Diving Pattaya and Samae San offers an excellent range of coral and wreck sites, for beginners or advanced divers.
There are numerous island dive sites just 10 kilometers from the Pattaya Pier to Thailand’s famous war wreck, The Hardeep. The Best time of year to Dive in Pattaya is from Nov to Feb.
The best of the Pattaya dive sites are situated at Koh Rin and Koh Manwichai, Pattaya Far Islands Or Hin Chalam and Japanese Gardens in the Samae San area. The Pattaya Far Islands are approximately 1 hour 30 minutes boat journey from Pattaya and are controlled by the Royal Thai Navy. Samae San is a 45 min drive down the coast with only a 35 min boat journey to the dive sites. The Islands in this area are mostly uninhabited,
Some of the Pattaya near islands service local tourist trips and see a lot of boat traffic. The near island reefs and macro diving can be quite good depending on the visibility. The Near Islands of Koh Larn and Koh Sak offer great protection during certain months from the strong southern winds which are when they are most visited, however, when the good weather arrives, we can enjoy the flat sea and explore 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.
Pattaya Near Islands
The Near Islands are a group of three islands 10 km off Pattaya, with seven potential dive sites available. The islands are named Koh Sak, Koh Larn and Koh Krok.
Pattaya 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 Ship Wrecks
Pattaya has always been regarded as a great diver training ground due to the diversity of coral and wreck dive sites.
That reputation was confirmed on 17 September 2006 when The Royal Thai Navy sunk The HTMS KUT (formerly USS LSM-333) to a depth of 30 meters 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. A few years later HTMS Mataphon joined these two ships to make a Pattaya Wreck Diving Trio. Combine these with The Hardeep and The Bremen Wreck in Samae San you can dive five different wrecks during a Pattaya Dive trip