Phuket is a world-famous resort island in the south of Thailand. Visitors can take part in many activities, many of which involve the sea. Scuba diving in Phuket is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands tourists each year, and it’s possible to dive in Phuket all year round. It is generally agreed that the best diving in Thailand is on the country’s west coast, just north and east of Phuket. Therefore, with an international airport and millions of tourists arriving each year, Phuket has a well-established scuba diving industry.
All year round, there are dive boats around Phuket, most of which are based in the south of the island. From November to May the diving conditions are better due to better and more predictable weather. From June to October, the diving is still good, but the weather and waves can be less pleasant or unpredictable, or both. Water temperatures almost never drop below 26°C, so a 3mm wetsuit is usually adequate. Marine life is varied, healthy and abundant at most dive sites.
Most of the best diving in Phuket is enjoyed to the east of the southern part of Phuket. There are several dive sites, including:
Directly south of Phuket Island are the Racha Islands, which have some good dive sites. On the west coast of Phuket, which is where most tourist beaches are, there is not much diving other than some half-day trips on local longtail boats.
Most diving from Phuket is done on day trips, which have 2 or 3 dives. These are very popular, but the boats are often very busy. To best enjoy diving around Phuket, joining a short diving cruise enables you to relax and have better diving at the same locations, plus some other dive sites. Phuket liveaboard diving trips normally depart from Chalong or Patong.
Phuket liveaboard diving may look more expensive than day trip diving, but after you calculate the accommodation and 3+ meals per day, and the extra dives, it’s actually excellent value. But the price isn’t the only reason why diving Phuket from a liveaboard boat is better than joining day trips. Phuket day trips are normally on ‘shared boats.’ These boats are large and some can take 50 divers. The owners of the boats normally can’t find 50 of their own customers every day, and the island has dozens of dive centres - many of whom don’t have boats. Therefore, Phuket day trip diving boats are nearly always full of customers and staff from several companies. The organisation can be bad, especially with all the dive staff trying to get into and out of the water first, either to give their customers the best experience or for other selfish reasons. Phuket liveaboard diving trips are far more relaxed, and rarely full at all. Every diving guest on each trip is part of the same group that joins the trip at the start and continues to the end. Divers do not join late or leave early. Even if some guests are booked by agents, the ‘dive staff team’ on Phuket liveaboard diving boats work as one and do an excellent job. To enjoy the best diving in Phuket, contact us to help you find a short diving cruise.
You can dive all year round in Phuket, but from May to October the Indian Ocean monsoon winds can cause some high and unpredictable waves, plus plenty of rain. November to April are the 'high season' and December to March the best months for sea & weather conditions.
Phuket is a large island, surrounded by more than a dozen dive sites. Most dive sites are coral reefs, but there is at least one wreck.
Phuket is Thailand's largest island and most-popular tourist resort. It's located in the south of the country on the west coast, in the Andaman Sea.
Getting to Phuket is very easy unless you can only travel by train. There's an airport that has both domestic and international terminals. There's a road bridge linking the island to the mainland, and of course, there are several piers for boats.
Many people learn to dive around Phuket, as well as those who join 'Discover Scuba Diving' introduction dives. Also, for certified, experienced and professional divers, there are plenty of more exciting dive sites.
There's a very wide range of marine life to be found around Phuket. Some of the larger and more-exciting species only come occasionally, and some of the shy species are rarely seen at the busier Phuket dive sites.
Phuket is Thailand's largest island and the most popular tourist destination for international visitors. There are more than ten dive sites around Phuket, all reachable by day trip diving boat. Some are just a few hundred metres from the shore. The best and therefore most-popular dive sites can become very busy during the high season, but many are large enough to accommodate plenty of divers. Diving is possible all year round, and the water is always warm and usually very clear. The corals away from the shore are generally healthy and have plenty of marine life.