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Khao Lak Explorer Dive Center & Resort

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Resort Highlights

  • The nearby turtle sanctuary means encounters are guaranteed - spot up to five different types! Sharks and rays are also abundant
  • Cousteau described the waters of the Similan Islands as crystalline and pure, and teeming with life. The visibility and biodiversity really is unparalleled elsewhere in Thailand
  • The resort is tucked away from crowds in a quiet spot, but is only 1 km from the beach and has a 5* PADI center on site that has flawless TripAdvisor reviews
  • You're never too far from water - the resort has two pools, one for cooling off in with a mountain view and the other is dedicated to scuba diving
  • Improve your wreck diving skills with a speciality course, picking up advanced technical skills and unlocking the mysteries of Thailand's sunken fish-nurseries


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Resort Description

Khao Lak Explorer Dive Resort is the perfect base for divers exploring the crystalline waters of the Similan Islands National Park.

Set back from busy center, Khao Lak Dive Resort is a calm retreat, with just eight large air-conditioned rooms all with a pool view and private bathrooms. 

You'll have two swimming pools, one for scuba training and the other for relaxing, and a 5* PADI dive center on site so you're never too far from the water. 

There are some great Thai restaurants nearby and a five minute stroll will get you to the markets and the beach is just five minutes further on.

Explore diving around the Khao Lak Explorer Dive Center & Resort

Best dive sites in Khao Lak

Boonsung Wreck – This 1950’s dredger sank in the 1980’s and is now in 6 main pieces. The Boonsung is a beautiful artificial reef bursting with macro life. You’ll find moray eels, seahorses, pipefish, nudibranch and a variety of crustaceans, as well as colourful reef fish and even leopard sharks on the sand. The broken down wreck can be dived again and again and you’ll always find something new. Similian Islands – Regarded by many as Thailand’s best diving due to the sheer abundance of fish, variety of species, kaleidoscopic colours, stunning topside scenery and impressive reef-scapes. You’ll find giant bommies shrouded in glassfish, huge gorgonian fans and table corals, sharks, turtles, trevallies, groupers and barracudas. On the reef there are frogfish, ribbon eels, octopus and so much more. These Islands are all about underwater action. Richelieu Rock - About 200 kilometres / 120 miles north of Phuket, this horseshoe-shaped rock in the Andaman Sea might just be Thailand's most famous dive site. Look for big stuff – giant, lumbering whale sharks, barracuda tornadoes, huge groupers and clouds of tropical fish. You'll also find shovelnose rays, seahorses, pipefish and cuttlefish. For underwater photographers, the hardest thing about diving this site is deciding whether to go wide angle or macro. Koh Bon – Well known for its manta ray and pelagic sightings, Koh Bon is a popular dive spot just over an hour away from the Similan Islands. Other visitors here include leopard rays, eagle rays and black tip reef sharks. When you are not looking into the blue, Koh Bon has excellent critter life including numerous commensal shrimp species, crabs, nudibranch, bottom dwellers and octopus. It is also a great spot for night diving. Koh Tachai – This submerged ridge is made up of hard corals and boulders which have formed numerous channels and swim throughs. Expect to see vibrant corals, large sea fans and a plethora of reef fish but the major attractions here are manta rays, whale sharks, groups of hunting tuna, schooling barracuda, fusiliers, large trevallies, leopard sharks, nurse sharks and hawksbill turtles. This is definitely a dive site for all big fish aficionados.

What to see

Koh Bon is the best place to see manta rays in this area, although they do seem to like Koh Tachai too where they share the limelight with whale sharks. Richelieu Rock is also a great place to spot whale sharks. February, March and April are when you are most likely to be lucky with encountering these gentle giants.

When you are not expectantly staring passed barracuda and batfish into the blue, you’ll notice the reef is chock full of colour. Amongst the usual suspects, you’ll find octopus chasing each other and giant cuttlefish shimmering, trumpetfish up-ending to try to hide, honeycomb and giant morays stuffed into holes and lionfish threateningly patrolling. Macro lovers won’t be disappointed either, numerous nudibranch can be spotted, mantis shrimp scuttle around and seahorses feature on some sites too.

Dive Center


  • From open water to divemaster to specialty courses, you can pick up or hone almost any underwater skill with this center, tailored to your budget
  • A very good chance of seeing whale sharks and mantas
  • Dive in small groups (4:1 ratio) for an intimate atmosphere and maximum flexibility
  • Khao Lak Explorer are a certified Shark Guardian dive center and are active participants in the shark conservation and awareness program


Khao Lak Explorer is a 5* PADI dive center operating around the Similan Islands, including dives on Koh Bon (Manta Point), Koh Tachai and the famous Richelieu Rock.

The dive center was founded in 2010 by a group of passionate instructors who fell in love with Khao Lak and the amazing scuba diving in the Similan Islands national park. They're a one-stop-shop for scuba diving, snorkeling and land excursions.

Nitrox is available on board and they limit to maximum 18 divers. All diving daytrips are suitable for divers, non-divers and families with children. The courses and fun dives are done in small groups of 4 or 5 divers maximum per guide and are available in a number of languages. 

The divemasters and instructors are all PADI qualified with years of experience, and they will happily share their knowledge of the underwater world with you, always going the extra mile to ensure a safe and unforgettable trip.


PADI® Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Deep Diver Certification

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Center


  • Padi 5 Star

Resort Amenities


  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Garden

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Massage Services

Food & drink

  • A La Carte
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food


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  • Amex
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

How to get there


  • The best airport to fly into is Phuket. 
  • From there, the resort can arrange to pick you up and drive you to the resort (advance notice required, additional cost).
  • The journey from the airport to the hotel is around 1 hour and 15 minutes. 
  • Check in time is 2 pm. 


  • Check out time is 12 pm. 
  • Having checked out, the resort can drop you back at the airport (advance notice required, additional cost). 


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