There are plenty of dive shops in Bangkok as scuba diving is a popular hobby amongst middle class Thais. Most shops are tied to a particular dive brand like Aqualung or Mares and stock predominantly gear from that brand.
Planet Scuba Bangkok dive shop
If you’re in need of scuba gear and accessories, there are several Bangkok dive shops which between them stock items from many of the major scuba diving items brands. The full gamut of dive gear, from computers to regulators to fins, are all available.
You can of course just show up at each shop and see if they’ve got what you want, but if you’re hunting for something specific you might want to save yourself a journey and check ahead. Calling or using each shop’s Facebook page is probably best way to contact these shops. Their various contact and location details are listed on their respective sites, linked below. You can also look them up on Google Maps on your phone and you’ll easily find their precise locations. Each of the shops listed below are nearby stations on the Bangkok Skytrain route (Bangkok’s monorail public transport system).
Scuba Gear Servicing In Bangkok
If you need gear serviced, take it to the shop who carries your particular brand. If in doubt, just take it to Dive Supply as they can probably help. Usually the equipment is sent away rather than serviced on-site so be prepared to wait a couple of weeks. Obviously, not much use if you’re in Bangkok on a short vacation.
Bangkok Scuba Gear Pricing
Price wise, scuba gear in Bangkok is quite competitive with the sort of prices you’d pay for scuba gear on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk – however, as none of the shops hold many items in stock at any one time, don’t rely on being able to definitely buy a specific item if you’re making a passing visit. It’s also worth bearing in mind any scuba gear purchased in Thailand may not be covered by its warranty outside of Thailand – be sure to check for the specific item before you buy.
Bangkok Dive Shops:
Planet Scuba Bangkok dive shop
The most accessible dive shop for tourists in Bangkok, Planet Scuba is right by Phrom Phong BTS station and the huge Emporium shopping mall. The shop has four floors of scuba equipment – Mares is their main brand. They also have the Mares system of prescription lenses that can be installed immediately into a Mares mask, although they may not have lenses in stock that match your specific prescription. Planet Scuba has a very old website which hasn’t been updated for years.
AquaMaster Bangkok dive shop
Located a couple hundred metres walk from the Asoke BTS and Sukhumvit MRT stations, AquaMaster mainly stocks Aqualung dive equipment. It’s another centrally located dive shop only one stop away from Planet Scuba mentioned above. Aquamaster has a website with a catalogue of items they sell.
Dive Supply Bangkok dive shop
Dive Supply is one of the main distributors of dive gear in Thailand. The Bangkok store stocks mainly Scubapro gear and is also a distributor for Nauticam underwater camera housings. They have several housings and a lot of accessories (clamps, dome covers etc) in stock. It’s located around 300 metres walk from Phaya Thai BTS station. (It used to be located on Sukhumvit 23 but left those premises several years ago). I have had a Scubapro regulator serviced here and a Suunto computer (sent away to facility) without issues. Be aware Dive Supply Bangkok is open Sundays but closed Mondays and Tuesdays. You’ll also find Dive Supply stores on Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Chang. See their English language website for more info.
Underwater cameras are still quite a niche thing, particularly DSLRs. It’s hard to find retail outlets with the exact thing you need in stock, especially in Asia. If you’re coming to Thailand I’d recommend bring spares of all things likely to go wrong – strobe batteries and connector cables usually stop working at the least opportune moment in my experience. That said, Prodive Imaging is a stockist for Olympus, Sea and Sea, Nauticam and Inon underwater housing brands, among others. They have an impressive website with a full catalogue of their inventory if you want to get an overview of what they sell. Prodive Imaging is located in the Maneeya Center which is conveniently located near Chitlom BTS station a short walk along the skywalk. The shop is located on the same floor as the entrance to the building.
Other dive shops in Bangkok
There are several dive shops in Bangkok, such as Diveinfo.net in Thonglor and Dive Indeed in Sathorn – I’ve not had much first hand experience with them but they could be worth contacting if the shops listed above can’t help you.
Swim with the Sharks in Bangkok Aquarium
If you’re interested in diving in Bangkok’s huge aquarium which is populated with a plethora of sharks, you can book the experience at Planet Scuba. Be warned that the water is really cold! You can also just book a ticket to visit the aquarium – formally known as Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World – if you want to take the family or just see it for yourself. Be warned it’s very popular and gets very busy, so avoid weekends and go early if you can.