In case you haven’t already know, Phuket has loads of day trip diving available and it is going to be one of the biggest highlights of your holidays yet. Come discover the exquisite marine life and swim with the fishie! Here are some of the best dive sites:
- Racha Yai Island – popular amongst tourists who seeks to dive, Racha Yai Island (or Koh Racha Yai) offers a visibility between 20-30. The marine life is pretty magnificent out here. You can expect tropical fish and exotic stingrays. And if you are lucky enough, it might also be possible to see elephant statues underwater. YES, you read that right.
- Racha Noi Island – unlike Racha Yai island, Racha Not island is not exactly recommended for newbies, as currents here can be strong but pro and experienced divers, you are welcome. Racha Noi island is located just 45 minutes from Racha Yai island. Its crystal-clear water offers you a spectacular chance to spot eagle rays, barracudas, marble stingrays and sometimes manta rays.
- Similan Islands – one of the most beloved island groups in Andaman Sea, Similan island is not only a favourite spot for yachts and tour boats, but also a paradise to the world’s divers. What makes the islands so special is that they are a group of 9 distinct granite islands with different names as well as number each one. The clear visibility is between 20-40 metres. You can witness Andaman reef, exotic marine life like the leopard sharks, bat fish, rays and a variety of tropical. The islands are also home to crab-eating monkeys, dusky langurs, squirrels, bats, lizards and a good variety of birds. However, please also note that the islands are open for visitors from October 15th – May 15th annually.