Scuba Diving in Phuket

Phuket is world famous for its fantastic dive sites and ranked top 10 of the world's scuba dive destinations. The clear blue water, the wealth of aquatic life combined with good visibility and superb scenery makes Phuket a world-class dive holiday destination. There are plenty of excellent dive sites around Phuket, most of them located around the small islands south and east of Phuket. There are more than 100 dive centers in Phuket, but here we will focus on some of the most experienced and popular dive centers in Phuket.
Scuba Diving in Phuket, Thailand

Scuba Diving in Phuket, Thailand

Phuket Diving Season

You can go scuba diving in Phuket all year round. However, the best diving months are November to April when the weather is good and the sea is at its clearest, with whale sharks visiting from February to May, and manta rays all year round.

Late May to October brings monsoon winds and surface swells to the Andaman Sea, making some remote sites inaccessible and reducing visibility in general by about 30% at the open dive sites. October can also see heavy rains in the Andaman Sea.

The Phuket liveaboard season runs from early October to mid May, but there are a limited number of liveaboards to Similan Islands and Phi Phi Islands all year round.

Phuket Dive Sites

Koh Raya Yai just 30 km of Phuket's southern coast offers excellent diving for beginners and is also suitable for snorkeling. Water depths range between 3-30 meters. Nearby Koh Raya Noi is popular for the more experienced diver, as depths are generally greater and the currents frequently stronger than at its sister island to the north. There is also a wooden ship wreck at about 27 meters on the southwest coast of the island. Half day and 1 day trips are available from Phuket to Koh Raya Yai and Noi.

Nemo Fish in Soft Coral, Phuket, Thailand

Nemo Fish in Soft Coral, Phuket, Thailand

Hin Daeng (Red Rock), 3 hours with speedboat from Phuket, is one of the most famous dive sites along the Andaman coast. With its long reef wall and visibility of up to 30 meters there are good chances to spot Whale Sharks here. Hin Muang (Purple Rock) is located just a few hundred meters north of Hin Daeng. This dive site is covered with beautiful purple soft corals. Hin Muang is on of the best sites for viewing Manta Rays and many species of sharks including whale sharks and grey reef sharks. Most Phuket dive centers organize 1-night live-aboard trips to Hin Daeng and Hin Muang.

Sharkpoint is Phuket's most popular dive site, located about 25 kilometers east of Phuket. Sharkpoint is considered one of the best dive sites in the world. The reef's purple and pink soft corals attract many species of fish including the leopard shark.

The Similan Islands, located 95 kilometers northwest of Phuket, are considered the best dive site in Thailand. The archipelago consists of 9 islands. There are two different kinds of dive sites around the Similan Islands. West facing dive sites feature massive granite boulders, covered with hard and soft corals. East facing dive sites consists of gently sloping coral reefs. Depths can range from 15 to 40 meters in this area with species that include trigger fish, cow tail rays, and sand animals.

Phuket Dive Centers

Dive Asia Tel: 076 330 598
Web: http://www.diveasia.com
Dive Asia, Phuket, Thailand

Dive Asia, Phuket

When diving in Phuket one of the most knowledgeable and friendly operations is the team from Dive Asia. This PADI 5 Star Career Development Center is known for being a pioneer in diving in Phuket. Dive Asia does diving right by offering smaller class sides and guarantees small group tours with a maximum of four divers per dive master. This business practice allows divers to experience high standards of teaching in a relaxed atmosphere. Dive Asia offers a full range of award-winning scuba diving services in one of the top ten dive destinations of the world.

For those more experienced divers Dive Asia offers a wide range of advanced learning courses ranging from Nitrox Course, Underwater Photography classes, Dive Master and Assistant Instructor Courses.

Dive Asia has been a favorite dive school in Phuket for many years. They have maintained this reputation by having top of the line dive equipment and owning the best dive boats in Phuket. The staff can teach courses in 5 different languages and offer the best in dive courses for the children (very family friendly). So while on vacation experience a new world under water with Dive Asia.

Sunrise Divers Tel: 076 398 040
Web: http://www.sunrise-divers.com
Sunrise Divers, Phuket, Thailand

Sunrise Divers, Phuket

What do you get when you combine professional service, highly trained instructors, high-speed dive boats and a desire for fun? At Sunrise Divers the focus is on safety, training and fun. The 10 combined years of local diving experience amongst the owners and staff ensures every student trainee or recreational fun diver with a guarantee of a great time in and out of the water.

The dive center is located at Karon Beach. The classes are limited to 4 students per instructor to ensure each student will receive quality attention and training. For those seeking a higher certification for diving, classes in PADI TEC diving and NITROX are also available.

Sunrise Divers is unique in Phuket because of their ability to get to dive sites quickly. Sunrise Divers' speed boats are comfortable and fast, which is especially good for people who like to sleep in late and not be rushed during the morning hours of their holiday. For those who want to capture their dive experience on camera, special underwater photography and video services are available. Sunrise Divers is also a very family friendly dive center that offers classes for children from ages 8 and up.

All 4 Diving Tel: 076 344 611
Web: http://www.all4diving.com
All 4 Diving, Phuket, Thailand

All 4 Diving, Phuket

While on holiday in Phuket paradise, it would be sad not to take full advantage of everything this fabulous island has to offer. As beautiful as the Andaman Sea is from the beach, the even more enticing it is under the water. If you plan to spend some time on Phuket island, scuba diving is a must to complete your holiday experience.

All 4 Diving dive instructors are all PADI certified and eager to give the student divers knowledge, while keeping it safe and fun. They prefer to work with very small groups of students to keep it safe and simple.

It is a good idea to start with the basics first, while certified divers can upgrade their level and thus their experience. All 4 Diving offers three beginner diving courses: PADI Discover Scuba Diving, PADI Scuba Diver and PADI Open Water Diver. All 4 Diving also offers several advanced level training courses: PADI Adventure Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver, Emergency First Response, Rescue Diver Course, PADI Specialty Diver Course.

Scuba Cat Diving Tel: 076 293 120
Web: http://www.scubacat.com
Scuba Cat Diving, Phuket, Thailand

Scuba Cat Diving, Phuket

Do you want to learn to Scuba Dive, continue your Scuba Diving education, relax and enjoy a Scuba Diving daytrip or liveaboard or change your life with a Scuba Diving Career Package or Internship? Scuba Cat Diving, PADI 5 star CDC Center Phuket, Thailand is the place to come for an unforgettable experience with a professional service.

Scuba Cat Diving, based on Phuket's Patong Beach, is known worldwide for training quality and customer services having an excellent reputation within the diving industry for producing first class and highly employable PADI Instructors from their PADI IDCs.

Scuba Cat Diving, Phuket, Thailand operates 2 liveaboards year round in the Similans, Surin Islands and all the best Scuba Diving sites in the Andaman Sea, Thailand. 1-day boat trips to the best Scuba Diving sites around Phuket and Koh Phi Phi Island, Thailand. Liveaboard experience can be incorporated with your PADI IDC or Divemaster course.