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 wanting to dive Komodo in January which is the rainy season there, so it’s best to have a reference on the website, hopefully it will help people to plan a diving trip in Thailand or Indonesia. If you are a diver, find out first where the best diving is to be found at what time of year
Thailand Diving Season
There are actually 2 main seasons in Thailand. We are located in Phuket, on the west coast, with the Andaman Sea as our playground. The Similan islands is the main liveaboard destination, though there are also liveaboards to Myanmar and also day trips and overnight trips around dive sites near Phuket and Phi Phi. The season for diving the Similan islands is November to April. The Similan islands national park is officially open from October 15th to May 15th. Some boats run trips only November to April, but there are liveaboards in late October and early May also. For local day trips around Phuket and Phi Phi, you can come year round. Generally the weather is better in the high season, but from May to October you get a lot of good weather mixed in with the wet days, and hotel prices are very low, and there are plenty of wet season diving options from Phuket.
Indonesia Diving Season
Indonesia is a big country so the weather is not the same everywhere. We offer liveaboard trips in two main areas, and they have different seasons. Komodo – there are trips from March to December with the best time being June to October – just the opposite of the Similan islands in Thailand. A Komodo trip can be combined with some relaxing in Bali, as the liveaboards depart either from Bali, or from Labuan Bajo, reached by a short domestic flight from Bali. And for Raja Ampat it’s the other way around – best time is November to April.
High Season Sunset at Kata beach, Phuket
Summary of Diving Seasons
So there is year-round great diving in Indonesia and Thailand! Just pay attention to the seasons … if you want the best Thailand diving (Similan islands) or want to dive in Myanmar, then it’s November to April. Best time for Komodo is June to October. Raja Ampat is November to April.
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Similan Islands Liveaboards (Thailand)
Bavaria is a brand new liveaboard launched in late 2015, based in Khao Lak and offering a mixed schedule of 3 or 6 night trips in Thailand and 6 night trips in Myanmar. The boat was designed by her German owner who has many years of experience he [...]
Prices starting from 6900 THB / day
Sawasdee Fasai was a new name in 2016 running trips through the high season to the Similan islands and Richelieu Rock. This is a very large (37 meter long) liveaboard with plenty of space for relaxation. There is a big aircon indoor saloon area o [...]
Prices starting from 7175 THB / day
The Dolphin Queen Khao Lak based liveaboard will suit those wanting a lower price Similan Islands trip. If you're backpacking or on a tight budget, this could be the one for you. Despite being a low price, Dolphin Queen is professionally run with [...]
Prices starting from 4950 THB / day
Cruises in the Similan Islands / Richelieu Rock and also into Myanmar (Burma) with the liveaboard "Deep Andaman Queen". This stylish and comfortable liveaboard started operating in November 2003 and was operating in Thailand for 7 years before sp [...]
Prices starting from 7500 THB / day