Dive boats regularly leave Phuket for expeditions of 1 to 7 days around neighbouring islands, as well as further afield, notably to Mu Ko Phi Phi, in Krabi, some 2 hours east of Phuket, and Mu Ko Similan, which lie in Phang-nga some 110 km. north-west of Phuket. Several dive shops are concentrated in Hat Patong, Hat Kata and Hat Chalong areas. These dive shops also have Thai and expatriate dive instructors who are qualified to provide expert tuition. All diving equipment is available for hire.
This can be enjoyed at many sheltered bays around Phuket, the most readily accessible spots being Hat Patong, Hat Kata and Hat Karon. Fins, masks and snorkels can be rented on a daily basis from numerous shops around the island.
This sport can be enjoyed at most major beaches. Boards may be rented by the hour, half-day, full-day or week. Expert tuition is also available.
Small boat sailing is popular, especially at Hat Nai Han, Hat Patong and Hat Kata. Toppers and Dinghies are found at Hat Patong, while Catamarans, Hobie Cats and Top Cats are available at Hat Kata.
Popular at Hat Patong on a half-hour or hourly basis. Cable water-skiing is available at Phuket Waterski Cableway, located behind the Loch Palm Golf Course in Amphoe Kathu.
Deep Sea Fishing
Daily tours, departing early morning and returning late afternoon, cruise around the smaller offshore islands for game fish.
You can enjoy swimming throughout the year with good conditions in most locales. However, there are undertows off certain beaches, especially hazardous in the rainy season. It is best to seek local advice regarding safety.
This form of ecotourism, exploring islands and marine caves that are accessible only by canoe, has become extremely popular in recent years. Day tours and overnight camping trips, mostly in Phang-nga, are offered by various sea canoe companies, with full details being available from TAT’s Phuket office.
Yacht charters, either with or without crews, as well as sailing courses are available. Contact TAT’s Phuket office for names of charter companies and full details.