Local Dive Trips and Dive Courses in Khao Lak
IDC Thailand offers dive trips and PADI courses in Khao Lak in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center Sea Dragon
There is a choice of three different local day dive trips from Khao Lak: Bangsak Wreck, Thai Muang Wreck and the Khao Nayak House Reef, plus, if you would like to visit the Similan Islands but don't have the time for a liveaboard trip, it is possible to visit the Similan Islands on a one day trip.
For our house reef and wreck dive day trips we use our two local Thai style boats, typical of this area - the longtail boat - which we have specially adapted for diving, with a covered roof to protect you from the midday sun and a ladder to assist you on entering the boat from the water.
The Bangsak Wreck, named after the village of Bangsak 5km away, is an old tin mining boat that sank in 1984 in unknown circumstances at a depth of 18m. This boat was owned by the Boonsung Tin Mining Company and operated up and down the Andaman coast throughout the tin mining boom, which ended early last decade. At first, due to it's large size, the wreck lay close to the surface making it a safety hazard to local fishing vessels. So the Thai Navy were called in to bomb the boat, reducing its height by collapsing the decks, and creating the wreck that we dive on today.
Over the years many shells and hard and soft corals have attached themselves to the hull, which has become an artificial reef and naturally attracts large schools of fish from the flat, sandy seabed. This dive site has an outstanding abundance of fish life, including resident seahorses, curious batfish, a large family of porcupine fish and several kinds of crustaceans, along with large schools of barracuda and the occasional leopard shark.
And once or twice ... we even saw a whale shark...
The Thai Muang Wreck "Condreco" was built in Sliedrecht in the Netherlands in 1976. She ended her days working for a Tin Mining company off the west side of Phang Nga province. After sinking in September 2000, a few hundred metres off Thai Muang beach, the Condreco now rests on her side at a depth of 20 meters.
The Condreco is in excellent condition with the most amazing soft corals and has attracted large numbers of Honeycomb & White-eyed moray eels, lionfish & all types of scorpion fish. It is also possible to spot Ornate ghost pipe fish here. There has been a lot of discussion as to whether to raise this wreck for salvage, and we don't know how long she will stay in this position off our coast, but for this season at least it is still possible to dive here.
Closer to home, Khao Na Yak is the house reef for Khao Lak. Only 45 minutes away by local boat, and with a maximum depth of only 9m, this is a most relaxing dive and an excellent site for new divers or for those of you who haven't dived for a while.
Khao Na Yak Reef also appeals to experienced divers who like to spend some time focusing closely on the varied fish life of a tropical reef, with the advantage of a longer bottom time due to the shallow depth.
Many beautiful nudibranchs can be found here - and see if you can find the ghost pipefish! Also visited by many lionfish and the occasional ray and leopard shark, and including a colourful selection of tropical fish, this dive site is the perfect place to concentrate on the small things...
Khao Na Yak, Diver, 1 day, 2 dives - 1,000.-THB
Khao Na Yak, Snorkeller/non diver, 1 day - 800.-THB
Wreck, Diver, 1 day, 2 dives - 1,800.-THB
Longtail boat trips to the Reef and Wrecks
- Transport from Sea Dragon Dive Center to the harbour/beach and back
- Lunch, drinking water & fresh fruit
- Tanks, diver computer (wreck only),& weights/weight belt for divers; mask, snorkel & fins for snorkellers
- Multi linguil dive guides
- Maximum diver to guide ratio 4:1 (with Sea Dragon dive guide)
Services not included;
- Diving equipment, as priced above
- Transfer from/to your hotel/resort and Sea Dragon Dive Center
- Private Dive Guide, cost extra 1,000.-THB per day (for between 1-3 divers)
- The maximum number of guests onboard is 8-10, depending on which of our longtail boats is in use
- Wreck dives are not suitable for snorkellers
- Dives are planned to a maximum depth of 22 meters and for a maximum dive time of 50 minutes
Mask, snorkel & fins are included in price for all non - divers
Full set - 600.-THB (dive computers are free of charge for wreck dives and M/V Nam Sai)
BCD - 200.-THB
Regulator - 200.-THB
Wetsuit - 150.-THB
Mask/snorkel/fins - 100.-THB
Check here for prices on all day trips and packages