Tide Charts Tips
We have displayed the tide charts for both Koh Si Chang and for Sattahip because our Pattaya dive sites span those two locations. When scuba diving the north side of Pattaya’s dive area, we use the the Koh Si Chang tide chart. These dive site include the near islands, the HTMS Kut (Kood), a wreck dive at about 30 meters depth, and Koh Sak (which offers 3 separate dives), Koh Krok (which offers the best drift dive for the near islands), and various locations on Koh Larn, including our favorite coral dive for the near islands, Laem Dong. The far islands dive sites where we use the Koh Si Chang tide chart starts with the HTMS Khram, which in our opinion is the best wreck dive in the area, also at just about 30 meters depth, and coral dives on Koh Luam Noi, one of our favorite coral dives, and 3 dive sites on Koh Pai, all of which are very good training dives.
A little further south, we use a combination of both the Koh Si Chang and Sattahip tide charts. If you are diving Koh Klung Bedan, which offers 3 different dives – a shallow perfect training place near the beach, a drift dive where you can hit down to 24 meters and still see coral and rock formations, and a deep return to the boat dive – all depending on the currents. There is also Koh Man Wichai, which offers one main site from which you can do a variety of dives. The art in using the combination of the two Pattaya area tide charts if you are diving in an rising current add a half hour to the Sattahip chart and if diving in a falling current subtract half an hour on the Koh Si Chang chart. It is not perfectly accurate for all situations, but it does give you a pretty good idea of how the currents will run.
Moving further south comes the Koh Rin group of islands. The absolute best coral dive of this area is commonly referred to as North Rock. Very nearly as good is what we locally refer to as South Rock and of course Koh Rin itself which offers 5 different dives, all excellent dives in their own respect. If you use the Sattahip chart you will not get an accurate picture of the actual height of the tide but you will get a pretty accurate idea of the currents.
Obviously, when diving the sites around Sattahip which include the the Bremen Wreck, Submarine Rock, Koh Ira, which offers 2 great dive sites, Koh Khram Noi and Koh Khram Yai, use the Sattahip Chart.
Finally, when diving in the Samisan area, which boast the Hardeep Wreck, Japanese gardens, Shark Fin Rock, among others and “The Hole”, a 90 meter deep hole with good corals down to 45 plus meters and sometime larger sharks deeper down which is also a perfect training ground for Tech Divers – then the best charts to read for local currents will be the Sattahip Chart.