SCUBA DIVING IN PHUKET

Scuba diving in Phuket is characterised by extremely varied and spectacular diving spots. The biodiversity and the abundance of fish are impressive. Whether huge colourful coral gardens made of soft and hard corals, steep walls and shipwrecks; From beginners (OWD course) to diving professionals (Advanced Adventurer, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Rebreather diver) everyone gets their money’s worth.

The more than 18 diverse dive sites offer you the opportunity to take several diving trips, which only start and end from Chalong pier, when scuba diving in Phuket. The mystical underwater landscapes and numerous marine life at e.g. Koh Doc Mai, Koh Mai Thon, Shark Point, Anemone Reef, King Cruiser Wreck, Racha Yai, Racha Noi and Phi Phi Islands will inspire you. Because of the long travel time to dive the Phi Phi Islands, we recommend our diving excursion with an overnight stay in a hotel.

Customised diving experience while scuba diving in Phuket

For scuba diving in Phuket we use our own diving vessel M/V Matchanu exclusively for our divers. Although the ship is licensed for 20 divers, we only accommodate maximum 12 divers. This ensures our divers comfort and plenty of space to enjoy relaxed scuba diving in Phuket. We go out every day, all year round, but deliberately do without a rigid timetable. The criteria for choosing a dive site are weather, wind, waves, tides and currents. Of course, customer requests and diving course requirements are also taken into account. Another requirement is to dive at as “deserted” dive sites as possible and to avoid the large diving boats (with 50+ divers aboard) while scuba diving in Phuket. In addition, we have many years of experience in heading for selected dive sites at the right time. We make sure that the guided diving groups are small and divided according to the diving experience. Experienced divers can explore the dive spots on their own if they wish so. There are no dive time limits – we dive as long as the air lasts in our cylinders. The diving vessel collects us always quickly, no matter where we surface. Our diving trips don’t have a tight schedule which leads to an extremely relaxed atmosphere on board. All of this contributes significantly to the fact that you will experience extremely qualitative and individual scuba diving in Phuket.

Popular dive sites in the east of Phuket

Well-known and lesser-known dive sites around the Phi Phi Islands

Scuba Diving in Phuket to the Similan Islands

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.

Rebreather diving in Phuket

Our dive excursions allow sometimes longer dive times required by rebreather divers. If you are a certified rebreather diver, you may join our recreational daily diving trips. In any case, we provide full support for rebreather divers, including rebreather gas fills. Secure storage for rebreather units is available free of charge. For Rebreather diving in Phuket we have a vast experience and can provide you with detailed information.

Frequently asked questions about 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 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.

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.

Visibility when scuba diving in Phuket - Tauchen 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 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, divers can expect decent visibility all year round.

Check the wind/weather forecast hier.

Green Season Diving Phuket - Tauchen in Phuket
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!!

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.

When looking at the Diving industry in Phuket the focus is on faster + bigger = better. To make boats accessible for agents (joining dive shops) a fixed schedule is mandatory to manage bookings for 40 to 80 divers per boat. As you can see on the photo above there are 3 trips offered by all the diving boats. One Trip to the Racha Islands (2 dives at Banana Bay or Marina Bay and 1 dive at Bay 1. These dive sites offer shelter, very easy diving conditions even for non swimmers try out diving and a mooring buoy to save fuel cost and speed up the pre and after dive processes as 40 to 80 divers are on board. The second trip is going to Phi Phi Islands with dives at Koh Bida Nok and Turtle Rock or Palong wall and Shark Point on the way back. Usually the dive sites are always the same when scuba diving in Phuket. Especially at Koh Bida Nok usually are boats from Koh Lanta, Krabi, Phuket and Phi Phi Don arriving at the same time which makes it a crowded dive. The third trip option is going to King Cruiser Wreck, Shark Point and Koh Doc Mai. This trip is for experienced divers only. Diving at these dive sites is only pleasant when current and surface conditions are right. Current is created by the tides which shift every day. Therefore to keep a tight schedule is not the right thing as the timing is crucial for the dives. The last option is a 2 dive trip to Racha Yai. These trips focus und beginner courses and try diving. When offering Scuba Diving in Phuket we do not agree with the diving industry. We belief that adjusting the dive sites according to weather, current and ability of the divers gives each individual guest a great experience. A huge plus for us is that we have the schedule of each boat that we can avoid meeting them on a dive site.

The price for scuba diving in Phuket with Aloha Diving depends on how many days you like to sign up. As more you dive as cheaper it gets. Dive packages start at THB 2’800 per day. We may have special discounts available. Get in touch with us for the cheapest rate.

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