The largest island in Thailand offers a rich variety of experiences. Beach-bumming, culture, diving, fabulous food, Party scene. No wonder that Phuket is a very popular destination!
If you love food, you will love Phuket. There are many restaurants serving western and Thai food. If you are a little bit more adventurous you should definately try the street food that you can find in the many foodstalls on the night markets.
For culture lovers there are many sites to discover in Phuket! You can take a tour around the island to see the many amazing viewpoints or visit one of the many buddhist temples. The biggest and most famous temple in Phuket is Wat Chalong that is visited by tourists and locals.
Phuket dive sites
Phuket is centrally located to some of the best dive sites in Thailand. The dive sites are easily accessible for novice and experienced divers and offer a variety of marine life that is virtually unique in the world. You can find everything from exceptional macro life to occasional whale sharks and manta rays. What all dive sites in Phuket have in common is the striking amount of hard and soft coral and huge amounts of fish!
Koh Phi Phi – Bida Nok
Koh Bida Nok is a excellent Phi Phi Diving site located south of Phi Phi Ley. Bida Nok is the outer Island of Koh Bida Nai and Koh Bida Nok. On the east side of the island you will find a steep reef of large boulders covered with soft coral. In the north eastern side a sheer wall can be found dropping down to 30 meters. The west side is completely different and you will find small boulders covered with hard corals and gorgonian fans around these a shallow sandy bottom with an average depth of 16 meters.
This area is very good for finding leopard sharks, and the odd Black tip. But also this dive site is excellent for pipefish, nudibranch’s and seahorses.
Koh Bida Nok Dive Site facts:
Location: Two large outcrops directly South of Phi Phi Ley
Site Depth: 0 – 30 meters
Site Visibility: 10 – 25 meters
Currents: Mild / Moderate
Difficulty Rating: Easy diving
Phuket – Shark Point
Shark Point (Hin Musang) consists of a series of seven pinnacles. This dive site near Phuket is a Marine Sanctuary since 1991.
The pinnacles are covered with an array of colorful marine life. Look out for the large gorgonian sea fans, Pink & Purple soft corals.
An abundance of mushroom coral, seahorses, sand dwelling leopard sharks, bamboo sharks all make up for scuba diving here a wonderful experience not to be missed.
Shark Point Dive Site facts:
Location: Shark Point Marine Sanctuary – 25km East of Phuket.
Site Depth: 0 – 28 meters
Site Visibility: 5 – 40 meters
Difficulty Rating: Easy Diving
Racha Yai and Racha Noi
Racha Yai and Racha Noi are known as “the islands of the King” in Thai language and are popular for scuba diving in Phuket all year round. The islands feature many sheltered bays that offer easy and accessible diving.
The Islands offers excellent beginner dive sites from Bungalow Bay and Siam Reef, which are edged with pristine powder soft sand and excellent reefs. The shallow reefs are home to many of our regular marine creatures like lion fish, moray eels and octopus.
Experienced divers can explore the artificial reefs and even some smaller wrecks that attract photography subjects like stone fish and ghost pipe fish.
Sometimes eagle rays or leopard sharks can be found here and even the odd manta ray has been know to make a guest appearance.
The long sloping “home run reef” is home huge schools of snappers and groups of cuttle fish.
Racha Yai / Racha Noi Dive Site facts:
20 Miles from Chalong – Phuket
Site Depth: 10 – 45 meters
Site Visibility: 20 – 50 meters
Difficulty Rating: All divers, beginner to advanced diving
King Cruiser wreck
The King Cruiser was originally an 85 meter passenger ferry from Phuket to Phi Phi. On the 4th May 1997 the King Cruiser strayed off course and hit Anemone Reef. The ship sunk in less than one hour with all passengers making it safely off. Years later the King Cruiser wreck provides the Phuket diving community with an easy accessible wreck with a huge amount of marine life to investigate.
Check out huge schools of barakuda and snappers, rare nudibranch’s and huge lion fish. The wreck it self is almost completely covered with pink and yellow soft corals but unfortunately is collapsing each year, making it not safe to go inside.
Nurse sharks can be found underneath the wreckage, and also large porcupine fish and scorpion fish blending into the hul.
King Cruiser Dive Site facts:
Location: 26km from Phuket Island
Site Depth: 20-35 meters
Site Visibility: 10 – 20 Meters
Currents: Mild to Moderate
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate diving