Krabi province offers excellent opportunities for diving throughout the year. The best period generally goes from November to May, when the sea is calm and visibility can reach up to 30 meters, however you can dive even in the season from June to October, despite the weather conditions being more unpredictable, thanks to a water temperature between 27 and 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year.
Main dive destinations:
Phi Phi Islands
The main destination for diving, starting from Krabi, and more in general from Ao Nang, is the Phi Phi archipelago which can be reached in about 2 and a half hours by dive equipped boats. The Phi Phi islands can boast over 20 dive sites with different characteristics and suitable for divers with different levels of experience.
Many sites are located in the immediate vicinity of the islands making up the archipelago, offering both wall dives and access to sandy areas, particularly suitable for training during courses. Other sites are in more distant areas, in the open sea, and although they may be subject to stronger currents and sometimes the visibility is more limited, they present a great variety of marine life as well as two interesting wrecks.
In addition to the coloured corals scattered in each dive site, the Phi Phi can surprise divers with particularly interesting encounters. In those waters in fact not only cross sea turtles, black tip sharks, moray eels and herds of fusiliers, but it is also extremely likely to encounter leopard sharks, whale sharks, dolphins and manta rays… without neglecting an equally fascinating macro life.
Ao Nang Local Sites
Ao Nang and its limestone cliffs overlooking the sea offer a spectacular setting that gives this area much of the reputation it enjoys. Much closer than the Phi Phi, they can be reached by local boats, the so-called “long tail boats”, in about forty minutes.
There are about ten dive sites, represented by each of the many islets or pinnacles sticking out here and there in this area of the Andaman Sea, with a maximum visibility of about 15 meters. Macro lovers will appreciate the wide variety of life present with the concrete possibility of admiring seahorses, nudibranchs, shrimps and pipe-fish. It is also common to spot bamboo sharks hidden in rocks and stingrays that hide in the sand.