The main scuba diving areas around Pattaya are located in what we call the "Far Islands". These are the second ring of islands about 20-30 kilometers from Pattaya.
The islands are controlled by The Royal Thai Navy, and no permanent structures are built there (boat traffic is also a minimum).
Mermaids I, II and IV Dedicated Dive Boats
The Mermaids dive boats are an 18 meter (60 foot), purpose built scuba diving boat, which we have converted for scuba diving. This is the finest dive boat sailing Pattaya waters.
- Tanks, compressor and weights on board
- 100% oxygen with demand delivery system
- Dive platform at water level
- Hot lunches cooked on board for all trips
- Fresh water showers after the dives
- Experienced captain and crew
- Class room with television and video
Coral dives around Pattaya are surprisingly good. The somewhat limited visibility is more than compensated for by the huge variety of marine life and abundant coral formations.
Our trips include two dives, lunch and a qualified PADI Divemaster or Instructor to supervise the trip.
The highlight of Pattaya diving is the three superb shipwrecks: The HTMS Khram, The Petchburi Bremen and The Hardeep. These steel cargo and troop transport ships are intact, and can be penetrated by divers with proper training
Dive Courses and Training
Discover Scuba Diving
The PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience let's you safely view the underwater world in only one day. We will teach you the basics of diving at one of the beaches, and our qualified PADI Instructors will lead you on an exciting tour of the fringing islands reefs.
PADI Open Water Course
The PADI Open Water Course is a four day program earning the diver an internationally recognized license.
After completing this course you'll be qualified to join dive trips, and rent scuba equipment, all over the world. The course can be done on four consecutive days, any two weekends, or scheduled to your convenience.
PADI Continuing Education
We also offer PADI Advanced, Rescue, Divemaster and Instructor Training, supervised by a fully qualified PADI Course Director. We conduct exciting specialty training in areas such as DPV (underwater scooter), wreck diving, underwater videography, drift diving, and deep diving.
Mermaids Dive Center offers the PADI Enriched Air Specialty Diver Course and the DSAT Semi Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver Course using the Draeger Dolphin. We also offer diver and instructor level Technical Diver Training with DSAT's DeepTec and Trimix Diver Courses and Gas Blender programs.
Mermaids is also a certified Nitrox and Trimix Gas Blending facility with the International Association and Technical Divers (IANTD). We offer IANTD Courses in Advanced Nitrox and Normoxic Trimix. Mermaids has a fully qualified TDI Advanced Trimix Instructor Trainer on Staff. We offer the TDI Advanced Trimix (90 meters) and Visual Tank Inspection & Self-Sufficiency Diver courses.