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1. Posted by weaversgal (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

Hello
currently in Thailand on Koh Chang island and my partner and I have just completed our PADI open water course, obv thailand is great for diving and we hope to go to some more islands and do some more but please can anyone tell us where else is good for diving?

we are going to Cambodia and Vietnam next month and the down the west coast of thailand, i heard that the similan islands are good and someone said they had been diving in vietnam...

any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
cheers

2. Posted by stephan1e (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

Hey when and where did you do the padi. how long did it take and more importantly how much did it cost.
i hear if you have that it makes scuba much cheaper else where as you travel

we are starting out in fiji!

3. Posted by weaversgal (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

heya
we did it in thailand on the island of koh chang, it was 11,000 baht which was about 160strl pound... but we got 5 days to do it, the course was 4 days and then we got two free fun dives on the 5th day!

really enjoyed it, apparently you can do it in koh sumaui for 6000 baht which is half price but when they take you diving its like 7-8 people to one instructor which is quite dangerous!

enjoy your course, its very hard work though, we spent 4 nights revising from 7.30pm to midnight and still only just passed! its a lot of info to take in but well worth it once you pass!

4. Posted by spaceman72 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

should definitely consider the northeast coast of Sabah, -east coast of malaysia. Some of the islands offer amazing dives. relatively cheap compare to thailand. locals are friendly, accomondation is range from beach fronted chalet- cheap and simple to upper range resorts. Check out turtle islands park, pulau sipadan, pulau teoman, and many more

Good luck, i am going there with my partner from 8th April 06 for a month. we are both beginner diver, therefore looking for diving/snorkelling sites that is easily accessible from beach, otherwise boat dive can be quite costly.

5. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

Might be worth checking out the SCUBA diving haven of Thailand - that is Ko Tao. They have some amazing dive sights, and the night dives when you watch the Barracuda hunting is on another planet ....

It cost about 700Baht/dive (+torch for night dive)

6. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 10y

Did some diving in Vietnam last year in Na Trang. Wasn't blown away by it but it wasn't bad. Visibility was only about 10meters and aside from some morays and giant clams there wasn't a lot of marine life where we were. Apparently anything close to the city is very overfished.

good luck though.

7. Posted by algore (Full Member 88 posts) 10y

Are these scuba courses you get in SE Asia world recognised? I hestitated on getting on here in Australia because of the cost and because I heard you could get them cheaper in SE Asia. I don't want to do a cheaper course if it's not as safe though.

8. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

Quoting algore

Are these scuba courses you get in SE Asia world recognised? I hestitated on getting on here in Australia because of the cost and because I heard you could get them cheaper in SE Asia. I don't want to do a cheaper course if it's not as safe though.

You'll probably find that a lot of the SCUBA centres in SE Asia are PADI 5 Star approved. I think you'll be hard pushed to find many that are not really. They're very strict on safety and more often than not, they're not run by the locals (perhaps owned by them though...)
I'd definately reccommend training in SE A!

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting algore

Are these scuba courses you get in SE Asia world recognised? I hestitated on getting on here in Australia because of the cost and because I heard you could get them cheaper in SE Asia. I don't want to do a cheaper course if it's not as safe though.

A reputable dive center will be affiliated with one of the dive organizations. They will also be very happy to show you their affiliation certs and the instructors usually love showing their C-cards. As a perspective client who will be putting your safety in their hands, you have a right to request proof of affiliation. If they deny you that info or are not cooperative in any other way, find another dive center.

This list gives you eleven different dive organizations. The big three are PADI, NAUI and SSI.
Scuba Diving Organizations

Australia is more expensive than SE Asia but the training is the same in both places. More people do their training in OZ because they can dive the Great Barrier Reef, and the dive centers know they can charge more. I did my open water certification with SSI in the US. I did my Advanced Open Water certification with PADI in Jamaica. Both programs (and instructors) were well-qualified and excellent.