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Surrounded by 21 kilometres of coastline, fringed with white sandy beaches and quiet coves, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island.

Within easy reach are some of Thailand’s most outstanding dive sites, with excellent opportunities to spot leopard sharks amidst a kaleidoscope of marine life, where manta rays often grace divers with their presence, and there is an abundance of colourful soft corals, sea fans and anemones. Dive sites can take some time to get to, so expect to be out most of the day when diving.

Previously a trading route between India and China for its tin and rubber, the island has a bountiful history as well as unique local customs, handicrafts and temples. With superb tourism facilities, the most popular beaches are Patong, Karon and Kata offering bustling bars, restaurants and affordable shopping for all. The island's interior is scenic, with lush green hills, coconut groves and rubber plantations.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: hawksbill turtle, ornate ghost pipefish, western clownfish, leopard shark

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

West Coast Explorer

This itinerary allows you to explore the most famous dive sites of Thailand, both from the convenience of a liveaboard and the comfort of a dive resort, where you can relax in tropical surroundings.

  • When to go: Nov-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,045 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Phuket & Khao Lak Diving

Here are some of Thailand’s most outstanding dive sites, with excellent opportunities to spot leopard sharks amidst a kaleidoscope of marine life, with manta rays often gracing divers with their presence.

  • When to go: Nov-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,545 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Palm Garden Resort, Phuket

Located in the tranquil southeast corner of Phuket, Palm Garden Resort is a short walk to Chalong Pier where the dive boats depart. Each room has a terrace with a hammock, and overlooks the swimming pool.

Suggested liveaboards are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Marco Polo

The friendly Marco Polo operates six night adventures to Thailand's Similan Islands, including Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and the famous Richelieu Rock, renowned for sightings of whale sharks and manta rays.

Thailand Aggressor

The luxurious Thailand Aggressor sails the Andaman Sea throughout the year, visiting famous dive sites such as the Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock and Phi Phi Islands off the west coast of Thailand.