Pattaya and Samae San have an excellent range of coral and wreck dive sites available, for beginner to advanced levels, including numerous island sites as little as five kilometres from Bali Hai Pier to Thailand’s only accessible war wreck, the Hardeep. The Best time of year to Dive here is from Nov to Feb.
The best of the choices are Koh Rin and Koh Manwichai in the Pattaya Far Islands Or Hin Chalam and Japanese Gardens out of Samae San. The Pattaya Far Islands are approximately 1 hour 30 minutes sailing from Pattaya and are controlled by the Royal Thai Navy. Samae San is a 45min Drive down the cost with only a short 30-40min Boat ride to the dive sites. The Islands in this area are mostly uninhabited, Some pattaya near islands service local tourist trips and see alot of boat traffic or jet-skis which is a shame because the reefs here and macro diving can be brilliant. The Near Islands of Koh larn and Koh Sak offer great protection during certain months from the strong southern winds which is when they are most visited, however come the good weather we can explore and enjoy the flat sea sails to the outer islands. The corals are in excellent condition generally although visibility can vary a lot, from 5m to 15m depending on weather and time of year, that said, there is plenty of marine life in residence for the finding. Koh Rin and Koh Manwichai is our first choice for coral diving trips in Pattaya.
The Near Islands
The Near Islands are a cluster of three islands 5-7 km off Pattaya Beach, with seven potential dive sites available. The islands are named Koh Sak, Koh Larn and Koh Khrok.
The Far Islands
The Far Islands consists of six main islands and several smaller ones about 15km off Pattaya Beach. These include Koh Luem, Koh Phai, Koh Man Wichai, Koh Klueng Badan, Koh Hoo Chang and Koh Rin.
Pattaya has always been regarded as a great diver training ground due to the diversity of dive sites for wreck diving, but that reputation was confirmed on 17 September 2006 at 10:30am. The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) laid HTMS Kut (formerly USS LSM-333) to rest at a depth of 30 metres off Koh Sak. The sinking was a part of a celebration of the King of Thailand’s 60th year on the throne and has become a remarkable artificial reef and a very popular dive site. HTMS Kut is often incorrectly referred to as the RTN Koot or the Kood and is the sister ship to HTMS Khram. a few years later HTMS Mataphon joined these two ships to make a Pattaya Wreck Diving Trio! Combine these with the Infamous Hardeep Wreck and Breman in Samae San you can do five different wrecks during a dive trip here!