Wreck diving and Pattaya go hand in hand - you could stay for a week and dive a new wreck most days. The closest wreck is 40 minutes from shore. Less time travelling to sites means more time to swim around the vessels, imagining their electrifying histories.
Some wrecks are thriving reefs encrusted in a healthy mix of hard and soft coral. While exploring the innards, look out for blue spotted rays, resting bamboo sharks, groupers, scorpionfish, batfish, sweetlips and cruising hawksbill turtles.
Some of the best scuba diving in Pattaya happens away from the wrecks. Turtles swim alongside you, batfish shimmer in the blue, trevallies school and barracuda stalk. Come face-to-face with blacktip, nurse and tawny sharks and keep your eyes peeled for porcelain crabs and whip coral shrimp.
Diving season never closes on Thailand's East Coast so scuba diving in Pattaya is possible all year - every diver's dream. The best time for a Pattaya diving trip depends on sea conditions and weather.
Consider visibility when wreck diving in Pattaya so you can see the wrecks in all their glory - the beauty is in the details. September through February sees calm, flat water and visibility of up to 20m. Topside weather isn't too hot either which makes for an ultra-comfortable dive trip.
During the hot season (March-May) conditions can change from day-to-day, keeping things interesting. Boat trips have some wavy days, visibility ebbs and flows - but on the flipside it's warm and sunny and the wrecks are quiet. If you like your diving with a side of excitement, dive now.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Pattaya's proximity to Thailand's capital Bangkok (only two hours south by road) makes it a popular spot to get some underwater action. Pattaya is one of the easiest destinations to get to in Thailand: Bangkok is the main international gateway into Thailand and you can fly into it from major airport of most countries.
For most, traveling from Bangkok Airport to Pattaya by bus is the most convenient way to access diving in Pattaya. We recommend choosing a first-class air-conditioned bus to make the 3h journey the most comfortable. Coach class is cheaper, but the journey is longer.
From Pattaya Bus Station, you can hop in a songthaew or motorbike taxi day and night to get to your diving destination in Pattaya. Once there, you can get around on foot - there's little need for car or bike rental as everything is close together. It's a 20 minute coastal walk from one end of the bay to the other so it's quick and easy to go diving in Pattaya.