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Scuba Diving in Phuket

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 for Scuba Diving 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 Beach, Rawai Beach, Kata Noi Beach, Kata Beach, Karon Beach, Patong Beach or Kamala Beach). Long and tedious journey times to the port can be avoided like this.

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Richard Wagner
10:01 28 Mar 18
Update 27th March 2018: Third visit and stay at Aloha Diving and amazing again like all the time before! Every time you're with them, you feel very familiar and close to them. First time for me to meet Alice, the wonderful lady also in the office with Simon, who told me everything about my next possibilities in things of diving and adviced me perfectly. Had a great trip again to another spot for me. Phi Phi and Sharkpoint was wonderful to dive, perfect conditions underwater and also on the boat with that perfect organisation and of course the transfer from the hotel before, even if some hours booked before. My instructor Tony was very helpful, experienced and open minded. Thanks to you too Tony! Last but not least, Simon, thanks for all of your good and safe organisation! Guys, you're really great, thanks a lot again and hope to dive with you soon! Best regards & AlohaRichard_________________________________________Update 20th Oct 2017:Decided one day before in the afternoon to join this great adventure again and had a another very cool and exciting diving trip. Different locations than yesterday, same great boat, same great and nice crew (always very helpful), same perfect instructor as yesterday (many thanks to Klaus again) and a lot of other fishes (also a shark), reefs and also a wreck but ten times bigger as yesterday. It was a great tour guys from Aloha Diving! Thanks again for these amazing two days! Best regards! --------------------------------------------------------------------Fun-Diving with Aloha Diving on 19th Oct 2017I was driving by the way to Rawai, looking for a Diving company in Phuket and saw Aloha Diving. Simon (Part CEO/ very nice and experienced) told me everything what I want to know about Fun Dives and the Advanced Open Water Course, because I made my Open Water 4 weeks ago on Koh Tao. Decided to practice with Fun Dives was a good decision. Klaus, my personal Instructor (very competent and experienced too) told me everything to need about the region, showed me incredible beautiful fishes and as a highlight dived through a old wrack. It was a perfect day, perfect conditions, perfect team, perfect boat with all Inclusive. Fantastic breakfast, lunch, afternoon cakes and Drinks for free. A very big thank you to Simon and Klaus! Hope to see you soon again Guys! It was a pleasure for me!read more
pascal wirz
17:54 26 Mar 18
We’ve never thought that diving would be that amazing. We were glad to make this experience at Aloha diving. They were very professional and explained to us everything very well which makes us feel save under water. Also their tank is very beautiful! We’ve had an amazing trip and diving tour as well. We’ve learned a lot! If we ever go back to Pukhet we definitely come back visit them!read more

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 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 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. 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 scuba diving in Phuket (Patong Beach, Kata Kata Beach, Karon Beach, Chalong, Rawai Beach, Cape Panwa, 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.