Khao Lak Explorer Diving Center

Khao Lak Explorer Diving Center

Khao Lak Explorer Diving Center
4.5
10:00 AM - 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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2023

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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,367 reviews
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Michelle S
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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HandymanAdventurer
Bournemouth7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Rudolph Van wyk
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I did my Dive masters with Khao lak Explorer and had such a great experience!! Theo was my instructor most of the times and i really enjoyed his way of teaching and his passion for diving. Thats is what made me excited to learn more about diving. The organizing and response was also great from Explorer team and i would recommend them to anyone in the future and with the Similands which was an unreal experience and where i saw my first whaleshark
Written March 23, 2020
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Thank you very much for your review and congratulations for your divemaster certification, we are looking forward to see you again in Khao Lak.
Written June 10, 2022
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JRB101
London, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I completed my PADI Divemaster course with Khao Lak Explorer in January/February this year and it was excellent.
My instructor/mentor was Theo who was great. He offered loads of useful advice and guidance whilst remaining friendly, professional and patient throughout the training. It was a good balance of providing support when needed without ever hand-holding/spoon-feeding. All of the other instructors (Seb, Stephane, Carly, Celine, Noellie, Kai and Alex) were also all really friendly. supportive and approachable.
The course was their "normal" course which I completed over 5 weeks and was a combination of pool training, theory days and open water training in the amazing Similan Islands.
Khao Lak itself is a laid back resort with all the best of Thailand on your doorstep (beach bars, live music venues, night markets, restaurants etc.) and was a great place to have as a base whilst completing the course.
I would highly recommend Khao Lak Explorer to anyone considering completing their Divemaster training overseas.
Written March 12, 2020
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Jordan
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Booked a open water + day trip with Khao Lak explorer. My instructor was Alex. One day in the pool, second day 2 dives at Khao Nayak, third day 2 dives at Boonsung Shipwreck for the completion of the Padi Open water and finally paid for a day trip with another 2 more dives at Koh Bon . I would recommend to anyone. Alex is very personable and genuine, helpful when you're asking and covered material thoroughly. This also helps with him being Canadian. It's second nature. We had a group of three. It was a great group. Lots of different nationalities. Unfortunately, I got congested and sick towards the ends of the dives. I was lucky enough to be able to go at all. Khao Lak Explorer is providing refund for the Similan Islands liveaboard I booked minus the park fees. This was a great surprise because I only told them the day before which is quite short notice. Overall, great service by Alex and the company. I only had reviews online to go by so I hope this helps.
Written January 2, 2020
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JESSICA
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Vivien L
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
My experience with Khao Lak Explorer for my Advanced Open Waters was excellent. The staff is very helpful and responsive to our questions, giving us strong confidence to book the trip with them.
I had an amazing instructor Celine, who is very nice, knowledgeable, and briefed me patiently for each of the dive sites. She gave me a lot of confidence when practicing new skills, and give me concrete advice to improve on the next dives.
I did a three days liveaboard at Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, and Similan island, and I would definitely go there again.
Still pretty excited about the last dive where we saw manta rays, sharks, and whale sharks !
Written February 25, 2020
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Amanda S
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
I'm definitely coming back.
This was absolutely the best Scuba diving experience and staff to choose in Khao Lak and Phuket. My instructors, Carly and Stephane were professional, friendly, attentive, and helpful. I completed my OW Certification with Carly during a day trip to the Similians 🦈🐡🐟🐠🐙🦑

The best experience is to be had with Stephane, the best instructor I've had for scuba in any location.

He has a relaxed and professional vibe, and did an amazing job instructing my AOW on a 3day/2 night Liveaboard to Koh Bon, Tai Chi, and Richelieu Rock. Diving at these locations are a must, especially Richelieu 😍👌🏻! Words can't describe, just go.

Gear rentals went without a hitch, Gear in good condition. The email and phone communication with office staff for bookings and last minute changes was immediate and helpful.
Written January 1, 2020
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Thank you very much for your nice review, we have a great team of passionate instructors and they like to share their love for the ocean. We wish you a lot of beautiful dives in the future.
Written June 7, 2022
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WW_Wanderers
Hawthorn, Australia29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The overall experience with Khao Lak Explorers was good. The flexibility of their 'join anytime' live aboard makes planning easy for those with pre-set arrival / departure dates and the payment and gear preparation process at the dive center in downtown Khao Lak was straight forward enough. The actual live aboard is run by another company. Your gear, transfers (bus and speedboat) and dive guide come from Khao Lak Explorers, but the actual live aboard is run by another company (Similan something). The food, dive deck and facilities on the boat were good though the rooms are pretty budget (you get what you pay for). My biggest challenge with this trip was with the dive guide. He was a nice enough guy, but seemed to want to rush through every dive site and just get to the end. So that was a bit frustrating when you're trying to find nudibranchs, eels etc. Overall a good trip and I'd definitely dive at Richelieu Rock and Koh Bon again!!
Written January 25, 2020
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Valerie L
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I booked a diving live aboard trip with Khao Lak Explorer Dive Center and highly recommend them. They are highly professional both on the admin side ( very responsive and helpful) and on the diving side (very well organised, very professional, small ratio client:diving instructor). I did my refresher course with Kay ( clear, calm & no stress but professional) while onboard . Then I did really cool dives with Nin and Stephane ( I was even lucky to have Stephane for myself on 1 or occasions). Thanks guys!
Written January 27, 2020
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