Guide to Diving in Phuket – The Pearl of Thailand

Diving in Phuket – Facts Sheet

Destination : Phuket

Country : Thailand

Water Temperature : 27 – 30°C

Temperature : 24 – 34°C

Season : November through April

Visibility :  Best during November through April

How to go : Flight from Bangkok to Phuket, 3 hours via ferry or bus from Surat Thani. It is also connected directly via international flights from Malaysia and Singapore

Types of dives : Coral Reef Dive, Wall Dive

Nestled in the heart of the Andaman Sea, Phuket is also known as the pearl of this area. The location of this island is slightly elevated as compared to the other islands of Thailand, especially the diving destinations. This also makes this region more appealing for divers and offers more variations compared to others.

Divers enjoy coming back here again and again. Phuket has been rated as one of the top 10 scuba diving spots in the world.

Over here you can get a view of some of the most spectacular reefs along with amazing and unusual formation of rocks under water. The region has one of the best collections of marine life too and the deeper you go, the more intriguing it gets. You can opt for a day trips or go for a longer diving spree also.

Phuket has some of the best resorts and accommodations in the country and you can find something that fits your budget. You can access the chief attraction diving spots easy by connecting with customary liveaboard tours. These are organized individually and on a group basis to some of the most visited and exotic diving spots too.

When you go diving in Phuket be ready for offers some of the most attractive neighboring adventures. You can get a view of the cadaverous treasures, which is popularly known as the King Cruiser car ferry wreck. If you love to photograph has you dive then the leopard sharks at Shark Point and even Koh Phi Phi would grab your attention easily.

You can also dive with the manta rays and also see whales during your advanced diving sessions.

Even though the diving spots in Phuket are open all year round, it is recommended that you go during the months from November till April. During the late May to October months, the monsoon winds may create unfavorable conditions. Also, the surface tends to swell up to the island, which reduces your visibility levels by almost 30%. The diving trips rarely get cancelled but you really don’t want to take that chance.

As you head to Phi Phi and Similan Islands you wouldn’t want these random weather conditions to spoil your trip.

Diving in Phuket is all about seeing fun, seeing reef life, marine animals and bonding with other drivers. You can pick from depths ranging from 5 to 40 meters, as per your advancement levels. However, be wary that currents in some locations are very strong.

There are more than 30 diving sites to choose from here, so plan a vacation of at least one week so that you can enjoy some different and amazing diving spots in this mystique island.