Dive Sites Of Phuket
Phuket has a wonderful diversity of of things to see under the water in conditions that are often as pleasant as any where in the world.
These are the dive sites we regularly visit when you are diving on one of our Phuket scuba diving day trips.
All scuba diving dive sites are at the discretion of the tour leader on the day. Dive sites are selected based on the weather conditions, currents, safety and suitability to majority of divers on the boat. We cannot guarantee specific dive sites prior to the boat departing.
Dive boats go to Racha Noi every day of the week as a part of a 3-dive combo with Racha Yai. There is also a two dive trip to “Racha Yai only” running everyday of the week.
Dive boats go to Phi Phi every day of the week as a part of a 3-dive combo with Shark Point. Hin Bida is scheduled (weather permitting) Wednesday . Shark Point can be substituted with Anemone Reef depending on the currents and weather conditions.
Dive boats go to Koh Doc Mai every day of the week as a part of a 3-dive combo with Shark Point and King Cruiser and sometimes with Phi-Phi.
Ko Racha Yai
This is the closest island to Phuket, where there are about 10 different dive sites. Translated from Thai, Racha Yai is the “Big King.” You can reach it in 20 minutes by speedboat, or in 1.5 hours on a regular dive boat.
There are almost no waves and currents, so we usually start diving courses here or do try dives for DSD program.
Certified divers here will comfortably refresh their skills in a relaxed atmosphere.
For accompanying relatives or friends, this is a paradise – snorkeling is just great here.
Details on the diving sites of Racha Yai can be read by following links:
Ko Racha Noi
Racha Noah is translated from Thai as “Little King”. The island lies immediately on the course after Racha Yai, going from Phuket about 40 minutes on a speed boat or about 2 hours on a diving boat.
Unlike Racha Yai, there are currents here, and the depths reach 40 meters and more. But the most important thing is due to the currents – there is an opportunity to meet the manta ray and whale sharks.
Read more about the dive sites of the island of Racha Noi at the links:
Koh Dok Mai
Koh Dok Mai literally means “Flower Island”. There are different stories of how the place got its name – some say it is because the island was one full of blossoming flowers, and others claim its name comes from underwater beauty around its shores. However, Koh Dok Mai is a special dive site and most of scuba divers appreciate the rich scuba environment of this islet. We include this dive site on our diving day trips every day with King Cruiser and Shark point.
Dive slowly if you don’t want to miss the small creatures – this dive site is famous for. It should be possible to get half-way around the island in an hour. It is usually a one-way dive along the wall side of Koh Dok Mai, but it can get tricky when there are strong currents, as the up-currents and down-currents can rapidly reduce the visibility from a good 20 meters (66 feet) to 3 meters (10 feet).
Read more about the dive sites of the island of Koh Dok Mai at the link.
46 km (29 miles) to the east-southeast of Phuket, the Phi Phi Islands group has been drawing visitors from all four corners pf the globe for over a decade. The Phi Phi Islands group are one of Southeast Asia’s most striking destinations. Verdant limestone hills rising out of turquoise waters are the first impression that Ton Sai Bay in Ko Phi Phi Don, the main island, gives to newly-arrived travelers. The craggy majesty of Ko Phi Phi Leh provides a marked contrast while peripheral islands offer a heady cocktail of white-sand beaches, nodding palms, crystal-clear water and superb scuba diving, snorkeling and fun dive activities.
Scuba diving day trips, snorkeling and fun dive at Ko Phi Phi Islands offers a splendid variety of different types of diving on its local reefs, with abundant hard and soft corals and a rich diversity of marine life – suitable for all scuba diving levels. Snorkeling day trips around Phi Phi Island is second to none, with plenty of shallow coral gardens crowning the fringing reefs, which are alive with colorful fishes.
Read more about the dive sites of Phi-Phi at the links:
- Ko Bida Nok
- Ko Bida Nai
- Turtle Rock
- Polong Wall
- Hin Bida
When considering a dive tours from Phuket Thailand, many divers think of the Similan Islands in the northern Andaman Sea, but scuba divers found that the southern islands have just as much to offer. Sloping coral reefs, cliff like vertical walls, submerged pinnacles, caverns and dramatic swim-throughs in the south teemed with life. Abundant cleaning stations offered opportunities to interact with creatures great and small. Diverse schools of fish orchestrated visual symphonies of flow and function amid dramatic underwater topography. Anemone Reef and Shark Point dive sites are collectively known to rival the Similans in term of scuba diving interests.
Anemone Reef and Shark Point are considered to be one of the top scuba diving destination in Phuket and Thailand. On the three pinnacles of Shark Point we relished several minutes watching a young golden trevally sifting through the gill slits of a very patient leopard shark.
Read more about the dive site of Shark point at the link.
Anemone Reef is a submerged pinnacle with its top at 5m (16 feet) giving this dive site its Thai name “Hin Jom” The pinnacle is densely covered with sea anemones presenting an amazing view of sea’s own version of the living carpet. The pinnacle has a north-south orientation, with a small sloped channel close to the south part.
Soft corals and sea fans cover the pinnacle at Anemone Reef. We were lucky enough to find a tigertail seahorse, short-tailed pipefish and an ornate map pufferfish.
The depth ranges from 5 to 30m (16 to 100 feet). Because of the quantity, quality and the variety of marine life that lives in the beautiful coral and sea fans that cover the pinnacle, Anemone Reef is the choice site for divers and photographers.
Read more about the dive site of Anemone Reef at the link.
King Cruiser wreck
King Cruiser wreck was a car and passenger ferry servicing the Phuket to Phi Phi Islands route that sank on 4 May 1997 after hitting a submerged rock known as Anemone Reef diving on its way to Phi Phi Islands. Fortunately, no lives were lost during the incident. King cruiser become the wreck diving in Phuket by excellence.
If the Phuket dive scene had been previously lacking in anything it was a decent ship wreck for scuba divers to explore. This unplanned addition to Anemone Reef has become one of the most popular dive sites around Phuket. Not only is the wreck located near an already popular dive site but it is positioned almost perfectly at a depth between 18 (59 feet) and 35 meters (115 feet).
Read more about the dive site of King Cruiser at the link.