Phuket Scuba Diving Sites
Phuket dive sites offer some of the most diverse & breathtaking scuba diving in Thailand. Phuket is the Jewel of the Andaman Sea with the year round tropical climate making accessible & attractive for scuba diving.
Phuket Dive Sites
The best Phuket dive sites are located in three different areas accessible from a Phuket scuba diving day trip. To the south of Phuket, Racha Noi & Racha Yai are home to around twenty different dive sites including South Tip where giant manta rays are regular visitors, Banana Bay & Home Run. Rising steeply out of the Andaman Sea east of Phuket are the Koh Phi Phi Islands. The jagged limestone cliffs and picture perfect white sandy beaches make for an amazing backdrop for guests taking a Phuket scuba diving day trip to Phi Phi, where many interesting dive sites include Bida Nok, Bida Nai, & Maya Bay where the Hollywood movie The Beach was filmed. Around half way between Phuket & Koh Phi Phi are the King Cruiser Wreck which sank in 1997, Shark Point Phuket & Anemone Reef, both of which are rated five star dive sites when the conditions are perfect.
Phuket Dive Sites Map
Geographically, Phuket dive sites are quite close to one another, but the three different scuba diving Phuket areas each offer very different underwater environments for Phuket scuba diving enthusiasts. Offering mild currents & good underwater visibility, barring South Tip at Racha Noi, all the Racha Noi & Yai dive sites are ideal for all levels of scuba diver. Many of the dive sites offer gently sloping coral reefs & small boulder rock formations, and the depth ranges from three to thirty plus metres. Expect to encounter moray eels, bat fish, lion fish, sting rays, scorpionfish & stone fish. Manta Rays are spotted all around Racha Noi & although whale sharks appear randomly throughout the year anywhere around Phuket, to encounter one scuba divers need some some luck to be in the right place at the right time.
Phuket dive sites include Phi Phi dive sites as they are also accessible from our Phuket scuba diving day trips. Phi Phi scuba diving generally offers more in the way of marine life compared to Racha Noi & Yai, but the underwater visibility & conditions are less predictable. In July 2017 a new law was introduced by the Thai government which forbids inexperienced divers from scuba diving at most Phi Phi dive sites. Only certified divers or PADI Open Water Students taking open water training dives three & four to complete their courses may dive at Phi Phi. All scuba divers diving at Phi Phi are also required to pay marine park fees of 600 Thai Baht to the marine park police who collect the fees directly from the dive boat. The King Cruiser is a dive site suitable for intermediate or advanced level scuba divers because of the depth, and the often challenging currents and conditions to be found there.
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Manta at Racha Noi
Racha Yai Near Phuket
About Phuket Scuba Diving Sites
Racha Noi & Yai Dive Sites
Suitable for: All levels of diver including PADI discover scuba divers (No experience or certificate required).
Underwater Visibility: 5m – 40m+
Depth: 3m – 35m
Water Temperature: 29c
Best Time to Dive: Conditions generally good all year. Especially good conditions in monsoon season from May to October.
Possible Marine Life: Moray eels, lion fish, stone & scorpion fish, sting rays. Pelargic visitors include giant manta rays seen regularly & whale sharks less frequently.
Phi Phi Island Dive Sites
Suitable for: PADI open water certified divers & above, or PADI open water Students taking open water training dives three & four on the third & final day of their course. Since July 2017 the PADI discover scuba diving day trip for inexperienced divers may not be conducted at Phi Phi.
Underwater Visibility: 5 – 25m.
Depth: 3m – 32m.
Water Temperature: 29c.
Best Time to Dive: Conditions usually good. Best from November to April.
Possible Marine Life: Turtles, blacktip reef sharks, occasionally leopard sharks, macro life, morays, & much more. No manta rays, but passing whale sharks can appear from nowhere.
King Cruiser Wreck & Anemone Reef Dive Sites
Suitable for: Certified divers of intermediate or advanced level, & students taking the PADI advanced open water course.
Underwater Visibility: 5 – 20m.
Depth: King Cruiser 19m – 32m / Anemone Reef 5m – 34m.
Water Temperature: 29c.
Best Time to Dive: Difficult to predict. Conditions can change from hour to hour. Best from November to April, but can also be good during calm weather during monsoon season.
Possible Marine Life: Carpets of scorpion fish, lionfish, barracuda, snapper, sea snakes, moray eels, & lots more to see.