Phuket Water Sports and Activities
Seakayak, Surfing, Snorkelling, Wakeboard and Sailing
Phuket Island - surrounded by warm tropical waters - is a paradise for water sports lovers. The area is well known to scuba enthusiasts but lesser-recognised water activities such a sea kayaking and kite surfing are growing in popularity.
Of course, the gentle tides and calm waters from November to April are perfect for snorkeling while the wild and rough waves from May to October are great for surfers. It's your call: either gently ride the waves on a cruise or get to your destination ultra quick on a speedboat. Enjoy watersports and activities around Phuket.
Other Water Sports & Activities in Phuket
Anthem Wake Park is the latest addition to the water sports scene on Phuket. Located in a green leafy natural area between the Phuket Heroines monument and Cherng Talay village, Anthem offers no less than three cable options on a 50,000sqm lake. Surrounded by trees and vegetation, this freshwater lake offers an excellent quality of water as it comes from the surrounding hills and is constantly renewed. Environmentally friendly, Anthem Wake Park uses zero carbon emission ‘Sesitec’ electric cables.
Cable skiing was invented in 1959 by Bruno Rixen – a German engineer – and this sport is gaining more and more popularity around the globe: As of April 2013 there were 241 cable parks in the world, with seven parks in Thailand, where because of the generally clement weather conditions it can be practiced all year round. Opened in January 2013, Anthem Wake Park already has a well-thought-out plan for the years to come. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:30
- Location: Cherng Talay
- Tel: 076 620 034
Everyone knows that Phuket offers some of the world's best beaches, diving and nightlife. What you might not know is that Phuket also offers world-class sportfishing and angling. Blue and black marlin, sailfish, dog-tooth tuna, giant trevally, jacks and even swordfish have been caught in Phuket and its surrounding waters, and the fishing community's firm catch-and-release policy helps ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to test themselves against these magnificent animals. Phuket's charter companies know all the best spots and will get where you want to be in comfort and style. Read More...
- Opening Hours: From 08:00 and closed on Mondays
- Location: On Thepkhasattri Road, Koh Kheaw, Phuket
- Tel: +66 (0) 85 573-8881
If you’ve ever strolled along Nai Yang Beach between the months of May and October, chances are that you’ve seen people some distance out at sea flying through the air performing all sorts of acrobatic and hair-raising stunts on kitesurfing boards. The same applies for Chalong Bay from November to April. These are the folks from Kite School Phuket – the place to go to if you’re keen on learning this energetic and exhilarating sport.
Kitesurfing combines aspects of wakeboarding, windsurfing, paragliding and even gymnastics into one extreme sport but it doesn’t come natural; you’re going to have to learn how to do this and basic skills include kite launching, flying, landing, usage of the bar, lines and safety devices. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00 (flexible hours for classes)
- Location: May 1 – October Nai Yang beachfront, November 1 – April Wichit Road (near Supercheap supermarket) Rawai (see map below)
Kitesurfing is presently one of the fastest growing extreme sports in Phuket and the island has all it takes to be a popular location for many kitesurf enthusiasts.
Beginners appreciate the shallow waters and gentle breezes of the southeast coast while over at Nai Yang and Layan beaches in northwest Phuket, more practiced kitesurfers really let rip with acrobatic stunts. Read More...
- Location: Rawai Beach
- Tel: +66 (0)87-8888244
Phuket Wake Park (formerly Phuket Cable Ski & Wakeboarding) near Kathu Waterfall is one of the most fun and challenging activities in Phuket. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you can enjoy many exciting wakeboarding rides on a large freshwater lake equipped with two Sesitec Cable systems: a short one for beginners and one that goes all around the basin.
Currently the only wake park on the island, its location offers exotic views of the surrounding trees and hills. Wakeboards, gloves, life vests, and helmets can be rented while free basic lessons are provided by professional instructors. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 07:30 – 23:00
- Location: Near the Kathu Waterfall, not far from the lively entertainment Phuket Palazzo Theatre and Restaurant
- Tel: +66 (0) 76 202 525 or +66 (0) 81 273 7530
Want to learn to dive, or simply to upgrade your skills? Phuket is a great place to achieve your PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certificate. It is rated amongst the top 10 diving destinations in the world and many of the centres in the area boast years of experience.
Diving day trips from Phuket to Phi Phi Island and the Racha Islands operate throughout the year. Both beginners and experienced divers will appreciate the underwater scenery at Phi Phi, the fascinating King Cruiser wreck close to Anemone Reef, and the exciting diving at Shark Point - named after the Leopard sharks which live on the sandy bottom. For world-class scuba diving and the really big fish, go for a liveaboard dive cruise to the Similan and Surin Islands in the Andaman Sea. Read More...
Stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding is the latest exciting watersport to reach Phuket’s coast. It may be new to the island, but stand-up paddle surfing (its other name) has a very long history. Practiced for thousands of years on most rivers and coastal areas in the southern hemisphere of our planet, it was officially recognised and attributed to the Waikiki Beach boys in Hawaii in the ‘60s.
In Phuket, SUP boarding is sure to have a great future. The warm and clear waters surrounding the island are the perfect playground (in high season) to try out this cool nautical sporting activity that doesn’t require any outstanding physical capacity or experience. It only needs a few lessons to learn the proper position to keep balance on the surfboard, how to use the long-handle paddle, and how to ‘safely tame the potential waves’. See the companies offering stand-up paddle boarding courses, equipment rental, and tours in Phuket, Read More...
Think surfing. Think waves as big as houses, curling breakers with surfers shootin’ the tube, spectacular wipeouts.
Think Phuket. Surfing? Hmm. Nah. But if you think that, you’re wrong. Phuket has a small but lively community of surfers. Some live here. Others have been coming back time and again for as long as 20 years.
Some of the local Thais got in on the act as long as 10 years ago. But surfing had a slow start here and for a long time was limited to a small group of enthusiasts, mostly because of the cost – initially there was nowhere to rent a board, and buying one was simply out of reach for most people. But that’s been changing. Read More...
Surf House Phuket is every surfer’s dream: a place where you can ride the waves every day no matter what the weather conditions. With an adjacent bar and restaurant, Surf House Phuket is a world to itself and as a result it is tremendously popular.
Located by the Kata/Karon administrative offices at Kata Beach, Surf House is centered on a high-pressure wave-generating machine that throws a four-inch-deep sheet of water up a sloping ‘pool’. Beginner surfers hold onto a guiding safety rope held by a staff member and, if they happen to fall or slip, instead of falling downwards the strong water flow ensures they fall upwards!
An inflated divider dissects the ‘pool’ and this is easily removed so that more experienced surfer dudes can perform their tricks with freer space. This really is for all ages from children to adults. It is said that the inventor of this concept still regularly surfs on it at the tender age of 90! Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Location: Southern Kata Beach