Phuket is one of the world’s best diving destinations where you can enjoy a variety of day trips and liveaboard arrangements to make the most of the experience. The island is within easy reach of many dive sites that are known for their breathtaking marine life and history. Phuket is home to dive sites to suit all levels and expertise, so it is a great destination whether you are a beginner or an experienced PADI diver.
Racha Yai is recommended for gentle drift dives and beginners, and Racha Noi, which is found further south, is best for advanced divers due to its currents and deeper waters. You might be able to spot manta rays in those places, too, and see large schools of jacks and tuna swim by, observe whale sharks, and spot chevron barracudas.
Day trips to Koh Dok Mai (literally ‘flower island’) can introduce you to small creatures that make this small limestone island ideal for both fun dives and professional dives. There, you can find the tiger-tale seahorse, anglerfish, and the ghost pipefish along the wall and crevices. Koh Dok Mai’s east wall is ideal for scuba diving where you can find a big and small cave. If you are certified, you may explore the small and narrow cave.
Shark Point is another destination that you should not miss when diving in Phuket. It was named after the leopard sharks that were seen frequenting the area. This dive site is about 27km from Phuket, close to the King Cruiser Wreck and Anemone Reef, and it has three main pinnacles.
It is easy to organize a scuba diving trip in Phuket when you work with a reputable diving and PADI-accredited company. One of the leading diving academies in Phuket ensures a comfortable and safe diving day trip with a newly designed boat, which can take you to the best sites around the island. For safety reasons, reputable companies avoid dives from the beach.