The best time of year to visit Phuket
Phuket has a variety of landscapes of such beauty: a great reason to visit it, as the whole of Thailand has so much to offer. Beaches, coasts, national parks, marine life and rainforests. There are also “cultural” attractions of incredible interest, such as the “Phuket Old Town” mosaic.
Strolling on “Thalang Road”, you can admire traditional Portuguese style houses and historic shops that have kept the atmosphere of the past. Phuket Town offers much more in addition to the historical and cultural aspect: excellent restaurants and bars, souvenir shops, and nightclubs. In Chalong, in the south of Phuket, stands the unmistakable silhouette of the Big Buddha, a giant white statue that stands on top of a hill part of a complex that also includes a small shrine.
The James Bond Island, but not only
Being in Phuket, we cannot fail to visit James Bond Island. “Koh Tapu” rises from the water 40 meters from the mainland and was made famous by the 007 series movie “The Man with the Golden Gun” and since then renamed “James Bond Island”; a vertical cone with an inverted base that has the appearance of a huge nail 20 metres high.
The waters of the bay around the island are shallow and jade green in colour; the island is very small. It is not possible to dock there, but it offers glimpses of great beauty. If we are in Phuket, we certainly have to visit the mythical Phi Phi Islands made famous by the American movie “The Beach”.
These islands retain their pristine charm and beauty that catches the eye: the stacks and imposing cliffs protect it, hiding a white beach framed by lush tropical vegetation, a stone’s throw away from Phuket. Another gem easily accessible from Phuket is the Similan Islands.
These islands and Phuket are among the ten best diving destinations in the world. This small group of islands has become the destination of boats and yachts arriving daily from Phuket or “Khao Lak” to offer a day in paradise. The Similans belong to the “Muko Similan” National Park, and only six of them are allowed to be visited while the others are protected because they are the places where sea turtles lay their eggs.
By diving into the sea, you will discover countless treasures that this earthly paradise can offer to its visitors and scuba divers who come here from all over the world. The depths of Phuket are full of life, and here you can admire corals, tropical fish of a thousand colours, and even sharks of many kinds and never “dangerous”.
Phuket scuba diving is, therefore, always an exciting experience suitable for everyone, from experienced divers to beginners. If you have never practised this activity, Phuket is the best place to approach this experience because here there are many courses: “Discover Scuba Diving” in which a patent is not required or issued, but you will learn all the basics to dive with the assistance of a qualified instructor. If you want to continue and also take the diving certificate, you can also sign up for courses lasting several days.
You can dive throughout the year even if from November to April the sea conditions are better and therefore also the visibility underwater. Thanks to its ideal location, the island of Phuket allows easy access to the most beautiful phuket scuba diving sites of the Andaman Sea. The most popular Phuket scuba diving places for divers are:
1) Anemone Reef: a beautiful expanse of blue and green anemones where there’s also the Shark Point Marine Sanctuary, one of the most beautiful to dive where the colourful Clownfish and other tropical fish but also Leopard Sharks, Snappers Hide, Barracuda and Lion Fishes.
2) Koh Doc Mai: A very small island consisting of a rocky massif covered with vegetation where an infinite number of coloured coral can be found in the seabed where incredible submerged caves make the excursion more interesting and exciting.
3) Wreck of the King cruiser: it still lies today on a sandy bottom about 30 metres deep and has become a very popular attraction among divers. The wreck has also become the home and refuge of many fish and turtles!
4) Racha Yai Island: offers good diving sites sheltered throughout the year and for all levels, from beginners to experts. Visibility is generally good, and there are various expanses of coloured corals which offer an exciting show, especially when they are illuminated by the sun’s rays. This is also the only place where you can swim with “elephants!” in the north of the island facing “Siam Bay,” some underwater structures and statues about 20 metres deep, including two life-size elephant sculptures.
It is practically a natural paradise for anyone who loves “beauty”, especially for scuba diving lovers or even those who want to start practising in this excellent spot. Welcome to Phuket scuba diving.
Welcome to Thailand Divers. We look forward to showing you the amazing underwater world of Phuket and its surrounding islands.
The best time of year to visit Phuket
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