Diving Pattaya Has Secrets, Read on to Discover 3 Things You Never Knew About Diving in Pattaya.
Let us let you in a few things you probably dont know about scuba diving in Pattaya, at least from reading on the internet. Pattaya, once a small fishing village a short distance from Bangkok is now one of the most internationalised and colorful cities in South East Asia. The scuba diving scene here actually began with our dive center and Bill Burbridge. Way back when, Bill opened the very first PADI dive center in Thailand and paved the way for the dive industry we have now.
Pattaya diving is not world renowned, but it certainly has its moments. You day to day run of a mill guide up and down the reefs will give you a nice dive with turtles and sting rays and many small coral reef fish but every once in a while whether it be by luck and chance or a more adventures dive guide exploring, diving in Pattaya reveals it does indeed offer things you never thought possible.
1) How Many Shipwreck Dive Sites Are In Pattaya?
If you ask any Pattaya dive instructor or dive guide, they will tell you Pattaya has 5 shipwrecks. This is actually false. Yes there are 5 most commonly visited wreck dive sites. HTMS Kut, HTMS Mataphon, HTMS Khram, The Bremen and the S.S. Suddhadib. But in fact, there are more wreck dive sites. Such as the 600year old Chinese pottery wreck, as well as an old parasailing barge platform off Koh Larn (Coral Island) that teems with giant Barracuda and an abundance of Nudibranch and shrimps. There is MV Siphon off Koh Rin, that was a Dive Boat for Adventure Divers and they sank here about 10year ago, huge Cobia fish were often seen here. Once upon a time we also had one of the most famous wreck in the world, the vertical wreck! This was a gas rig boat that sank bow down face first into the silt at 65m and stood vertical with her stern protruding from the waves for many years! Unfortunately, she began to migrate position causing a risk to nearby shipping lanes so was moved and sank properly by the Royal Thai Navy but now lays at 52m on the sand. You can still dive her though with deep water and technical training and what a dive she is!!
If you would like to read the story about PAK 1 the Vertical wreck you can do so here
2) Can I See Any Big Aquaic Life When I dive Pattaya?
If you ask any Pattaya dive center or Divemaster guide in Pattaya, “Can I see anything big when I dive Pattaya?” they will tell you no. But this is only the safest answer, in fact you might well see some very large marine life. Whale sharks have been spotted off Koh Sak, Koh Larn, Koh Chuang, Koh Chan and at the Hardeep wreck dive sites.. Giant Marble Rays are sometimes spotted around the wrecks and large Mabula rays are also spotted a few times each year, so you never know your luck!
3) Dolphins…?! PFFFT
As you walk around Pattaya, you will see that Pattaya is a city of Dolphin motif. You see Dolphins on lampposts, roundabouts, signs and status. Can you see Dolphins whilst scuba diving? The answer is YES! For a few months each year Dolphin grace divers in Pattaya with their presence.
Thought to be coming down from the estuaries further north, they often are seen around Koh Sak Island and the HTMS Kut shipwreck and are very friendly. Often spotted by boats from the surface although they have been known to follow dive groups for a majority of the dive and even stay with the divers during safety stops until the divers leave the waters! So special and truly amazing. Read About Diving With Dolphins in Pattaya Here
The underwater World is amazing and mysterious and we never really know for certain what we will encounter on each dive.
This is what makes it so special for us.
Join us for a Pattaya Dive Trip and lets be lucky together!