Phuket & Phi Phi Islands

 

Ko Phi Phi Islands


General

Viewpoint Phuket Island, Thailand


Ko Phuket Island
is the largest island in the Kingdom of Thailand but has only very little dive sites by itself that are used mostly for open water training to novice divers. The closest dive sites are around Ko Racha Noi & Yai and Ko Dok Mai. The Racha Islands south of Phuket are around 2 or 3 hours by boat and are quite easy to dive. On the way to Ko Phi Phi Islands lies only one and a half hours by boat from Chalong pier in Phuket the so called "Golden Triangle" This three stuning dive sites, Shark Point, Anemone Reef and the King Cruiser Wreck are only minutes away from each other. Ko Phi Phi Islands 3 hours by boat to the east of Phuket has two remarkable dive sites, Ko Bida Nok and Ko Bida Nai. Usually all dives can be done easy by daytrip excursions from Phuket Island. Diving around Phuket is possibe all year around, the best time usually between October and May is also the most crowded. 


Diving from Phuket

Leopardshark Phuket, Thailand
Ko Racha Yai & Noi Island are two little islands to the south of Phuket. Relaxing dives at the east cost on one of the many reef slopes is common at both Racha  Island. Many staghorn corals and boulders host a wide range of marine life. Easy dives with mild drifts and good visibility makes this place an ideal start for novice divers and scuba reviews alike.

Shark Point & Anemone Reef are two dive sites only separetad by minutes from each other. Many softcorals and anemones with uncountable clownfishes can be found here. Leopard and Bamboo Sharks are spotted on almost every dive, big stuff like Mantas and Whalesharks have been spotted many times here. Current can be possible and sometimes the visibility is affected. Look out for small creatures such as scorpionfish, nudibranches and tiny shrimps.


King Cruiser Wreck is the biggest wreck for recreonational divers found on the west coast. It is a few minutes away from Shark Point and Anemone Reef and sunk after hitting Anemone reef on the 4th of May 1997. This 85 meter long passanger ferry rests now at the bottom in a perfect positionat at a deapth ranging between 12 and 30 meters. The wreck remains in one piece although the foreword upper deck has collapsed. This wreck hosts now an massive amount of fish and coral growing is abundant.

 

Tips from local dive guides and instructors:

  • Most comfortable and best to dive doing day trip excursions.
  • Shortest transfers to the pier from Chalong, Rawai, Kata, Karon and Patong beach. Transfers from Kamala, Surin, Bang Tao or Nai Yang and Nai Ton beach can take up to an hour to the pier one way! 
  • Diving on Nitrox recommended!
  • Avoid Christmas time at all costs, to full, high prices for flights and accomodation. 
  • Best dive season between October and April, sometimes May during the north east Monsum.
  • If you are not a frequent diver or still a novice diver start with the Racha Islands first.
  • Best dives Shark Point, Anemone Reef, Bida Nok & Bida Nay. 
  • The King Cruiser wreck is one of Thailands biggest wrecks and host a large amount of fish. Visibility sometimes low and currents can be present.
  • Daytrips to Hin Daeng and Hin Muang from Phuket are not possible due its distance. Daytrips are done to this destination from Ko Lanta Island or see below Ko Phi Phi Island.
 

General

Phi Phi Island, Thailand
Koh Phi Phi Don and Leh are the two main islands about 50 kilimeter to the east of Ko Phuket. Diving is usally possible throughout the whole year and mostly divesites are in close proximity. The two best dive sites in deed is Ko Bida Nok and Ko Bida Nay only a few minutes away by boat. Between dives it is possible to snorkel anywhere from the boat or just go of the beach and snorkel close by the rocks. Ko Phi Phi is well visited during the high season and sometimes a bit crowded on the best places.

 

Diving around Phi Phi

 

Sea Horse Phi Phi Island, Thailand
Ko Bida Nok and Ko Bida Nay feature the best diving around Phi Phi. This two little limestone island host an incredible amount of marine life, starting with uncountable anemones and clownfishes, staghorn corals and tropical reef fish. It is very common to spot leopardsharks here as well as a resident blacktip shark family. Also mantas and whalesharks are spotted throughout the year but are not very common here.





It is possible to access Hin Daeng and Hin Muang from Ko Phi Phi during the high season when the sea is in calm conditions.

 

Tips from local dive guides and instructors:

  • Most comfortable and best to dive doing either day trip excursions from Phuket or just staying a few days at Ko Phi Phi Island.
  • Planing to dive Hin Daeng and Hin Muang, stay a few days at the island and combined it with Ko Bida Nok and Nay ot the "Golden Triangle". 
  • Diving the "Golden Triangle", Shark Point, Anemone Reef and the King Cruiser Wreck is possible from Ko Phi Phi island.
  • Diving on Nitrox recommended!
  • Avoid Christmas time at all costs, to full, high prices for flights and accomodation. 
  • Best dive season between October and April, sometimes May during the north east Monsum.
  • During the low season trips to Hin Daeng and Hin Muang might not be scheduled regulary due the weather conditions or a lack of divers joining this trip.
  • If you are not a frequent diver or still a novice diver start with an easy and shallow dive site around the island first.

 

 
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