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Pattaya Thailand Scuba Diving 2022 | Deep Blue Destinations
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Pattaya has become synonymous with wreck diving, but there’s certainly more to see underwater than metal. Diving is year around. Some sites do experience some strong current making them great drift dives but unsuitable for less experienced divers. Access to any site is by boat and focussed on three main areas locally known as the Near Islands, the Far Islands, and Samae San Islands. As the name might suggest, the Near Islands are closest and, therefore, most frequently visited. Koh Larn, Koh Sak, and Koh Krok are the three islands that make up this group. They’re a great place to spot turtles and sharks maybe the only place in the world you can dive a submerged restaurant. Close by lies the HTMS Kood. This area offers some suitable entry level diving and much to keep the more advanced entertained too. The Far Islands comprise of six islands. These are less dived and often experience better visibility than the sites closer to shore. They are worth the hour trip to get here. These sites are certainly richer in life and colour, but conditions can be unpredictable. The HTMS Khram lies here and is also richer than its Near Island sister wreck. Koh Chuang and Koh Chan make up the Samae San Islands, these sites see fewer divers than the Far Islands. There’s some good macro diving here. This area is probably most famous for being home to the Hardeep Wreck.

Best Scuba Diving Spots in Pattaya

HTMS Khram


Hardeep Wreck

Koh Chuang

Shark Point

Pattaya Sea Life

Pattaya offers a surprising range of marine life and both hard and soft coral. Both hawksbill and leatherback turtles frequent the area. Batfish shimmer in the blue, trevallies school and barracuda stalk. You’ll also have the chance to see blacktip, nurse, tawny and bamboo sharks too, and macro lovers will encounter seahorses, porcelain crabs and whip coral shrimp. The colourful reef dwellers like butterflyfish, angelfish, parrotfish and wrasse are plentiful and varied proving wrong the conception that Pattaya is just about shipwrecks.

How To Get There

You can reach Pattaya by road from Bangkok in under 3 hours. Buses run hourly from 7 am to 10 pm and connect directly from Suvarnabhumi Airport. You can arrange a private taxi if you wish. The closest airport to Pattaya is around an hour away by road, and there are no connections available from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. It’s only really worth flying if you are connecting from elsewhere in Thailand or Asia.

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