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    I used Davy Jones Locker in Koh Tao for my tec45 and I couldn't be happier.
     
  6. Bubble Junky

    Bubble Junky Course Director

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: In paradise...
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    Have a look at Koh Lanta. You can dive at Koh Ha, and also at Hin Daeng/Hin Muang for the manta rays. Check out Lanta Diver...
     
  7. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
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    Koh Tao is in the EAST coast.
    I think Koh Lanta is probably the only well known place left.
     
  8. UFOrb

    UFOrb Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Brighton, UK
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    Yep, Koh Lanta is a good shout. Nice island to stay on too. As well as Koh Haa and Hin Daeng/Muang, the Bida sites are also visited from Lanta.

    Koh Tao has been mentioned, which, I'm sure you're aware, is in the Gulf of Thailand. We were there in August this year and the diving on the east coast of the island was better than I'd expected, and not too crowded. We dived with Calypso in Tanote Bay who were excellent.
    However, you're probably better off on the Andaman side that time of year.
     

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