Divers who are looking into exploring Krabi is often faced with analysis paralysis — in a good way. This is because Krabi is home to hundreds of islands and dive sites, all thanks to its diverse marine life. Some of them are beginner-friendly, while some can accommodate more experienced divers.
If you’re planning on diving in Krabi but have no idea which diving site to go for, here’s a guide to help your search:
Local Diving Spots
- Koh Kom (9 to 16 meters): Opposite of Koh Gai, Koh Kom is ideal for beginners. It’s a great area to see a variety of small nudibranchs, seahorses, stingrays, pipefish, and even leopard sharks. There are caves there that require swimming through, so it’s best to explore this area only during a slack tide.
- Koh Haa (9 to 16 meters): Although not as diverse as other sites in terms of species, Koh Haa is still worth exploring due to its vast range of corals, sea fans, and anemones. If you have a penchant for underwater photography, you’ll want to whip out your camera when you dive into this area. You’ll also get a chance to see blacktip reef sharks, as well as barracudas and leopard sharks.
- Koh Talu (9 to 16 meters): Koh Talu boasts blue-spotted stingrays, ghost pipefish, and long spiny urchins, making it another ideal area for underwater photography. The outcroppings surrounding the island feature corals where you can find other exotic species like damselfish, butterflyfish, and seahorses. When diving in Koh Talu, you have to be wary of strong currents, so it’s best to follow the advice of your guide.
- Koh Si (9 to 20 meters): Considered one of the most popular sites in Krabi, Koh Si is home to tiger tail seahorses, barracudas, and groupers. Blacktip reef sharks can also be spotted, along with lionfish and nudibranch.
- King Cruiser (18 to 37 meters): This ship used to carry passengers and cars to and from Phuket around 40 years ago. Unfortunately, it crashed in 1997. Measuring at 85 meters in length, it has now become home to soft corals, schools of barracuda, long-finned batfish, and scorpionfish. This diving site can only be explored by those who possess advanced-open water certification.
- Kled Gaeow (14 to 26 meters): Kled Gaeow was a Thai Navy vessel that was purposely sunk in 2014. Suitable for advanced drivers, it boasts a diverse marine life, allowing you to come in contact with fusiliers, pufferfish, and frogfish.
- HTMS Ravi: Decommissioned in 2013, this was a US Navy tank built in the early 1940s and served in 1945 during the US World War II Pacific campaign. It wasn’t until 1948 that it was transferred to the Thai Navy. It measures 119 meters in length, making it a prime spot for exploration.
Anyone who has a passion for diving and exploring marine life will enjoy any of the diving spots in Krabi. If you’re planning a diving trip and want to stay at a chic resort around the area, get in touch with us. We’re a resort based in Krabi, get in touch with us today to book your stay.