Pattaya is located south of Bangkok (the capital of Thailand), and has grown rapidly from a fishing village to an entertainment hub in the past forty years, with the fastest growth in the last twenty years. The start for Pattaya was during the Vietnam War as a destination for servicemen and their families.
The accommodation varies from five star resorts and hotels, through to guesthouses. There are a large variety of different places to eat, as well as a vibrant night life. Pattaya caters from the back packing traveler and families through to people who are taking the holiday of a lifetime.
To get to Pattaya you will need to fly to Bangkok and then make your way by road, which should take approximately 2 hours. You will find that Pattaya and the diving tend to get busier during the week-ends as many people travel from Bangkok for short breaks.
The two main departure points for scuba diving are usually from Pattaya and just south from Samae San. Scuba diving day trips generally are for a full day and include a lunch onboard, though do not include equipment hire, they also include generally water (please check with your dive operator). Soft drinks / sodas are offered onboard, though are generally an extra charge. There are also occasionally overnight trips to Koh Chang that depart from Samae San.
As a geographical area Pattaya has the highest concentration of wreck dives in Thailand, and due to some of the depths involved there are several tech diving facilities available to go diving or further your training with. There are several local dive sites available which local dive centres use for Discover Scuba Diving experiences or training areas for the entry level divers.
Positioned west of Pattaya, Thailand. A sloping reef of stag horn coral and an excellent site for snorkeling or training dives as well as brushing up your scuba diving skills if you have been out of the water for a while. A site closer to Pattaya, so many dive centres use this area for training and shorter trips. Visibility can vary from 5 to 20 meters due to its close proximity to Pattaya, and a maximum depth of approximately 20 meters.
This 50 plus meter HTMS Kood (Former USS LSM-333) is a landing craft that was sunk in 2006 by the Royal Thai Navy and starts at an approximate depth of 15 meters dropping to over 30 meters. Positioned just north of Koh Sak, Thailand, HTMS Kood WrecK still has many of the original features still intact and a hole cut in the middle of the wreck giving access to the engine room. Visibility varies from 5 to 20 meters.
A dive site on the south of Koh Phai, Thailand, with hard corals predominately in the shallows, as you descend more sponge encrusted rocks with whip corals dotted between the boulders. Going to a maximum depth of approximately 20 meters, a good site for snorkeling or training dives as well as brushing up your scuba diving skills if you have been out of the water for a while. Visibility can vary from 5 to 25 meters.
HTMS Khram (Former USS LSM-469) was sunk at the beginning of 2003 with a starting depth of 15 meters to a maximum depth of 30 meters approximately. HTMS Khram wreck is situated south east of Koh Phai, Thailand. This makes a good wreck dive for more advanced divers (due to its depth) and an excellent place to further your dive training or do your wreck specialty. The engines have already been removed, though the gauges and pipe work remain in the engine room. One of the many wreck dives in this area of Thailand. Visibility varies from 5 to 25 meters on this dive site.
A dive site positioned on the north west of the formation, dotted with many coral bommies in the shallower areas, making it an ideal place to snorkel or dive. As the sloping reef descends more rock formations are evident with barrel sponges and other sponges. This dive site has a maximum depth of 15 meters approximately. Visibility varies from 5 to 25 meters on this site.
A good site on the south east of Koh Man Wichai for both snorkeling and diving with coral bommies in the shallows as you descend to the south of the site a plateau starts which is covered with anemones. With an approximate maximum depth of 15 meters and visibility of between 5 to 20 meters a good site for snorkeling or training dives as well as brushing up your diving skills if you have been out of the water for a while.
A bay on one of the southern most islands in the Koh Phai island group. A sloping rocky reef which as you make your way deeper has more corals and barrel sponges, with whip corals in the deeper parts. With an approximate maximum depth of 15 meters this is a good site for snorkeling or training dives as well as brushing up your diving skills if you have been out of the water for a while. Visibility varies from 5 to 20 meters.
Due to an engine room fire in the 1930’s Petchburi Bremen was scuttled and later used by the Royal Thai Navy for demolition exercises, which they have now stopped doing. Petchburi Bremen Wreck sits upright at a depth of approximately 20 meters with a maximum depth of 25 meters; she is approximately 60 meters long. An impressive artificial reef with visibility of between 5 and 15 meters.
On the promontory south of Sattahip is Samae San, where access to the dive sites around the islands in the south is possible.
An Indonesian freighter 40 plus meters in length that was sunk by allied forces in 1942. As a wreck Hardeep Wreck is quite popular to dive and lies on her side. Descent is recommended by mooring line as currents can be quite strong. The depth starts at approximately 20 meters to a maximum depth of approximately 30 meters. An impressive artificial reef with visibility of between 5 and 15 meters.
Shark Fin Rock has a much larger reef than you expect, on the south eastern side there is a feature of a wall, which looks like it breaks the surface and to the north western side which has a stag horn reef, with a large rock formation and sloping sandy bottom. This dive site has an approximate maximum depth of 30 meters and visibility from 5 to 15 meters.
Koh Chuang has many sites that are good for snorkeling or training dives as well as brushing up your diving skills if you have been out of the water for a while. With an approximate maximum depth of 15 meters and visibility from 5 to 15 meters.
A coral bay with a large boulder rock formation in the center of the bay at approximately 15 meters. At the outer edges of the bay are large rock formations and stronger currents. There is predominately hard corals with some soft corals, with an approximate maximum depth of 25 meters and visibility of between 5 and 15 meters.
Koh Chan (south and south east) - Pattaya Dive Site
This area is good for snorkelers or training dives as well as brushing up your diving skills if you have been out of the water for a while. In the shallows there are large boulder formations, particularly good for snorkelers. For divers starting on the south eastern side working south-wards along the sloping reefs, going towards the large boulder formations, where there are more soft corals. There is an approximate maximum depth of 25 meters and visibility of between 5 and 15 meters.