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Khao Lak is located on the west coast of Thailand and is the jumping off point for trips to the Similan Islands, considered to be Thailand’s most beautiful islands.

The Similan Islands are home to Thailand’s most famous and iconic dive sites with dramatic underwater landscapes and a huge variety of marine species. They can be visited by day boat or by liveaboard. The eastern sites of the island offer interesting wall dives filled with soft coral and marine life. The western dive sites are rockier and rougher bottom formations filled with caves and caverns.

Blessed with great beaches and bordered by superb national parks, Khao Lak appeals to divers and non-divers alike and is a world away from the commercialism of Phuket.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, giant oceanic manta ray, green turtle, hawksbill turtle, ornate ghost pipefish

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itinerary:

Phuket & Khao Lak Diving

Here are some of Thailand’s most outstanding dive sites, with excellent opportunities to spot leopard sharks amidst a kaleidoscope of marine life, with manta rays often gracing divers with their presence.

  • When to go: Nov-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Palm Garden Resort, Khao Lak

Set amidst a beautiful tropical garden, the Palm Garden Resort in Khao Lak is comprised of ten bungalows, each with a private terrace, located around an inviting large pool with waterfall and jacuzzi.

Our suggested liveaboard is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Genesis I

A perfect introduction to liveaboard diving, the Genesis I makes three night trips to Thailand's Similan & Surin Islands from Nov to May. Enjoy unlimited diving from a sea level platform, with dinghy pick up,