Phuket is one of the ten best scuba diving destinations in the world. The numerous diving schools all over the island offer diving trips and also certification courses in order to achieve the globally-recognised PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) license.
Complete Guide to Scuba Diving in Phuket
Diving day trips to the nearest and most popular dive spots – Phi Phi Island and the Racha islands – are operated all year long. The fascinating King Cruiser wreck and Shark Point are two of the must-see sites famous among divers from around the globe. The main advantage of these diving trips is that both beginners and advanced divers can enjoy the underwater world, challenging themselves to a level that they are comfortable with. Those who crave unforgettable experiences by observing the biggest fish and underwater life around should be prone to also visit the Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea.
Phi Phi Island
Phi Phi Island is one of the most famous and fabulous diving spots in the world. The variety of coral can amaze even the most avid diver. The limestone rocks, rising straight from the emerald water, form bizarre, enthralling caves and provide unique underwater swim-throughs.
The Racha Islands have two dive spots at each of the islands respectively – Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi. The larger island, Racha Yai, is good for any dive levels, while Racha Noi is only for experienced, due to the greater depth and stronger currents. These two spots are popular not only for their beautiful coral gardens but also due to the variety and diversity of the fish life here.
King Cruiser Wreck
“King Cruiser” was a passenger ferry that hit the Anemone reef and sank in 1997. This unfortunate accident means, from a diving perspective, the already rich in scenery Anemone underwater world was ignited with another fascinating diver’s attraction. The 85-metre ship has subsequently became a shelter for crabs, fish, and coral that gradually accrete across all the metal surfaces, making it a delight to behold.
This dive spot got its name from the impressive Leopard Sharks that live here. Besides the sharks, divers may observe the extensive schools of tropical fish and bright, soft coral pasting alongside the limestone rock. This spot is suitable for all levels; however as always, you should be accompanied by a certified divemaster.
Scuba diving in Phuket is among the greatest attractions for this island paradise. The variety and accessibility to world-class diving spots make Phuket a sought-after location for this immersive activity by aquatic lovers from all over the globe!