Diving Daytrips around Phuket
We are lucky to work with some of the most experienced and established dive operators here in Phuket to offer you a huge choice of dives in and around Phuket to suit your diving requirements / style and to fit them in within your holiday schedule. You can choose from a single dive or up 4 dives in a single day (includes a night dive) So we can ensure that we can provide you with as much diving as you want to fit into your busy schedule. Typically you will be on a 2 or 3 Dive day to a selection of the Dive Sites below.
Phi Phi Islands
After 'The Beach' was filmed here it has reinforced the fact that these are some of the most picturesque islands in the world. Above and below the waterline you will truly marvel at the stunning movie set desert island scenery.
Koh Phi Phi scuba diving consistently ranks amongst the top five dive destinations in the whole of Thailand. The amazing Limestone cliffs rise dramatically out of the sea and plunge straight back down underwater, forming the colourful soft coral walls for which Phi Phi is famous. Even though you will commonly go to Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh, there are more than 15 different dive sites with many rugged walls, interesting caves and cavern penetrations. Swim-through entrances are often obscured by dazzling clouds of glassfish. Seahorses, Sea fans harbour pipefish and shrimpfish, keeping even the most experienced divers amazed and addicted to this site.
These Krabi Province Islands are distinctly separated from most of the other Thailand Dive sites, so you will find the sea life is substantially different.. In many places, the islands are fringed with shallow coral gardens, where hard and soft corals and sponges prosper harmoniously amongst the myriad marine life. Here's your best opportunity to happen across green and hawksbill turtles munching on bubble corals, black and white banded sea snakes, squid, angelfish, crocodile long-toms, black-tip reef sharks and Leopard Sharks. During the 2006 season there was even a Whale Shark on one of the dives, by all accounts it was amazing.
Max. depth: 40 m
Beneath the surface it’s a different story as this amazingly multicoloured reef offers the diver huge, vibrant seafans, sea whips and barrel sponges decorating the limestone pinnacles. Surrounding these amazing pinnacles are schools of tropical reef fishes, wrasses, squirrelfish, bulleyes, Soldierfishes, Angelfish, Banners, Butterfly Fishes, fusiliers, snappers, groupers, jacks and trevallies. If you are lucky you may spot banded boxer shrimps, cuttlefish, squids, common hawksbill turtles, bearded Scorpionfish, any of the 4 species of Lionfish (common, zebra, russell, or spotfin), 3 species of barracudas (chevron, picked-handle and great) and 3 species morays (yellow edge, undulated and white eye) Altogether this collection of marine life continues to make this one of the most popular and consistently impressive dives
Currents can be brisk at this site but they tend to run parallel to the reef sections and allow for an excellent drift dive back to the dive boat.
To protect Shark
Point fragile eco-system the Thai government declared this site
a marine sanctuary in 1992 and as such have preserved it for one
and all. All forms of commercial fishing, marine life collection
or other forms of harmful activity (spear-fishing) are
The barely submerged
reed is a well-known shipping hazard (see King Cruiser Wreck)
and is located less than a mile north of Shark Point. The Thai
name for this site is Hin Jom which means underwater rock and
although not as colourful as Shark Point, the site is famous for
its vast fields of sea anemones that cling to every conceivable
surface and swing and sway with the current. The profusion of
sea anemones and the nutrient-rich water are a magnet to a
constant parade of reef fish seeking food and shelter. Enormous
schools of reef fish, snappers, groupers and colourful clown
fish, along with larger game-fish like tuna and barracuda as
well as the occasional leopard shark can be seen here.
King Cruiser's car deck and funnels have both collapsed so you can expect an abundance of marine life taking shelter in its wreckage. You will undoubtedly find snappers, fusiliers, groupers, and larger predators such as schools of jacks, Trevallies and barracudas. This deteriorating wreck is also a magnet for Lionfish, Scorpionfish and Stonefish. Every diver should check out the huge propellers at 32m where there are resident bamboo sharks (normally inside tyres), the top deck toilets, car deck (only penetratable for the experienced and qualified Wreck Diver), if you are lucky you will get to see the resident banded sea snake and what wreck would be complete without its own resident turtle and moray. Visibility can be unpredictable but on good days you can get 12m-15m
This artificial reef is challenging deep wreck dive teeming with life and its proximity to Shark Point & Anemone Reef has undoubtedly had to lot to do with it’s rapid population growth. The Wreck is and extremely popular dive and considered one of the best in location
Max. depth: 32 m
Some say it looks like a muffin with the jungle clad top flowing out over the sheer cliffs. Although the visibility at this site is generally not as good as others, this is rarely a problem as the main draw of this site is its macro sealife you can experience like ghost pipefish and yellow seahorses (Especially in the entrance to cave 2) but like most other dive sites here you are also likely to see the variety of reef fish and as such you might be lucky enough to encounter a frog fish, Leopard Sharks. Moray Eels, Octopus and Turtles
The variety of Koh
Doc Mai's sea fans, sea whips, barrel sponge, colourful hard and
soft corals are forever captivating, and one reason why this
site is such a popular day and night diving location .You have
the opportunity to find some invertebrates here, such as
lobster, crabs, shrimps, zigzag clams, pencil urchins, oysters,
squid, and white-eyed moray eels. Koh Doc Mai is no doubt one of
the top macro scuba diving sites in Phuket. Last
season there was even a Whale Shark spotted off this site, if
you venture off the wall you can find nurse sharks that seem to
always be lying / sleeping together with morays, makes for
Generally at this site you will find clear waters up to 25-30m visibility which makes Racha Noi comparable to the Similans. The dives here all average about 25m with a max depth of 40m Currents here range from moderate to strong. Unlike its Sister island Racha Yai, the divesites here are mainly large granite boulders beginning on bays down into the depths. In crystal clear waters you can literally 'fly' through numerous swim-throughs and valleys. At banana reef, the landscape is of numerous corals separated by sloping sand where you will commonly find garden eels and rays. If you are lucky, as well as the usual tropical reef fish like glassfishes, fusiliers, groupers, snappers and giant morays, you will find yourself in a massive school of barracudas Looking into the Blue away from the Reef is where the large pelagics occasionally appear for your delight (so dont forget your camera). Racha Noi is also known for its frequent visits from Mantas and whale sharks as well as Leopard sharks and Turtles (who needs to go to the Similans with great divesites like this so close to Phuket !).
The northern tip of the island offers multilevel diving along a large pinnacle where you’re likely to encounter Reef Sharks and Stingrays. Off the southern point is a nice drift dive along with some spectacular scenery as you find yourself on top of large rock formations surrounded by deep water.
On the southwest
side there is a wooden ship-wreck at 27m that draws a lot of
interesting fish. The diving here is definitely more challenging
than Racha Yai but the rewards are much greater.
This is my favourite :)
With its dive sites Racha Yai offers some of the best and most convenient year around diving in the Phuket area. On the west side of the island is beautiful Bungalow Bay famous of its clear waters and soft coral gardens.
The best diving at Racha Yai, however, is along the East Coast where good visibility and prevailing currents allow for a gentle drift dive along a sloping rocky reefs that are abundant in hard coral forests. For more advanced divers. Off the Bay there is an interesting wreck dive in depths of 25-30 meters. You’ll find large schools of false barracudas hovering over the reef while on the reef itself expect to fine octopus, cuttlefish and the more common reef fish.
Divers of all levels and experience can visit Racha Yai as the diving easy and gentle.
Max. depth: 35 m