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Diving in Thap Lamu
When to go to Thap Lamu
Divers can revel in diving at Thap Lamu year-round.
The best time to dive is from November to April. The rainy season lasts from late April to October.
The average annual sea temperature is 26-29C/78-84F.
Currents are moderate.
What to see
While scuba diving, divers can see such dazzling creatures as snapper, scorpionfish, rays, sharks, barracudas, sea snakes, turtles, moray eels, shrimp, wrasses, and nudibranchs.
Scuba diving in Thap Lamu
Thap Lamu (also known as Tap Lamu, Taplamu, Tab Lamu, and Tablamu) is a deep-water levee and home of the Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet. The pier is a focal point for tourists and divers. There is also the Navy Marina and some fishing berths where everyone can see the boats moor and off-load what they caught. Thap Lamu Pier is the main drop-off zone for diving and snorkeling trips. The majority of dive trips start from Thap Lamu Harbor, which is about 20 minutes south of Khao Lak. Many dive sites are closed from the end of April to October, because the weather often prohibits diving during this time. Some of these dive sites have ridges and wrecks.
Some of the most popular dive sites nearby are Sea Chart I wreck, Boonsung wreck, Premchai wreck. Also divers should go on a trip to the Similan Islands, Surin Isalnds. and enjoy some of the best dive sites in the area: Richelieu Rock, Koh Tachai, Koh Bon, Elephant Head Rock, Christmas Point. By speedboat, divers can reach the Similan Islands and Koh Ta Chai in 1.25 hours, and can get to Richelieu Rock in about 1.5 hours, and the Surin Islands are about 2 hours away.