Where to go next once you have got your PADI in Thailand? The more diving experience you get, the more places you can go. If you are a beginner, start with an area with weak currents so that you can enjoy the dive without fear of being carried away. If you are thirsty for adventure, however, make sure to have a chat with the diving instructor so you know what you will be expecting down there. Here is a guide to the best diving Koh Phi Phi has to offer.

HIN DAENG DIVE SITE

DIVE DEPTH: 24-40 mts

LEVEL: Advanced Divers

LOCATION: 1 hour and 20 minutes by speedboat from Koh Phi Phi

With its clear waters and diverse marine life, Hin Daeng is one of the best dive spots Thailand has to offer. Here, you can spot giant manta rays, grey reef sharks, and leopard sharks. Considered a cave diving spot with strong currents, this location is meant for advanced divers.

HIN MUANG DIVE SITE

DIVE DEPTH: 24-40 mts

LEVEL: Advanced Divers

LOCATION: 1 hour and 20 minutes by speedboat from Koh Phi Phi, 500 mts away from Hin Daeng

This beautiful diving spot is known for its rare violet coral and its wide range of marine life, from leopard sharks and grey sharks to the colourful, jewel-like damselfish and schools of fusiliers. As the current is strong in this area and proper buoyancy techniques are necessary for preserving the corals, this area is meant for advanced divers.

KING CRUISER WRECK DIVING

DIVE DEPTH: 5-32 mts

LEVEL: Beginner to Advanced Divers

LOCATION: 90-minute boat ride from Koh Phi Phi

After hitting the Anemone Reef, the King Cruiser Ferry sank in 1997, creating an unexpected addition to the diving spots in Thailand. Due the strong current, only PADI Open Water Advanced and CMAS 2 Divers are allowed to go to these sites. However, some sites say that a beginner can do this dive when accompanied by a master diver. Although it is no longer safe to enter the wreck, you can still have a good look at the marine life that have made its home like the yellowtail barracudas, groupers, crabs, and eels.

ANEMONE REEF

DIVE DEPTH: 5-25 metres

LEVEL: Beginner to Advanced Divers

LOCATION: 2-hour boat ride from Koh Phi Phi

Usually combined with the King Cruiser Wreck Dive, the carpet-like anemone that covers the top of the submerged pinnacle is a popular hangout for a lot of the Andaman marine life like sea turtles, seahorses, snappers, groupers, angelfish, and butterfly fish. Due to the strong current, the dive can be challenging for beginners. With proper planning and supervision from a dive master, however, a beginner may be able to join this dive.

HIN DOT DIVE SITE

DIVE DEPTH: 30 mts

LEVEL: Beginner to Advanced Divers

Location: 200 mts from Long Beach, Koh Phi Phi

With 3 submerged pinnacles brimming with spectacular underwater scenery, Chimney Rock is one of the best dive sites in Koh Phi Phi as it attracts schools of jacks, fusiliers, and snappers. Add the entrance of colourful damsels and you would probably be singing Part of Your World to Ariel.

KOH BIDA NOK & KOH BIDA NAI

DIVE DEPTH: 12 mts

LEVEL: Beginner to Advanced Divers

LOCATION: 1.5 mts south of Koh Phi Phi Leh

The two southernmost islets of Koh Phi Phi are beautiful spots both topside and underwater. Although the area is open to all levels, the cave at the northern part of Koh Bida is reserved for cave divers. Swim through huge slices of rock and spot some nudibranchs crawling on the rocks, along with the zebra sharks and stingrays that frequent this site. You might also chance upon the Ornate Ghose Pipefish and a seahorse.

DIVE SAFE, RESPECT THE OCEAN!

The underwater is a calm and tranquil place to be in. Diving is a safe sport as long as you make sure that you have got the right gear and they are properly assembled. Always listen to the instructions of the dive master and keep an eye out for his hand gestures. If you are diving deep, don’t make the rookie mistake of rushing to the surface. Also, if you haven’t been diving for some time, a refresher course is well worth the price and the hassle. Finally, try to avoid touching or raking through the corals below – It does take a thousand years for them to grow.