With its long pristine, white sand beaches, crystal clear seawaters and dense tropical rain forests, Khao Lak retains a vibrant atmosphere. Although this island is one of Thailand’s quieter destinations, you’ll find facilities and accommodations that fit every budget. Khao Lak is one of the best places to relax and enjoy a magnificent natural surrounding! You’ll even want to try Khao Lak diving in some of the best dive spots here.
Aside from Phuket, Khao Lak is also a port for liveaboard trips to the Similan and Surin islands. If you’re hiring a liveaboard accommodation here, you’ll need to stay four days and four nights to enjoy the Khao Lak diving experience. Certainly, there will be shorter trips if you’re tight with time. Depending on your choice, you’ll be travelling with other divers, or you can have it exclusive, but you’ll be paying more. The accommodation on the liveaboard can have shared bathrooms to modern luxury yachts.
Some liveaboards stay out while neophyte or professional divers move back and forth using a speedboat. Through this method, dive operators can provide day or overnight trips to popular dive sites like Koh Bon and Richelieu Rock. If you go for a liveaboard, you can choose to travel by night and go diving at daytime. The journey is long as these islands are situated faraway from Khao Lak or Phuket. However, you’ll be saving a lot of time and money if you use liveaboards to dive the great spots. In Khao Lak, there is the magnificent Boonsung Wreck to dive around and the pufferfishes you’ll encounter.
If you prefer Khao Lak diving, you’ll find the reefs have been damaged by recent bleaching,but efforts have been made to speed up the recovery. You can still notice that its rich and plentiful while encountering a variety of sharks, whale sharks, manta rays and turtles. Generally, the visibility is good, where strong currents can be present at times. Most liveaboard operators suggest that you come with a PADI instructor to train you to dive safely. This need can be accommodated before you leave the dock. However, if you’re an expert, you can freely explore the ocean along with other divers. The diving season runs between October till May.