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 Island Thailand Liveaboards
The Similan Explorer has been very popular in 2016-2017 running some interesting 3 - 5 day trips including the Similan and Surin Islands, including a visit to the Moken sea gypsy village at the Surin islands. She takes up to 20 liveaboard divers [...]
Prices starting from 4900 / day
Experience a totally unique Similan Islands liveaboard diving cruise onboard a Chinese sailing Junk. The Junk "SY June Hong Chian Lee" is one of the best known Phuket liveaboards, and carries a maximum of 18 customers to the Similan and Surin Isl [...]
Prices starting from 216 / day
Diving in Thailand and Myanmar - The luxury liveaboard Diva Andaman runs 6 night trips to the Similan Islands and also trips in the Mergui Archipelago. The boat was completed in 2009 and has been one of our most popular boats. Early booking is su [...]
Prices starting from 16600 / 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
MV Raja Manta was built in Thailand and launched in 2011. She moved to Indonesia to join the Blue Manta with trips starting August 2016. The Raja Manta is a high quality boat, modern and spacious and will take a maximum 20 guests on Indonesia tri [...]
Prices starting from 425 / day
Mermaid 2 is one of Asia's best known liveaboard boats, running 7 night trips to Komodo and also trips in Raja Ampat at a very reasonable price for such a large and comfortable boat. Everything about the boat is big - cabins, dive deck, relaxatio [...]
Prices starting from 500 / day