Nestled in a sheltered spot in the clear blue Thai Gulf, Koh Samui is one of the most popular diving destinations in the world.
Perfectly located close to the exquisite Ang Thong Marine Park, Koh Samui boasts a wealth of stunning scuba diving spots offering warm water and clear views of the island’s amazing marine life.
An array of underwater life abounds around the island’s towering sea pinnacles, rock formations and rich coral reefs. Divers can expect to spot an array of exotic fish and coral species including hawksbill turtles, trigger fish, whale sharks, multi-coloured coral and an abundance of reef fish.
Diving in Koh Samui is one of the many reasons to visit this tropical paradise, popular with divers of all ages and experience levels. Koh Samui and its sister island Koh Tao boast some of the best diving sites in Thailand, with short, accredited courses easily available and especially affordable. A wide range of dive operators offer instruction for all levels as well as courses conducted in multiple languages.
Most diving operators in Koh Samui are located close to the beach with snorkel and dive trips taking place in the calm, shallow waters around Chaweng, Coral Cove and Bophut Beaches to name just a few. Visibility can vary between 10 – 30 metres with mainly calm currents on most sides of the island except during the monsoon months.
Just a short boat ride away are world-class dive sites at Ang Thong Marine Park, Sail Rock and Sairee Beach in Koh Tao. Crystal clear waters, an abundance of marine life and miles of protected coral reef makes these areas some of the best diving and snorkeling sites in the world. Wall diving is definitely on the menu here with numerous exceptional walls, gulleys and channels to explore.
One of the best dive sites in Koh Samui is Koh Yippon, located in the far north of the Ang Thong Marine Park. This exquisite island is ranked as one of the best diving destinations in the world with its plethora of stunning soft and hard corals, underwater wildlife and caves and crevices to explore. The abundant eco system around the island is home to large snappers, stingrays, yellow tailed barracuda and blue ringed angel fish. Due to its relatively shallow waters Koh Yippon is ideal for beginners, and offers calm waters even during the monsoon season due to its sheltered location.
Dragon Island in Koh Samui’s north-west point is famous for its gold and purple coral sponges, whale sharks, huge hawksbill turtles and hoards of tropical fish. As the name suggest the island resembles the shape of a dragon and is truly magical both above and below the water line. In the shallow water and protected bay there is a wealth of water world to discover. Dives here range from shallow to deep with more than enough exotic life to spot in all depths.
Known for its legendary diving and clear calm waters, Koh Samui is the perfect destination for a diving vacation. There are a multitude of dive sites in and around Koh Samui where the open ocean is teeming with some of the most exciting species of flora and fauna. Dives can be arranged via various accredited operators including the Discovery Dive Centre, Aquamaster, Lamai Scuba Divers and Bophut Diving School and many more.
The best time to dive in Koh Samui is from late December to October. The monsoon season starts in November however due its sheltered location Koh Samui monsoons are normally mild and relatively short compared to other Asian islands. Diving equipment is available for rental or purchase in dive schools or scuba diving shops all over Koh Samui, and many luxury villas in Koh Samui offer easy access to the area’s beaches and dive sites.