Koh Chang Diving – Dive Schools, Dive Sites, Wrecks and Prices

UPDATED for 2018-19 Season

Koh Chang diving and wreck diving

Koh Chang diving is a busy and vibrant scuba scene with many different sites, good well-run companies and plenty to see, including the wreck, HTMS Chang, recently sunk, sitting pretty and accepting both fish and divers.

The diving runs throughout the year, but the best time is from November through to May when the seas are calmest and visibility is usually very good, 10 metres at least but often more. Koh Chang’s lack of strong currents or great depths make it a great place to learn to dive or to refresh your skills.

We are able to help with all your diving questions, so you can prebook your day or days – please just use the Contact Us form and indicate your dates, what you would like to do, your level and we will get back to you with our suggestions, best company to meet your needs and prices.

Dive Sites – Koh Chang Diving

Koh Chang diving

The principal dive sites are the rocky formations of Hin Luk Bat, Hin Rap, Hin Nam Tai (Blueberry Hill), Hin Rua Tek (Banana Rock), Saam Sao Hin, Hin Rap North which all lie 3 to 5 kilometres south and south west of Koh Chang.

Down in Marine Park itself at Koh Rang, the sites and reefs include The Pinnacles (Hin Daeng Ga), Koh Yak and Koh Laun, Koh Thain West and Kuak Hin Ma (3 Finger Reef).

Depths range from 8 to 30 metres with the usual dive time at 1 hour.

Wreck Diving – Koh Chang Diving

HTMS Chang, sunk in November 2012 around 5km off the coast of the island, is, at 100 metres, the largest diving wreck in Thailand. It sits upright in 30 metres of water, with the main deck at 20 metres. It is suitable for all qualified divers, with Open Water able to dive around the tower, the captain’s cabin, above deck and the gun turrets, whilst Advanced can go deeper with some very good swim-throughs. All the companies offer Nitrox and wreck speciality courses.

Koh Chang diving

Staghorn, Christmas Tree, Table, Gorgonian Fans and Soft coral are found across the sites, with fish, often seen in large shoals, ranging from Moray Eels, Groupers, Trigger, Barracuda, Angel, Clown, Porcupine to Stingrays, with plenty of Nudibranches and Sponges, Sea Turtles and the odd Whale Shark.

For a detailed guide to all the dive sites, please do have a look here at BB Divers round-up.

Guide Prices – Courses, Fun Dives, Snorkeling – Koh Chang Diving

Prices are consistent across the companies with little aggressive undercutting but companies do offer deals on courses, multiple days of diving, groups and accommodation and prices might go down a little at the end of the main tourist season or during the rainy season.

Prices also vary slightly on location, with dives more expensive down at the Marine Park in Koh Rang, simply because it is further. Pool dives are used for instruction as needed during the courses.


CourseGuide Rates per person (in Thai Baht)
DSD – 2 boat dives
(Discover Scuba Diving)
DSD - 1 beach dive

Bubblemaker (8 to 10 years) - 1 beach dive
3,500bt to 4,500bt

3,000bt

2,500bt
Scuba Diver – 2 days, 2 boat dives
Accredited to 12m only, not PADI
10,000bt to 11,000bt

Open Water – 3 to 4 days, 4 boat dives
PADI qualified, 18m
12,500bt to 14,500bt
Add 1,000bt for Android Touch
Advanced Open Water – 3 days, 5 dives11,500bt to 13,500bt
Fun Dives (2 dives)
(PADI qualified)
Dive Packages (6 dives)

Night Dive

Extra Dive
3,000bt

7,500bt

2,500bt

1,000bt
PADI Tune-Up
1,000bt (start of day)
Freediving Introduction Basic (1 day)

Freediving (2 days)

Advanced (2 days)
4,500bt

8,500bt

8,500bt
Snorkeling
(Koh Rang or at dive site off Koh Chang)
1,000bt

Marine Park Tax at Koh Rang
(Adult/Child)
Divers: 400bt/200bt
Snorkelers: 200bt/100bt

Dive Schools – Koh Chang Diving

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BB Divers


Shops in White Sand Beach, Lonely Beach, Bang Bao

Owned by Belgian, Kristel, senior Koh Chang dive shop with 10+ years experience. Wooden boats, pool in Lonely Beach, professional staff, well-maintained equipment, cited as benchmark company. 5 Star PADI IDC, wreck diving.
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Scuba Dawgs


Shops in Kai Bae Beach, Lonely Beach, Bang Bao

Very competitive pricing, couple of boats, all courses, wreck diving, friendly and professional. Based at Cliff Cottages in Bang Bao. Busy and popular, not just for price. PADI, RAID, DAN, Gold Level Instructor.
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Scandinavian Chang Diving Center


Shop in north Klong Prao Beach

PADI 5 Star Dive Resort center, Dutch owned popular school which teaches all courses, wreck diving. Have their own boats, well maintained equipment, Nitrox compressor, air testing.



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Koh Chang Divers


Shop in Bang Bao

Run by experienced UK diver. All courses taught, fun dives, DAN, wreck diving, reef check and kids programs. As is normal with the smaller companies, hop on the larger companies' boats, an arrangement that has no effect on the customer.
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Dolphin Divers


Shop in south Klong Prao

5 years on Koh Chang, Swiss owned company with branch in the Emerald Cove. All courses taught, fun dives and accommodation offered for duration of courses, with 5 star PADI Dive Resort accreditation. Speedboat.
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Scuba Academy


Shop in Bang Bao

New kid on the block, Thai dive shop, with Papa Jack offering lots of local dive experience. All courses available, fun dives. Small and friendly outfit. Share boat.

Other small operations include OK Diving, Thai owned with western instructors, southern end of Klong Prao Beach and the Finnish Kontio Diving, same area, not always open.

Dive Supply, just up the hill from the Koh Chang Post Office in Pearl Beach has all the equipment needed, well stocked with the top brand names.



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