Scuba Diving in Phuket

Phuket Island Holiday

Why go Scuba Diving in Phuket

Scuba Diving in Phuket offers you the greatest variety in diving experiences across the whole of Thailand – but also provides you with an idyllic holiday destination full of cultural interest and variety.

For good reason Phuket is known as the “Pearl of the Andaman Sea”, one of the most beautiful places in Thailand. Miles of white sandy beaches are spread along the coast line and there are also areas of rich vegetation and a mountainous landscape. Phuket is the largest island of Thailand and is located in the Andaman Sea (Indian Ocean). The distance from the north where the Sarasin Bridge connects the island to the mainland, to the southernmost tip is about 50 km. The east / west width is about 21 km. The capital is Phuket Town which is mainly populated by locals.

The most popular tourist destination is Patong Beach with a huge variety of hotels, restaurants, bars, discos and shops. This place is constantly bustling with tourists mingling with locals. On the southern beaches of Karon Beach and Kata Beach, it is a little quieter. The long beaches in Karon and Kata are separated from the hotels and resorts by the main road .There is a little beach at Kata called Kata Noi Beach, mainly visited by guests of the nearby resort. In a short drive along the west coast towards the south you get to Nai Harn Beach, Ao Sane and Yanui Beaches – perfect destinations for those seeking relaxation by the sea.

Another highlight is the most southern point of Phuket, the Promthep Cape, where you can admire beautiful sunsets from the cliffs in a balmy tropical environment and enjoy local foods at the many easily accessed street stalls and restaurants. Along the road you arrive at Rawai Beach where local fisherman present their fresh catch every evening to be enjoyed at local restaurants that line the beach road.

North of Patong Beach on the west coast, in the area of Kamala Beach, there are many beautiful locations for a beachfront holiday including Surin Beach, Bang Tao, Layan Beach, Nai Thon Beach, Nai Yang Beach, Tri Trang Beach and Mai Khao. On the east coast south of Phuket Town at Cape Panwa, there is also a variety of attractive hotels and resorts. Another main transport hub is Chalong, where the port and a large variety of accommodation are located. Most dive boats for scuba diving in Phuket depart from the Chalong Pier. It is also the starting point for visiting Big Buddha. The highest Buddha Statue in the world at 45 meters, is placed on top of a mountain looking over Chalong bay, affording amazing panoramic views of most of southern Phuket and the Andaman Sea with the Phi Phi Islands clearly visible on good days. Between Chalong and Patong Beach in Kathu there are other tourist attractions, such as the Kathu waterfalls.

Scuba Diving in Phuket

The Andaman Sea is characterised by extremely varied and spectacular dive sites. The diversity and abundance of fish are impressive. Whether huge colorful gardens of soft and hard corals, dramatic walls and shipwrecks; from beginners (OWD course) to dive professionals (Advanced Adventurer, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Rebreather Diver) – everyone gets pleasure diving these waters. Further north of Phuket there are the famous Similan Islands with Richelieu Rock and / or Myanmar (Burma). The starting point for scuba diving tours there is Khao Lak, respectively a place called Tablamu. However, we recommend a multi-day liveaboard to see the highlights of the Similan Islands. Further north, the chances of spotting whale sharks and manta rays increases.

The distance to the best dive sites is significant, which is why some can not be accessed through a daily diving excursion. Any of the other interesting dive sites in the south of Phuket like Phi Phi Islands, Racha Yai, Racha Noi, King Cruiser, Shark Point, Anemone reef, Koh Doc Mai and Hin Daeng / Hin Muang are accessed exclusively from Chalong Pier.

Aloha Diving operates a small cozy diving boat which accommodates a maximum of 15 diving gusts on day trips. To ensure the best scuba diving experience in Phuket there is no fixed schedule for the dive areas. Dive sites of the day depend on the sea condition, current, wind and experience level of the divers on board. Of course wishes of the guests are as well a part of the decision.

When scuba diving in Phuket (Patong Beach, Kata Beach, Karon Beach, Chalong, Nai Harn Beach, Rawai Beach, Bangtao Beach, Cape Panwa, etc.), it is common for dive schools to not own their own dive boat. The diving schools book their customers through various big boat operators. At Aloha Diving, we take pride in ensuring the boats we use are of the highest quality with the most experienced crews and safety records.

The diverse range of boat trips available on any one day ,ensures we are always be able to approach dpreferred dive sites according to the needs of divers and/or students.

It is important that you make absolutely sure that your diving school is represented by its own instructors on your selected boat. At Aloha Diving, this is our rule – without any exceptions. It is commonplace for divers, without realizing it, to be only booked on a particular boat and then allocated randomly to a group of divers (possibly with different diving experience).

Please Note – It is essential that all diving centers in Phuket have the necessary TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) license to operate legally in Thailand. The TAT number should be visible on the dive center website. You find this number in the footer of our website.

What can you expect when scuba diving in Phuket

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Why is scuba diving in Phuket so good?

Diving Vessel for Scuba Diving in Phuket

Scuba Diving in Phuket is mostly done as day trips by boat since most dive sites are located off shore and are only accessible by boat. There are also a number of dive sites which can be reached directly from the beach or by longtail boat. But the most beautiful places are mostly a bit further away.

The water temperature in Phuket?

How cold is the water when Scuba Diving in Phuket?

The Andaman sea is usually between 28 and 30 degrees Celsius all year round.

During February and March nutrient rich currents may swell up from the open ocean and bring “cold water” with them for short periods. But it rarely gets colder than 25 degrees. If you are sensitive to colder water, an ideal wetsuit is a 3mm shorty or long suit. Shorty’s are available for hire from Aloha Diving.

A benefit from these “cold currents” is that manta rays and whale sharks follow them and can provide an unexpected spectacle.

When is the best time for scuba diving in Phuket?

When is the best time for Scuba Diving in Phuket

Phuket is a year round destination for scuba divers. No matter the time of the year there is always good diving to be enjoyed. However, the main scuba diving season corresponds to the main tourist season for Thailand.
Usually, the best conditions for diving are from November to April. At this time, there is a lower chance of rain and storms. The sea is usually calm with clear blue skys, light winds and long sunny days.
This is also the best time to enjoy liveaboard diving trips. At Aloha Diving, we can provide you with current information about all diving options available year round. This web site also provides an overview of the most popular dive options for visitors to Phuket. (see Scuba Diving Excursions in Phuket)

What is Scuba Diving in Phuket like during the rainy season?

How is scuba diving in Phuket during the rainy season?

During the rainy season from May to October there is a higher chance of rain and tropical thunderstorms.
However, this does not mean that it is rainy every day or that the weather is bad all the time. In fact there are usually long periods of time when the weather is comparable to the best days in the high season.
Regardless of the season, there is always something interesting to discover diving at Phuket. More information on diving during the rainy season can be found here.

In the unlikely event that strong winds and stormy weather causes a last minute cancellation of your planned dives, we will go out of our way to ensure you can make alternative plans – for example, to dive on your other free days, to enjoy interesting land based excursions – or to take advantage of the Aloha Fun Tank to brush up on your dive skills!!

What is the usual underwater visibility?

How is the visibility underwater when Scuba Diving in Phuket?

The visibility at the dive sites varies during the year and from site to site. Dive sites around Racha Yai and Racha Noi enjoy great visibility all year round. Mostly in the 20-30m range.

Dive sites like Phi Phi Islands, Shark Point, Anemone Reef and the King Cruiser Wreck offer a little less. Mostly in the 15m range, with the odd 25+ m day,

Overall, you can expect good visibility all year round.

Where is the best place to stay for Scuba Diving in Phuket?

Accomodation when Scuba Diving in Phuket

For divers who want to make daily trips to the dive sites around Phuket, it is recommended that you select a hotel in the region of Rawai, Nai Harn Beach, Chalong, Kata Noi, Kata, Karon or Patong. This will help you avoid long and tedious transfers to the diving pier in Chalong. We can always assist you in finding a hotel which suits your needs when you are planning your holiday.

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Diving in Phuket Thailand

We often hear our guests say: “I want to see Sharks, Mantas and Turtles….” – Well, you need to be lucky, but as a passionate diver you will also hopefully enjoy the great diversity of other great and often unusual sea creatures that live in the waters off Phuket. Let yourself be amazed at the beauty of our marine flora and fauna and the spectacular underwater landscape of the Andaman Sea.

Phuket is your gateway to a new mystic underwater world :– Get in touch with Aloha Diving and if this is your first time diving, we can help you become a certified, safe and respected scuba diver.