Scuba Diving - Thailand
A wide range of PADI courses and fun diving packages are available at Koh Phra Thong. These are accessible through Blue Guru Diving whose team of professional PADI Instructors are on hand at Golden Buddha Beach Resort to lead guests through their diving experiences.
The shallow warm water at Hornbill Rocks at the end of Golden Buddha Beach provides a superb environment for PADI Open Water instruction.
The diving at Koh Phra Thong is excellent for beginners. For those considering a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience or the PADI Open Water course, then there really could be no better place. It is also a great location to brush up skills with a PADI Scuba Review.
Local Diving at Koh Phra Thong
Most of the diving is around the two islands Koh Pling Yai and Koh Pling Noi which are situated in a protected bay near to Golden Buddha Beach Resort. These two islands are fringed with hard corals and a variety of fishes. There is also a broad variety of interesting nudibranch and other macro life.
There are also a couple of exciting offshore sites - Gon Pla Luang & Marion's Reef - which are accessed by a 30-40 minute longtail boat journey. These open sea locations offer intrepid scuba divers the opportunity to explore new marine habitats where the Blue Guru boat is the only one there. Deeper and more difficult than the local sites, Koh Phra Thong offshore is a great place to do your Advanced Open Water or to take a relevant PADI Specialty Course.
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Blue Guru dive shop is situated on the beach on Golden Buddha Bay.
Gon Pla Luang is an open sea dive site discovered by Blue Guru last season. Above a lucky dive explores this new location.
Broad coral reefs at Koh Surin
The reason many scuba divers come here is because Blue Guru is the closest PADI Dive Centre to some outstanding Andaman diving. First of all there are the Surin Islands with their wide tapering hard coral reefs. Popular with snorkelers but left out by the liveaboards because of their distance from Phuket, the Surin Islands provide some interesting & rarely visited sites for both divers & snorkelers.
This is what it's all about! A successful morning dive at Richelieu Rock reveals a never before seen whale shark. Join Blue Guru's Whale Shark Program for an experience to remember
The pinnacle at Koh Tachai
Also, there is the striking island of Koh Tachai with it's white sand beaches and turquiose waters. The pinnacle at Koh Tachai is an amazing dive site for experienced divers, with a fascinating topography and healthy marine life it is widely regarded as one of Thailand's most exhilirating dives. Koh Tachai is also a beautiful snorkeling destination.
Thailand's best scuba diving at Richelieu Rock
Finally, the world famous Richelieu Rock is only 35km from Blue Guru Diving on Koh Phra Thong. This majestic open sea limestone spire smothered in soft corals and a huge diversity of macro life. Regular visitations by large pelagics such as manta rays and whale sharks rightly put Richelieu Rock on many lists of the world's top ten dive sites and make it a must see for all serious divers.