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Outdoor Diving and Safety

Like with any other outdoor activity, whenever one takes up the hobby of diving, they have to exercise a fair amount of caution and apply some safety measures to prevent any possible dangers.


There is no doubt about it, diving can be very fun, even for those who don't plan on taking it to a competitive level.


Outdoor diving particularly, can be even more fun, usually taken up by those who seek to up the thrill stakes a bit and those who don't always have access to professional diving facilities, such as those used by the competitive divers.


With increased thrill comes increased danger though, so outdoor diving is naturally far more dangerous than indoor diving so, some precautions must be exercised before any such excursion is taken on.


The Outdoor Diving Site Checklist


Before you embark on the hobby of outdoor diving, you need to have some experience diving indoors, where you launch off a diving board, into a deep enough swimming pool in a controlled and safe environment.


1. Never attempt to dive outdoors if you don't have any indoor diving experience and you're completely comfortable with your skill level indoors.


2. When choosing an outdoor diving site, always try to go for the diving sites that are designated for outdoor diving. There may not be a lot of these but the designated ones are usually safe.


3. Do not take any chances. Always inspect diving sites yourself, by first taking a swim to test the depth of the water and make sure there are no obstacles that could seriously injure you.

Even if the diving site you have chosen is one which is designated, always conduct your own safety check by swimming in it first to test the depth and check for any obstacles.


4. Always keep emergency numbers around and never dive all by yourself. At the least, have someone to look over you, so that any emergency action can be taken, should the need arise.

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach



Short description:

Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants


Short description:

Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

Short description:

Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:


seafood restaurants



Short description:

A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community


quiet and peaceful

Short description:

There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.



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