In Asia/ Thailand

Scuba Diving in Thailand: Koh Phi Phi and Similan Islands

Thailand is one of my favourite destinations that I have recently travelled to. It had been on my bucket list for so long, and when I finally went it didn’t disappoint. There are so many exciting things to do in Thailand, and beautiful places you can visit. We were in Thailand for 10 days, and moved around from Phuket to the islands; Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, the Similan Islands and Phang Nga Bay, where we did all kinds of fun activities like scuba diving, snorkelling and surfing. For a lover of water based activities like me, it was the perfect Thailand trip! Check out the video for full footage of all the cool fish we saw!

Sunset in Kata Beach, Phuket

Sunset in Kata Beach, Phuket

We were in Thailand for 10 days, and were primarily based in Phuket, which we used as base to go on day trips in the area. We then took the ferry and spent a couple nights in Koh Lanta, and then a couple nights in Koh Phi Phi. We went to Thailand in October, which is theoretically wet season, but don’t let this deter you! We had a great time anyway, and the occasional rain never disturbed our plans.

Karon View Point

Karon View Point

Phuket

We were based in a hotel in Karon Beach, where we spent 5 nights. While in Phuket we spent time going to places like Kata Beach to go surfing, or going to the Karon View Point. Surfing and view points are two of my favourite things while travelling to new places, so we just had to do it! Surfing in Kata Beach is great, the waves were big and it wasn’t busy. We rented boards for a couple hours for the equivalent of £5. The only other place where I surfed was Bali, and I have to admit that even if I’m not very good at it I really enjoy it and would love to become good at it. Progress not perfection!  We primarily used it as a base to go on day trips, for example we did day trips to Phang Nga Bay and to the Similan Islands.

| READ MORE: SURFING IN BALI |

Just a long tail boat speeding away in Phang Nga Bay

Just a long tail boat speeding away in Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay

In Phang Nga Bay we did an amazing cruise of the Bay, going to the main spots such as James Bond Island, but also to lesser known parts of the Bay, which we even more incredible. We went kayaking in hidden lagoons, where the kayaks from our boat were the only ones around. At one point we even squeezed through a tiny cave, and had to deflate our kayak to be able to fit! (You can see this moment in the video!) And then had to rush back before the tide went back up and locked us in the lagoon.

Kayaking in hidden lagoons in Phang Nga Bay

Kayaking in hidden lagoons in Phang Nga Bay

Similan Islands

We did a day trip to the Similan Islands, and while this was beautiful and I highly recommend it, I would not do it as a day trip if I could do it again. Most tours organize over night stays, and if I were to go back I’d definitely do it like this, since the trip from Karon Beach and then back took us hours, especially in the evening traffic, and didn’t end up getting back to our hotel till after midnight. That being said, the Similan Islands were stunning, with some of the clearest water I have ever seen. We went snorkeling and even saw a turtle! Snorkelling with turtles is always incredible, the only other place where I had been able to get so close to a turtle was Gili Trawangan in Indonesia.

| READ MORE: SWIMMING WITH TURTLES IN INDONESIA |

Amazing clear water in the SImilan Islands

Amazing clear water in the Similan Islands

Swimming with turtles in the Similan Islands, Thailand, shot on GoPro Hero 4 Silver

Swimming with turtles in the Similan Islands

Koh Lanta

We then got a ferry to Koh Lanta, which only took a couple hours with a stop over in the Phi Phi Islands. In Koh Lanta we did a snorkeling trip to beaches and islands in the area, on a long tail boat. We saw loads of fish, and had lunch at a beach that was a proper tropical paradise, and our long tail boat was the only one there! It was a great day, until we then had to sail through a tropical storm in a long tail boat to get back to the harbor. We got very wet but it was quite the experience, and we got back all in one piece.

| READ MORE: TOP 10 BEACHES IN THE WORLD |

Relaxing on the beach after snorkelling in Koh Lanta

Relaxing on the beach after snorkelling in Koh Lanta

Phi Phi Islands

After Koh Lanta we went back to the Phi Phi Islands, where spent two nights in Koh Phi Phi. This was my favourite part of the whole Thailand trip. I loved the island vibes, with cute little shops and restaurants everywhere, and the fact that you could walk everywhere. I went scuba diving here for my first time ever. I was slightly terrified, but my boyfriend at the time was a keen diver, so I got talked into trying it, and I’m very glad I did! Once you overcome the initial fear, it’s a really great experience. I actually found being completely immersed in water very relaxing, floating around looking at fish, with just the sound of water and air bubbles coming from the tanks around you. We also found Nemo! (check out the full footage in the video)! He is a keen diver, and convinced me to go scuba diving also in Kenya, they were very different experiences but both beautiful.

| READ MORE: SCUBA DIVING IN KENYA |

Phi Phi Don Viewpoint

Phi Phi Don Viewpoint

While in Koh Phi Phi there were a couple other must see stops: the view point and Maya Bay. Having seen the movie The Beach, and knowing the beach where it was shot was just a short sail away from Koh Phi Phi, I simply had to go. We got a long tail boat just for our selves (I was a bit dubious after the storm in Koh Lanta but the weather was looking better here) and were really lucky in that when we got to Maya Bay, the beach was completely empty! The sky was very overcast which is what might have put other tourists off, but we had a great time chilling there. I enjoyed the lagoon on the other side of the island even more, since the water was calmer and you could snorkel properly. We went to the viewpoint in the evening the same day, it was quite busy, but we found a good spot to sit and watch the sunset.

I had a really great time in Thailand, and would love to go back when I have more time, and see more of this beautiful country. Have you been to Thailand? What was your favourite part? Let me know in the comments below!

Watching the sunset from Phi Phi Viewpoint

Watching the sunset from Phi Phi Viewpoint

Enjoyed reading about scuba diving in Thailand? Pin it!

Have you never been scuba diving before? Thailand is a great place to start! It was my first time too, come find out more about it! Featuring photos and diving / snorkelling info from the Phi Phi Islands, Koh Lanta and the Similan Islands.

You Might Also Like