Friday, July 8, 2016

Diving in Phuket Thailand Goes on ALL Year Round.

Diving in Phuket ALL Year Round

The best things about diving in Phuket is unlike other places in Asia we dive here all year round. We have dive sites for all 365 days a year.  In Phuket Thailand there is great reef diving only yards from the protection of the many small islands just off shore so the water is calm, flat with minimal current from what ever direction the weather comes from. Also in Thailand Phuket especially can get the Southern monsoon or the Northern monsoon or both or Neither. We can have blue sky and flat water during June, July and August when all around us is rain. Running down the center of Phuket there is a small mountain range which collects the clouds.  This means that on the island we can have rain in one town and sun in the next while out on the ocean its blue sky and sun. We do have our share of storms too during the Monsoon season too but they are short and sharp and come out of nowhere and go just as fast.

Hawksbill turtle in the Similan national park
Phuket has some of the best diving in S.E Asia. The Similan islands which are just north of Phuket are by far the best islands in Thailand and offer some of the best diving in the world.  From Whale Sharks and Manta rays to Dolphins, Turtles, Leopard sharks Black and White tip reef sharks. The is so much macro too. Many Nudi branchs, Sea horses, Sea Moths, Ribbon Eels, Frog Fish, shrimps, Ornate Ghost pipe fish, Anemone crabs, Mantis shrimps and Harliquin shrimps. The lists are endless.

Then as for the high season which is November till May you will never be stuck for things to do in Phuket. Plenty to see both above and below the water like James Bond island, Phi Phi islands and as mentioned before the Similans.  The National Geographic ranks these islands in their top ten diving locations and the world famous Jaques Cousteau who basically invented scuba diving for the masses had diving Richelieu rock in his personal top ten and praise does not get better than that. The Similan island national park opens on the 15th of October and closes again on the 15th of May. This helps to preserve the wildlife and the fragile reefs along with not disrupting the breeding turtles as this is a breeding ground for the Hawksbill turtle too. The diving here is best done from a similan livaboard as although it is possible as a day trip a large portion of the cost is taken up in the transfers and national park fees. On top of this once there you will not want to come back as there are so many sites and the diving so good. far better to spend three or four days there.

Ribbon Eel in the Similan Islands
Thailand  Divers has some of the best and most knowledgable instructors on the island of Phuket and will show you all there is to see no matter what the conditions.  So for anyone looking to learn to dive in Phuket then the experienced instructors that are here all year round, year after year will pass on their years of experience to you which in turn will make you are far better and safer diver. The long established Phuket diving centers are the ones with the best instructors as they have the time to pick and choose who they want and the instructors want a company that will still be there next year.  They have been diving these waters for many years all year round. They dont run away in the "off" season so they have the most up to date information on the conditions, and whats going on on all the dive sites around the island. In the office there are qualified and very experienced instructors and they ALL know every dive site inside out. They can offer you the best advice on where to dive on a certain day to get the best dives based on the current conditions.

   Before going to Phuket Thailand contact a top dive shop Phuket has a couple of very good ones like Thailand Divers who have a live chat option on the website so you can talk to a person in real time to get all the most up to date information on the diving,  the many PADI dive courses Phuket has on offer,  and many other Phuket tours too. But above all  you can enjoy diving in Phuket all year round.