WHICH SPOTS AROUND PHUKET ARE BEST FOR DIVING?
Diving season is all year around in Phuket ,but in general the months between October to April offer some of the best diving around Thailand.
Wherever you looking for a day trip or a multiday diving package, Diveworldasia has everything for you and we promise you we will try to make your diving adventure a day to remember!!!
Phi Phi Island Diving Day trip!!
One popular destination serving both non-diver and diver’s needs are the Phi Phi Islands, about 50 kilometers east of Phuket. These islands are world famous and since it’s a group of islands and not just one place, you have many sites and a large variety of conditions. Although the water is not always very clear here, the marine life is stunning and the scenery amazing. The only problem lies again, in the distance, and a normal dive boat will take over three-hours to arrive, and the same amount of time coming back. Thus, many people opt for taking speedboats–which can be expensive, noisy, and polluting–or doing an overnight trip either with a diving company or just staying in one of the many hotels on Phi Phi Don. While Phi Phi doesn’t have the same quality of diving as the Similan Islands offer, she has plenty of variety, and most people find it very pleasant. The other famous place for diving relatively near to Phuket is an area we call Hin Daeng. There are two dive sites here, but since they are 100 kilometres from Phuket, it’s best to join one of the two or three-day trips which visit the area, along with Phi Phi. BOOK NOW:
Liveaboard Diving –Similan Islands
Some of the best places to go diving and snorkeling lie hundreds of kilometers from Phuket, mostly to the northwest well away from the island and shore. Phuket supports over 50 dive shops and well over 100 dive boats, but most of the diving activity takes place far out at sea; Phuket is used as a base to explore these areas. Some boats operate north of Phuket at places such as the Khao Lak resort area. But, whatever the case, if you want to see the best of what we have, you’ll need to get on either a very fast boat for a day trip to at least the Similan Islands, or you’ll have to board what we call a live aboard or safari boat for several days. A typical four-day live aboard trip will cover around 450 kilometers and prices begin at about $600 USD (21,000 THB) and go up from there. A day-trip to the Similan Islands will cost at least $130 USD (4,400 THB) because of the fuel costs. There are much longer trips also available to exotic destinations such as the Mergui Archipelago in Burma or even the rarely visited Andaman Islands, a part of India but lying closer to Phuket than India. These kinds or trips will be longer, seven to 20-days and will cost at least $2000 USD (68,000 THB), often much more. Ask us for more details or BOOK NOW:
Nearby Phuket : The Racha Isl
For those of you who don’t want to take the time or don’t want to lay out the money, Phuket offers quite an assortment of day trips which a diver and often a non diver can join easily, and book upon arrival. The popular areas around Phuket for divers are Shark Point, Anemone Reef, and the King Cruiser Wreck. These places offer views of the leopard shark, a beautiful but not dangerous shark, as well as lots and lots of lionfish, wrasses, eels, and the occasional frogfish or other exotic aquatic animal. These places are not suitable for non-divers or snorkelers as the water depths and currents are not suitable. For a non-diver or a beginning diver, Racha Yai and Noi Islands are the place to go. These islands offer generally clear water all of the year, and lie only 22 kilometers from Phuket’s main diving port, Chalong Bay. These types of day trips typically begin early in the morning, return in the late afternoon, please take the time to read some of of our customers reviews on trip advisor:
OUR TOP PERSONAL BEST DIVE SITES
Bida nok is our personal best!!
Koh Bida Nok & Koh Bida Nai are the two southernmost islets of the Phi Phi group of islands. Simple limestone rocks rising from the Andaman Sea some 1.5km south of Koh Phi Phi Leh, the Bida islands’ only claim to fame is the splendid diving opportunities they offer, as they do not have any landing access. Koh Bida Nok is the largest of the two, and is open to all level of diver. Divers usually enter the water on its eastern side and steadily move south around the rock. It is home to a large variety of marine life and is especially renowned for its zebra sharks and stingrays lying on the sand. The northern side of Koh Bida Nok features great wall diving opportunities as well as a cave that can be explored only by those who have the experience and knowledge in cave diving techniques. Similar to its sister-island, Koh Bida Nai also offers memorable diving experiences. Huge slices of rock fallen from the cliff ages ago give divers thrilling swim-through opportunities, with good chances to spot nudibranchs crawling on the rocks. Unlike Bida Nok, Koh Bida Nai can also be visited by snorkelers as its eastern side is shallow enough to enjoy this activity.
Risceliu dive point Similans
Why Risceliu second to Bida Nok? I have done around 1000 dives on the Bidas and I don’t remember not even one not to enjoy…..Amazing place
I dive Risceliu early in the morning and I couldn’t see my finger, the practicality of most of the live aboards that operate in this area to make 1 early morning dive in this dive site for me is wrong!!!
You can get the best out of this site around mid day when the sun is above the dive site and not when is raising from the east ,and that because of the morphology of the rocks…
But in anyways this is the home of the big guys…is like a welcome back place for whale sharks ,and if you gonna spot one in this waters your best chances are here!!!
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