Pattaya Diving News

Pattaya strengthens her name as ‘Wreck Capital of Thailand’

Pattaya strengthens her name as ‘Wreck Capital of Thailand’

After several meetings between the local authorities, Navy and representatives of Pattaya’s Diveshops in 2011 there was an agreement that new wreck(s) would arrive to the Pattaya area. One year later this topic was further discussed between Dive Tribe, a non-profit organisation to improve the ecology and ocean awareness in Pattaya, and the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources...

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Pattaya Unaffected by Thailand Flooding; No Threat Expected

Pattaya Unaffected by Thailand Flooding; No Threat Expected

We’ve been getting lots of e-mails and Facebook questions about how Thailand’s devastating flooding crisis is affecting Pattaya. The answer is simple: It’s not. As was the case after the 2004 Asian Tsunami and 2010’s bloody Red Shirt riots, the international media plays on people’s unawareness of geography. People thought the tidal wave that devastated Phuket, Khao Lak and Phi Phi...

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Pattaya Unaffected by Closure of 18 Thailand Scuba Diving Sites

Pattaya Unaffected by Closure of 18 Thailand Scuba Diving Sites

Scuba diving in Pattaya is unaffected by the Thai government’s decision to close 18 popular Southern Thailand dive sites for up to 14 months to allow coral there to recover from severe bleaching. Thailand’s National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department closed seven national parks in the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand Jan. 20 after the coral bleaching crisis that has raged there...

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Hundreds Turn Out to Make Pattaya Dive Festival Huge Success

Hundreds Turn Out to Make Pattaya Dive Festival Huge Success

[View Thumbnails] The Flash Player and a browser with Javascript support are needed. Nearly 300 scuba enthusiasts from Bangkok and Pattaya enjoyed a full day of diving, treasure hunting, environmental conservation and a bit of partying as Aquanauts and six other dive centers celebrated the first-ever Pattaya Dive Festival. While often overshadowed by Koh Tao and the Similan Islands, Pattaya...

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Aquanauts, Mermaids Kick Off Pattaya Dive Festival Saturday

Aquanauts, Mermaids Kick Off Pattaya Dive Festival Saturday

More than 500 scuba divers from Bangkok and Pattaya will hunt for treasure, clean coral reefs and plant new coral during this weekend’s Pattaya Dive Festival. Sponsored by Aquanauts Dive Centre and Mermaid’s Dive Center in Pattaya as well as four Bangkok scuba shops, the Nov. 13-14 festival is aimed at introducing Bangkok divers to Pattaya’s island dive sites and raising awareness about the importance of marine conservation.

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Aquanauts, Mermaids Team Up for Pattaya Dive Festival Nov. 13-14

Aquanauts, Mermaids Team Up for Pattaya Dive Festival Nov. 13-14

Aquanauts Dive Centre is teaming up with Mermaids Dive Centre and four Bangkok shops to bring up to 600 new divers to Thailand’s “wreck diving capital” in the first-ever “Pattaya Dive Festival” Nov. 13-14. The non-profit event will see divers clean up and plant coral at Pattaya’s local islands and dive for prizes in an underwater treasure hunt. It’s an effort both to boost Pattaya’s reputation as a dive destination and get Bangkok residents more involved in marine preservation.

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Pattaya Divers Revel in Rare Whale Shark Sighting

Pattaya Divers Revel in Rare Whale Shark Sighting

Pattaya’s local waters were graced Monday with the rare appearance of a 5 m. whale shark, which delighted local residents for 40 minutes before bowing out. Khun Nithat, a fisherman and part-time speedboat driver, told the Thai Rath Thai-language newspaper that while shuttling some passengers to Koh Larn, the largest and closest of Pattaya's Near Islands, he spotted a large, slowly-moving dark cloud below the surface.

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779 Turtles, 90 Sharks Released into Gulf Near Pattaya

779 Turtles, 90 Sharks Released into Gulf Near Pattaya

Continuing its work to replenish Thailand’s endangered sea turtle population, the Royal Thai Navy this week released 779 turtles and 90 small sharks into the wild in honor of HM Queen Sirikit’s 78th birthday. Among the endangered turtles released back into the wild were six female reproductive-age Green and Hawskbill turtles. A 10-year-old male Hawksbill, which will not reach reproductive age for another five years, and four 2-3-year-old female turtles were also released.

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