Dive Trip Schedule for Pattaya Islands and Samaesan
After being picked up in the morning by one of our vehicles, you will be brought to our dive center in Jomtien, Pattaya, where you will be equipped with a full set of fully serviced scuba diving set. If you have your own, you will off course get 20% off the Day Dive Price.
Once all are ready, we set of to the Bali Hi Pier or Samaesan, from where you will board one of our 3 comfortable boats that are fully equipped with Oxygen as well as safety gear. All Boats have plenty of space to lie down and relax as well as toilets and showers, 2 even have sun decks, so bring the sun block along.
After a short boat brief, to familiarize yourself with the boat as well as where all the facilities are, you can then set up your gear and relax on the short trip out to where we will do the first dive, the time it takes to go to the dive sites will average about 12 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on dive site. Along the way to the first dive site, you will get a nice breeze, whilst see the many islands pass you by as we sail off to your first adventure.
Just before you jump in the water, you will off course have a Dive Brief from either your Team Leader or Instructor, who will go through the whole Dive Site that you are about to emerge yourself into, so that you can be familiar with it as well as know what to expect in terms of marine life as well as other things such as currents, Dive Procedures and safety issues, then you do your Buddy Check, look towards the horizon and take a large step forward…
After your first dive, once back on the boat, you will have time enough to change your tanks as well as relax over a great and delicious lunch, which is included in all our prices as well as water, tea and coffee, made up of a mix of Thai and Western Food (the menu changes daily), as well as vegetarian options for those who request it. This is a great time to compare notes on your dive as well as past dives, dive locations, dive equipment and get to know new people, who share similar interests.
We will then move the boat to the next location (we may do this after the first dive), where again you will get a Dive Brief, before your Buddy Check and then into the blue…
After your final dive (unless you have paid for one extra) we will head back to the pier, whilst you relax and enjoy the ride, chatting with the other divers. All the Equipment will be packed and made ready for transport back to the Dive Center in Jomtien, Pattaya, Thailand.
Once on the pier, you will get back on our vehicles and brought back to the Mermaids Dive Center, where you will be able to stamp your log book, as well as finish with the Instructors if you are on a course. You are off course you welcome to browse around in our well stocked shop, for new and interesting equipment – watch out for our monthly specials.
When you are finished, we will then take you back to your hotel.
This is a great way to spend a day out on the boat, alone or with the family, enjoying the nature and being part of it, whether your are snorkeling, diving or just coming along for the ride.
Pattaya Dive Sites
The main scuba diving areas around Pattaya are located in what we call the “Far Islands”. These are the second ring of islands about 20-30 kilometers from Pattaya. The islands are controlled by The Royal Thai Navy, and no permanent structures are built there (boat traffic is also a minimum). These islands include Koh Rin, Koh Man Wichai, Koh Keung Badaan, Koh Hu Chang and Koh Phi. Altogether we have up to 20 different dive sites with visibility ranging from 5 – 15 meters.
There are many different types of soft and hard corals, and large schools of Jacks, Barracuda and Tuna. Blue Spotted Stingrays, Porcupine Pufferfish and Moray Eels can be seen on virtually every dive.
The newly sunk HTMS Khram shipwreck is located just south of Koh Phi and has fast become a favorite among local divers. An incredible amount of marine life has already been attracted to this wreck in a very short period of time.
The Samae San/Sattahip area has similar diving conditions, with the added attraction of two large intact shipwrecks. The Petchburi Bremen is an old freighter sunk in 21 meters of water in the Khram Channel (Sattahip). It’s home to many Grouper and Barracuda. The Hardeep is a cargo ship sunk in 28 meters during the World War II era. This ship is completely intact, and can be navigated from bow to stern entirely inside!!
Let our experienced guides show you how good diving can be only 1.5 hours from Bangkok!
The Mermaids I dive boat is an 18 meter (60 foot), purpose built scuba diving boat, which we have converted for scuba diving. This is the finest dive boat sailing Pattaya waters.