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A Guide To Diving In Khao Lak During The Low Season

November 11, 2019

One of the worst things a diver, regardless of skill level, could ever experience is lugging 30 to 50 pounds of gear halfway around the world to Khao Lak, only to find out the Similan Islands are closed.

Now, it may seem like the end of the world or a huge impediment to your lifelong dreams to land in Phuket only to learn that nothing is going according to plan. However, there’s no need to worry! Should you find yourself traveling to Thailand in the low season (specifically March to October), then it’s best to expect that some of the most famous diving spots are closed. Fortunately, Phuket is a diver’s haven that goes beyond its most frequented spots, as it has hidden gems that require a bit of patience to find.

As it is ideally situated right in the heart of the Andaman coast in the middle of Phuket and Khao Sok, Khao Lak hosts dozens of picturesque dive sites. They are some of the best that Thailand has to offer. Whether you’re looking to dive right into the alluring turquoise waters in the south of Phuket or keen on exploring the famed Khao Sok’s waters in full view, Khao Lak is perfect for diving all year-round.

Should your search of the diving experience of a lifetime lead you right to Khao Lak in between March and October, then here are a few low season diving options to consider:

1. Khao Sok National Park

With its general area encapsulating a breathtaking crystal-clear lake that is seemingly endless due to its sheer size, Khao Sok National Park is a diver’s haven in the low season. It is a functional paradise, which is a result of an innovative power company’s mission to generate sustainable hydroelectric energy.

Although Khao Sok National Park’s lake is manmade, there’s no doubt that its beauty is unlike any other, even when compared with its natural counterparts. Aside from the stunning lake and its rich biodiversity, Khao Sok National Park is also renowned for being the Southern Thailand’s natural crown jewel for a variety of reasons. From lush greens to stunning karst stone cliffs, Khao Sok National Park is a stunning dive spot.

2. Just about anywhere else in Khao Sok

One of the greatest parts about traveling to Khao Sok as a diver (even during the low season) is that diving spots are aplenty with the help of a touring company. Generally, dive tour companies will provide a wide variety of options that will take you anywhere from the expansive Andaman Sea all the way to Phang Nga Bay.

Every spot during a standard Khao Sok dive tour provides the perfect opportunity to interact with Khao Lak and Phuket’s rich biodiversity, making it perfect for the nature lover within. Aside from the standard breathtaking dive tour that is offered, however, every dive tour company has its own set of unique diving activities as well. So it is best to shop around first before settling for a dive option to get a better picture of which dive tour companies and special activities to go with.

Although Similan Islands are closed during the low season, more diving experiences await in Khao Lak if you look hard enough. Before heading out to explore the best of what Khao Lak’s waters have to offer with a pair of fins, a tank, and a pair of goggles, take this guide into consideration.

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