Koh Lipe is an island in the Adang Ravi archipelago in the Malacca Strait, which belongs to Thailand. It is washed by the waters of the Andaman Sea and is a part of a famous Tarutao National Marine Park in Satun Province. Diving safaris have become one of the most popular destinations for underwater adventures. It provides diving in remote places. For instance, you can see deep-water sights of interest in the National Marine Park, such as canals, underwater rocks and reef gardens.
Wreck diving enthusiasts are encouraged to visit a sunken ship, Yong Hua. It is a rather small Thai merchant vessel, which has been lying at a depth of 40 m for 10 years and has become a habitat for barracudas.
There are several ways to get to Koh Lipe.
You could take a plane from Don Muang Airport in Bangkok. In this case, you would need to book a ticket to Hat Yai town and then to Pakbara Pier, after which take a ferry or a speedboat.
Trains and buses go from and Bangkok to Hat Yai as well. It would make your life easier to purchase an integrated ticket to Koh Lipe in the airport.
Koh Lipe is located in the zone of tropical climate with a characteristic seasonal pattern. The low season lasts from May to November. During this period, it rains, and the sea is stormy. Through the other months, however, practically no rainfall occurs. The most comfortable time for diving on Koh Lipe is December to March. The air temperature is between +32 and +35 ˚С, and the water temperature is +29 °C.
Those who enjoy underwater currents should go to Sale Rock Reef, which lies at a depth of 18 m. The 8 Mile Rock will introduce you to the big colourful fish which swim here in shoals. Koh Chabang Reef which is located at a depth of 16 m, is also popular.