Diving Pattaya Has Its Secrets, Read on to Discover 3 Things You Never Knew About Diving in Pattaya.
Pattaya is not a world-renowned diving destination but it certainly has its moments. Your day to day dive leader will guide you up and down the reef and will give you a nice dive with turtles, stingrays, and coral reef fish but every once in a while whether it be by luck or by chance a more experienced dive guide will show you something that you never thought possible in Pattaya. Here are a few things that you might not know about scuba diving in Pattaya.
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. 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 600-year-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. Once upon a time we also had one of the most famous wrecks in the world, the vertical shipwreck. This was a gas rig boat that sank bow first into the silt at 65m and stood vertically with her stern protruding from the waves for many years. Unfortunately, she began to migrate position causing a risk to nearby shipping lanes so she 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 Aquatic Life When I dive In 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, and better still the local Dolphin species have been known to hang around some of the Pattaya dive sites. So you never know your luck!
3) Dolphins in the Gulf of Thailand
As you walk around Pattaya, you will see that Pattaya is a city of the Dolphin motif. You see Dolphins on lamp posts, 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.
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 let’s be lucky together!