Scuba Dive off Hin Daeng
|Premier League: The locals on show beneath the Andaman Sea. (courtesy, Narima Diving)|
From Ao Nang or Koh Lanta in Thailand's southerly Krabi Province you can easily reach some of the world's premier dive sites. Hin Daeng, a tower of limestone and coral descending through a few hundred feet of water, is one of the best places in the world to see whale sharks, as well as manta rays, lion fish, and giant grouper. The standard method of getting there is overnight on a live-aboard boat, followed by three dives a day for whatever length stay you have booked.
Nearby Hin Muang can also be easily reached on these trips, as can the snorkeling sites of Koh Racha. Hook up with the well-respected Phra Nang Divers in Ao Nang, an outfitter recognized for its outstanding service since 1992. Training materials can be provided in numerous languages, too, if you are traveling with your German buddies, for example.
If you are in Koh Lanta, book day trips to the teeming undersea gardens at Koh Haa or the now infamous Koh Phi Phi (the island that was destroyed by the 2004 tsunami and the location for The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio) through Narima Diving. The English couple (Saffron and Darrel) who run Narima are not only divemasters, but they're excellent underwater videographers who can be hired to make a mini-movie of your time exploring the crystal-clear waters of the Andaman Sea.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication