This article was written and published before the local authorities changed the regulations. From October 2018 it is no longer possible to learn to dive in the Similan National Marine Park, and all of our guests must be certified before joining a trip.
Divers around the world have their own opinion and experience of where is the best place to learn to scuba dive, often referred to as ‘Do your PADI.’ While some believe the better dive sites should be enjoyed after some experience, others disagree. The Similan Islands in Thailand are among the Top 10 dive locations in the world, and easily the best in Thailand. However, learning to dive at the Similan Islands is not as easy as it used to be, and unless you commit to joining a liveaboard diving cruise, the cost is much higher than other places in Thailand. To do your PADI Similan Islands learn to scuba dive in Thailand this page has some helpful information that may enable potential divers to better plan their vacation.