Phuket offers some of the best scuba diving in South East Asia. Easy access to the Phi Phi Islands’ marine park and easy dive spots closer by make this a top notch dive destination.
What’s So Awesome About It
Ever wanted to live out your Little Mermaid Under The Sea fantasies? Experience a world where colourful tropical fish flit between the corals and bigger sea life, like reef sharks and rays, glide past. Phuket has loads of dive operators to choose from, PADI certified, and safe. It’s also a great place to access the protected marine park at the Phi Phi Islands, where you can find some of the best diving spots in Thailand. Most dive shops offer beginner courses or a three-dive day trip for those who have experience.
What’s The Catch
For the best underwater life, it’s a long boat ride out to the Phi Phi Islands, taking an entire day. Closer by, the Racha Noi and Yai Islands have some shallow reefs for beginners, but the fauna is not impressive further out.
Things To Keep In Mind
Always dive with certified dive shops so you know they adhere to all the safety regulations. Remember that you shouldn’t fly up to 18 hours after diving, so make sure you book any flights plenty of time after your final dive. Make sure your travel insurance covers scuba diving before signing up for a dive session. Rainy season in Phuket is in September and October, and although dive operators still run during these months, the visibility can be a lot lower.
Where You Can Book It From
You can book diving experience through most of the major hotels in Phuket, but for the best prices go directly to the dive shops. Most towns on the island have loads to choose from. Phuket Dive Tours has offices in Kata and Phuket Town and offer beginner courses, day dives, and even liveaboards. Book online in advance or just head into the shop a few days before you plan on diving. Love Diving Phuket operates out of Patong Beach and runs to all the major dive sites.
Some of the best scuba diving in the world can be found off the Similan Islands. It’s a long journey from Phuket, but serious divers should consider a liveaboard to experience these amazing reefs.