Koh Haa is a top dive site of Thailand which is visited by liveaboard cruises and is a day-trip from Krabi
Koh Haa scuba diving is for divers who love great visibility diving. If you scuba dive Koh Haa, Thailand you’ll be diving in amongst the famous caverns.
Koh Haa scuba diving offers one of the best dive sites of the Andaman Sea for beginners and advanced divers and is best dived by liveaboard. It can also be dived or snorkelled from a day-trip boat too and Koh Haa’s scuba diving highlights include The Lagoon, The Cathedral and The Chimney.
Koh Haa island Thailand – How to get there
This part of Thailand’s scuba diving region is located in the southern Andaman Sea. It can be found between the Phi Phi Islands and Hin Daeng – Hin Muang.
The liveaboard trips depart in the evening from Phuket. There is a minibus service to collect scuba divers from their hotels or from Phuket airport on Phuket island. But there is an additional charge for this service.
Mostly visited by liveaboard cruises, but it is also frequented by day-boats too. Koh Haa’s lagoon is enjoyed by scuba divers and snorkelers alike. You can pick out the liveaboard dive boats going to the Phi Phi Islands that also visit Koh Haa below. Or continue reading to find out more about the two Koh Haa liveaboards reviewed in this article below.
The meaning of Koh Haa in Thai is ‘five islands.’ But actually there are six islands in total.
This tiny group of islands is located about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) west of Koh Lanta Island.
Koh Haa scuba diving
The Channels that run between the Koh Haa islands are over 50 metres (164 feet) deep in places. The visibility is normally clear, making for good blue-water diving in warm waters.
Koh Haa falls within the Mu Koh Lanta National Marine Park and diving there requires a licence.
The lagoon itself ranges in depth between 3 metres (10 feet) in the centre to around 12 metres (40 feet) at the edges.
The area is ideal for all diver levels, which includes both beginner scuba divers to advanced divers alike.
At some of the other dive sites in the region, dive depths will range from 5-20 metres (16-66 feet). There are currents at certain points of the islands, but currents are extremely gentle which allows for beginners to dive there too.
However, the conditions and the sea state can be choppy at times when the winds come in from the Indian Ocean.
Koh Haa caverns and swim-throughs
Koh Haa is known for scuba diving in caverns, which have large entrances and are safe to enter. The exciting part about these caverns is that you can surface inside. When you do you can see the ancient stalactites which hang from the cave ceiling.
In addition to the fantastic and exciting caverns, there are also swim-throughs to enjoy too. These swim-throughs lead away from and then back to the main cavern.
Here’s a video of as dive inside the Koh Haa caverns
Koh Haa lagoon – what to see
As with many dive sites around Thailand, Koh Haa is a place to see plenty of interesting sea creatures.
Sea creatures around Koh Haa lagoon:
- Hawksbill turtles.
- Stingrays, including Kuhl’s blue-spotted stingrays.
- Blacktip reef sharks in the mornings and early evening.
- Moray eels in abundance.
- Spot yellow box fish.
- Banded sea snakes.
- A good spot for plenty of octopus.
- Trumpet fish.
- Great macro life including nudibranchs and coral reef fish.
- Plenty of soft corals with large Gorgonian fans and sponges.
- Pelagic fish are often seen at the point of the islands in the fairly strong currents there, including mackerels and cobias.
- For the patient scuba divers and keen underwater photographers, there’s the chance to see seahorse, frogfish, ghost pipefish and sea moths.
Best time to visit Koh Haa – when’s the dive season?
The best dive season for Koh Haa is between November and April. This is the time when the weather is at its best. But also the seas are usually calm at this time of year.
The water visibility can reach as much as 30 metres (100 feet) at this time of year.
The water temperature is a balmy 29-30°C (84-86°F) from February through to April.
During the rest of the months of the year, the Koh Haa islands are officially closed to scuba diving.
During this season there are strong winds in the region, which tend to whip the the seas up into a storm. These winds bring large waves and at times heavy rains too.
Not that this makes much difference, as diving is not permitted, but the visibility can drop to as low as 5-10 metres (16-33 feet) at this time of year.
Koh Haa scuba diving by liveaboard cruise
Liveaboard dive boats going to Koh Haa
There are a few liveaboard dive boats that include trips to Koh Haa, which include the following:
MV Giamani liveaboard dive boat
The MV Giamani is relatively small steel hulled liveaboard dive boat, which is 24 metre (79 feet) in length and accommodates up to 10 scuba divers. This liveaboard boat allows for a more intimate group of scuba divers.
The MV Giamani liveaboard has Nitrox onboard for those Nitrox qualified scuba divers and is an SSI dive centre boat.
More details on the MV Giamani liveaboard cruise boat:
- Trips of between two to six nights.
- Paid nitrox onboard.
- Flexible booking.
- All the cabins are all air conditioned with sea view windows.
- There are 4 Deluxe cabins which are en-suite together with a master double/twin which also has en-suite bathroom facilities.
- Has an air-conditioned lounge, which is fully equipped with all the entertainment facilities, including TV, DVD, music system and a library.
- Spacious dive deck with area for camera rinsing and a camera table. Ideal for those serious underwater photographers.
- 6-night trip includes up to 21 dives and the dive sites include Koh Haa, Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Phi Phi Islands, Shark Point, Koh Dok Mai, Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.
- The 2-night dive trip includes up to 6 dives and normally takes in Phuket and the Phi Phi Islands.
- Food choices include local Thai cuisine and some international food options too.
- Koh Haa is the first dive site and is where your check-out dive will be done. In addition to what you’ll see at Koh Haa, you will have an opportunity to see whale sharks, manta rays and reef sharks on this liveaboard trip.
- The recommendation is to have PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or Adventure Deep Dive certifications or equivalent with one of the other dive organisations. For BSAC this a Sports Diver qualification with 20 logged dives should be sufficient.
MV Giamani liveaboard boat supports tech diving, rebreathers and sidemount diving
Video of the MV Giamani liveaboard boat
“Great staff, comfortable boat, excellent scuba – Clean and well-operated boat with spacious cabins (with en-suits), good food, and friendly staff – Dive leaders were very friendly and gave clear instructions, as well as having a good eye for spotting wildlife (including tiger tail seahorse, nudibranch (many), and ghost pipe fish.” Recommended for: Comfort, staff, diving.Aiden P – customer review of Giamani liveaboard from the UK
For more details click this link to find the latest prices for a trip on MV Giamani and other liveaboard cruise options to Koh Haa.
MV Pawara liveaboard dive boat
The MV Pawara is a slightly larger liveaboard boat accommodating up to 24 scuba divers. The MV Pawara holds the Dive The World Gold Range Product status. Pawara, meaning ‘Treasure of the corals’, allows for an affordable liveaboard trip in this beautiful region of Thailand.
The MV Pawara is 35 metres (116 feet) steel hulled boat. There’s Nitrox on board for the Nitrox certified divers who want to enjoy this benefit. The dive boat is a PADI dive centre boat.
More details on the MV Pawara liveaboard cruise boat:
- Trips are a total of four nights.
- Free nitrox onboard.
- Free internet.
- Flexible booking.
- All the cabins have their own private en-suite bathrooms, except for the budget cabins, which have a shared bathroom.
- All cabins, which includes the budget option are air conditioned.
- There is a dedicated restaurant with a saloon bar, which are both air conditioned.
- Has a 72 square metre (775 sq foot) outside sun deck to enjoy in-between dives for those sun worshipers among you.
- There’s also a large shaded deck area if you don’t want to be in the sun, but would prefer to be outside.
- Very stable boat which has stabiliser extensions too, which makes for a perfect platform to scuba dive the seas around Thailand.
- Has a 35 square metre (377 sq feet) saloon, which has TV and DVD player, plus free Wi-Fi internet connection and as Play Station.
- The four night trip itinerary includes the Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and also Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa and the Phi Phi Islands.
Video of the MV Pawara and the wider trip in the Andaman Sea
“Experienced Diver Review. Fellow divers, the crew, meal time and The Parawa. Attention to details and some of the best dives and briefings. Bento is the Ringmaster of the whole show and his 10 years on the boat make the whole trip flow seamlessly.” Recommended for: The crew, the dive guides and itinerary.Myles M – customer review on Pawara liveaboard from the United States
For more details click this link to find the latest prices for a trip on MV Pawara and other liveaboard cruise options to Koh Haa.
Koh Haa snorkeling
Koh Haa’s shallow lagoon can be enjoyed equally as well by snorkeling. You can either enjoy a trip to Koh Haa lagoon for snorkeling or enjoy a bit of snorkeling in-between your scubas dives.
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