Khao Lak Explorer Diving Center

Khao Lak Explorer Diving Center

Khao Lak Explorer Diving Center
4.5
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
About
5 Star PADI Dive Centre in Khao Lak. Khao Lak Explorer diving liveaboards and daytrips are tailor made for you to scuba dive the Similan islands in Thailand. Khao Lak Explorer Dive Center focuses on a high level of service and customer satisfaction onboard their Similan liveaboards; in tandem with the highest standards of teaching PADI courses, guiding and the best scuba rental equipment; all at affordable prices. Their scuba diving equipment retail section have everything you need for your liveaboard trip. Super Fast Similan islands Daytrips, quality Similan islands Liveaboard or PADI courses in Khao Lak, become part of Khao Lak Explorer Family! Similan diving tour packages, exploring Khao Lak area with land tours, Khao Lak Explorer dive center does it all. We are available to our customer 24/7 for the best service in Khao Lak.
Khao Lak, Thailand
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Mark K
Hong Kong, China1 contribution
Dec 2022 • Friends
Khao lak explorer is a high-quality experience, with efficient service with communication regarding booking, knowledgeable instructors who create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for their guests on the boat.

We opted for a liveaboard experience and did our open water/advanced open water certifications. This was for 2 days and 1 night, which included 6 dives across the 2 days and a short beach trip.

When planning the trip, Gaby was punctual with communication and made booking everything very easy, with multiple ways to make payments offered. They were also flexible with the different courses we wanted to try and accommodate for us.

When picking us up from our accommodation, they were punctual, helped us with loading bags onto the bus, and were friendly. On arrival, instructors told us where to go, filled out the paperwork, and were highly organised getting people on and off the boat. We had a welcome talk, and there I met my instructor, Davide Longhi. He guided me through my advanced open water course, carefully planned our dives, and was flexible with our diving based on currents and conditions. He was informative and clear with instruction.

On board, the food offered was excellent and varied. There were plenty of food and drink options, and although they offered alcohol, they were responsible for making clear that diving would not be allowed after consuming beer on the same day. The trip, if staying the night, additionally included a stop at Donald Duck Bay, which was a beautiful beach with an outstanding viewing point. The diving is stunning, with great visibility and vivid bright colours with beautiful reefs and fish.

The staff on board the boat were helpful, prepared all the equipment for us, and always ensured there were plenty of fruit and snacks available for us to have as we liked.

Overall, it was an excellent trip, and I would highly recommend this company and the Similan islands for diving.
Written January 3, 2023
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Thank you Mark for your excellent review! Gaby and Davide will be happy to hear that your group had a great time with your courses onboard the Similan Quest. We also really love the food- no one ever goes hungry when they stay on the boat, even those with dietary restrictions. On behalf of Khao Lak Explorer and the crew of the Similan Quest, we thank you for choosing us and hope you will dive with us again someday.
Written January 9, 2023
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Daryl T
3 contributions
Nov 2022
We did a 4d dive trip with Khao Lak Explorer, which included a 3d2n stay on the Similan Quest (operated by Sign Scuba) liveaboard and a day trip to Richelieu Rock on the Blue Marlin (operated by Wetzone Divers).

It was a wonderful and pleasant experience from start to finish. We kept making changes to our trip details initially, up until the day before arrival in Khao Lak as a member of our party tested positive for Covid-19. Despite the numerous changes to our itinerary, Theo remained professional and was extremely patient with us. He answered every single of our many many questions and helped to lay our worries to rest (my mother had many questions).

Onboard the Similan Quest liveaboard, despite it being a more budget liveaboard, the food was amazing and the accommodations were alright. The crew was extremely friendly and helpful as well. My mother and brother did their Advanced Open Water course on the liveaboard and I tagged along for the dives. The instructor assigned to us was Julien and he was an amazing instructor. He was really patient with my mother and gave many helpful tips and was always watching out for her. He was really patient explaining the theory to my mother, especially the navigation portion as well as how to control her buoyancy. If you are looking to take any courses with Khao Lak Explorer, I would wholeheartedly recommend Julien!!

We also went on a day trip to Richelieu Rock on the Blue Marlin and the dive site there was amazing. While we did not see any Manta Rays or Whale Sharks, it lived up to its hype. The soft corals were amazing and the marine life was plentiful. We saw huge schools of barracudas, bat fish, dancing shrimp, etc. Would highly recommend including this dive site in your itinerary.
Written November 20, 2022
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On behalf of Theo, Julien, the boat crews, and our partner companies, thank you so much for your wonderful review. They will be thrilled to hear that you and your family had a great experience from top to bottom. Please keep diving and we hope to see you again in the future.
Written December 24, 2022
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JESSICA
4 contributions
Feb 2022
We did the Open Water Certification with Theo and we are very satisfied. He was very knowledgeable and passionate, he made us feel very comfortable in the water and throughout the course. The diving site was amazing we saw lots of marine life, it is a bit expensive but it's really worth the money, overall we really recommend it!

Thank you!
Written February 12, 2022
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It was a pleasure to teach you guys. Thank you for your positive attitudes during the course, and we hope to see you again in Khao Lak.
Written June 7, 2022
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Donna W
Stockholm, Sweden4 contributions
Dec 2022 • Solo
I just completed two day trips diving with Khao Lak Explorers and it has been an amazing experience.

During the booking process, Theo and Sylvain were incredibly welcoming, efficient, professional and patient. I jumped between a few options and they were accommodating at each turn.

On arrival, I did a refreshers course at the dive school. Once again, the process was smooth and my diving instructor, David, was incredibly patient, encouraging and explained the various theoretical concepts to us really well (which I appreciated). In the pool, he was very gracious to help calm some mild post traumatic remnants I had from a previous dive in experience and guide us professionally through some skills! I felt safe and reassured following the session.

My two days diving were so much fun. Every individual on the KLE crew was very friendly and helpful onboard. Diving with Lucas was a great experience and our group felt really safe in his care and with his guidance underwater. He handled various dynamics - both with struggling divers (equalising/low air) and underwater circumstances (currents etc) very well. He was super efficient and really great with arranging our equipment, ensuring that we were fully checked and correctly equipped for our dives.

The entire experience was wonderful and my only regret is that I did not spend more days diving!!

Thank you to this wonderful group of individuals! I am grateful for the magical experience you provided for me.
Written December 20, 2022
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Hello Donna, so glad our team delivered the dive holiday you deserve. Thank you very much for your kind review. It was a pleasure to have you with us those two days, and we will pass on your compliments to Davide and Lucas. You are very much welcome to dive with us again should you ever return to Khao Lak!
Written December 31, 2022
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Matt Soares
Schertz, TX2 contributions
Dec 2022 • Solo
I can honestly not say enough good things about Khao Lak Dive Explorer! Thai was my first trip to Thailand and my first time scuba diving. I worked with Alina to get my open water certification. The experience from start to finish was incredible! Communication from the dive center before arriving was on point and clear! Once arriving everyone there made me feel extremely comfortable and safe! Alina was patient and communicated the skills we would be learning perfectly! Our dives were absolutely incredible! We saw thousands of marine species between diving in Khao Lak and our dives in the Similan islands! I couldn’t have asked for a better experience! I’m absolutely hooked on scuba diving now and I can’t wait to return back to Khao Lak and dive with Khao Lak Explorer again! I really cannot say enough good things about the people I worked with! If you are wanting to get certified for the first time or develop a new skill or simply just go for a dive I highly recommend going through Khao Lak Explorer, do not miss out on the chance of exploring with some of the most incredible people I have met. And I highly recommend Alina if you can book to work with her!
Written December 31, 2022
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Thank you so much Matt for your super review! We will pass along your compliments to Alina- she will be thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time getting your certification. We love to introduce new people to diving and it's amazing to hear that this experience has sparked a new passion for you. We look forward to having you here at the center again!
Written January 9, 2023
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Barrett
Bangkok, Thailand6 contributions
Jan 2023
Last weekend, my wife and I had an incredible experience diving with the KLEDC team on a day-long, 2 dive trip to Surin and Richelieu Rock. Our dive guide, Alina, was extremely professional, exceptionally wonderful to work with, and provided us with outstanding guidance throughout both dives. We plan to coordinate future diving adventures through KLEDC, and would highly recommend this organization to anyone traveling through the area seeking an unforgettable time!
Written January 18, 2023
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Thank you so much for your great review! We will pass along your compliments to Alina :) - she will be very happy to hear you had a wonderful time. See you again soon and happy bubbles!
Written January 22, 2023
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Michelle S
13 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
My partner and I got our PADI open water certification and tagged it on to a 3D 2N liveaboard around the Similan Islands and Koh Bon. Kai was a phenomenal instructor!! He was patient, clear in his instruction, and had a safety first mindset. During our dives, he was very good at making sure people who had better air consumption were able to continue their dive a little longer than students who used their air more quickly.

For the course, our instructor Kai was paired with a diving master in training named Miguel. Miguel was very patient and kind and really helped my work through some initial fears and anxieties I initially had. Our group had three students paired with Kai and Miguel. I felt very luck to have such a wonderful student to instructor ratio.

The live-aboard itself was amazing! The food was delicious and the boat crew was very helpful at getting you in and out of your gear and the water. And the dives were full of life! We saw octopus, eels, a few sea snakes, and even got to see a few magnificent manta rays around Koh Bon! We felt really lucky to have such a wonderful experience for our first time diving. We also had a few opportunities to swim to shore before our sunset dive and enjoy the pristine Similan Island beaches.

The company was professional, punctual, and flexible. They were a little pricier than other options, but the extra expense was really worth it. I would recommend this company to anyone who wants to have an easy, comfortable, and safe diving course or live aboard out of Khao Lak. :)
Written March 4, 2020
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L S
1 contribution
Dec 2022
My husband and I did the PADI Open Water Certification at Khao Lak Explorer over three days, and we both agreed that it was one of the best experiences we've ever had traveling. We loved our Dive Master Davide. He was did everything to make us ready and confident to dive - he was professional, safe, calming, patient, and all around a really nice person. Definitely request him if you book with Khao Lak Explorer!

We did one training day in the pool and then one night on the liveaboard in the Similan Islands. The dives were fantastic - amazing coral and an abundance of marine life. Couldn't recommend this spot more!
Written December 15, 2022
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Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased to hear that you had such a great experience diving with Davide! He will be very happy to hear your positive feedback. We are also glad you enjoyed your first live aboard experience in the Similan Islands. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season and please visit us again in the future.
Written December 24, 2022
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HandymanAdventurer
Bournemouth7 contributions
Mar 2020
I did the 3-dive Koh Tachai and Koh Bon day on Wednesday 4th March. Booking was painless and Gaby in the office was very helpful and efficient. The actual dive boat appeared to be run by a different company called IQ diving but they too were very organised and everything ran without a hitch. The boat was in good condition (not always the case with some of the dive boats I've been on!) and the food was excellent. We did 1 dive at Koh Tachai and 2 at Koh Bon and saw loads of Mantas on both the Koh Bon dives. I paid extra for a private guide because I hadn't dived for over a year and it was well worth it, there was a lot of smaller stuff in particular that I might well have missed if it wasn't for the very enthusiastic Hadar! The Mantas were obviously the main event for me but we also saw barracuda, titan trigger fish, a large moray out swimming over the reef and loads more. All in all a wonderful day's diving.
Written March 15, 2020
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Perthbub
Perth, Australia8 contributions
Jan 2023
Many thanks to the wonderful divers Alejando, Sabrina and Davide supported by Gaby in the office.

Right from the beginning whilst overseas, Gaby was super responsive in replying to our requests to arrange a snorkelling trip for ten, a refresher for a PADI diver, a course for a 14 year old and an Explore Diving experience for one adult and a 10 and 11 year old.

When we arrived the team were very professional and safe in preparing us for our various trips along with providing us all with good equipment.

I won't go in to detail about all of our experiences other than to say that we'd all highly recommend our trips. The team all spoke good English, were all very safety conscious and were able to accomodate 5 children, 5 adults in a fun way over a number of days.

Thank you all.
Written January 25, 2023
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