Warm waters, mild oceanic currents and terrific visibility makes scuba diving in Phuket extremely enjoyable. The Thai waters are teeming with exotic marine life including yellow snappers, manta rays, whale sharks, turtles and squids, vibrant coral reefs, fascinating rock formations and as well as the shipwreck of King Cruiser which sunk here in 1997. All this makes scuba diving in Phuket the perfect way to explore its underwater universe.
Scuba diving in Thailand is one of the top adventure activities, and Phuket is known for its fantastic coastal panorama. With pristine white beaches against the backdrop of the calm Andaman sea, Phuket is every holidayer's tropical paradise. Rich culture, history, vibrant nightlife and thriving ecosystems also add to the charm of Phuket. The allure of the Phuket waters attracts a lot of beginners as well as experienced and certified divers.
There are many uniquely beautiful dives sites around Phuket that are perfect for any level of diver but you'll find that the best ones are situated off shore and are easily reachable by boats. It flaunts scenic seascapes and rich aquatic life.
The thrill of scuba diving in Phuket is incomplete without a dive in the waters of Koh Bida Nok in the world-famous Phi Phi Islands. It is one of the favourite sites for all scuba diving enthusiasts and is accessible to all levels of divers.
It has sandy bottoms, an extensive array of soft and hard corals and huge schools of fish in formation like snappers, surgeonfish, Butterfly fish, travallies and tuna. It’s truly breath-taking and leaves any diver agape. You can also expect to spot Black Tip Reef Sharks and Whale Sharks. You can find Turtles, cuttlefish and octopus, seahorses, sea snakes, moray eels and even the incredible Zebra Moray.
The crystal waters of Ko Racha Yai and Ko Racha Noi Islands have impressive visibility and a very mild drift. This makes it perfect for beginners to experience the adventure of Scuba diving in Phuket. It's also the safest place to begin your Discover Scuba Diving trip or get your PADI Open Water certificate.
You'll be finning through limestone rocks, flourishing and branching staghorn corals and be amazed at the sight of yellow snappers, barracudas, lionfish, scorpionfish, damselfish, puffers, triggerfish, moray eels, turtles and squids.
The wreckage of the Japanese ferry King Cruiser attracts gigantic schools of snappers, barracudas, fusiliers, rabbitfish, goatfish snappers, lionfish, scorpion fish and porcupine fish making it a marvelous kaleidoscopic sight for divers.
Lying on the sandy bottom since 1997, she's a majestic beast with open passageways and multiple decks slowly degrading away with threatening sharp metal protrusions sticking out at places. The current can also get a little vigorous sometimes, hence, this site is recommended only of Advanced certified divers.
Regarded as one of the best scuba diving sites in Phuket, it has earned its name due to the leopard sharks that regularly bask on the sandy bottoms. You can also take a peek at other species of sharks that inhabit the area mainly Zebra sharks and Bamboo sharks.
Shark point has two limestone pinnacles which is encircled and decorated with gorgonian corals, varied colourful soft corals and is alive with an abundance of sea life. Moderate current at this spot means that it's not always approved for beginner divers.
The waters of Phuket are open to all levels of divers.
Discover Scuba Diving
If you're just a novice diver who wants a taste of scuba diving in Phuket, then this is for you. You need not even be a super swimmer and it's an ideal choice for those who do not have time for a full course.
Your scuba instructor will first teach you all there is to learn about scuba diving and then you'll dive into the open waters of the Andaman Sea to explore the breathtaking sight of its marine fauna and flora. You can earn a PADI certificate at the end of the course. If your operator offers more than a day in your itinerary, you are free to do some sightseeing around the tropical island.
PADI Scuba Diver Course
This course is for enthusiastic divers who want to go beyond Discover Scuba Diving. You can become a PADI-certified scuba diver in just two days. Master the basics by going through the theory of scuba diving along with training in a swimming pool on your first day. Your second day will be spent implementing your newly learned skills to dive deep into the sea to a maximum depth of 40 feet. You'll complete two open water dives accompanied by a dive instructor.
PADI Open Water Diver Course
One of the most sought-after courses of scuba diving, the PADI Open Water Diver Course enables you to become the proud owner of the PADI Open Water Diver certificate. Conducted over a stretch of three days, after extensive scuba diving theory and intense pool or shallow water practise sessions, this course lets you complete four fantastic open water dives all under the guidance of your dive instructor.
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course
If you're a certified scuba diver and you constantly feel the call of the ocean, The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is for you. This is the next step for many who have already completed a scuba diving course. Take the skills and techniques you have learned in past courses and upgrade them to earn the certification of PADI Advanced Open Water Diver. After rehashing the theory and training, you'll complete five open water dives to the most captivating dive sites around Phuket and dive as deep as 100 feet.
Day 1: PADI DSD Day
Your day starts with a pick-up at 07:00 hours in the morning. Please have a light breakfast prior to this. You will be driven to the dive centre at a short distance where you will be taught the basics of scuba diving. Post this you will be taken to the beach for your open water dives. Meals and refreshments will depend upon the package you choose. Your trip ends when you get back to the dive centre after your dives.
Pick-up and drop-off from specific locations will be provided. Please check with the operator for the list. Two open water dives along with all scuba diving equipment as required are included.
Services of certified dive instructors and support staff are inclusive. Snacks, tea/coffee, soft drinks, drinking water between dives and lunch in a restaurant on the beach are included. International payment transfer fees and all applicable taxes are included.
Travel arrangements between your home city and Phuket as well as any accommodations are not included. Hotel transfers outside of the specified locations provided by the operator are not included and will have to be arranged by you. Personal expenses such as extra meals, beverages etc. and any additional cost due to fluctuations based on international currency exchange rates at the time of booking will be additional. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions will be additional.
Day 1: PADI SD Course
Day 2: PADI DSD Course
You will start your day with an early pick-up, and will head to the dive centre for your theory sessions. You will use the pool to practice dive techniques, use of equipment and breathing skills with safety procedures. After a short session, you will end your day and will be dropped off at your hotel.
You’ll head to the dive centre to pick up your diving gear and then board a boat to go to your dive spots. Here you will undertake two dive sessions. After the dives, you will be awarded your certificate, and will enter your dive details into your logbook. After this, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel. Your trip ends here.
Hotel pick-up and drop-off, boat transfers to the dive site and back will be provided. Services of a PADI certified dive instructor, scuba diving equipment, all PADI Scuba Diving course material, Suunto Zoop computer, safety equipment will be provided to you. Pool sessions and 2 open water dives are included. PADI Scuba Diver certificate after successful completion of your dives will be given.
Rates are inclusive of any international payment transfer fees and all applicable taxes. Meals and refreshments will be as per your package.
Personal expenses, insurance are not included. Meals/refreshments will be as per your package. Any additional cost due to fluctuations based on international currency exchange rates at the time of booking and anything not mentioned in the inclusions will be additional and not included.
You will report to the dive centre by 07:00 hours and meet your instructor, who will take you through classroom training sessions. Post this, you'll practice in the swimming pool, perfecting various breathing techniques, equipment handling and safety procedures for your open water dives tomorrow. Your training will end in the evening.
After a brief refresher session, you will head out to the dive spots for completing your two open water dives at 60 feet depth, for 45 min each. Your instructor will test you on the techniques you have learnt in the pool, and you’ll get to see the stunning underwater world of Phuket. Your day will end back at the dive centre.
Today, you will explore a few more dive spots. You'll perform two more open water dives of about 45 minutes each that'll take you to a depth of 60 feet. At the end of your dives, you'll return to the dive centre for a short examination and after passing it successfully you will complete the paperwork for your PADI certification. Your course ends here.
Transfers between dive centre and dive spots in boat will be provided.
Four 60 feet deep, 45-minute long open water dives are included. Classroom sessions and pool training at the dive centre along with the services of certified diving instructors and diving crew and all equipment required for scuba diving, PADI e-learning course materials/manual will be included.
You'll be awarded your PADI Open Water Diver certification on successful completion of the course. Meals and refreshments will be based on the package selected. Scuba diving insurance, first aid kit will be provided. Rates are inclusive of any international payment transfer fees and all applicable taxes.
Travel arrangements between base city and the dive centre are not included. Any accommodation, personal expenses like additional meals, beverages etc. are not included. Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, natural calamities etc. or anything not mentioned in inclusions will be additional. Any additional cost due to fluctuations based on international currency exchange rates at the time of booking will be additional.
Report to the dive centre early morning and meet your dive instructor and take a boat to the sea for you first dive. You will have a refresher of all basic skills and introduction to more advanced technical skills before your mandatory deep dive. Post this you will return to the dive centre before heading out for your second open water dive.
For the second dive you will swim to a depth of 100 ft and demonstrate your diving skills to the instructor. Today is more focused on navigation diving. Enhance your advanced diving skills during this dive. You will return to the dive centre to end your day.
Start early in the morning at the dive centre and head out for your three elected special dives. You will learn and demonstrate special diving skills based on the dive types you have selected and further enhance your advanced open water diving skills. There will be a short examination at the end of dives and once your clear it you will complete your paperwork for the certification. Your trip ends here.
Boat transfers between the dive centre and the dive spots will be provided. Five open water dives alongwith services of certified diving instructors and diving crew and all equipment required for scuba diving: wetsuit, mask, fins etc. will be included. PADI e-learning course materials/manual, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (on successful completion of the course) will be provided. Meals and refreshments will be provided based on the package you select.
International payment transfer fees and all applicable taxes are inclusive.
Travel arrangements between your home and the dive centre as well as accommodation or meals are not included. Personal expenses like clothing, meals, beverages etc. will have to be paid for on the spot. You'll also have to bear the extra cost of the following: Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, natural calamities etc., extra charges due to fluctuations in international currency exchange rates at the time of booking, anything not mentioned in inclusions.
You will report to the dive centre early morning and meet your instructor before heading out to the sea to the dive spot. Your maximum dive depth will be decided based on your dive certifications and the maximum depth allowed as per that. You will return to the dive centre post the dive. Your trip ends here.
Boat transfers between the dive centre and the dive spots will be provided. One open water dive is included. Please check your package for number of dives. Swimming pool training at the dive centre and services of certified diving instructors and diving crew as well as all equipment required for scuba diving: wetsuit, mask, fins etc. will be provided. Meals and refreshments will depend on the package selected. International payment transfer fees and all applicable taxes are included.
Travel arrangements between your home and the dive centre or any accommodation or meals are not included. Personal expenses like apparel, meals, beverages etc., costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, natural calamities etc. will be additional and not covered in the package costs. Additional cost due to fluctuations based on international currency exchange rates at the time of booking or anything not mentioned in inclusions will be additional.
You will be picked up early in the morning to meet your dive instructor. Your basic training on scuba diving will be done by your dive instructor. After pool practice sessions you will head out to the sea for your open water dive. After a 40-45 min dive you will head back to the dive centre where you will be dropped back to your hotel room. Your trip ends here.
Complimentary hotel transfers in a private car, boat transfers to the dive site, all scuba diving equipment and services of experienced dive instructor and support staff are all included. Dive insurance is included and rates are inclusive of any international payment transfer fees as well as all applicable taxes.
Any additional cost due to fluctuations based on international currency exchange rates at the time of booking and anything not mentioned in the inclusions will be additional.
The climate in Phuket is tropical and it is possible to dive into its waters all year round, but the best diving period is between the months of November to April. The visibility is very good during these months.
You don't have to carry any scuba diving equipment as your operator will provide all of them including oxygen tanks, diving suits, masks, etc. You should carry loose cotton clothes, sandals, sunglasses and sunscreen for when you won't be diving. Also, be sure to carry a water bottle and some light snacks.
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There are flights from major city hubs in India flying directly to Phuket. Phuket International Airport is the second largest hub in Thailand. You can also opt to catch a flight to Bangkok and then a domestic flight to Phuket.
From the airport, there are bus and taxi services you can avail to reach your hotel or dive centre. You may be picked up from the airport itself, depending on your trip package. Your operator will arrange a boat to take you from the dive centre to the dive site.
You’ll be provided with a dive suit for your dive by your operator. You need to wear a swimsuit, bikini or swimming trunks beneath the suit. Make sure it’s comfortable as the dive suit worn over is very tight. When you’re not diving, wear light clothes and slippers/ floaters.
All the equipment needed for the dive will be provided to you by your operator. You will need to carry loose cotton shirt/dress to wear on boat between dives, sunglasses and sunscreen. You can also carry an underwater camera to capture all the beautiful sights you’ll witness.
No preparation is needed for first timers or beginners before scuba diving but being fit makes your scuba diving experience more enjoyable. Breathing exercises or yoga can be undertaken to help you breathe better and slower.
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