Essential travel information for planning your diving trip to Phuket and diving with Sunrise Divers. Here you’ll find hotel guides, maps, photos, information relating to our PADI Dive Center in Phuket, useful diving related articles and general diving information. If you are looking for more specific information about the diving we offer, try checking the Liveaboard, Day Trip or PADI Course sections of the website. No time to surf the website? Want to dive? Need an answer? Just send us a quick enquiry and we’ll get back to you soon!
Boat Charters are available for diving and non diving cruises. You can choose between a speed boat for a small group of friends or go with your family. If you like to go in style for an unforgettable diving or cruising experience you have here th [...]
During our low season from May to August, the Giamani liveaboard is running some 2 and 3 night trips to the Phi Phi Islands and Racha Islands. These sites can also be dived by day trips, but liveaboards are the best way to dive :) There are a cou [...]
Karon Beach boasts a wide range of hotels, resorts and guesthouses to suit all budgets from backpackers to luxury seekers. Many people on dive trips are looking for cheaper, simple accommodation, and there are plenty of low budget guesthouses and [...]
The Similan Islands have long been established as the best area for diving in Thailand. Liveaboards have been operating since the 1990s heading to the main Similan Island chain, plus Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock to the north. Some trips [...]
The Similan Islands are commonly rated as one of the top 10 dive destinations in the world. The islands lie about 100 km Northwest of Phuket and were declared a National Marine Park in 1982. The Similans are comprised of 9 granite islands which r [...]
Current weather - Now we're well into the high season - winds have switched to the northeast, and you can expect mostly hot, sunny days at this time of year with the temperatures in the low 30s Celsius. Great diving weather! The summer low season [...]
We are asked this question often. When is it safe to fly? If I book a liveaboard that ends on Friday, can I fly on Saturday? If I make a dive on Monday morning can I fly Monday evening? Now, please remember that the question is covered in any beg [...]
Along with the whaleshark, divers coming to Thailand normally have manta rays on the top of their wish-list. If you are lucky enough to dive with a manta close up, or even just catch a glimpse a manta underwater, it's a mesmerising experience. Li [...]
In Thailand you can find a huge variety of marine life and underwater scenery. The reefs of the Similan Islands are well known worldwide, while the islands of Phuket, Phi Phi and Koh Tao attract divers and sun seekers alike. But top of most peopl [...]
For many years the beautiful Mergui archipelago in Myanmar (Burma), comprising over 800 Islands and covering 10,000 square miles, was closed to foreigners. Only in 1997 was Burma opened up for scuba diving to liveaboard dive boats. The Mergui Arc [...]
We are asked this kind of question regularly .... "When is the best time to come to dive in Thailand?" or "Is July a good time to dive in Phuket?". We get a lot of enquiries for the Similan Islands in the summer, when they are closed, and people [...]
Sunrise Divers has been operating in Phuket, Thailand since 1999. Over the years we have always offered our customers a range of liveaboard options here in Thailand (and also in Myanmar and Indonesia). What is the best liveaboard? That might seem [...]
Sunrise Divers has been here in Phuket since 1999 (read more About Us). We offer Phuket diving day trips and also liveaboards to the Similan islands and we run PADI dive courses.
For many years now we have been one of Thailand's top liveaboard [...]
How do I get to Phuket?
Phuket, Thailand has an international airport with direct flights to/from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong and many other Asian cities. Between November and April there are charter flights from many Europe [...]
Our main diving season here is from late October to early May, because our main dive destination - the Similan Islands National Park - is closed from May 15th to October 15th. That is the most popular area for liveaboards, easily reached from Phu [...]
Scuba diving does not require you to be an Olympic athlete, but health is an important issue. If you are considering diving for the first time, you should be in good health, especially your heart and lungs. You should be able to swim and be comfo [...]
The Andaman Sea, separated from the Bay of Bengal by the Andaman-Nicobar Ridge, is part of the Indian Ocean. Thailand's long Andaman coast extends for about 500 km from the Surin Islands near Thailand's border with Burma to Tarutao National Park [...]
Aqua Lung is the name that first introduced the world to Scuba diving in 1943 when Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Émile Gagnan developed the first "Aqua-Lung."
The excitement and adventurous spirit of that first dive continues today and is reflecte [...]
This may seem like an easy question to answer, but many people ask us about travel arrangements for flights, buses, ferries, taxis etc., so this page will give you some more information and web links to make your travels in Thailand much easier. [...]
Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and is bigger than most people realise. The land area of Phuket island is more than 500 square kilometers, and it's over 50km from north to south. The airport is near the northern end of the island about 4 [...]
Sunrise Divers PADI 5 Star Dive Center is located a few minutes walk from the sands of Karon Beach on the west coast of Phuket. There are many hotels close to our location and plenty of restaurants and anything else you may need like a minimart, [...]
Many divers are unfamiliar with the idea of liveaboards, or think that liveaboard diving might be too difficult or only for expert divers. Some divers make only local day trips, preferring to return to the hotel in the evening. A liveaboard enabl [...]
Sunrise Divers has been based here at Karon Beach, Phuket since 1999. We offer all the best diving options from Phuket including 1 day trips, PADI dive courses (we are a PADI 5 star dive shop), overnight trips and longer liveaboards from 3 - 6 days t [...]
Sunrise Divers has been operating in Phuket, Thailand since 1999 logging thousands of dives all over the region. We know the area, we know the dive sites, we know the boats. Let us help you find the right trip!
A Real Dive Center With A Real Shop
Sunrise Divers is not just a pretty website. We are right here to help you with a PADI 5 Star shop, helpful and experienced staff, quality rental equipment and plenty of local knowledge. We hope to meet you in person!
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We advertise all trips at the official rates agreed with the boat operators. If you are offered the same trip on the same liveaboard at a lower price, tell us! We promise to get you the best trip at the best possible price!
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With our many years of experience, booking with Sunrise Divers is quick and easy. Got a question? We'll answer! Need to talk? Call us! Online credit card payment with no fees is possible for most trips. We know the boats and the area better than anyone. See you here!
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!