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Scuba Diving Thailand

including Phuket, Richelieu Rock, the Burma Banks, Vietnam and Cambodia

Diving Thailand articles, reviews, and reports from Undercurrent

Diving Thailand Overview

The December 2004 tsunami affected many of Thailand’svreefs, but liveaboards and day boats from Phuket still make trips intovthe Andaman Sea to Richelieu Rock where fish life can be exciting. Whenvliveaboards travel north toward Myanamar, most visit the Mergui Archipelago and excellent sites on the Thai side of the border. Mergui offers tremendous biodiversity and unspoiled natural beauty among its many islands. Some go to the Burma Banks and separated seamounts, none of which reach the surface, 100 miles from mainland Myanmar. The shallow portions of all the Banks are flat plateaus, covered with coral rubble in some places, healthy hard coral in others. Only Silvertip Bank has dramatic dropoffs. Sadly, most of the sharks have fallen victim to fishermen, but Silvertip Bank includes abundant, vividly colored soft corals, sponges and hard coral formations, sometimes mantas, billfish. Thailand has unending opportunities for broader travel experiences and many travelers take extra time to appreciate the culture.

Diving Thailand Feature Articles and Reader Reports


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Thailand Dive Reviews

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Dive Operation Resort Name Area Reporter Dive Date
Khao Lak Scuba Adventures Review [same] Andaman Sea David A Lawlor 2015/12
WICKED DIVING Review [same]PULLMAN KHAOLAK [N/A]ANDAMAN ISLANDS CAUSSIOL 2016/01
Robert Klein Merlin Divers Review [same] Andaman Sea David A Lawlor 2015/12
Agressor Fleet Review Thailand Agressor S. Andaman Sea Kevan Urquhart 2015/10
thailand Aggressor Review [same] North Adaman Sea Gary Anderson 2016/01
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Diving Thailand Articles - Land Based

A Spate of Dive Accidents in Thailand, 3/16
Two Deadly Dive Sites, where Americans rarely go, thankfully, 1/16
Key Largo, Maui, New Zealand . . ., maiden voyage kinks in Thailand, a rude photo pro in Bonaire, 5/13

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Bonaire, Maui, Phuket, Francis Coppolas five-star resort, a clueless Cozumel divemaster, 6/12
Thailand Violence Affects Lembeh, 6/10
Divers in the Tsunami, divers caught in the wave, 2/05
Tsunami Damage, 2/05
Fly-By-Night Training, 6/04

Diving Thailand Articles - Liveaboards

Choose Your Dive Boat Wisely Choose Your Dive Boat Wisely -- Publicly Available, three Thai liveaboards sink in three weeks, 3/14

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Thailand, Cocos, Hawaii, Maldives..., Thai tech dives, an easy wreck dive and El Nios ups and downs, 8/10
Two Thai Live-Aboards Sink, 7/05
Aqua One: Thailand, diving in the Adaman Sea, 6/04
Two Thai Live-Aboard Options, Ocean Rover and Mermaid I, 6/04
Ocean Rover, Andaman Sea, Thailand, a grand alternative in troubled times, 6/03
Thumbs Up, 2/03
Thumbs Down: Survivor Thailand, 10/02

Thailand Dive Reviews

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Thailand
including Phuket, Richelieu Rock, the Burma Banks, Vietnam and Cambodia

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from Amazon.com; just follow the links. -- BD

Four Fish Diving Indonesia's Bird's Head Seascape
by Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock

This dynamic duo's book describes 130 dive sites of Raja Ampat, Triton Bay and Cenderawasih Bay, while offering practical information about the area. The detailed descriptions of the sites, complete with GPS coordinates, explains the terrain, how to dive the site, and the kinds of animals, coral and critters you can expect. Excellent photographs will help you identify many of the critters you will encounter.

If you have been to Raja Ampat, or dream about going, this thoughtful and well-illustrated book is for you. The book, priced at $35, is only available at New World Publications.


Click here to order through Undercurrent -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.



Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael

What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.

Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.



Reef Fish of the East Indies Reef Fish of the East Indies
by Gerald R. Allen and Mark V. Erdman

It's got a list price of $250 and a weight of 14 pounds, but the price and the poundage will be worth it to add this three-volume set to your library. Renowned marine biologists Gerald R. Allen and Mark V. Erdman have combined 60 years of surveys, fieldwork and research to create the most definitive guide of the Coral Triangle to date, perhaps forever. The 1,292 pages of text and 3,600 photographs (40 percent of which are of fish not seen before in print) gives comprehensive information on every known reef fish species from a region known as the global epicenter of marine biodiversity. An essential reference for any scuba diver.

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Nudibranchs Encyclopedia - Asia/Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs Encyclopedia - Asia/Indo-Pacific
by Cobb and Mullins

The second edition of the Nudibranchs Encyclopedia has been revised and updated by scientists Gary Cobb and David Mullins, but Neville Coleman is still very much in evidence. With more than 300 pages mostly bearing eight colored identification photographs per page, one could almost be forgiven for assuming that if a particular nudibranch isn't included in the more than 2000 photos, then it doesn't exist, but then, we all know that there will always still be more waiting to be discovered. In fact, it modestly claims only to include around 70 percent of the most commonly observed species of opisthobranchs as divers throughout the Asia/Indo-Pacific region discover more.

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Nudibranch and Sea Slug Identification: Indo-Pacific Nudibranch and Sea Slug Identification: Indo-Pacific
by Terry Gosliner, Ángel Valdés and Dave Behrens

Indonesia has so much to offer the nudibranch enthusiast. For example, on Nudi Wall at Lembeh Strait, nudibranchs litter the seabed as if a great big sack of Gummy Bears has been carelessly tipped out. Nudibranchs are colorful slugs that wear their feathery gills on their backs. There are so many varieties, but how do you know which you've seen? New World Publications has come to the rescue with this weighty tome of 400 pages packed with color pictures, along with basic information to help the reader get the best chance of the right identification.

Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.



Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach

Paul Humann and Ned Deloach have done it again, releasing a definitive identification guide to 1600 extraordinary reef creatures of the Tropical Pacific. with this 500+ page softbound guide, you get upwards of 2000 exceptional photos of shrimp and crabs and stars and worms and lobsters and nudibranchs and slugs and squid and bivalves . . . well, all those invertebrates that move along the reefs of this region without fining, so it seems. There are several photos of some creatures to help you identify them during different life stages, and about ten percent of the book is descriptive copy so you can tie down your identification. Even if you have no plans to go to the tropical Pacific, just to thumb through the pages, gawk at the complexity and uniqueness of these animals, and read a thumbnail sketch will give any serious diver vicarious thrills for endless hours.

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Reef Fish ID Reef Fish Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Gerald Allen, Rodger Steene, Paul Humann, & Ned Deloach

At last, here's a comprehensive fish ID guide covering the reefs of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The generous 500-page text, displaying 2,500 underwater photographs of 2,000 species, identifies the myriad fishes that inhabit the warm tropical seas between Thailand and Tahiti. The concise text accompanying each species portrait includes the fish's common, scientific and family names, size, description, visually distinctive features, preferred habitat, typical behavior, depth range, and geographical distribution. This is an essential book for every diver traveling westward. 6x9 inches. Order through us, get Amazon.com's best price and a good hunk of the profit will be donated to preserve coral reefs.



You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.



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