Surin Islands - Scuba Diving

The scuba diving in the Surin Islands is simply sensational. If you include the scuba diving at Richelieu Rock which is also part of the Surin archipelago, then it is considered some of the best diving in the world. Many experienced divers come to area to do multiple dives at Richelieu Rock on an overnight trip.

Surin dive sites - great scuba diving, no traffic

Amazingly the dive sites around the Surin Islands are very quiet - there is little boat traffic and more often than not we are the only dive boat to be seen. Coupled with the fact that we allow for a longer dive time, small groups (maximum ratio is 1 PADI pro per 4 divers) then you can be assured a dive where you will spend your time looking at the beautiful marine life rather than at other divers.

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richelieu rock is covered with soft coralsRichelieu Rock An open sea pinnacle covered with remarkable soft corals, Richelieu Rock is a divers dream and well worth a trip
luxury scuba diving cruiser at koh surinExclusive Dive SitesThere is remarkably little boat traffic in the Surin Islands. We usually have the dive sites to ourselves.
small groups means enjoyable divingSmall GroupsBlue Guru Diving will guide a maximum of 4 divers per PADI pro giving you space to look around. Book your trip now!

Why the Surin Islands are such an exclusive dive location

The vast majority of dive boats on the Andaman side of Thailand start out in either Phuket or Khao Lak. The day trip boats can only reach the popular Similan Islands whilst faster speedboats may venture as far as Richelieu Rock.

The liveaboards tend to do multiple dives in the Similan Islands and then move on to Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock but very rarely do they come as far as the Surin Islands. This is because most clients will prefer to dive the world renowned Richelieu Rock, before heading back to Phuket or Khao Lak, than explore Koh Surin. Only the Burma bound liveaboards make a stop in the Surin Islands for a dive before heading north to the Burma Banks.

This means that you can enjoy some of the finest marine nature in Thailand without being crowded by hordes of tourists on one of our exclusive Surin Islands scuba diving trips.

Find out about available Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock diving packages

thailand liveaboard at richelieu rockAndaman Liveaboard Similan liveboards will only go as far as Richelieu Rock before turning back for Khao Lak or Phuket.
PADI courses at Koh Phra Thong with Blue Guru DivingLearn Scuba DivingLearn how to dive at Koh Phra Thong with Blue Guru Diving before your Surin Islands day trip. Kids love it!
Koh Torinla is a great dive siteKoh TorinlaAn excellent Surin Islands dive site can be subject to tidal currents which makes for a fun drift dive.

Where to scuba dive in the Surin Islands

There are many interesting diving spots in and around the Surin Islands. The extensive eastern shoreline is almost entirely diveable whilst the western side is populated with a multitude of exciting boulder dives at a variety of depths. A number of satelite islets scattered around the main islands provide further dive opportunities. surin islands dive sites mapEach one has it's own unique characteristics and marine life.

Where we dive on any given day will depend on a number of factors. The tide & sea conditions are paramount in making a good choice of dive sites whilst diver ability & preference will also add influence. A location such as Turtle Ledge (Ao Tao) on the west coast is a reliable dive site - diveable under most conditions. Yet, just a kilometre away, the exciting dive site of Koh Torinla is strongly affected by tidal currents.

Diver experience level & PADI training

The scuba diving at Koh Surin is suitable for a broad range of diver experience. Newly certified divers will enjoy the calm fringing reefs on the east coast and more experienced divers can face a more challenging dive at one of the islet sites.

The diving in the Surin Islands is suitable for Open Water Certified divers or above. It is also possible to do a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience at the Surin Islands themselves.

If you prefer PADI Discover Scuba Diving, or full certification, can be taken at Koh Phra Thong in the days before your trip. Contact Blue Guru Diving for more details.

Richelieu Rock divers should ideally be certified to Advanced Open Water level or above. The depth and currents at this open sea location require further experience to dive to 30m. Confident Open Water Divers can dive at Richelieu Rock but will be restricted to the maximum recommended depth of 18m. Blue Guru Diving conduct a complete range of PADI dive courses from Koh Phra Thong. PADI Courses can include day trips to Surin Islands or multiday trips to Richelieu Rock.

Find out about available Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock diving packages

Surin Islands Trips

Enjoy a 1 day Surin snorkeling trip. clown fish whilst snorkeling at koh surinFast speedboat or luxury dive cruiser transfer. Morning and afternoon snorkeling sessions. From only 3,300 Bt per adult.

Dig deeper with a Surin Islands scuba manta rays can sometimes be seen whilst diving in the Surin islandsdiving adventure. 2 dives aboard a luxury dive cruiser with professional guides and gourmet lunch. From only 6,500 Bt per diver.

The only Richelieu Rock scuba diving whale sharks can be sometimes be seen whilst scuba diving at Richelieu Rockday trip in Thailand by fast dive cruiser. Marvel at this world top ten dive site and maybe get to see a whale shark from only 6,500 Bt per diver.

A full exploration of the Surin Islands turtles are often seen when snorkeling at Koh Surintakes a little longer. Find out more with a snorkeling multi day package by land and sea with your own guide to show you the best of Koh Surin. 3 days 2 nights from only 9,100 Bt per person.

Combine a scuba diving day trip with a 2 ornate ghost pipefish seen whilst scuba diving in the surin islandsnight stay at the Surin Islands marine park for a multi day Surin scuba adventure. Includes your own private guide to help your trip run smoothly. 3 days 2 nights from only 12,700 Bt per diver.