Scuba diving in Phuket is one of the popular activities in the province. Other than sightseeing, tourists find their way to the must-visit Phuket beaches to explore what’s beneath the clear, blue waters. For example, colorful coral formations and marine life like stingrays, pufferfish, harlequin shrimp and variety of sea creatures await every diver.
Be it a beginner or a professional. Peek into this Phuket guide and find out the crowd favourite scuba diving locations in the province! Leave your flip-flops for a while and trade it for a diving suit and equipment.
KOH PHI PHI
First is the astounding Phi Phi Islands. Adorned by many as the picturesque rock formations above is as outstanding as it is below.
At Koh Phi Phi, Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are the crowd favourite diving spots because of the giant Manta Rays swimming freely below. If you’re lucky, you may spot whale sharks as well as barracuda and fusilier.
Do you find turtles adorable? Then Malong Bay should be on your scuba diving in Phuket bucket list. Travelers often say that diving in Malong Bay is such a priceless experience due to its diverse sea life. Apart from turtles, seahorses, clownfish, and soft corals are beneath Malong Bay too.
In case you wish to avoid the large crowds, recommended diving locations are Hin Jom and Gara Heng. Yes, you read that right. There are large crowds in some areas as scuba diving in Phuket is a must activity.
Hin Jom, also known as Anemone Reef is a sloping down underworld of sea fans and soft corals. Other than that, stingrays, cobia fish and lionfish are common in this spectacular diving spot.
Gara Heng, on the other hand, is a dive site hidden right in the middle of the ocean. But fret not because many divers still venture into this remote location. However, experienced and certified divers are likely to go through. Why? Because it is tricky to swim and to descend due to the current. If you dare to do so, get ready to immerse yourself with thousands of creatures like leopard shark, bamboo shark and giant moray eel.
KOH DOK MAI
Another entry on this scuba diving in Phuket guide is Koh Dok Mai. Small limestone island with two main diving sites. First is an area with a sloping wall covered in oyster clams. While the second one, which is at the western side of the island has a smaller sloping dive site. In either case, both areas are dive worthy.
Koh Dok Mai will definitely amaze you with its decorative underwater wall of sea fans and soft corals. In addition to the gorgonians, look out for ghost pipefish, nudibranchs, honeycomb grouper and angelfish.
KOH RACHA YAI
Next is a tropical paradise thriving with hard coral reefs. Koh Racha Yai, a favorable dive site for beginners and even for snorkeling. It boasts not only marine life but also a couple of small wrecks. When you descend, expect to see damselfish, triggerfish and scorpionfish.
Moreover, unlike other locations, Koh Racha Yai is a great place to dive whole year-round.
FLIGHTS TO PHUKET
Ready to take the plunge? Go for scuba diving in Phuket! Check the latest deals for flights to Phuket at Bangkok Airways. Make sure to book for Phuket dive tours too for a safe and sound journey down in the underworld.