The world’s best Deep Water Solo crags are over the Andaman sea

  • Deep Water Soloing has been described as the purest form of climbing: it’s always free solo, onsight, ground-up, and first ascent.
  • We pioneered DWS trips in this area and know the good sites for both beginners and advanced climbers.
  • Try problems from as low as grade 5 up to grade 8a with an experienced guide present for your safety
  • Our trips are environment-friendly, we avoid all styro-foam and plastic garbage

Ready to try Deep Water Solo?

DWS trips are great for a mixed group of beginners and advanced climbers. We leave as the water is coming up and have about 5 hours for deep water soloing on two sites. In between climbing, we take a lunch break on the beach with some good bouldering. Great place to snorkel as well. This trip usually runs daily during high season. Total trip time is 6 to 7 hours and price is 1.500 THB per person. See our FAQs for more details.

Please note:
We have a minimum and a maximum amount of climbers we can take each day. Please get your ticket early to avoid disappointment. Best time to do so is the day before.
Please also understand that we sometimes have to cancel DWS trips due to unsafe weather conditions.

Our DWS Trips include

  • English-speaking, experienced DWS-Guide
  • Kayak to ferry climbers
  • Ladder to access ledge
  • Old climbing shoes
  • Chalk, liquid chalk and chalk bags
  • Picture topo-maps of climbing problems
  • Lunch in re-usable boxes (to reduce rubbish)
  • Drinking water in big tank (to reduce rubbish)
  • First aid kit and rescue-trained boat drive

What to bring:

  • Swimwear and Sunlotion
  • Dry clothes for the trip back
  • Note: Please don‘t bring any garbage (plastic bootles, chip bags, candy wrapers) out to the sea! Lunch and Drinking Water is included!

Deep Water Solo - FAQ

Our Deep Water Solo Trips are 1.500 THB per Person. This price includes all boat transfers to the DWS sites, DWS guide, old climbing shoes, climbing chalk, lunch and drinking water, ladder and kayak for access as well as accident insurance.

As soon as 6 climbers sign up, we run a trip. During high season we usually run a trip every day. Please drop by the shop asap to get your ticket as we cannot accommodate more than 25 climbers per day.

Low season runs from May to October on the Andaman coast. We do run DWS trip during low season but some days cannot go out due to strong wind and waves. The best thing to do is to come to the shop the day before you want to go to buy your ticket as you need to do anyway. Then we also know if we have enough climbers to go and if so can tell you our departure time. We have a printable map of our shop location and detailed weather info on this website.

Unfortunately, no. The reason is that DWS is very dependent on weather and wave conditions, think of it as climbing Mount Everest; there is a long window of good weather in high season, but we cannot guarantee a trip on a particular day. Please contact us one or two days ahead of your preferred date. The most efficient wayis just come to the shop and buy your ticket once you have arrived in the Krabi area.

Just try to walk-in on the day you want to go. Be at Basecamp before 9am to check if there is still space on the trip. If you are staying in Ao Nang, use our your 8am-Ao Nang-Transfer-Service (see directions) to get to our shop in time. In the worst case that no trip is going or that it is full, you can join our guided climbing tours or join a morning yoga or tai chi session.

Low season runs from May to October on the Andaman coast. We do run DWS trip during low season but some days cannot go out due to strong wind and waves. The best thing to do is to come to the shop the day before you want to go to buy your ticket as you need to do anyway. Then we also know if we have enough climbers to go and if so can tell you our departure time. We have a printable map of our shop location and detailed weather info on this website.

If you are staying in Krabi, Ko Phi Phi or Phuket, you should consider moving at least to Ao Nang better to Tonsai the day before the trip.
You can try to walk-in on a trip by using your 8am-Ao Nang-Transfer-Service (see directions) if you can be on Ao Nang beach just before 8am obviously.
If you’d rather sleep a bit longer, then please come to the shop the day before and pre-pay either a one-way or two-way transfers (minimum 300 THB or 200 THB p.P.) so the DWS boat will go out via Ao Nang beach. At the time of buying your tickets, you can also try on the old climbing shoes which the guide will bring for you the day of the trip.
Sorry, we will not go to Ao Nang just on the bases of an e-mail or a phone call.

Depends on how high you were and in what position your body hits the water surface. However, under 10m a human body can pretty much fall into the water in any position without harm. Nevertheless, you should always try to hit the water upright, press your legs together (specially if you are a guy) and your arms to your body. Do not look down, this only allows water to shoot up your nose.

We can pick-up and drop-back customers with prepaid DWS tickets from Railay West beach.

DWS is more like bouldering than route climbing, there is no anchor, there is no finish. You make your own problem, easy or hard, up to you. You can climb in circles, there are no rules. For the first time, define yourself a traverse at a moderate height to get used to climbing over the water without a rope. Just try, forget about grades, get wet and have fun. BTW, don’t worry if you are travelling solo, it’s a great trip to find a climbing partner.

If you use them only once, it’s ok. Rinse them in fresh water and dry in the shade. You are welcome to use our DWS shoes, if you want to keep your shoes dry for regular climbing the next day

We provide chalk, chalk bags and liquid chalk on the boat and keep some on the first ledge. You can store chalk on your forearms for during the climb.

Depends on how high you were and in what position your body hits the water surface. However, under 10m a human body can pretty much fall into the water in any position without harm. Nevertheless, you should always try to hit the water upright, press your legs together (specially if you are a guy) and your arms to your body. Do not look down, this only allows water to shoot up your nose.

We use a kayak to ferry the climber between the boat and the rock to avoid climbers falling onto the longtail boat. If you are getting on the rock, you should wait a few seconds to allow the kayak to back up before climbing on. If you made you exit into the water, you should swim out of the fall line of other climbers or possible loose rock, same as when you are at a climbing crag. We have never had a serious accident in several years, but, of course, we do have a first aid kit on board and in case of an emergency, we will call an ambulance speedboat for help.

The DWS sites we go to have all been checked by divers. However, if you want to try something away from an established crag, ask the guide first and then use our snorkel masks to check for boulders under the water.

Just write your diet requirements next to your name on the sign-up sheet.

Yes! There are snorkel on the boat and the sites offer much better snorkeling than many organised snorkel trip where you only see your neighbours fins. Your friend can also swim, kayak, and, unlike normal climbing, DWS is a great spectator sport!

You get wet. If it’s a short shower, there may be some rock roofs the boat can park under. However, DWS will get you wet anyway… The only reasons for which we have to cancel trips are waves and wind. During a trip should the wind gust get too strong, we will move everyone to the other side of the island.