Diving in Phuket

diving in phuketWith ideal conditions for diving and perfect setting for a tropical holiday destination, Phuket is one of the top ten diving spots in the world. Its colorful and vast marine life and amazing coral reefs, makes diving here, a unique experience. The tropical climate makes the water warm and aquamarine clear water around the locations gives good visibility to the diver. The guided expeditions, diving lessons and equipment rentals are other facilities here that make Phuket a great diving destination for tourists all over the world. Phuket Island’s beaches have diving facilities. In addition, diving trips are arranged to nearby small islands for diving freaks. Most of the dive operators in Phuket Island are located in and around Chalong and Patong areas. High quality diving equipments are available in the shops located in the Chalong Circle-Chalong Pier Road. Foreign nationals own most of these shops and they offer training and arrange diving trips as well. Phuket is the right place to learn diving, especially scuba diving for beginners. The excellent conditions and infrastructure make the training enjoyable. Certification courses through NAUI, PADI and SSI are offered at these centers. With these certificates, you can dive anywhere in the world. If you are not able to make up your mind, try the one-day ‘Discover Scuba Diving’ course, which comes to 1500 to 2000 baht. The four-day Open Water Certification course costs 8000 to 14000 baht. Other courses available are Open Water Advanced and Dive Master. The specialty courses are Deep Diving, Night Diving and Navigation, which comes cheaper.

Diving Trips

Bookings for diving trips can be made in the dive shops in Phuket Island or contact villa manager or reception. There are two types of diving trips from Phuket. Day trips to small islands nearby or live aboard trips, which takes around five days. Day trips are more popular with regular tourists and these are usually to one of the small islands around Phuket, like Racha Yai, Racha Noi, Coral Island or Phi Phi Island. Typically, these trips start out early in the morning and take about an hour to reach the diving location. The dive master aboard the boat use this time to give basic instructions and prepare the divers for the expedition. You are allowed two to four dives at the location. Lunch is mostly included in the trip. The cost for this trip will be 1500 to 3000 baht per head. Live aboard is for serious divers and this trip is for longer duration. Depending on the tour operator, the trip’s length and destination varies. Three to five day trips are there to Similan Islands. Seven to ten day trips are offered to Burma Banks, Surin Islands and Richelieu Rocks. A cabin or a bunk will be given for staying on board and food will be provided. This expedition allows for unlimited dives during daytime and night dives. The cost for this trip varies vastly depending on the duration and destination and come anywhere between 15,000 to 50,000 baht.

Dive operators in Phuket

Phuket in Thailand figures in the list of top ten diving locations in the world due to its numerous beautiful diving sites. These are spread over Phuket’s beaches, which makes it less crowded and convenient for tourists. There are many diving operators in each beach to offer guidance, training and gear to the diving enthusiasts. These operators also organize expeditions to diving sites located in the smaller islands around Phuket. Some locations have more operators, depending on the popularity and demand. Find here listed some of the diving operators in Phuket.

Karon Beach

Sunrise Divers These are professional operators, experienced in this field from 1999. They have more than a dozen ‘live-aboard’ cruise boats and a German-speaking staff. Sunrise Divers offer courses to divers of varying skills. For more information, visit www.sunrise-divers.com.

Patong Beach

All 4 Diving This dive operator offers a wide range of options like day trips and ‘live-aboard’ cruises to tourists. They offer the full range of PADI dive courses as well. For more information, visit www.all4diving.com/en/. Santana Santana, a veteran in the field with 25 years experience, specializes in scuba diving trips and courses. They also have day trips, ‘live-aboard’ trips to Burma, and regular diving courses. For more information, visit www.santanaphuket.com. Mermaid Live Aboards Mermaid Live Aboards are more into ‘live-aboard’ cruises to far away places like Mergui in Burma and Komodo in Bali. They also offer PADI dive courses. For more information, visit www.mermaid-liveaboards.com. Sea World Dive Team This dive operator has the entire range of day trips, courses and ‘live-aboard’ cruises to Burma and Indonesia. For more information, visit www.seaworld-phuket.com.

Kata Beach

Dive Asia They offer various types of trips and courses. Their attraction is the seven-day cruise to Similan Island and Surin National Park. For more information, visit, www.diveasia.com. Phuket Scuba Club They offer PADI courses, day trips and ‘live-aboard’ cruises. For more information, visit www.phuket-scuba-club.com.

Rawai Beach

Phuket Pro Dive and Sail This operator provide day trip and ‘live-aboard’ cruise to Similan Island and Surin Island. The PADI courses offered here includes ‘Rescue Diver’ and ‘Adventure Diver’. For more information, visit www.phuket-scuba-diving.com. Poseidon Diving They have on offer day trips, diving courses and safaris. Though they do not have ‘live-aboard’ cruises, they have long cruises to other islands where bungalow accommodation is provided to tourists. For more information, visit www.poseidondiving.com.

Khao Lak Beach

Sea Dragon With 15 years experience in the field, Sea Dragon offers day trips, ‘live-aboard’ trips and PADI diving courses. They have a one-day refresher course for divers, who have not dived for a long time. For more information, visit www.seadragondivecenter.com. Phuket’s famous and best dive sites has been listed and documented in the web site greatestdivesites.com.