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About iQ-DIVE

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iQ-DIVE location map


SUB AQUA DiveCenter partner with iQ-DIVE in Khao Lak.

iQ-DIVE are an SSI Instructor Training Center located in the heart of Khao Lak Thailand. SUB AQUA DiveCenter have known the owners Ernst (Switzerland) and wife, Meaw (Thailand), for many years. In 2016 iQ-DIVE are celebrating 20 years of successful operation diving Thailand's west coast.

You will find iQ-DIVE around 60 minutes north of Phuket International Airport.

Khao Lak is the perfect destination to relax, particularly for families and children. Pristine beaches, dense tropical rain forest, waterfalls and endless opportunities for outdoor activities such as canoeing the mangroves, hiking to nearby waterfalls and of course, scuba diving the Similan Islands!

If you are interested in scuba diving and snorkeling day trips to the famous Similan Islands, Ko Bon, Ko Tachai and Richelieu Rock then we can guarantee that iQ-DIVE will take care of you.

Pricing information can be found here.

Land tours and activities, plus whole range of scuba diving courses from beginner to pro level are also possible.

Although diving in Phuket is available year-round, the high season for Khao Lak and Similan Islands is mid-October to mid-May.
Opening hours (Oct to May) 09.00 to 21.00
Opening hours (May to Oct) 10.00 to 14.00, 16.00 to 20.00


Dive Center Khao Lak Prices - Diving packages and diving courses

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Longtail boat Sairung for short dive trips

Local Diving

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Longtail boat Sairung for short dive trips


The Andaman Sea is some of Thailand's best diving. From Khao Lak you can do a simple half-day trip to many dive sites such as Boonsung Wreck or Premchai Wreck. There is also Sea Chart wreck for more advanced divers.

iQ-DIVE's traditional Thai longtail boat is custom-fit for divers with secure tank ranks, DAN Oxygen and First Aid box on board. Taking a maximum of 8 divers and 2 guides, it is just a short ride to the local wrecks for diving.

All prices include transfers to/from your hotel in Khao Lak, drinking water, soft drinks, fruits, lunch, towel, life-jacket and basic insurance. NITROX is free (only for Nitrox-certified divers)



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Similan Islands perfect for diving and snorkeling

Similan Islands Diving and Snorkeling

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Similan Islands perfect for diving and snorkeling


This chain of nine beautiful islands off Thailand's west coast are the jewels of the Andaman Sea! Declared a national park in 1982, they are famous as one of the world's best dive and snorkel sites. From Khao Lak, you can dive and snorkel these islands with a day trip on board MV Chai Yo.

Day trips to Similan Islands depart every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Sunday day trips go to the islands of Ko Bon and Ko Tachai.
This trip is perfect for certified divers!

Non-divers (snorkelers) have the option to step on the beach on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The Sunday trip is better suited to good swimmers, with a minimum age of 12 years because of the strong currents often experienced at Ko Bon and Ko Tachai.

The best conditions are November to April. Non-diving guests on board MV Chai Yo receive maximum attention with a professional snorkel guide.



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Divers relax on board day trip to Similans

Day Trip Diving Packages

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Divers relax on board day trip to Similans


Save more with our day trip diving packages to Similan islands and further to Ko Bon and Ko Tachai. Booking a dive package is the best way to save money on diving in the Similans.


Prices of dive packages - day trips Similan Islands



New Rules for Similan National Parks

New Rules for National Parks

1. For bookings, we need the first name, last name, nationality, date of birth and passport number.
2. For divers also: dive level, number of logged dives and date of last dive.
3. Visitors must carry a copy of their passport with them.
4. Drone flights are strictly prohibited.
5. No beginner diving courses can be done at the Similan Islands.
6. Marine park fees (tickets) are linked to a person and are NOT refundable in case of cancellation.
7. No single-use plastic.
8. Bookings have to be completed by latest 6pm the day before the trip begins.