Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Koh Chang

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Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Scuba diving, including PADI-certified courses, is readily available. Divers say that the fish are smaller than in other parts of Thailand, but the coral is better. Prices run from B3,500 for an introductory dive to more than B20,000 for dive-master certification. Snorkeling off a boat costs as little as B900 a day. Snorkelers usually just tag along on dive boats, but boat snorkeling excursions are available.

OK Diving. This company offers day dives, scuba courses, and snorkeling excursions 09/936–7080.

Ploy Scuba Diving. One of the big names in the business, Ploy Scuba Diving offers a full range of scuba courses and dives for everyone from beginners to dive masters. The main office is on Bang Bao Pier on the south of the island. There are offices on many other beaches, too. 039/558033. www.ploytalaygroup.com/ployscubadiving.htm.

Thai Fun. This company runs a 10-hour, 15-island tour of the marine park. The trip includes a buffet lunch, excursions to two or more islands, and two snorkeling stops. The cost is around B1,400. 06/141–7498.

Water World Diving. This outfit offers day dives, certification courses, and snorkeling excursions. Koh Chang Plaza, Khlong Phrao Beach, Koh Chang, 23170. 09/224–1031.

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