Diving and Snorkeling
Samui Island has been welcoming visitors since the early 1970’s and has developed into the most popular tourist destination on the east coast of Thailand.
The Gulf of Thailand is somewhat sheltered from the major oceans in the region and that protection gives the gulf a number of high quality dive sites which can be dived all year round. Chumphon Pinnacle and Sail Rock are the 2 most famous Koh Samui dive sites and their popularity with more experienced divers justifiably merits their place at the top of the gulf’s best dive locations.
Many pelagic fish such as whale sharks are frequent visitors to the area. There are towering pinnacles, huge rock formations, colourful soft and hard corals, and sloping reefs. Schools of snapper and barracuda abound, and the area is famed for its turtles and triggerfish.
Most of the sites in the region are close to the famous island of Koh Tao and can be dived on full day trips out of Samui. Although most people would agree that the diving is better on Thailand’s west coast, Koh Samui Island diving on the east coast still has access to some world class dive sites.
Samui will always be one of Thailand’s favourite tourist destinations. With some excellent hotel and resorts, great beaches, the spectacular Ang Thong National Marine Park, and a mix of nightlife and quiet retreats, the island makes a fine place for a dive holiday, especially during the summer months when Phuket and the Similans are in low season.