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Scuba Diving in Phuket from Cruise Ships
Cruises are a convenient and luxurious way to discover new countries. In Asia there are numerous cruise ships on various routes visiting Phuket.
We get a lot of requests from crusaders from TUI Mein Schiff and Royal Caribbean Cruises Phuket and like to book a trip with us. Of course most cruise operators offer various tours. But not everyone wants to participate in this. Whether it is because you have no desire on the large group, or because you are not satisfied with the tours.
Basically there is a lot of ways to spend a day on Phuket. Among the most popular trips around Phuket are Phang Nga Bay with the James Bond Island and Phi Phi islands Maya Bay.
The problem is however that these are operated as full-day or half-day tours with fixed schedule and usually start early in the morning. That applies for snorkeling and and sightseeing tours as well as for day trips on the dive boats.
As the cruise ships in Phuket mostly moor up in the morning and the Crusaders get ashore around 9 O’clock, most of these day trips are already left. Tours that start in the afternoon only return after you have to be back on board. Most cruise ships moor up at Patong. Here the boat is in the middle of the bay at anchor and remains lying there, so you use tender boats. When booking or planning a tour you have to consider that it may take 30-40 minutes until you will arrive ashore.
Advantage to stay in Patong is that it is even after the end of a day trip still various ways to pass the time until you go back on board. Numerous restaurants, bars and shops are within a radius of the pier at the south of Patong beach.
The Deep Sea Port is located at Cape Panwa in the southeast of Phuket and is quite far away from all attractions. From here the tour in the island’s capital Phuket Town with its Viewpoints is very close, as well as a tour in the south to the Wat Chalong and the Big Buddha. Unlike Patong the cruise ship docks at the Deep Sea Port.
If you stay at the Phuket Deep Sea Port (Ao Makham) you should schedule the trip that you are back to board the cruise ship sharpe on time. Because there is nothing to visit. You will be in the middle of nowhere.
Where exactly do you go ashore tell you your Travel Agency or Cruise Ship operator. We have made the experience that many crusaders get only informed at very short notice if they dock in Patong or Deep Sea Port. Here you find a good example.