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Diving in Koh Lipe

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When to go to Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe is a year-round destination with a tropical monsoon climate. The rainy monsoon season is from May until October.

The high season is between November and April.

The average air temperature: 25-29C / 77-84F.

The water temperature: 26-29C / 78-84F.

The visibility varies from 10 to 30m/32-98ft.

The currents vary from low to strong.

 

What to see

The calm, clear water makes Koh Lipe ideal for diving, with 25% of the world's tropical fish species found in the area. There is a large variety of fish, soft corals (there are sites, mainly granite pinnacles, on which soft corals thrive in abundance, in many different colours). Divers can spot whale sharks, manta rays, barracudas, trevallies, sea snakes, as well as frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish, nudibranchs, seahorses and many others.

Scuba diving in Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe is a small island in the Andaman Sea, a part of the Tarutao National Marine Park (one of Asia’s oldest marine parks). The closest airport is in Trang, from where you got to get to Pak Bara (105 km) and then by boat to Koh Lipe. Koh Lipe has a good resort: bars, great variety of restaurants, ranging from tasty Thai street food to delicious international cuisine. Koh Lipe has three main beaches: Sunset Beach, Sunrise Beach, and Pattaya Beach. Diving is popular here and divers can dive here without crowds of other divers around. Day trips to the surrounding islands are popular and highly recommended, because they are the best way to explore the marine park, deep channels, submerged rock outcrops, reef gardens and even a wreck. The reefs around Ko Lipe are largely intact, there are about 20 dive sites around the island and many dive shops.

 

Most popular dive sites

Top dive spots are StonehengeEight Mile Rock (a submerged peak that harbors abundant life at several depths), Yong Hua Wreck, Koh Chabang, Koh Koh Adang, Koh Yang.