For both seasoned professionals and rank amateurs, diving off Koh Kood offers visitors plenty of options either locally around the island, over in the Marine Park at Koh Rang or on the wreck near Koh Chang.
Local Dive Sites – Koh Kood Diving
Koh Kood has a great selection of different dive sites on both the west and east coasts.
Additonally, off the main beaches such as Bang Bao Beach, the waters are nice and shallow with only weak currents, so making it an ideal place to learn.
The east coast is also nicely sheltered which allows for diving all year round.
Off Ngamkho Beach, Hin Yedhi (14m) offers dives from 4m to 14m, while connected to it, Ao Tum is a drop dive onto a large coral garden. Heading south down to the Ao Takian area, the rock pinnacle, Hin Loy, has dives to 16 metres, caves and swim-throughs. Around the corner into the next bay, Klong Hin Reef or Anemone Bay is 2 dive sites, depths of 12 metres.
In the north west, offshore from Klong Yai Kee, the tiny uninhabited island of Koh Raet has two sites, one at either end. With depths of 4 to 8 metres, the northern end is perfect for beginners, whilst the southern end allows dives down to 14 metres – look out for the harlequin sweetlips and humphead parrotfish.
Further north, the so called Soneva Reef is one side of the larger island Koh Maisi Lek, with a deeper dive site on the other.
On the east coast, the fishing villages are home to a couple of good Koh Kood diving sites. Hin Ao Salad is the rock pinnacle in that bay, with dives to 14m, while in the south east, Ao Yai has both both a pinnacle, Hin Ao Yai and a shore dive.
Koh Rang and HTMS Chang
The dive boats also head over to Koh Rang, about an hour west of Koh Kood, perhaps the premier dive spot in the Koh Chang archipelago. Here, there are handful of reefs offshore from the main island, all excellent and easy to navigate. Do note, though, it does get busy with other boats from Koh Chang and Koh Mak.
South east from Koh Chang and a good 100 minutes from Koh Kood, advanced PADI divers can explore the largest wreck in Thailand, HTMS Chang, which was holed and sunk in 2012 for the local diving community. With lower deck swim-throughs and towers, the wreck has become an immensely successful project, which is home to a wide array of marine life.
Guide to Dive Prices – Koh Kood Diving
Prices vary a little between 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.
Foreign divers pay 400bt per person at Koh Rang, 200bt for kids. If snorkeling, it’s 200bt and 100bt. Thai Nationals pay 200bt and 100bt for diving, 40bt/20bt for snorkeling.
|Course||Guide 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
|4,000bt to 5,000bt
2,500bt to 3,000bt
|Scuba Diver – 2 days, 2 boat dives|
Accredited to 12m only, not PADI
|Open Water – 3 to 4 days, 4 boat dives|
PADI qualified, 18m
|14,500bt to 15,500bt
Add 1,000bt for Android Touch
|Advanced Open Water – 3 days, 5 dives||13,500bt to 14,500bt|
|Fun Dives (2 dives) |
Dive Packages (6 dives)
|3,000bt to 4,000bt (Koh Rang)
7,500bt to 8,500bt
|PADI Tune-Up||1,000bt (start of day)|
|Freediving Introduction Basic (1 day)|
Freediving or Advanced Course
1 day (No guide)
1 day (with guide)
1,000bt or 1,200bt (Koh Rang)
|Snorkeling off Koh Kood |
Snorkeling off Koh Rang
Snorkeling off Koh Changdive site
|Marine Park Tax at Koh Rang|
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Dive Schools- Koh Kood Diving
Koh Kood diving is well served by three professional companies, BB Divers, Koh Kood Divers and Paradise Divers. Targeted more at Thai holidaymakers, Diver Club Koh Kood operates out of Koh Kood Resort in Bang Bao.
Shop in Klong Chao and Bang Bao
Long established Belgian outfit, with their head office in Koh Chang, operating out of Koh Kood since October 2011. Own large wooden boat, professional friendly staff, well maintained equipment, 5 Star Padi IDC.
Koh Kood Divers
Shop in Klong Chao
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. Own large wooden boat.
Shop in Ngamkho
PADI 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 also work out of Koh Kood Beach Resort in Klong Mad. Own wooden boat.
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