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From Bangkok, take Highway No.4 (Petchakasem Road) through Petchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani and Phang Nga see more

There is fairly regular boat service between Phuket and nearby islands including Koh Yao and Koh Phi Phi. During the high season (October-May), travelers may also see more

Air-conditioned and non air-conditioned busses leave Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal for Phuket several times daily. Trips by air-conditioned bus, which see more

Flying to Phuket is arguably the easiest way to get to the island. Most domestic airlines operate several flights daily between Phuket and Bangkok, see more

Phuket Dive Site

The dive sites surrounding Phuket, Thailand have some of the most diverse marine environments in South East Asia. You will touch with plenty of different dive sites, crystal clear warm waters, white sandy beaches, colorful coral reefs and amazing aquatic life that will make you unforgettable.

1 Anemone Reef

Location : East of Chalong Bay Anemone Reef A completely submerged pinnacle about 1 km. north-west from Shark Point. As the name suggests, the area is completely covered in green, pink and brown sea anemones. Adding to the beauty of the underwater vista are large clusters of radiant soft corals and gorgonian sea fans. These provide homes for an abundance of fish and invertebrates. Lionfish can often be seen here in large numbers. Hotels in Chalong Bay area

2 Coral Island

Location : South East of Phuket Coral Island Also known as Hae Island, this island is one of the most popular year-round day trip destinations from Phuket, due to its proximity (about 9kms from Chalong or Rawai), and sheltered location. Visibility is never excellent here, although the large variety of reef fish and healthy hard coral growth make this a decent site for beginners and snorkelers. Non-diving day-trippers can make this area quite busy during the high season.

3 Doc Mai Island

Location : On the way to Shark Point from Phuket Doc Mai Island Meaning "Flower Island" in Thai, this small jungle topped island has imposing cliffs that tower above the sea. 20 kms from Chalong and half-way between Phuket and Shark Point, there is some great wall-diving here, with beautiful scenery from the surface right to the bottom. A spectacular dive when visibility is good, with a large assortment of marine life including leopard sharks and pelagics.

4 Hin Daeng & Hin Muang

Location : South of Phi Phi Island Hin Daeg & Hin Muang These two pinnacles are located about 60 kms to the south of Phi Phi, completely surrounded by the open sea and 15 kms from the nearest island. These sites are a favorite destination for short live-aboards out of Phuket and Phi Phi.

5 King Cruiser Wreck

Location : East of Phuket, between Phuket and Phi Phi Island King Cruiser Wreck The King Cruiser was an 85m catamaran-style ferry that ran regular trips between Phuket and Phi Phi. The ship sunk on May 4, 1997 without loss of life in calm seas after tearing its hull on a shoal, apparently due to a simple navigational error. This provided Phuket's divers with a great wreck dive which Phuket had been conspicuously lacking. The wreck lies approximately 1km south-east from Shark Point. A large variety of marine life has been attracted to the wreck, although coral growth will take some time.

6 Phi Phi Island

Location : South East of Phuket Phi Phi Island Popular with divers on day trips and as well as those who come to stay on Phi Phi Don, the largest of the Phi Phi islands, the underwater scenery in the area is as spectacular as it is above water. Often considered too busy by serious divers who prefer quieter dive sites, there are good reasons for its popularity. The area has some excellent dive sites. In particular, the islands offer several cave dives and many impressive wall dives. Currents are generally weak and though visibility is fair, it's rarely excellent.

7 Racha Yai & Racha Noi Island

Location : South of Phuket Racha Yai & Racha Noi Due South of Phuket lie two classic tropical islands, Racha Yai Island (Big Racha) and Racha Noi Island (Little Racha). Both islands feature fringing hard coral reefs with an abundance of fish life, including octopus, cuttle fish, puffer fish ,box fish and moray eels and small boat wreck on Rach Yai. You can always find territorial triggerfish and large schools of blue line and yellow tail snapper. Depending on the day Racha Yai can offer some awsome drift diving. Rach Noi offers deeper dives and a good chance to see manta rays and sharks. Both islands are great for snorkeling also.

8 Shark Point

Location : East of Phuket Shark Point in Thai, is a designated Marine Sanctuary with three separate reefs located about 25 kilometers east of Phuket. Made up of a series of seven adjacent pinnacles, Shark Point features gorgonian sea fans, mushroom coral, bamboo sharks, leopard sharks, sea snakes, moray eels, puffer fish, and dainty seahorses. Most divers prefer the sights around the first and second pinnacles, but there is abundant marine life throughout the entire area. As the diving depth range here is from 0 to 28 meters and the currents are variable but generally mild, Shark Point is suitable for beginning divers and up.