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Phuket Scuba Diving Guide 2017-07-24T14:09:43+00:00

Where to stay in Phuket for Scuba Diving?

Phuket Scuba Diving Guide

With good reason is Phuket, the “Pearl of the Andaman Sea”, one of the most beautiful places in Thailand. Miles of gently sloping and white sandy beaches are in place along the coast line. Upstate there is a rich vegetation surrounded by 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 where mainly locals live.

The most well-known tourist destination is Patong. There most hotels, restaurants, bars, discos and shops. However, rules through the many tourists throughout the hustle and often chaotic traffic. On the southern beaches Karon and Kata, it is a little quieter. The long beach in Karon is separated from the hotels and resorts by a main road . The same picture can be seen on the beach of Kata. There is a little beach called Kata Noi, mainly visited by guests of the near resort. In an impressive drive along the west coast towards the south you get to Nai Harn, Ao Sane and Yanui Beach. A real insider tip for those seeking relaxation. Another highlight is the southernmost point of Phuket, the Promthep Cape where you can admire from the cliffs a beautiful sunset. Along the road you arrive at Rawai Beach. This section is still dominated by locals and there is a green tourism. Fisherman present every evening their fresh catch, which you can bring to the restaurant for cooking across the road. North of Patong on the west coast in the area of Kamala, Surin Beach, Bang Tao, Layan Beach, Nai Thon Beach, Nai Yang Beach, Tri Trang Beach and Mai Khao many famous luxury resorts are located directly on the beach. On the east coast south of Phuket Town can also be found a few pretty resorts on Cape Panwa. Another main transport hub is Chalong, where the port and various accommodations are located. It is also the starting point for visiting Big Buddha. The worldwide highest Buddha Statue of 45 meters is placed on top of a mountain looking over Chalong bay. Between Chalong and Patong in Kathu there are other tourist attractions, such as the Kathu waterfalls.

Some popular Resorts and Hotels in Phuket

  • Mövenpick Residences Bangtao Beach
  • Anantara Phuket Villas, Mai Khao
  • JW Marriott, Mai Khao
  • Regent Phuket, Cape Panwa
  • Indigo Pearl, Nai Yang
  • Le Meridien, Patong
  • Amari Phuket Resort, Patong
  • Angsana Laguna Phuket, Bangtao Beach
  • The Vijitt Resort Phuket, Rawai
  • Mövenpick Resort & Spa, Karon Beach
  • Sunprime Resort, Kamala
  • Sunsuri Phuket, Rawai / Nai Harn
  • Mandarava Resort and Spa, Karon Beach
  • Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, Karon
  • Sunwing Resort, Kamala Beach
  • Duangjitt Resort & Spa, Patong Phuket
  • R Mar Resort, Patong
  • Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, Bangtao Beach
  • Sunwing Resort, Kamala
  • Hyatt Regency, Kamala
  • Serenity Resort, Rawai
  • Centara Karon Resort, Karon
  • Hilton Phuket Arcadia, Karon
  • Avista Resort, Kata
  • Katathani Phuket, Kata Noi
  • The Nai Harn, Rawai / Nai Harn
  • Mövenpick Villas & Spa, Karon Beach
  • Thavorn Palm Beach Resort Phuket, Karon
  • Metadee Resort & Villas, Kata
  • Kata Rocks, Kata Beach
  • Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort, Cape Panwa
  • Sunwing Resort, Bang Tao Beach
  • Rawai Palm Beach Resort, Rawai Beach

  • Novotel Avista, Kata Beach
  • Rosewood Phuket, Tri Trang Beach

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For divers want to make the daily diving trips to the southern dive sites of Phuket, a hotel in this region is advisable to book (e.g. Chalong, Rawai, Kata Noi, Kata, Karon, Patong or Kamala). Long and tedious journey times to the port can be avoided like this.

See what others told us about Scuba Diving in Phuket

Karol Kreienbuehl
03:26 13 Jul 17
Aloha diving made it possible!We had a great time with amazing dives and met wonderful peoples. The service you get is just on top of the top. Transferring you like a VIP from your hotel to the boat and back...all you need to do is to slip in your gear and jump in the water....just awesome! Also during the boat ride where enough food and drinks for all to keep everyone happy. Briefing and De-briefing was good and easy understandable for all and made the dives even more enjoyable. They also look after your diving skills to make sure you got the best dives for your comfort level. Alice and the team did great and we would go diving with them any time any place again! Companys like Aloha diving became rare. Where peoples get treated like individual personalities and taken the way they are. We really appreciate that personal touch!read more
Katy Fatchen
00:54 25 Jun 17
We traveled to Phuket in June 2017 with a focus on spending the majority of our time diving. We went with Alice from Aloha diving and are so very pleased we did! This is a great small company it was just my husband and I and Alice. From our transport to and from the hotel, to the high quality equipment, local knowledge, safety and experience it was simply outstanding.We had booked 2 days diving with 3 dives per day and on the final dive I was so impressed we booked another day and ended up having 9 dives in total with Alice and Aloha Ocean Adventures.Having our Open Water dive certificate but not many dives under our weight belts having a professional instructor / guide who put our safety first was so very important to me and Alice and Aloha Ocean Adventures did not disappoint.Alice met us at the marina and brought us onto the shared large diving boat, she had an excellent working relationship with the crew and boat leader who were very helpful and knowledgeable. Alice explained everything to us, since it had been over a year since we dived, Alice walked us through our equipment by the end of the first dive we were handling, using and setting up our equipment like pros. Before each dive Alice would sit with us on the boat and go through the dive site, our plan for the dive and the marine life we were likely to experience. Her professionalism and love for diving made for some amazing dives! Her guidance and education has taken us from being novice divers up to the next level - she has invigorated our love of diving again.I am already planning another dive trip to Phuket and certainly be using Aloha Ocean Adventures again. Highly recommend.read more

Phuket Scuba Diving Guide

The Andaman Sea is characterised by extremely varied and spectacular dive sites. The diversity and abundance of fish are impressive. Whether huge colorful coral gardens of soft and hard corals, walls and shipwrecks; from beginner (OWD course) until the dive professional (Advanced Adventurer, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Rebreather Diver) , everyone gets pleasure. Further north of Phuket there are the famous Similan Islands with Richelieu Rock and / or Myanmar (Burma). The starting point for 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. Far to the north rise the chances to see whale sharks and manta rays. The distance to the top dive sites is big, which is why they can not be approached with a daily diving excursion. Any other interesting Phuket dive sites in the south of Phuket like Phi Phi, Racha Yai, Racha Noi, King Cruiser, Shark Point, Anemonereef, Koh Doc Mai and Hin Daeng / Hin Muang are approached exclusively from Chalong.

The following information is also important. When diving in Phuket (Patong, Kata, Karon, Chalong, Rawai, etc.), it is common that not every diving school has its own dive boat. The diving schools book their customers at the various big boat operators. This has the advantage, always be able to approach the appropriate dive site and / or desired dive site according to the needs of divers or students. However, make absolutely sure that the diving school is represented by its own instructors on the boat. It often happens that divers, without realizing it, are only booked on the boat and then allocated to a group of divers (possibly with different diving experience). Another important criterion is that a diving center in Phuket has the necessary TAT license to operate legally in Thailand. This number should be visible on the website.