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Top Five Phuket Scuba Diving Locations

Phuket is home to some of the world’s best scuba diving. There are a few beach dive options on Phuket but the best scuba diving is located on islands surrounding Phuket. These are all accessible from our day trip boat, MV Mermaid which visits the locations listed below on a daily basis. So if you are a beginner and looking for shallow tropical coral reefs or an experienced diver who is interested in diving wrecks – Phuket has it all.

. Here are the Top Five Phuket Scuba Diving Locations:

1: Phi Phi Islands:

These amazing islands are home to amazing tropical coral reefs featuring pink and purple corals, barrel sponges, and beautiful marine life. You are likely to see leopard sharks, bamboo sharks, banded sea snakes, and sea turtles. You may want to bring an underwater camera to this area!

2: Koh Racha Yai Island:

This all-year-round Phuket scuba diving location is located an hour and a half away from Phuket on our day trip boat – MV Mermaid. These coral reefs are sheltered from the underwater currents and home to reef sharks, clownfish, moray, lionfish, and eels. The colours are incredible, and you won’t want to miss out on this unique area.

3: King Cruiser Wreck:
This car ferry sank in 1997 after running aground on the reef. The ferry is 85m long, and while you can’t go inside, you can explore the outside of the wreckage. Wrecks like this start out in tragedy but end up being homes for small fish and even new coral.

4: Kata Reef:

Conveniently located just a short swim from Kata beach. This dive site is great for beginners and experienced divers alike with its shallow coral reefs.  Keep your eye out for turtles, and rays amongst the vivid coral formations. This dive trip is only avalible between December and May each year, due to the underwater currents and waves.

5: Koh Dok Mai:

This is the best macro scuba diving site in the Phuket scuba diving area. The wall dive is home to numerous types of coral and a host of different species of marine life. Nudibranchs, yellow tiger-tail seahorses, harlequin ghost pipefish, and many other colourful species of tropical fish can be seen in this area. 

How Do I Get to Phuket?

Travelers flying to Phuket have two options: a direct flight into Phuket International Airport or a one-hour connecting flight from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport. When planning your trip, depending on where you are coming from, there may be several stops, so plan ahead!

Phuket International Airport (HKT)

Address: Mai Khao, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK)

Address: 999 Nong Prue, Bang Phli District, Samut Prakan 10540, Thailand

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General Information

Phuket Island province has an area of 576 km2 (222 sq mi) 

English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas, but a little Thai will get you a long way. Speaking a little of the local language shows respect and care for the culture; most people love it when you try. Learn the basics of help, please, thank you, and remember that Google Translate is a handy app you can out on your phone to help out.

The currency used in Phuket is the Baht (THB). 1 Baht = 100 Satangs. Major credit cards are widely accepted across the island.  Banks offer the best exchange rates. Having some cash on hand for small vendors, street food, and tips is good.

Best Beaches in Phuket

Phuket is home to over 40 gorgeous beaches, and it’s known worldwide that this is an area of stunning beauty. There is a beach for every type of traveler in Phuket. As a rule of thumb, northern and southern beaches will be quieter and more relaxed, perfect for when you’re ready just to chill. However, if you are ready to experience the legendary nightlife of Phuket, you will want to head toward the bustling western beaches for music and dancing.

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  • Patong Beach is the most popular in Phuket, with a 3 kilometers long beach and an array of hotels, restaurants, shopping, and storied nightlife. Patong is big and pulses with dynamic energy.
  • Kata Beach is one of the most visited beaches, and for good reason. Get your Instagram ready for the sandy bays, intense blue seas, and the famous island in the middle of the ocean. Kata beach is about 2 kilometers long, but the Club Med Resort claims about 1.5 kilometers of the beachfront. 
  • Karon Beach is one of the longest beaches in Phuket, with a stunning 3 kilometers of white sand. Karon has numerous hotels, quality dining, and exciting nightlife. If you want the excitement of Patong but with fewer crowds, Karon is for you. 
  • Bang Tao Beach is situated halfway between Phuket International Airport and Patong beach on the island’s west coast. Bang Tao hosts some of the island’s most lavish resorts: Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, SAii Laguna Phuket Resort, Banyan Tree Resort, and Angsana Phuket Resort, to name a few. Bang Tao has something for everyone, with numerous restaurants and beach clubs. 
  • Nai Yang Beach is off the beaten path and hosts a variety of small bars and restaurants guaranteed to help you unwind. A favorite of locals and tourists alike. 
  • Mai Khao Beach is part of the Sirinath National Park and the longest beach in Phuket. Its northern location protects this beach from the crowds. You could walk 11 kilometers and maybe pass two locals on your way. Resorts are available on the beach. 
  • Nai Harn Beach is a gem of a beach tucked between small mountains and tiny islands at the very south of Phuket. More relaxed than the west coast beaches, Nai Harn’s bay is a great place to anchor for the day and explore the many restaurants and shops at your own pace. 

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