UPDATED MAY 2016
Koh Kood Diving Sites
Diving is well served off Koh Kood with three good companies, many newly discovered sites and well preserved coral. Off the main beaches such as Bang Bao Beach Koh Kood, the waters are nice and shallow with only weak currents, so making it an ideal place to learn. The sites themselves are mainly off the west coast, though there are a couple of spots near Ao Salad in the north east and Ao Yai in the south east.
The marine park of Koh Rang, which lies to the west of the island has some of the best coral in the whole area, making it one of the most visited dive sites across all of the islands. Koh Mak also offers a couple of excellent spots, so that gives you another option and the new wreck, HTMS Chang, though a little further, is also now on the Koh Kood dive map.
Prices will vary on which site you go to and packages are of course available.
Koh Kood Diving Prices
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 over at the wreck, simply because it is further. Beach dives are used as needed during the courses.
DSD – 1 day
3,000bt (1 beach dive) to 4,500bt (2 ocean dives)
Scuba Diver – 2 days , 2 boat dives
11,000bt (Limited Certification to 12m, accompanied)
2 Fun Dives – 1/2 day off Koh Kood
2 Fun Dives – 1 day off Koh Rang
3 Dives including wreck
2,500bt (with torch)
Open Water – 3 days, 4 boat dives
14,500bt (Full certification to 18m)
Advanced Open Water – 2 days, 5 dives
1,000bt excl. dive
Snorkeling off Koh Kood, Koh Rang, Koh Mak
or Koh Chang
1,000bt to 1,900bt (Mask, snorkel and fins)
A government tax of 200bt Adults, 100bt Children (foreigners) or 40bt/20bt (Thai Nationals) is levied for visiting Koh Rang and the Marine Park. This fee is not included in the price guide given here.
Koh Kood Dive Schools
Shops near the bridge, Klong Chao and Siam Beach Resort, Bang Bao
Long established Belgian outfit, with their head office in Koh Chang, operating out of Koh Kood since October 2011. Own large boat, professional friendly staff, well maintained equipment, 5 Star Padi IDC.
Koh Kood Divers
Shops in Klong Chao
and Bang Bao
Dutch father and son operation with long experience of diving in Thailand and in Koh Kood. Own mini reef on their doorstep in Bang Bao and running a coral preservation project. Relaxed set-up with times and schedules to suit.
Shops in Ngamkho Beach
and at Klong Mad
Based on the island since 2004, a German owned company offering all courses, with lots of local knowledge of dive sites. Main base at Happy Days Guesthouse in Ngamkho Beach, but they do have a small office at the entrance to Koh Kood Beach Resort in Klong Mad.
There is only one company that provides solely snorkel and fishing trips, Koh Kood Boat Trip, which is based in Klong Chao at Doy Homestay by the bridge. Price is 550bt for a full day from 9.00am to 15.00, with lunch and equipment. They also provide 1/2 days speedboat trips, full day speedboat or private charters. Transfer is dependent on numbers but ask in your resort for more details. They normally visit two places either off Koh Kood.
Sunshine Resort on Ao Phrao Beach offers both snorkeling and fishing on 1/2 day trips. The dive boats, of course, also offer snorkeling and go as far as Koh Mak and Koh Chang, though do note that prices will vary according to where you visit.
Kayaks and Bikes
Kayaks are rented out at around 300bt for a half day and this too is a great way of exploring the coastline and mangrove-lined klongs (canals), in particular giving you a different way to access the Koh Kood waterfalls. Mountain bikes are available at certain resorts, though the hills might make this an option for the fitter ones only.