SCUBA DIVING PHUKET
Phuket consistently ranks as one of the major destinations in the world, not just in Thailand. The mountainous and rainforest island is home to several popular beaches and dive sites. The water activities available to tourists of Phuket offer endless possibilities in terms of capitalizing on the natural beauty of the island. Scuba diving is one of the favorite activities for visitors in Phuket, thanks to the clear waters on its western shore.
As a famous resort town, many tourists who come to Phuket on a yearly basis seek out fun activities to do. The resort town/island has plenty to offer such as a vibrant nightlife, pristine beaches, busy markets, and lots of dining options. But for the adventure seekers, diving in Phuket is one of the items on their bucket list.
Whether you are a beginner diver or want to expand your diving skill set, there are plenty of dive sites to choose from in Phuket. In fact, many divers come to Phuket to obtain their PADI certificate.
It is listed as one of the top 10 diving destinations in the world! For this reason, you will find many dive operators on the island to facilitate in your diving trip.
Majority of the dive sites in Thailand are located off-shore. Most of the diving trips are done by boat. But there are also a few dive sites that are accessible from the beach. But the best dive sites are definitely accessible by boat, especially if you want to explore rich marine and coral life.
Phuket is located close to the Andaman Sea, which has an annual average water temperature of 28 to 31 degree Celsius. Occasional current swells introduce cold water into these dive sites, but the water temperature never gets below 25 degrees Celsius.
BEST DIVE SITES
This is one of the most popular dive sites in Phuket. The site is located close to the King Cruiser and Anemone Reef. In fact, many dive trips to Shark Point will include a stop at these two dive sites.
Shark Point is a great dive destination if you are seeking to find a variety of schooling fish, moray eels, reef fish, and soft and hard corals. The name of the dive site is attributed to the bambook and leopard sharks that are abundant on this site.
This dive site is best known for its craggy rock formation that serves as home for a variety of soft corals and schools of fish. Lion fish is one of the main attractions on this dive site, among a few other types of tropical fishes.
Phi Phi Islands
This group of islands is home to several dive sites and is within close proximity to Phuket Island. There are a variety of limestone islands here that will offer a breathtaking dive experience. In addition, the limestone islands offer the opportunity to go cave diving. You can even spot juvenile sharks and turtles at this dive site!
This is a modern-day ship wreck that has turned into an artificial reef and is one of the most sought after destinations in Phuket (for diving enthusiasts). This shipwreck sunk to the bottom in May 1997. Today, the shipwreck is home to barracudas, cuttlefish, and crabs. To find them, you must head to the captain’s cabin or the sun deck of the ship.
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BEST TIME TO DIVE
Phuket offers suitable diving conditions all year round. Hence, you can enjoy good diving any time of the year you visit.
The best diving conditions can be expected from the months of November to April. During this so-called dive season in Phuket, you can expect optimal water temperature and clear visibility in the water. During this time of the year, you can also expect low rainfall or storms (which can lower the visibility of the water).
HOW TO GET TO PHUKET
The nearest airport is Phuket International Airport. There are daily international and domestic flights to this airport. The airport has two terminals: Terminal 1 for international flights and Terminal 2 for domestic flights. If you want to go to Phuket, you must book flights to this airport.
There are air-conditioned and non-air conditioned buses that travel to Phuket from other parts of Thailand, including Bangkok, Krabi, or Surat Thani. If you are from Bangkok, the total travel time via bus is 13 hours. The prices will vary according to which bus you take.
You can also take the train to Phuket. There is no direct train to Phuket though, but you can get off at Phun Phin railway station. From there, you can take another bus for 5 hours to get to Phuket.
HIGHLIGHTS OF PHUKET
Phuket is a haven for tourists in Thailand. Whether you are a lover of nature or culture, there is something for everyone here. Phuket is also a great destination for all kinds of travelers – for the adventure seekers or those who want to enjoy a luxurious and relaxing holiday.
When it comes to natural destinations, Phuket has plenty to offer (and they top the list of things to do and see in Phuket). The Phang Nga Bay, Similan Islands, and Phi Phi Islands are easily accessible from Phuket. When night comes, Phuket comes alive. There are plenty of cool joints, pubs, disco bars, and restaurants to explore. For the best experience, head to Bangla Road and the Catch Beach Club.
If you’re into shopping, Phuket has many destinations for you. There are several night markets in Phuket to explore if you want to buy some souvenirs for this trip. You can visit the Phuket Weekend Market or Jungceylon Shopping Mall.
For the foodies, Phuket will satisfy your cravings for international and local cuisines. From local Thai seafood, to the international fares (like Japanese, Mexican, French, and Lebanese) – there is a restaurant to satisfy your yearning for good food. As a resort island with tourists from all over the world, it is not surprising why there is a great variety to choose from!
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Phuket is the largest island in Thailand. It is 48 kilometers long and 21 kilometers wide. It is part of Southern Thailand along the coastline of the Andaman Sea. Phuket Island is divided into several regions, each one offering something unique for its tourists.
Western Phuket is a great destination for those seeking calm beaches and a vibrant party atmosphere. Southeastern Phuket, on the other hand, is known for its off-beat beaches and the Chalong Bay.
Interior Phuket consist of fertile hilly expanse, fishing villages, and pineapple plantations. It is the least visited region in Phuket. And there are the smaller islands in Phuket, which includes Phang Nga Bay, that are filled with beautiful beaches, pearl farms, and limestone cliffs.
There are many offshore islands that can be reached by boat. These natural wonders are what add to the diversity of tourist experience in Phuket as each island has something unique to offer. Whether you are into diving or not, you will never run out of things to do and explore.
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