Phuket Dive Sites

Thailand Diving Guide

The lower Andaman region - encompassing the islands off Burma, Phang Nga Province and Phuket - is justly regarded as one of the world's leading dive sites. Some of the best known sites such as Richelieu Rock, Koh Phi Phi and The Similans will be familiar to most scuba enthusiasts but there are many more dive destinations, most within a few hours of Phuket and many more are opening up in Burma's Mergui Archipeligo. Happy diving!


Phuket Daytrips Dive Sites

Anemone Reef Anemone Reef

Located a short distance north of Shark Point, Anemone Reef is another densely packed ecosystem and many dive operators offer day trips that cover both sites. Read More...

 
King Cruiser Wreck King Cruiser Wreck

The King Cruiser was a ferry boat that plied the route between Phi Phi and Phuket. Then one fine day it inexplicably sunk and created a perfect wreck dive. Read More...

Koh Dok Mai Koh Dok Mai

An island located one hour east of Phuket. A walldive where you can spot everything, however look especially for the sea horse hanging on to the gorgonias and the many species of moray eels. Read More...

 
Phi Phi Island Diving Phi Phi Islands

While technically located in Krabi waters, Phi Phi is easily reached from Phuket and its powder soft beaches and dramatic limestone cliffs make it a popular excursion for visitors to both provinces. Read More...

Phuket West Coast Dive Sites Phuket West Coast Dive Sites

Although nowhere on the scale of the offshore islands, there are some nice reefs located just off the tourist beaches, particularly Kata. Hire a local longtail boat and see what you can see. Read More...

 
Rachai Noi Rachai Noi

Racha Noi is the more isolated of the two islands and is a popular dive-site for more experienced divers, as the depths are generally greater and the currents frequently stronger. Read More...

Rachai Yai Rachai Yai

Racha Yai's best diving is off its east coast which makes it attractive during Phuket's off-season in the summer. Although visibility varies, it can be as good as 25 metres or more. Read More...

Phuket Liveaboards Dive Sites

Hin Daeng Hin Daeng

Located a short distance north of Shark Point, Anemone Reef is another densely packed ecosystem and many dive operators offer day trips that cover both sites. Read More...

 
Hin Muang Hin Muang

This unique dive site is so completely covered with lush purple soft corals that it actually seems to glow, and it attracts the most incredible amount of marine life you will find anywhere. Read More...

Burma Banks Burma Banks

These flat topped underwater plateaus are one of the best places in Southeast Asia to have some serious shark encounters. The Banks are known primarily as a big aquatic hot spot. Read More...

 
Surin Islands Surin Islands

Located just below the border with Burma on the northern end of the Thai coastline. There are five islands in all, but the two most popular are Koh Surin Neua and Koh Surin Tai. Read More...

Richelieu Rock Richelieu Rock

The Surin Islands are famous for some spectacular isolated beaches, bays and coves. For divers, the real attraction is a little rock 18 km (11 miles) off the coast of Phuket. Read More...

 
Mergui Archipelago Mergui Archipelago

After nearly 50 years of total isolation, the 800 islands of the archipelago have started being explored by intrepid divers looking for a new experience in Southeast Asian waters. Read More...

 

Andaman Islands Andaman Islands

The Andaman Islands lie between Phuket and India in the Bay of Bengal. These islands have only been open to diving for a relatively short period of time after 50 years of near-total isolation. Read More...

 
Koh Bon and Koh Tachai Koh Bon and Koh Tachai

Located about 20km north of the Similan Islands, these two islands offer some variety on liveaboard trips to their more famous cousins. Read More...

Shark Point Shark Point

So named for the large numbers of docile leopard sharks that can be found around its base, shark point is a lovely dive site that absolutely teems with life. Read More...

 
Similan Islands Similan Islands Diving Site

Easily one of the best dive sites in the world, these nine virtually uninhabited islands boast some of the most brilliant coral reefs to be found anywhere in the world.  Read More...


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