Our Guide to Scuba Diving in Krabi – What to Know

February 17, 2020
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If you’re an avid scuba diver, you’ve probably heard the wonders of traversing through the many diving sites of Krabi, especially the Andaman Sea. Located off the west coast of Thailand, it’s home to diverse marine life, making it an ideal spot for divers to explore. Given Krabi’s limestone geology, the salt-infested water consumes the rocks, creating homes for many species to seek refuge to. As a result, scuba diving in Krabi will expose you to tons of eels, clams, fish, shellfish, and more.

Scuba diving in Krabi fast facts

  • Depth of dives: Divers typically go as deep as 10 to 35 meters
  • General visibility: Water clarity hovers around 10 to 20 meters. There’s a plankton boom between January and March that drastically affects visibility.
  • Water temperature: It’s typically between 27 to 30 degrees celsius all year round
  • Required certification: Divers in possession of PADI – Advanced Open Water Diver certification has the privilege to dive in 60% of all dive sites
  • Best time to dive: It ultimately depends on the currents and visibility, but January to April is the best season to dive in Krabi

Tips for diving in Krabi

When you decide to dive in Krabi, not only can you engage in freediving, but you can also opt to do cave and wreck exploration. Whatever you choose to do, you have to keep in mind some rules to make your diving experience memorable. Here are some tips you should follow:

Never dive alone.

One of the most important rules in scuba diving is that you should always dive with a buddy. Even if you’re familiar with the place, you should make sure that you have a partner in case you encounter something unexpected. In the event of an accident, you need someone else to assist you and make sure that you’re safe.

Do a safety check.

Before you explore the waters, don’t neglect to check your diving equipment. It’s good practice to inspect everything, from the air in your tank to the weights on you BCD to the gear of your diving partner so everything goes without a hitch. You don’t want to experience any equipment-related accidents when you’re deep in the water, so doing a deep scrutiny of your gear is vital. It’s also important to make sure that your travel insurance covers scuba diving.

Watch your limits.

You should only dive within your limits. Don’t go beyond your ability, or risk getting into an accident. Depending on your current certification and past experience, you should put a limit on the depths and the kind of dives you go on, and do your best to stick to the plan. Never push yourself, and should you decide to go a little further, you need to consult and seek permission from a divemaster or instructor to check if it’s safe.

Diving in Krabi is an exhilarating experience, but only if you practice the proper diving practices. If you’re looking for a beach resort in Ao Nang, get in touch with us today to book your stay.

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