Local Dive Trips Phuket

There is a lot of scuba diving variety available in Phuket. You can easily do a weeks diving without repeating dive sites. The following is just a small selection of what the island has to offer.

Koh Racha Yai

Nice and easy diving, with the east coast being the best. Visibility is normally around 20-25m and there is lots of reef and minimal currents. All the usual reef fish are here, with regular octopus, lionfish, scorpionfish, cuttlefish, blue spotted stingrays, puffers and butterflyfish. It is ideal for anyone who wants a relaxing couple of dives and there are boats going here every day.

King Cruiser Wreck

This wreck sank in 1997 and the depth ranges from 15-32m with possible strong currents. It is not a beginners dive, and conditions and visibility are both highly variable. The wreck is covered in marine life with lots of lionfish, scorpionfish and schools of snapper. It has been slowly deteriorating and collapsing since it sank.

Shark Point

Shark Point is a beautiful place to dive with its colourful soft corals, fan corals and oodles of marine life. The dive site consists of several pinnacles. The largest breaks the surface, the second starts at 5m depth and the rest are smaller. Visibility varies from 8-25m and currents can be mixed.

Anemone Reef

This site is one pinnacle, all underwater, starting at about 6m and descending to roughly 24m. The top few metres are carpeted with anemones. It is worth going slowly around these sites as many of the soft corals can hide all manner of critters such as ghost pipefish, frogfish and seahorses.

Koh Doc Mai

Koh Doc Mai is a small limestone island between Phuket and Phi Phi. You dive along a wall with depths to 28m in places. There are all kinds of things to see including seahorses, moray eels, cleaner shrimps and nudibranchs. There are a couple of small caverns at the base of the wall too.

Koh Racha Noi

South of Racha Yai and in deeper water, is Racha Noi. If you’re lucky you may see an eagle ray, manta ray, turtle and big barracudas. The deep water and currents attract bigger fish here but there’s not much pretty reef. Currents can be unpredictable.

Phi Phi is also within reach of a day trip for diving from Phuket. There are trips by slow boat or by speedboat. In the high season there are daily trips to the Similan Islands and these boats depart from Khao Lak with early morning pick ups in Phuket. The Similan Islands are a must visit!