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Diving in Phuket

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...Highlights: shark action, manta rays, turtles, great macro life/marine diversity, non diving activities...
...Phuket's diving environment: healthy reefs, wrecks, wall dives, drift diving, beginner & advanced divers, very popular...

Phuket is the gateway to the best scuba diving in Thailand. The island is The Place from which you can either take a liveaboard trip up Thailand's west coast to the best dive sites of the Andaman Sea, or you can stay in one of the island's many resorts and take shorter day trips instead to enjoy some of the great nearby local sites.

For families, experienced divers and backpackers, Phuket has long been the Number One destination in Thailand and the island provides a great base for doing PADI courses, diving the local sites via daytrips or setting out on a liveaboard adventure to the Similans or beyond into Myanmar - Burma. Show more

Dive Site Descriptions for Phuket

From Phuket Island, you can take day trips to the Similans and Koh Phi Phi, but here are some of its own great dive sites:

Anemone Reef - Anemone Reef gets its name from the mass of gorgeous blue and green coloured anemones that cover this huge lime-stone pinnacle. Its Thai name is Hin Jom which means 'submerged rock' and this is a popular and beautiful site. Located about 600 metres north of Phuket's Shark Point Marine Sanctuary, the rock rises 30 metres up from the sea floor to just beneath the surface then abruptly ends and drops back to a bottom of sand and oyster shells. Show more

How to Dive Phuket Island

Check out your options in our Phuket day trips or liveaboard sections.

The best way to plan your local daily diving needs is to book your day trips with us and to arrange to stay in one of the popular Phuket resort hotels. Local divemasters are always provided but private dive guides are also available if you prefer more personal attention. It is also possible to dive some of the Phuket sites on day trips from your hotel base in either Phi Phi or Krabi.

If you're interested in exploring the sites further offshore from here, then a Thailand liveaboard trip will be your best bet. In the low season (June to September) there are a number of liveaboard trips to the nearby southern sites around Phuket and Koh Phi Phi.

Phuket Island Diving Season

Scuba diving in Phuket continues year round with the best conditions being in the high season of November to April, with the absolute peak conditions being towards the end of this period. In low season the weather is less predictable, featuring more rain and choppier seas. However, schedules for trips to local sites are only rarely interrupted by weather conditions. Dive sites on the leeward side of the offshore islands are used more at this time of year.

Phuket liveaboards run from late October to mid May. Outside of this period the monsoon storms are highly unpredictable and too dangerous for boats to be in open seas when they occur.

The water temperatures range from 26°C (January and February) to 30°C (May and June). In March and April there might be unpredictable termoclimes that might drop the temperature a few degrees, but only for a short while. Most divers wear a thin full-length wetsuit for protection. Temperatures higher than 30°C (as witnessed in 2010) are a main cause of coral bleaching. The corals of Phuket are now recovering from the stress suffered. For more on the climate and sea temperature of Phuket, visit the Weather AtlasOpens in a new window website.

Titan triggerfish nest in April and May (towards the end of diving high season). Divers should exercise special care at this time of year as the triggerfish can be aggressive while defending their nests. All species of triggerfish build nests (usually by digging in sandy patches of coral), but it is the Titan that has earned itself a reputation as being a hazard to divers.

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Where is Phuket and How Do I Get There?

Review our maps below of the Phuket Island and its host country Thailand. Here, you will find information on how to get to Phuket.

Map of Phuket Island (click to enlarge in a new window) Map of Thailand (click to enlarge in a new window)

Reef Summary

Depth: 5 - 40m
Visibility: 5 - 40m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface conditions: Calm to moderate
Water temperature: 27 - 30°C
Experience level: Beginner - advanced
Number of dive sites: ~30
Recommended length of stay: 1 week, or 2 - 3 weeks to dive all destinations accessible from here

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