Pattaya Dive Sites around the Near & Far Coral Islands
The two main group of dive sites in Pattaya that our organised scuba and snorkeling tours favour are the appropriately named Pattaya Near & Far Islands. Generally, the additional thirty minutes travelling time is worth the effort and cost for the increased safety and enjoyment of our guests. In an effort to save fuel costs, many of the cheap speed boat tours congregate around the near islands which generally results in a less personalised and rewarding experience. All of the dive sites have a similar underwater topography, but the main reason that we target the distant sites is for the better clarity of water and almost zero surface traffic.
Pattaya Far Islands - Koh Rin, Koh Man Wichai and Koh Phai
Koh Rin - The Island of Koh Rin has great diving spots, including two small pinnacle islands called North Rock and South Rock. With a variety of hard and soft corals, whips and feather stars, you shouldn't be disappointed with the aquatic life around these sites. Here you will be almost guaranteed to see Angelfish (Large multi colourful discuss shaped fish) Barracuda (Large torpedo shaped predatory fish) Brain Coral (Generally a spheroid shape resembling an animal's brain) and Butterfly Fish (A tropical marine fish with an elongated snout).
Koh Man Wichai - The main diving area has staghorn coral, table corals and here's where you're most likely to see larger fish such as Barracuda and Jacks.
Koh Phai - Because it is controlled by the Royal Thai Navy, the beaches of this island and many others are restricted but the south of this large island offers the best diving, with a small sheltered bay offering ideal conditions for divers and snorkelers.
Pattaya Near Islands - Koh Sak, Koh Larn and Koh Khrok
Koh Larn is translated to 'Coral Island' in Thai, and Thai people think that Koh Sak and Koh Khrok look like a mortar and pestle, so they named them after the kitchen tools that they use for crushing peppers. The islands rest about 6 km from Pattaya, and the short boat trip takes less than an hour to reach the nearest islands.
Koh Sak - This sheltered, shallow bay is very popular for diving and snorkeling in Pattaya with large sandy areas and small crops of coral reef providing homes for Rabbitfish, Butterflyfish, Octopus, Morays, Stingrays, Wrasse, Angelfish and Damselfish.
Koh Larn - The Golden Sandy Bay to the west of Koh Larn has colourful varieties of hard and soft corals and here is best chance of spotting Tawny Nurse Sharks and blue spotted Rays.
Koh Khrok - This finger shaped island is very close to Pattaya Port and is often a good place to visit on the return journey in the afternoon. You will be extremely unlucky if you don't see anemones, clown fish, nudibranchs, and turtles.