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Scuba courses, Tec diving and fun dives around Koh Chang.
Fun Dive with Scuba Evolution
Scuba Evolution is a Koh Chang diving school with three dive shops in White Sands, Kai Bae and Lonely Beach. The M.V. evolution is the boat of this dive center in Thailand. Scuba Evolution offers TEC diving, wreck diving, fun dives and diving courses from Open Water Diver to Divemaster. Internships are as well possible. The selected dive sites are all worth to dive and the friendly and well developed staff will make your scuba trip to a unique experience in your Ko Chang holidays. The marine national park is just one destination with beautiful reefs and deep dive sites. Scuba Evolution Koh Chang is a good choice for scuba divers who like a relaxed and pleasant dive day on Ko Chang in Thailand.
CMAS, TDA and Padi diving courses on Ko Chang.
Fun dive with Eco Koh Chang
The 5 Star examiner academy and Koh Chang scuba diving center Eco is a leading dive school on Thailand’s second biggest island. Fun dive trips, CMAS courses and Padi diving licenses you can book in the offices at Klong Prao, White Sands, Kai Bae and Lonely Beach. Eco Divers Koh Chang has a good fragmented diving boat and daily scuba trips to the islands around Ko Chang. The marine national park around Koh Rung is two time per week destination of Eco Diver in Thailand. The well educated diving instructors, divemasters and boat staff team will make your diving trip to a highlight and unforgettable experience of your Koh Chang holidays. Eco diving center and scuba school is a great option for fun dives and courses from open water to divemaster.
Dive courses and Scuba Diving trips in Kai Bae
Dolphin Divers Koh Chang
Dolphin Divers offers fun dive tours, snorkeling and all Padi scuba courses on Koh Chang in Thailand. Dolphin dive center is located in Kai Bae beach. You will recognize the diving center in the first curve in north Kai Bae. Another option to book Koh Chang scuba diving trips and courses with Dolphin is at the Amari hotel in Klong Prao. This diving center educated all diving courses from the open water diver to divemaster. As well internships are possible at Dolphin Divers Koh Chang. The Dolphin Bar next to the scuba shop is a nice option to meet other scuba divers after a pleasant day on the boat of Dolphin diving center Ko Chang. Enjoy the friendly service and the familiar atmosphere at the scuba dive center in Kai Bae or on the bar of D Bar.
SSI Diving Center in Bali Indonesia
Manta Rays in Bali
Absolute Scuba offers Bali scuba diving trips, diving courses and accommodation in Padang Bai in Bali Indonesia. The diving safaris live aboard, diving courses and fun dive trips are popular activities. Absolute Scuba Bali is a good SSI diving center with competent staff and good scuba equipment. The great atmosphere on the Absolute boat can be a highlight of your Asia holidays or honeymoon. Especially the Mola Mola Sunfish Safaris and Manta Ray dives make Bali to a unique scuba dive destination. For wreck dives is the USAT liberty wreck a good trip which you can book at Absolute Scuba dive center. The special dive packages are special offers for pleasant dive vacations and adventure holidays on Bali. The SSI courses like SSI open water diver, advanced open water diver or the Nitrox course will upgrade your scuba diving skills. With Absolute diving center you make a good choice for safe diving and pleasant dive trips in Bali.
Padi 5 Star Golden Palm Diving Center on Pulau Perhentian
Sea Turtle in Perhentian
Spice Divers is located on long beach of Pulau Perhentian Kecil in Malaysia. The Padi 5 Star Golden Palm Resort offers scuba diving courses and fun dives around Perhentian Island. The good atmosphere and the competent staff of Spice Divers Perhentian make this dive center to a good choice for your Malaysia diving holiday. Spice Diving center educate scuba divers from open water diver to divemaster. The Perhentian Island Diving packages are like made for light hearted scuba vacations and beach holidays on Pulau Kecil in Malaysia. Spice Divers Kecil offers as well accommodation and tour booking on long beach. Next to Spice Divers is Lemongrass Chalets which offers simple fan huts with flair. From there it is just 100 meter to Spice diving center. The cheap prices, friendly service and the amazing underwater world make Spice Divers to a good choice for fun diving and scuba diving courses on Perhentian Island in South East Asia.
5 Star IDC Diving Center Koh Chang Thailand
BB Divers Boat on Koh Chang
BB Divers is a 5 Star IDC center in Bang Bao on Koh Chang. This Padi diving center offers fun dives, scuba diving courses and snorkeling trips around Ko Chang Island. BB Divers Koh Chang has good and friendly staff and a good atmosphere on the boat. The Koh Chang Scuba Diving trips cost around 2600 (2009) Thai Baht for two scuba dives inclusive equipment, pick up from your hotel or resort, lunch and diving instructor for scuba courses or divemaster for fun dives. BB Divers in Thailand offers all Padi diving courses from open water diver over Rescue Diver to the idc diving instructor course. Divemaster internships and courses are as well possible. The Koh Chang diving center is located in Bang Bao but nearly on every beach are booking offices from BB divers. On lonely beach are the pool and a restaurant of BB Divers Ko Chang which is a nice diver meeting point and Koh Chang Nightlife location for relaxed evenings with self minded people from around the world. The best time for diving on Chang Island in Thailand is between November and February. BB divers Bang Bao open all day for fun diving and all Padi courses on Koh Chang in Thailand. For more information about prices, scuba diving and diving courses on Koh Chang ask at the BB Divers shop in Bang Bao or in any booking office on the other beaches. BB Diving Koh Chang have booking offices in White Sand Beach, Chai Chet and Lonely Beach.
Fish School on Ko Chang
This Report I write because many custumers ask me, when I was working as a Padi Divemaster, what we can exept and what we will see on a Scuba Dive on Koh Chang in Thailand. My first Fun Dive here on this tropical Island I did as a Open Water Diver in december 2006 near Koh Rang on the Koh Yak Lek Dive spot near Koh Mak. This Dive site has a maximum deep of 12 meter which is good for long and colourful dives. At the national park a bit south of Ko Chang you will reconize huge and beautiful corals and a lot of fish schools. In general the Diving here is shallow and don’t reach over 18 meter deep. Ther are just some deep dive sites around the beautiful Island in Thailand, the Koh Chang Pinnacles is one of thease. If you are lucky you will have visibilities up to 25 meter +! Nearly every dive spot are boot dives just from the Diving and Snorkel site “Koh Yuak” you can go from the beach. The best time for scuba diving this Island in the Gulf of Thailand is between November and February where are the best conditions. During the Green Season the visibility is less and it can be current. The most spectacular dive site for me is Hin Luk Bat. The dive at this amazing spot starts usual at the rope from the boat. Than you going down to about 9 meters to the beautiful corals around the rock. on the other side is the deepest point, 18 meter maximum deep are perfect for fun divers and Padi scuba courses on all levels. Here at Hin Luk Bat you can see Beaked Coralfishes, Butterfly fishes, Bannerfishes, many pink Anemonefisshes, great barracudas, morayeels, Angelfishes, damsel fishes, if you are lucky whale sharks, stone fishes and much more. The corals are as well nice here. You will reconize Table Corals, Staghorn corals, Anemone Corals, double-star corals, vase corals… . Near Hin Luk Bat are the Dive Sites Blueberry Hill which is famous for bluespotted stingrays and Hin Rap which is a famous scuba dive spot for schools of snappers, sweetlips and a lot of beautiful rocks. Here you see sometimes the titan triggerfish which is not that friendly than other fishes at the Mu Ko Chang Marine National Park in Thailand. All in all the diving on Koh Chang is shallow and easy, just sometimes are current and in high season the visibilities are mostly good. The temperatures of the Gulf of Thailand are all over year warm, warm means between 27 and 31 degrees. On Koh Chang you have the choice between 18 scuba diving center, the prices for two fun dives are between 2000 and 2600 Thai Baht in 2009. The best way is you ask at your guest house or hotel desk for more information. Or if you have a motorbike go the the dive schools and look how it look, the most important think are the tanks and the equipment and for sure the staff team. Some Center rent out a underwater camera for beautiful diving pictures from your highlight of your holidays. If everything look nice and the staff team of the Padi Dive Center are friendly and competent than you will enjoy your fun dive or your scuba course on Koh Chang in Thailand.
Koh Chang Hotels and Resorts
Humphead Parrotfish Perhentian Island
My first step to a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Professional was for sure my Snorkeling experience on the Caribbean Sea in the Years 2004 (Punta Cana Dom Rep) and 2005 (Mexico Yucatan). We rent us some Snorkel gear from our Hotel and explored the colorful marine underwater world. It was amazing! In this time I said: why scuba diving? During Snorkeling you can see a lot! But since my first Thailand Trip to Patong Beach on Phuket I know it better. At the Scuba Cat Scuba Diving school I did my first PADI license, the Open Water Diver. My first dive experience was theories in a classroom. After three of the five Open Water chapters my Scuba Instructor did some Dive Skills with me in the Swimming Pool. On the second day of this Dive Course I did the last two Scuba chapters and after I did my first Dive in the open Andaman Sea at the Dive site Crystal Bay next to Patong Bay. A incredible feeling to breeze the first time underwater. From the first breath it becomes a hobby. The 3th day of the Open Water Padi Diving Course I did three Open water dives at Bungalow Bay, Banana Bay and Home Run Bay at Racha Yai near Phuket. After the end exam I was ready for Fun Dives and a part of the PADI family. My first Fun Diving was on Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand on my Thailand Travel Tour 2006 with Marius. The Dive Boat bring us to follow Dive sites: Ao Ceuk and Rocky Bay. The Scuba Shack Dive team on Koh Tao was friendly and very helpful for a beginner like me.
Coral at Koh Chang
In April 2006 I did the next step on the Padi education system: the Advanced Open Water. The second license I did with a Diving Center on Koh Chang in the Gulf of Thailand. My first of the five Dives on my Advanced Open Water was the Peak Performance Buoyancy Dive at Koh Wai in the Marine National Park on Ko Chang. On this Dive I did some scuba skills to control my buoyancy under water with my BCD and my breath. The second dive during my Padi Advanced Open Water Diver I did with my Instructor at Koh Klum, here we train how to Navigate with a compass and on natural thinks like corals or rocks underwater. The thirst Dive was a Deep dive on Koh Chang Pinnacle on about 30 meters for 44 minutes. The visibility was very good and it was till now my nicest Dive on the Pinnacles on Koh Chang Island in Southeast Asia. Number four of the Advanced training Dives was at Koh Yak Lek where I learn how to make good Pictures with a underwater digital camera. On the same evening I did my first Night Dive at Hin Luk Bat. A nice experience on my way to a Padi Divemaster. The next Day I was helping by an Underwater Cleanup as a fresh Advanced Scuba Diver. We clean the region around Koh Wai in the Gulf of Thailand. After my Southeast Asia Travel tour true Peninsular (Malaysia), Singapore and Bali i did two more Fun Dives on Koh Chang at Hin Luk Bat and Hin Rap (names of the Dive Sites).
Manta Ray Bali
In Mai 2007 I did the first Fundives out of Thailand. At Langkawi in Malaysia I dove at the Shark Point and the Coral Garden Divesite witch is dominated by beautiful soft corals. Here on this beautiful tropical Island I choose the East Marine Scuba Center. The highlight was for sure the mass of Black Tip Reef Sharks in the National Park of Malaysia. The next Station on my Travel plan was Pulau Perhentian in the South China Sea. Here on this Paradise Archipelago I hit five times the water with Spice Divers. I like this Scuba school because of the great location direct on the beach. On Pehentian Island I had my first Diving experience I will never forget: round about 40 to 50 Humphead Parrotfishes was swimming around us and eat corals. As well I did here my first Wreck Dive on the Sugar Wreck. My favorite’s site here on Perhentian was the Temple of the Sea and the Iron Cape. From Malaysias Capital Kuala Lumpur i was flying with Air Asia to Bali in Indonesia. On Bali I was five times in the Water of the Indian Ocean and the Bali Sea. My first one was at the Manta Point Dive Site near Nusa Penida. Here we saw six Manta Rays, Amazing! Number two and three was at Chrystal Bay and Blue Lagoon where we saw a lot of colorful reef life. The last two dives in Indonesia on this Travel Tour I did on the Liberty Wreck next to Tulamben Beach.
Wreckdive @ Tulamben
Two month later in July 07 I traveled by bus from Koh Chang to Phi Phi Island. In Thailand‘s Marine National Park at Koh Pi Pi I did two Fun Dives with South Siam Divers Scuba Center. We was at the Bida Nok and Bida Nai Dive Sites near Phi Phi Leh. My highlights while scuba diving on this tropical Islands in Thailand was a leopard Shark, a Turtle and many schools of fishes. The water temperature here in the Andaman Sea was 28 C, perfect for tropical diving. After two more Fun Dives at Koh Chang in the Gulf of Thailand I Start my Rescue Diver and Padi Divemaster Training on Ko Chang Island with a Dive Center on Klong Prao Beach. On my Internship I did about 100 Dives in the 30 degrees warm water in southeast Thailand. The education was realy good. I learned many thinks about Scuba Diving, Equitment, Underwater Navigation, Marine Life, how to handle Divers in a leader position, how to help a Diver who had a accident and many many more thinks what I need in my job as a Divemaster. In December I get my certification as a Padi Rescue Diver, the Divemaster I finished at the 17th of January 2008. My last skill was the snorkel Test where I get a snorkel in my mouth and drank a bottle of SangSom Thai Rum out of the Snorkel. After we start in the front of the Padi Dive Center with Chang Beer Round’s till I and nearly every Diver was drunken like hell. A hard Scuba Skill on the way to my Divemaster Card! My favorite Dive Sites around Koh Chang in Thailand are Hin Luk Bat witch is a nice Reef, Hin Raap, Blueberry Hill, Koh Chang Pinnacles and Koh Yak a bit south of Ko Chang in Thailand’s Marine National Park of the Ko Chang Archipelago. Since I finish my Padi Divemaster I worked till December 08 on the beautiful tropical Island Koh Chang. In the beginning of December I had a Motorbike accident, so till right now I’m not allowed to go diving. So soon as possible I will be back in the tropical water of the Gulf of Thailand but now the high season on Ko Chang is finish already so i will wait to next season for leading divers in the warm waters of Thailand. The water around Chang Island are between 27 and 31 degrees, the best time for diving is from November till February where the visibilities can be up to 25 meters.
For more informations about Scuba Diving in Thailand read the Lonely Planet Diving and Snorkeling witch you can order online here from this page. For more travel tips you can read the Reports of the destinations or read the Lonely Planet South East Asia. If you want to see some more Scuba Dive Pictures click here.
Koh Mak is a small tropical Island of the Koh Chang Archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand. Maak Island is 16 square kilometer in sice and have about 500 habitats. The locals living from Rubber / Coconut Plantation, Fishing and more and more from the Tourism on this cosy Island in Southeast Asia. Compared to other Islands in Asia and Thailand is Ko Mak really quiet. The less developed streets are widespread, it’s beautiful to drive threw tight Coconut and Rubber trees. I was here in the beginning of March 09. We stayed at the Ao Katueng Beach in the north-west of Koh Maak. Moun and I rent a Motorbike at the Monkey Island Resort to explore “the pearl of Thailand”.
South Koh Mak
First we went to Ao Tokai in the north of Koh Maak. On the way we visit the ruins of the “Love Temple”, the “local Handycraft sculpture” and Ao Suanyai Beach. Near the Pier at Suanyai Bay we drank a fresh Banana Shake at Coffee shop “Orchid” next to Koh Maak Resort. Than we drive to the Northeast and rest on the Lonely Ao Talong Beach. From there we go over Ao Taan to the East end and drank a cold Water at the “Little Moon Resort”. We drove thrue tight Rubber Plantages to the Temple of Koh Mak near Ao Nid Pier. Here we stopped to pray and enjoy the nice view over the warm water of the Gulf of Thailand. Direct on the pier you can visit the Ko Mak History Museum. Our next destination was the “Smile Cooking School” to visit a friend who live before at Klong Prao Beach on Koh Chang Island. On the way we saw a nice white Paragon direct on the sea. Here are the graves of the five brothers who owned before the hole Island.
Buddha at the Temple
We Travel atlong the Laem Chan Beach to “Cafe del Mak” for some refreshments. On this evening we eat some yummies Thai Food at Baan Sabaay Restaurant close to our Resort at Katueng Beach. We enjoyed Koh Mak, it’s a quiet Paradise Island with many flair. The Beaches are lonely and long. The Coconut Palms stop nearly where the warm water start, like in Paradiese! The Pearl of the Gulf of Thailand offer a great location for all who like to chill and relax at holidays. There are some options to go out in the evening, some bars on the beach have Life Music, fire shows or a nice view for the colorful Sunset behind the hills of Koh Mak Island in Thailand.
Sunset at Ko Mak
If you want to go diving there are three Scuba Schools on the tropical Island. Ploy Scuba, Koh Maak Divers and Paradise Divers offer Padi Courses and Fun Dive Day Trips around Ko Maak at the Mu Koh Chang National Park. This protected area are famous for many kind of colorful Marine Life and huge Fish Schools. Paradise Divers offer as well CMAS courses in the warm water of the Gulf.
Patong Beach Hotels
Sunset at Patong Beach
My first time in Patong Beach was in April 2006, I was here with a friend for holidays. We was staying in the first-class Hotel “Phuket Graceland”. On the two weeks vacation we made what the busiest city on Phuket offer: Party, Party and again Party. Nearly every day we had some Chang Beers at “Rock City” before we was going to the Bangla Road Walking Street in the Heart of Patong. My second time i stayed about one week on my Thailand travel tour with Marius at the “Touch Villa” guest house which we found in our Lonely Planet travel book. We comes from Phuket Town with a Bus, it took us about one hour. Touch Villa offer simple but good rooms with fridge, tv, air-con and hot water for backpacker prices. Many traveler make a stop in this hostel on their Southeast Asia travel tour.
Hotel Phuket Graceland
At the “Bangla Road” there are many discos, pubs, massage shops, restaurants and Thai Girl Bars. Many male tourists from Europe and America come here for cheap sex with young Thai girls. Young means a bit over 18. It looks straight when the old sex-tourists walk at long the beach with the young bar girls. But if you stay longer here it becomes normal in this abnormal city in Thailand. At daytime the Th Bangla sleep, when the sun goes down the walking street wake up! The neon light is the sunrise of Patong on Phuket. Loud Music, thousands prostitutes and drunken tourists dominate the picture of Patong City at night.
Th Bangla Road
But Patong offer more than Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll! I did my Padi Open Water Diver here. The Open Water is the first scuba diving license of the Padi education System. I did it in 3 days, the first day was just theory and swimming pool. In the pool we did some underwater diving skills. On the second day I did my first Open Water Dive in the Andaman Sea at Patong Bay. All in all i did four dives during my Padi Open Water. On day three we did three dives. The dive sites was: Banana Bay, Bungalow Bay and The Home Run Bay at Racha Yai. I did my Padi license whit the “Scuba Cat” Dive School at Patong Beach.
My first Beer Chang
This city is for shure not a typical backpacker or traveler destination. But if you decide to stay here plan a bit more money than on your other travel destinations because Patong is expansive compared to other regions of Thailand. From here we took a bus to Phang Nga.