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Dive Review of Scubafish/Pimalai Resort in
Thailand/Ko Lanta

Scubafish/Pimalai Resort: "Nice diving in Southwest Thailand", Jan, 2017,

by Graham McGregor, Kilmacolm, GB (Top Contributor Top Contributor 35 reports with 17 Helpful votes). Report 9478.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I stayed with my wife at Pimalai Resort on Ko Lanta, southwest Thailand. The resort is upmarket and really nice. Three restaurants; spa; gym and good facilities, food and service. You could find more reasonably priced accommodation in the same village. The dive operation, Scubafish, has it's main shop in the village with an office in the Pimalai Resort. Their boats depart from the Pimalai Resort jetty, so staying at the resort is convenient. However, they do pick and up in the local area and drop off afterwards. I was there for 9 days and went diving on three days. In toal I completed 8 dives on three principal sites. The dive operation is well organised and Scubafish seem to have two boats going out each day with an 8am departure. The closest site is Ko Ha - which is about an hour away. Scubafish go there every day with divers and snorkelers. There are multiple sites and a protected bay at Ko Ha. The underwater topography is mainly walls with a nice cavern dive ('Cathedral") where you can surface inside and a good vertical swim through ('the chimney"). Lots of reef fish; nice critters and morays. The next closest site is Ko Rok, about an hour and 45 minutes away. This also has nice reef fish, corals etc and we saw two turtles. The best site is Hin Moung/ Hin Daeng which are two seamounts which barely break the water surface. These are a two and a half hour steam from the jetty. However, because they are more remote and exposed, the pelagic action is better. We saw mantas on each of our three dives here, sometimes very close indeed on cleaning stations. Also tuna, jacks, trevally and great barracuda. The big boat that scubafish use can hold 50 divers but we never had more than 20. There was plenty of space and complimentary hot and cold drinks, fruit and snacks are provided. Lunch is also provided. Nitrox is available but not on the 15 litre tanks which are available on request. Most dives lasted about an hour and were well guided. I thought the prices were very reasonable. Given the distances to the dive sites it can be a long day. A third dive is offered and if enough divers want to do it then that's what happens! The third dive costs an extra 1000 Baht. You can sit it out if you prefer.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Galapagos; Palau; Sipadan; Truk; Malapascua; Komodo; Ticao Island; Maldives; Red Sea; Caribbean; Cuba; Hawaii; Florida; Cozumel; Spain
Closest Airport Krabi Getting There Direct flights from a number of cities including Bangkok and Singapore

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas
Water Temp 29-°C / 84-°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10-25 M / 33-82 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Diving in small(wish) groups (1 to 5 people)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
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