Known for its lush mangrove forests, rugged limestone cliffs and idyllic offshore islands Krabi has emerged as one of the most popular diving destinations in the region. Spectacular rock formations combined with warm waters attract leopard and blacktip reef sharks year round.
Boulders of various sizes form the building blocks which the reefs cling to. Scuba diving in Krabi offers various exciting swim-throughs to test out your trim, with huge groupers guarding the entrances.
Vertical walls are adorned with curtains of over 80 species of coral which descend into the depths. With over 200 species to spot from rays, turtles and moray eels to goatfish, passing mantas and the occasional whale shark, diving in Krabi offers something for everyone.
Scuba diving in Krabi runs all year. The majority of local diving is centered around Ao Nang Beach and the best conditions are from November-May when the water is calm and flat.
Sea temperatures in the area sit between 80-86°F/27-30°C year-round. The leopard shark is one of the signature creatures for fun divers in the Krabi region and can be spotted throughout the year.
Krabi is home to over 100 islands that offer gentle sloping reefs, caves and exciting swim-throughs. When you’re not mesmerized by the hordes of marine life around you the kaleidoscopic colors of the reef make memorable dives time and time again.
Krabi is well known for its vibrant and adventurous atmosphere both on land and underwater - visits to hot springs and elephant sanctuaries punctuate your diving days.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Krabi is located on the west coast of southern Thailand around 800km from Bangkok and 170km from Phuket. It is easily accessible by road, air and sea. Fly directly to Krabi from Singapore, Malaysia; Qatar, China and Myanmar. Domestic flights go to and from Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui.
Krabi Airport lies 15km outside of the town centre and 25km from Ao Nang (Krabi's main beach). The drive from the airport typically takes half an hour.
Alternatively you can fly to Bangkok (the main gateway to Thailand) and take an overnight bus to Krabi (10h). There are also direct bus connections to Krabi from Had Yai, Phuket, Trang and many other regions of Thailand.
If you have your own transport, highways are easy to follow and will bring you to Krabi from either the north, south or east. If you are traveling from Phuket, it is possible to come directly to Ao Nang on the ferry.
Once in Krabi the main option of transport for many is the open-backed Songthaew cabs or conventional taxis.