Sunrise Divers offers a huge variety of scuba diving options in Thailand, Burma and Indonesia. In Thailand, the Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock are justly famous and there are plenty more sites around Phuket and Phi Phi. Further north in Myanmar (Burma), you have the islands of the remote Mergui Archipelago which stretch for several hundred kilometers. Indonesia has countless world class dive sites from Komodo to Raja Ampat and Sulawesi. You’ll find links below to further information about many of these sites. For all the diving options we offer, please check the pages below.
The Similan Islands national marine park is widely recognized as the number 1 scuba diving area in Thailand, and most would agree that the reef and marine life is some of the best in Asia. The dive sites vary from gentle sloping hard coral reefs [...]
Liveaboards from Phuket will usually dive both the Similan Islands and the dive sites to the North of the Similans. For simplicity, this area is referred to by the name Surin, though the dives include the isolated islands of Koh Bon and Koh Tacha [...]
Phuket has an impressive variety of day trip diving available, and the marine life is truly outstanding. There are dive sites for all levels of diver and to suit all tastes from easy shallow reef dives to wreck and wall dives. Racha Yai is perfec [...]
Koh Phi Phi (pronounced Pee Pee) is located about 45km East of Phuket and offers some excellent dive sites for all levels of diver. Phi Phi Islands diving day trips are available from Phuket by speedboat or slower dive boats, but the area is best [...]
Certainly one of the best dive sites in Thailand, Richelieu Rock is an isolated pinnacle about 10km east of Surin Islands and 100km NNE of the Similan islands. The very top of the rock is just visible at low tide, but submerged at high tide. Belo [...]
Diving in Burma, also known as Myanmar, is popular, but there are not so many options. The Mergui Archipelago is visited by liveaboards based in Phuket or Khao Lak. The dive sites cover a wide area of ocean, and Burma liveaboard tours are typical [...]
The Komodo National Park is located about 400km east of Bali, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. There are three main islands - Komodo, Rinca and Padar, plus many smaller islands. The most famous resident of the Komodo area must be the Ko [...]
Raja Ampat, the Four Kings, is an extensive archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands surrounding the four main islands - Misool, Salawati, Batanta, Waigeo and the smaller island of Kofiau. The area also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the large [...]
Koh Tachai is a small rocky island with a beautiful white sandy beach located about 20km north of Koh Bon or 40km from the Similan islands. The beach got very popular with day trippers in recent years, and starting 2017 day trips by speedboat hav [...]
Koh Bon is a small granite rocky island about 20km northeast of the northernmost tip of the Similan Islands. On the surface it's just rock topped with a little greenery. No beaches or anywhere to land on the island, though there is a hole that pa [...]
South of Phuket and Phi Phi, towards the border with Malaysia lie some more excellent dive sites. Hin Daeng and Hin Muang (Red rock and Purple rock) are truly world class sites, offering steep walls, big fish and lush soft coral gardens. Whalesha [...]
The King Cruiser was originally a car ferry, but when it sank in 1997 between Phuket and Phi Phi, it was carrying only foot passengers. There was no loss of life as the boat sank slowly and several dive boats were around the area to help. The wre [...]
Shark Point was originally named for the frequent sightings of leopard sharks in the area, although probably in recent years there are more leopard sharks seen around the dive sites of Phi Phi a little further to the east. Shark Point is located [...]
Anemone Reef is found in between Phuket and Phi Phi about 28km east of Chalong Bay, Phuket from where all the dive boats depart. This submerged reef is only a few hundred meters north of Shark Point and the 2 sites are often dived interchangeably [...]
Koh Doc Mai (or Koh Dok Mai) is a small limestone island jutting vertically out of the sea about 20km east of Phuket. It's dived every day as part of 3 dive trips to the King Cruiser Wreck or sometimes as the 3rd dive on the way back from Phi Phi [...]
Racha Yai (or Raya Yai, or sometimes Raja Yai) is probably our most popular local dive destination from Phuket. The island is not too far away, about 15km south of Chalong Bay where day trips depart from, you can dive there year round and with sh [...]
Koh Racha Noi is located to the south of Racha Yai island, takes about 45 minutes on a normal day trip boat to cross between the 2 islands, so about 2 hours 15 minutes to Racha Noi from Chalong Bay. The surrounding waters are deeper here, with a [...]
From our base in Phuket we offer liveaboards and day trips to a wide variety of dive sites. The Similan Islands and Surin national parks (open October 15th to May 15th) feature the best diving in Thailand including Similan dive sites like Ele [...]
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Thailand, Myanmar & Indonesia's Best Diving Locations
The Thailand liveaboard high season is from October to May. All liveaboard schedules are online for the coming season from mid October 2018 up to May 2019. Our Phuket dive center is also open during low season for day trips and PADI courses. Start planning your dive trip now! Liveaboard diving in Thailand is as popular as ever - early booking is highly recommended, especially for the more popular boats, though you can sometimes find last minute trips. There are also several boats with trips into the remote Mergui Archipelago in Burma (Myanmar).
Indonesia (Komodo and Raja Ampat) liveaboard schedules are also online right through 2018. Komodo is the best place to dive during the summer May - October. Raja Ampat is the best Indonesia option from November - April. If you are looking for a liveaboard in Thailand, Burma or Indonesia, we hope to hear from you soon!
Thailand Liveaboard Locations
The famous Similan Islands National Park and Richelieu Rock (part of the Surin Islands National Park) are the most popular destinations for Thailand liveaboards with some trips also covering Hin Daeng and the Phi Phi Islands.
Liveaboards visit 2 main areas among the many islands of Indonesia - Komodo, famous for it's dragons and Raja Ampat which is called the 'Cradle of Biodiversity'. Diving is spectacular, marine life anything from pygmy seahorses to manta rays!
The Mergui Archipelago is largely uninhabited, with hundreds of islands stretching 400km up the West coast of Myanmar. You might not even see another dive boat during your trip - dive Myanmar now before it really opens up to mass tourism!