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 Komodo?”. 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 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!
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.
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 in Thailand (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 Island Thailand Liveaboards
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 [...]
The Giamani is a higher class liveaboard offering 2, 4 and 6 day dive safaris in Thailand to Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, the Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock. Plus in 2018 there will be some trips in Myanmar. The boat was built in 1998 to IMO standar [...]
Prices starting from 11000 / 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 / day
The luxury liveaboard Diva Andaman runs 6 night trips in Thailand and Myanmar. The boat was completed in 2009 and has been one of our most popular boats. Early booking is suggested. It's all about service, relaxation, great food, and don't forget [...]
Prices starting from 16600 / day
Moana is a classic 30m Phinisi Schooner, able to take up to 12 passengers for charter (maximum 10 divers on regular trips) for diving or cruising in the Komodo region. All cabins have airconditioning and en suite bathrooms. Although built in a tr [...]
Prices starting from 400 / day
MV La Galigo is a traditional Indonesian style 2 mast Phinisi sailboat built of ironwood and teak in Bira, South Sulawesi in 2012. She is running year round trips in Komodo and Raja Ampat. There is space for 14 guests only, with several cabin typ [...]
Prices starting from 400 / day