How is Scuba Diving in terms of the weather during rainy season in Phuket?
The weather in Phuket is warm all year round. Temperatures range between 25 – 34 degree Celsius. Humidity will range between 60% – 95% through out the year adding to the feeling of warmth.
The seasons are broken into two distinct seasons “Wet Season” (summer) and “Dry Season” (winter).
In the high-season, the average rainfall is 18 days in November and 11 days in December. From January to March it’s around 5 days per month, making this the driest and most popular time to travel.
In the off-season, the wettest months are toward the end of the rainy season, September and October, with an average of 22 and 25 rain days and around 300mm rainfall per square metre.
During the rest of the rainy season, just over half the days are actual rainy days.
The probability of a few rain days during a holiday is relatively high, but at the same time there will also be a lot of dry and sunny days. Even in the rainy season, for example, Phuket still offers 6 to 7 hours of sun per day.
How is Scuba Diving during rainy season in Thailand?
Now you know statistically how often it rains in Thailand. But how will it affect your diving? And is it a worthwhile time for a holiday?
What is most important to know is that some diving spots are closed during the off-season.
Similan, Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Koh Has National Park are closed in the low season.
What about waves in the rainy season?
On many days, there are more waves out there which will affect swimming at some beaches. On the other hand, this is great news for surfers.
For divers this is only a small problem, because at many dive sites it is possible to find a an area protected from the waves.
For example, Racha Yai and Racha Noi and the Phi Phi Islands are dive sites on the east side of the islands as well, protected from the wind and waves and thus very good for diving. The same applies to Koh Dok Mai. So you will dive different dive sites when Scuba Diving during rainy season.
More to see during Rainy Season in Phuket?
At the same time, however, some dive sites are busier, not with people but with animals. When there are fewer divers in the water, the shier animals are less hidden. Leopard sharks, rays, etc. are often observed.
Tips when planning Phuket Scuba Diving during rainy season?
- Plan to dive at the beginning of your trip. This gives you the possibility to postpone the dives when the weather clears or has improved.
- Keep your schedule flexible in case we have to postpone a dive.
- If in any doubt what so ever take motion sickness tablets. One in the evening before you sleep and one first thing in the morning. They are readily available in most pharmacies in Phuket and are free of charge at the Aloha Diving Phuket office.
- Take a change of clothes with you on the boat. If you get wet in the morning it makes for an uncomfortable day if you are wet for the rest of the day.
- Take a cheap waterproof jacket. 7-Eleven sell ponchos for less than THB 100. They are a great investment and pack into any small bag.
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