Phuket is world famous, and Thailand’s most popular tourist destination. It is also the country’s largest island and has both an international airport and a road bridge linking it to the mainland. It’s located in the south of Thailand on the west coast, facing the Andaman Sea which soon becomes the vast Indian Ocean. Recreational scuba diving in Phuket is big business and very much worth trying. There are dozens of scuba diving centres dotted along the west coast, as well as in Phuket Town and Chalong in the south east corner of the island.
In spite of such well-established diving infrastructure on Phuket, there aren’t really many dive sites on its doorstep which are worth visiting. As crazy as this sounds, it’s true. Phuket day trip diving boats visit the dive sites half way to Koh Phi Phi, which are King Cruiser Wreck, Shark Point, Koh Doc Mai & Anemone Reef. There are some interesting dive sites at the Racha / Raya Islands to Phuket’s south, too. However, every good dive site is up to an hour or more away by boat. There are also a few liveaboard boats based in Phuket, and they offer short trips to Koh Haa, Koh Phi Phi & Hin Daeng as well as longer cruises to The Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock.
What makes diving from Phuket so good is the abundance of dive centres and other activities to choose from. There are go-karts and ATVs to be ridden, a vibrant nightlife in certain areas, and hotels, resorts and guest houses to suit every taste and budget. As well as scuba diving, there is plenty to do on this hugely popular diving resort island. Although you can’t leave your hotel and be underwater within a short space of time like divers on Koh Tao can, there are a lot of valid reasons for starting and finishing a diving vacation in Phuket, Thailand.