Best Diving sites in Surin Islands

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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.

Koh Bon and Koh Tachai offer the best chances to spot a Manta ray, blacktip and Whitetip reef sharks. Turtles and leopard sharks are also quite common.

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.

For longer liveaboard cruises, you will also dive the Similan islands with it’s famous dive locations such as Elephant Head or East of Eden.

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.

There are also Liveaboards leaving directly from Phuket and Ko Lanta. There are many liveaboards suitable for all types of budgets from cheap backpacker style to the luxury ones with private suites.

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.

Hot tip

  • 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?

I usually use this website to book in advance my hotels in Surin Islands as they usually have the lowest rates I find. I like it because it's free to cancel and change the dates.

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.

Top liveaboards in Surin Islands according to divers reviews

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.

Diving Safety

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.

Travel Guide

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.

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Koh Tachai, the Dome is a superb Diving Site of the Surin Islands! The marine life is teeming and the spot is famous for...
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The Bon Soong Wreck is located in the Koh Surin Marine National Park. It is a former old tin dredger which sank in 1985....
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Richelieu Rock is quite simply one of the best dive sites in the World and no doubt the best diving site in Thailand! Th...
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Ko Bon dive site is very famous, regarded as one of the best spots of the Surin Islands National Matine park. Ko Bon is ...
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Hing Gong is located southeast of Koh Surin island. It is a small rock formation which is interesting to dive. Here you ...
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Hin Kop is a located a bit further north of Joh Surin islands in the Surin Islands National Park. It is a small rock for...
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Hin Pratumba Diving Site is located on the West side of Koh Surin Island and a bit North of Koh Klang. The current is no...
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Ko Bon Pinnacle is a superb diving site of the Surin Islands. It consists of a Pinnacle with the top of the rock at 18 m...
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Ko Tachai dive site, also known as Twin Peaks is, along with Ko Bon, one of the most famous spots of the Surin Island Na...
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Ko Torinla East dive site is located on the East side of Ko Torinla and on the South of Koh Surin Island. This spot prov...

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  1. I’ve not dived here yet, but I am planning a trip to Thailand in a month and I was hoping to get a few dives in with my dad. I think I found a winner here!

    Just a few questions: Can you recommend a live aboard here? Also, do you think it be better to book one once in the area or prior? I know it’s a busy spot, but I often find cheaper options when booking in person in SE Asia.

    I really like how you’ve put together this post. I just found the site tonight while researching dive spots in Asia and I love it. Will be back! Thanks for your help.

  2. Hi there. Apols for posting another q and no info for followers. Looking for a 4 day liveaboard trip.
    Is there anyway to get mobile fone access and wifi modem acces on liveabords. Take my own / rent Either anybody know if telstra global roaming works or how to get local sim cards so have access and works out offshore on Live AB’s. Its a work thing and just need 30 mins a day / nite. No internet access no dive trip, very sad i know…..
    Matt

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