Finding a dive shop in the Bang Lamung region of Thailand is not a difficult task. The city of Pattaya is the main dive location, and its streets and beachfront roads are filled with various water sports providers and dive schools. Easy to get to, with Bangkok and its international airport a short drive away, this is one of Thailand’s most popular cities and a haven for scuba diving enthusiasts.
The Seafari Dive Centre, not far from the curving bay of the city, is a 5 star PADI outfit, and also the first dive school in Thailand to have registered with PADI. With over 40 years experience, they offer courses right up to technical diver with PADI, but also cover SSI and ANDI training if needed. They also still run general snorkeling trips for swimmers who aren’t so keen to disappear below the waves, so friends and family can come along on trips.
The Aquanauts Dive Center in the same location is a five star PADI Career Development Center, but they too offer technical courses from ANDI, DSAT and TDI. They also appreciate the benefits of being able to capture the moments you spend beneath the water, so budding photographers can enjoy their photography courses – the perfect way to bring home a souvenir of the visit – and that’s probably why they’re proud of their endorsement from the National Geographic, one of only three outfits in Thailand to hold the honor.
Almost right on the beach, cleverly named DiveSea (Dive South East Asia) is a five star PADI outfit with a difference. In addition to their classroom-based lessons, they also take some of their instruction right to the water onboard their 86ft Villai Samut vessel, equipped with video for onboard instructional and training programs. Offering scuba and snorkeling experiences, their day trips come with complimentary Thai lunches- freshly cooked on board- and their three decks can accommodate large numbers of divers for day and overnight trips. Striving to be one of the best dive schools in Thailand, they certainly have an excellent reputation with some great customer testimonials on Trip Advisor.
Decent dive operation but this is not a luxury liveaboard. Tired decor in cabin, mattress on floor and badly leaking pipework in the bathroom. It is very basic. The crew are helpful though, the divemaster good and the dive deck well organised. The sites in Similan Islands are pleasant but average with the exception of Richelieu Rock which is very nice. All sites are very crowded with many boats around.
Been diving around Marine Park, Koh Tao and Sail Rock, Thailand with Dive Point Samui last year after attend my mate's wed in Samui and two week vacation for myself. It was a thrilling experience to dive in such beautiful dive sites and the boat is a very nice, clean and comfortable boat. Dive crew are professional, sociable, cool, fun and serious about divers' safety! Fell in love with the Thai Curry that was prepared on the boat! It is a slow boat but you can actually sleep on the boat as the...