Phuket Water Sports, Sailing and Scuba Diving
Water sports have become an integral part of life on the Thai island of Phuket and both locals and visitors enjoy the endless coastal attractions available, ranging from swimming and snorkelling, to water-skiing and windsurfing, and even sea canoeing. The scuba diving around Phuket is truly world-class and the stunning coral reefs and underwater scenery has become almost legendary.
Others prefer to come for the deep-sea sportfishing and big game fishing, trying the land the illusive 1,000-pound marlin, while for many, the numerous sailing regattas and yachting is quite unmissable.
Diving Centre and Scuba Diving
Address: 1/10 Moo 5, Soi Ao Chalong, Visit Road, Rawai, Phuket, 83130, Thailand, TH
Tel: +66 076 280 644
Various beautiful coral reefs and colourful marine attractions await beneath the surface of the waters surrounding the island of Phuket. The scuba diving here is ranked amongst the world's best, with warm waters and good visibility. Scuba diving is especially popular around both Kata Beach and also Nai Yang Beach, while some visiting scuba divers prefer to book one-day diving trips, visiting nearby islands, by either yacht or speedboat, with notable destinations including Ko Hae, Hin Daeng, Hi Muang, Racha Yai, Racha Noi, Shark Point, the Anemone Reef, the colonised shipwreck of the King Cruiser, and also the islands around neighbouring Phang Nga Bay. The Phuket Diving Centre features English-speaking instructors, diving equipment hire and many popular scuba diving excursions.
Open hours: daily - 08:30 to 18:00
Sportfishing and Big Game Fishing
Big game fishing around the coastline of Phuket Island is gaining popularity and tourists will discover a good choice of sportfishing tour companies available. Many people are completely oblivious of the world-class sportfishing nearby and are often surprised to find that many people regularly catch enormous marlin, barracuda, dog-tooth tuna and even swordfish. The best big game fishing attractions can be found around the nearby Racha Islands, Koh Rok Island, the Similan Islands, the Surin Islands and also the Andaman Islands, although locals have been known to catch sizable marlin simply off Patong Beach.
Open hours: daily - fishing tour hours vary
Sailing, Yachts and Boating
Many people visit Phuket for the sailing and yachting alone and there are a number of marinas, including the Boat Lagoon and also the Royal Phuket Marina. Various sailing regattas take place around the coastline each year, of which the King's Cup Regatta each December is amongst the most popular. Various sailing packages and yachts are available.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 18:00