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About Scuba Diving Phuket

Scuba diving Phuket offers scuba divers several diving experiences including the option to take a liveaboard trip. This is a trip where divers "live" on a boat that cruises around the Andaman Sea. The boat then travels to the best diving spots day after day like the Similan islands.

Many scuba dive operators in Phuket also offer day trips that can take you to three or four different dive spots in a day. One thing that most divers note about Phuket’s diving sites is how clear the water is with visibility up to 70 meters on the best of days. Although the water is usually a steady 28oC wearing a thicker wet suit is recommended to protect yourself from jelly fish stings.

When is the best time to go scuba diving in Phuket

You can scuba dive in Phuket all year round but the very best times are in October and May as the region is prone to heavy rainfalls that may cloud the water the rest of the year. If you want to see big fish like dolphins, marlins and queen fish then the best time to go diving is during monsoon season which is from July to October.

Must see scuba dive sites in Phuket:

  • Anemone Reef – An enormous limestone pinnacle covered with colorful sea anemones breaks the water's surface being a well-known shipping hazard. Hidden in its depths are clown fish, snappers, groupers and big oysters.
  • King Cruiser Wreck - This is a relatively new wreck that sunk off the shore of Phuket in 1997. The multilevel ferry crashed into the Anemone Reef and is already home to many different corals and species of fish.
  • Koh Dok Mai – This is an island off of Phuket that boasts an enormous wall dive. There are many different sea creatures tucked into the limestone walls including large Moray eels. It is also famous for its large fields of yellow tube corals. * Koh Phi Phi – In this cluster of islands there are scores of diving sites including the famous Ko Bida Nok that is located on the southern tip of the island near Phuket.
  • Koh Racha Noi – This is a rocky little island located just off Phuket. The diving here consists of a large pinnacle and a dappled beach from which shallow snorkelling is possible. Drift diving is the main way to dive here.
  • Koh Racha Yai - This is an island with a lagoon on the north end that has a sandy bottom and that is almost like a swimming pool. It is well-known for its gorgeous corals and very clear water.
  • Shark Point – This is part of the Phuket marine sanctuary which features big schools of gentle Leopard Sharks swimming on the sandy sea depths.
  • Hin Muang – This is a dive site completely covered with bright purple corals that have their own unearthly glow.
  • Burma Banks – This is a diving spot off Phuket that offers very rare views and encounters with friendly large nurse sharks. This site is far out enough out in the waters for it to primarily only be dived by those on a live-aboard.

Read more about: Where to find the best scuba dive sites in Thailand

Scuba Diving Phuket from a longtail boat
Dive Phuket from a longtail boat

Marine Life in Phuket

  • Clown Fish
  • Snappers
  • Groupers
  • Moray Eels
  • Wrasses
  • Leopard Sharks
  • Manta Rays
  • Whale Sharks

How to Get There?

There are over 50 international flights arriving in Thailand every day and many of them fly into Phuket.
Here are some more tips for getting to Phuket:

  • If you are already in Asia you can drive across the Thai-Laos bridge from Malaysia and drive to Phuket.
  • Thailand has a highly efficient railway station that takes passengers to Phuket from the Hua Lumphong Railway Station in Bangkok If you are coming from Singapore you can take the Eastern & Oriental Express which gives you a view of the mountains to Bangkok and then take a bus or train to Phuket.
  • Flights are available to Phuket from Koh Samui and Bangkok.
  • Most tourist areas will also have buses specifically for tourists wishing to travel around the country.

Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.

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