Koh Samet Diving guide
Koh Samet is often talked about having pristine white sands and crystal clear waters, this would lead most people to believe Koh Samet would be a prime location for snorkelling and scuba diving. Koh Samet diving options are currently very limited with only two PADI dive centres on Samet although there are plans for at least one new centre to open in the near future. Snorkelling is far easier to find on Samet with daily boat trips out to the nearby islands. There are also trips around the island offering some nice snorkelling sites and an abundance of aquatic life.
Koh Samet diving sites vary from local sites based around Samet that are used daily to some much further afield that are rarely visited due to the small number of PADI dive tourists Koh Samet has at present. Koh Samet diving in the local area is shallow compared to other locations but that does not stop there being healthy, thriving coral reefs and a growing number of inhabitants.
Ao Phrao Bay
Ao Phrao bay is a popular Koh Samet diving site for PADI beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills. A perfect site for calm shallow dives along a vibrant coral reef with an abundance of aquatic life. This site is also often used for coral conservation projects where the local teams plant stag horn coral in PVC structures creating a small farm that can then be relocated to other sites to help attract more and more aquatic life.
Laem Rua Taek
Just at the mouth of Ao Prao bay to the north this site again offers shallow dives along a rocky coral reef with large schools of fish using the many small openings in the reef for protection from the bigger predators that patrol this reef.
This large rocky bay has no beach so it can be very quiet and often you and your divemaster will be alone enjoying the reef only the marine life for company. This tranquil Koh Samet diving site also offers a tight swim through that allows you to test your skills and also observe some of the more reclusive residents on the reef such as sting rays and puffers who use the over hanging coral for cover.
Ao Kiu Na Nai
Starting either from the north or the south of this site can be a real treat for any level diver, as with most Koh Samet diving sites, the depths are not going to push you to your limits but that lets you to spend as much time as your tank allows down there exploring before getting near your RDP limits. There can often be a small current pushing you round the southern corner making the final portion of your dive a relaxing glide by tour of the local marine life.
This tiny uninhabited island is home to the local sites deepest area with a soft coral garden lying at approximately 28m. The depth is not necessarily the draw for this site though as there are actually several different routes and heights you can explore along a vast coral reef allowing you to dive this particular site several times taking different routes each time. Being south of the island, this site has far less traffic than most other Koh Samet diving sites and the reef will has less signs of interaction with people, which allows the reef to thrive and the aquatic life to flourish.
Further south of Koh Chan this site is only visible from above water by a few large rocks breaking the surface. The site is named after sharks but they are rare in local waters. Once upon a time they may have been a regular occurrence in Koh Samet diving, but for now they are rarely seen. That doesn’t stop it being a worthwhile dive site. It features large schools of fish and gradual sloping reefs, like many Koh Samet diving sites, this is a calm and relaxing site offering divers a chance to explore the reef and enjoy long dives.
White Rock is another tiny island to the south east of Samed with a beautiful surprise waiting for divers just below the surface. The eastern reef of White rock boasts a large sea anemone garden with a wide variety of clown fish all living in their city of flowing tentacles which sway with the current. A beautiful site with hidden gems in amongst the reef for all levels to explore.