One of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand, Phuket is located about 800 kilometres from the Thai capital Bangkok and is not only a great destination for sunbathing, shopping and nightlife, but also home to some excellent diving sites.
Phuket, the country’s largest diving centre, is the departure point for many liveaboards to the Similan and Surin Islands and other southern locations. With over 1,000 kilometers of coastline, Phuket offers you the opportunity to explore diverse environments, from extensive fringing reefs and deep chasms to wrecks, granite walls, caves and more.
Phuket is also an extremely popular location for anyone wishing to do their PADI Open Water course or a range of other courses – and with an almost endless number of dive centres you are guaranteed to find one to suit your needs.
With over 100 dive sites scattered throughout the area, Phuket has something for everyone. The west coast is ideal for those looking for a quick dive when traveling with family, while underwater caves and wrecks can be explored.
Easily accessible by air, Phuket can be reached directly from various other countries or via a transfer from other major cities in Thailand. You can also get there via the Thao Thepkrasattri Bridge, and ferries connect Phuket to places like Krabi and Phi Phi.
Located halfway between Phuket and Phi Phi Island, this underwater reef, as the name suggests, is famous for its sea anemones, and you can find a carpet of these beautiful sea creatures just five or six meters below the surface. The deepest point of the reef is about 25 meters.
Expect marine life such as seahorses, ghost pipefish and many other small critters. Occasionally you will encounter leopard sharks, schools of snappers and small barracuda. Due to its unpredictable currents, this dive site is recommended for advanced divers and upwards.
For this issue, no.3 of 2021, diverse diving sites are covered in much detail with the pandemic’s impacts considered and advise on precautions any diver can take when travelling in a post-pandemic climate.
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