Pimalai Resort & Spa, the luxury resort surrounded by nature on Thailand’s Koh Lanta, has launched a new scuba diving programme that will allow guests to discover the breath-taking marine life of the Andaman Sea, including whale sharks - the world’s biggest fish.
Located on Kantiang Bay, arguably one of Thailand’s most best beaches, Pimalai was Koh Lanta’s first five-star resort and remains the place to be on this idyllic island. Spread across 40 hectares of lush hillside and beachfront land, this 121-room property has become favourite for A-listers and repeat visitors seeking a natural retreat, away from the tourist bustle of Thailand’s better-known islands.
Now, Pimalai’s guests can get even closer to nature - both above and beneath the waves. The resort has teamed up with Scubafish, the PADI 5-Star, Gold Palm and IDC-certified dive centre, to offer excursions to Koh Haa, an exquisite tropical island jewel studded into the glistening turquoise seas off Koh Lanta.
Literally meaning “Five Island”, Koh Haa is emerging as one of the Andaman Sea’s top dive spots, with 12 different underwater locations scattered around limestone karst islands, each of which offers its own unique attractions. The shallow, crystal clear waters of Koh Haa Lagoon are simply breath-taking, with high visibility and a dazzling diversity of tropical marine life making it ideal for first-timers. Alternatively, more experienced divers can head to sites such as The Chimney, which is home to a complex cave system and creatures such as sea snakes and lionfish. Other local residents include rare ghost pipefish, octopuses, manta rays and even the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle.
The most majestic visitor to the area however, is surely the whale shark. These graceful giants of the ocean, which can grow up to 12 metres in length, frequently visit the Andaman Sea between February and May. But as the presence of whale sharks declines in many of Thailand’s more established dive spots, sightings around Koh Haa are becoming a more regular occurrence.
Pimalai is now inviting guests to experience this magical marine world in luxurious style, with a special “Diving in Koh Haa” package that includes a choice of accommodation, daily breakfast and a dive trip to Koh Haa (two dives), including all equipment and the National Marine Park entry fee. After a day of underwater exploration, guests can return to the resort and enjoy a three-course à la carte dinner at Pimalai’s Seven Seas Restaurant and a one-hour aroma massage at the Pimalai Spa.
“You can see so much in a single dive at Koh Haa. The excellent visibility across all the dive spots means you can experience immaculate corals and an unusually wide variety of marine life, including some of the largest fish in the sea, which is a dream come true for divers and snorkellers. An obvious choice for travellers crafting a diving getaway in Koh Lanta is Pimalai,” commented Saffron Kiddy, founder and CEO of Scubafish.
Pimalai offers a choice of accommodation, including secluded hillside pool villas and beachfront suites situated just a few barefoot steps from the ocean. The onsite amenities, including a gym, dance studio and spa, are suitably five-star, as is the food at the three signature restaurants. In addition to the excursions organised by Scubafish, the resort also runs its own exclusive cruises to Koh Haa.
“Koh Lanta is the ideal destination for guests who want to soak up the Andaman’s stunning seascapes in exclusivity and style. Our leisurely five-hour trip to Koh Haa combines canapés, free-flow drinks and the chance to snorkel or swim in the lagoon. There aren’t many better ways to spend an afternoon on the Andaman Sea,” said Franck de Lestapis, Pimalai’s long-serving general manager.
Source: Story PR