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Scuba diving in the Mu Ko Surin Marine National Park is excellent. The different islands offer good chances to see large marine creatures like sharks and manta rays. Several dive sites are also good for macro life as frogfish, ghost pipefish and seahorse.
Richelieu Rock is one of the best dive sites in all of Asia. It has been described as a Whale Shark magnet! Even if this is not exactly true, this is definitely an amazing dream site to explore! Richelieu Rock is also very good for critters. Most of the liveaboards plan at least two dives as this magical spot.
In this page you will find more detailed information about scuba diving in Surin Islands.
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How to dive Surin Islands?
The best way to discover the Surin islands is during a liveaboard trip. Most dive operators will take you to several islands of the Andaman Sea. The usual trip starts with Koh Bon then then Koh Tachai and Koh Surin. You will finish by the world class dive site Richelieu Rock.
To reach this piece of paradise, you first need to fly to Phuket International airport and then head North by bus or Taxi to Khao Lak where most of the Liveaboards leave from.
Alternatively, you can also go diving Richelieu Rock and the Surin Islands in a day trip from Khao Lak or Kuraburi but distances to cover are important to consider. A few companies now actually offer overnight snorkelling trips.
Another option is to camp on the islands. In some places tents and bungalows can be rented. There are 2 campsites on Koh Surin Nua. You have to ask first to the National Park headquarters in Ngan Yong, just north of Khura Buri or in a travel agency.
- Surin Islands make a popular diving destination, so be sure to book your trip in advance so you don’t miss out!
Where to stay?
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Best time to dive in Surin Islands
The Mu Ko Surin Marine National Park is open from 16th of November to the 15th of May but most of the Liveaboard cruises only operate from October to May.
The best diving conditions occur from December to April with dry weather and almost no wind.
The best season to spot Whale Sharks, especially near Richelieu Rock, runs from February to April.
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Scuba Diving conditions
Diving conditions are usually good. On most of the dive sites, the depth ranges from 10 meters to 30 meters with moderate current.
Water temperature is around 29 °C so you won’t be needing a full wetsuit. Visibility is not always perfect due to the plankton but that what attracts creatures like Manta rays and Whale Sharks! You can expect from 10 to 30 meters.
Diving in Surin Islands is suitable for all divers. However the best dive sites like Richelieu Rock can be challenging and are better reserved for advanced divers.
Snorkelling in Surin Islands
Snorkelling in the marine reserve is excellent and very easy. It is the best snorkelling in Thailand. You have 4 possibilities:
- Overnight stay in the national park bungalows or tents, where you can snorkel along the nearby beach.
- Overnight Snorkelling tour. The boat will take you to the best spots around the islands.
- Snorkelling day trip from Khao Lak.
- You can snorkel between two dives if you are on a liveaboard (but DON’T do any Apnea!).
The shallow reefs are teeming with marine life in very shallow water. You have good chances of spotting harmless blacktip sharks and also turtles as they are come to the Surin Islands to lay eggs.
If you are planning an upcoming dive trip or travelling to Surin Islands, it is a really good idea to invest in travel insurance for scuba diving, because you never know what could happen and when you might need it (because accidents do happen!). I recommend this diving insurance as they offer worldwide coverage and focus on providing scuba divers a quality insurance and medical assistance service.
Now that you know all about the underwater world, you might want to start planning your scuba holiday! Check out our Surin Islands Travel Review for information about how to get there, activities and excursions, where to stay, and more.