Best Diving Spots in Phuket – Experience the Region’s Marine Marvels

Phuket is a particularly renowned place in Thailand when it comes to aquatic wonders. There are many beautiful islands around her waters, and magical realms beneath them.

Koh Dok Mai

This refers to a small island that is covered in thick jungle to be found just a short distance away from Phuket. This island is actually composed of a massive limestone rock that steeply rises out of the sea. The island’s walls contain an abundance of marine life beneath the surface of the water.

King Cruiser

This was a notable car ferry that strayed way off course during a routine trip between Phuket and the Phi Phi Islands and ended up striking a reef. Luckily, all of the passengers and crew were rescued, and the wreck is now one of the region’s most famous dive sites.

Anemone Reef

If you visit the wreck of the King Cruiser, it’s probably worth exploring the reef that resulted in its sinking. It’s slightly closer to Phuket city than the King Cruiser, and if you’re staying at a Phuket resort along the likes of Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, you can reach the dive site within 90 minutes.

Shark Point

This is the most popular of local dive sites and is part of a marine sanctuary. In addition to notable quantities of sharks, you can also find many different species of tropical fish.

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Koh Tao Diving – an enthusiast’s delight

The Thai islands of Koh Samui and Koh Tao are undoubtedly amazing attractions for the visitor. If you are interested in accommodation choices like a luxury villa Koh Samui offers make sure to consider the informative Anantara Vacation Club Bophut Koh Samui reviews. This would be a discerning accommodation choice with many advantages offering a satisfying stay.

The beautifully picturesque island of Koh Tao is greatly recognized for its abundant diving opportunities. Offering engrossing attractions for experienced divers as well as guidance and instruction for novices, Koh Tao will appeal to diving aficionados of all experience levels and preferences. Divers from across Southeast Asia and beyond congregate at this alluring island to indulge in this popular pursuit.

As you might expect, divers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting a dive site in Koh Tao. One of the most popular and well-reputed sites is the Southwest Pinnacle, which offers fine visibility and a host of intriguing marine creatures. You will have the opportunity to observe resting leopard sharks as well as fantail rays, groupers, scorpion fish, pink anemone fish, snappers and barracuda.

Another well esteemed dive site is Sail Rock, a prominent pinnacle that is located in the seas off Koh Tao. This remarkable diving location is renowned for its aquatic denizens, including various morays, king mackerel, tuna, octopus and different kinds of colourful corals. On the other hand for experienced divers desiring a genuinely challenging dive, the site of choice will be the Chumporn Pinnacle. This alluring location is considered to be the best site in the area to see the enormous whale sharks, as well as a myriad of pelagic fish.

Another fascinating diving spot would be Green Rock, which is an intriguing maze of caves and canyons that divers can swim across. This locality is home to marine creatures such as reef sharks, whiptail rays, cobia fish and triggerfish as well as sea snakes, moray eels, squid and different kinds of sea turtles. With so much to see and experience, diving at Koh Tao will always be memorable.

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.

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Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park – Most visited National Marine parks in Thailand

 

Phang Nga Bay is a 400 km bay in the Strait of Malacca between the island of Phuket and the mainland of the Malay peninsula of southern Thailand. Since 1981, an extensive section of the bay has been protected as the Ao Phang Nga National Park. Ao Phang-nga or Phang-nga Bay is one of the most frequently visited national marine parks in Thailand. The best place to stay, while visiting Thailand is the Point Yamu by COMO Phuket, which is a Phuket Luxury Accommodation. This unique hotel is located the tip of the Cape Yamu overlooking the Andaman Sea and the dramatic limestone’s of Phang Nga Bay. The rooms and suites at the hotel is elegant, exotic and contemporary, as the entire hotel has been designed by an Italian interior designer. The hotel also features two world-class dining restaurants.

The 42 limestone monoliths punctuating the bay’s shallow turbid waters not only act as a natural base to a rich variety of documented flora and fauna, including over 28 species of mangrove, 88 birds, 82 fish, 18 reptiles, 3 amphibians and 17 mammals, they also provide secure overnight anchorage and offer exhilarating adventures of discovery for their visitors. , private sailing yacht charters with experienced and knowledgeable crew can be booked on Phuket. If guests wish to learn sailing, there are several schools on Phuket that schedule internationally recognized tuition around the bay. Many of the islands, islets and rocky knolls harbor collapsed sea caves or, as they are called locally, ‘Hongs’ of varying sizes and – although too small for yachts to access – are ideally suited for canoe, kayak or dinghy. The Hongs can be obscured from view so take time to scan the craggy surfaces on the waterline, paying particular attention to anything that resembles an opening. Once inside, you may well find all manner of wildlife either on the limestone walls or in the elevated jungle above, winding caverns to explore, some even with secluded beaches and sheltered lagoons – ideal for a private picnic and a spot of swimming or snorkeling.

Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.

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Rock climbing in Phuket: Explore the Limestone Trail

Thailand’s island retreat of Phuket is renowned for its pristine beaches and majestic rock formations. With most parts of the island being covered by mountainous terrains spanning from the island’s north to its south, it is not surprising that the name ‘Phuket’ derives from Thai word for mountain. The island’s towering mountain range offers breathtaking views of Phuket’s coastline and is popular among rock climbing enthusiasts who can also enjoy Phuket Luxury Accommodation among other lodging options.

Phuket’s mountains and cliffs have much to offer both amateur and experienced rock climbers. The best example of the diversity that Phuket offers rock climbers is found at Tonsai in Railay Beach, where its high limestone cliffs is a world renown rock climbing destination with a host of trails that cater to beginners and experienced climbers. To the north of Phuket lies Phang Nga Bay which hosts impressive limestone mountains that offer climbers a more peaceful and yet equally memorable rock climbing experience. Here, both the mainland and the beach of Koh Yao Noi offer several routes that cater to the adventurous rock climber. The Phang Nga Bay, located near Point Yamu by COMO Phuket is frequented by tourists who visit the beach to marvel at the forty limestone islands that rise 300-400 meters above the sea. Indeed the coastal belt ranging from Phuket’s Phra Nang Cave Beach to Railay East beach remain popular among rock climbers who find their efforts rewarded by the commanding views of Phukhet’s shores.

One of Phuket’s most beautiful beaches is found in the Hat Tham Phra Nang area which is encircled by a high limestone cliff that contains the legendary Tham Phra Nang Nok (Outer Princess Cave) that is believe to be home to the mythical Sea princess. Rock climbing is necessary to visit this site which also contains a hidden ‘ Holy Princess Pool’ found on the side of the mountain while also offering panoramic views of the surrounding beaches and rocky islands from the mountain’s summit.

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Jungle Tales – Hiking through Khao Phra Taew Wildlife Park

Phra Taew is a forested mountain range in the north of Phuket with a central peak rising 450 meters, the highest point on the island. Still in pristine condition, it is an excellent example of a rain forest in South East Asia. The forest is both a recreation area and a class room that can impart knowledge on the fragile eco system and how best to preserve it. The fauna here include a herd of barking deer, bands of monkeys and gibbons released into the wild from the nearby Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre, wild boar, small mammals such as the Malayan Black Giant Squirrel, amphibians, reptiles and many species of migratory and native birds. The flora comprises of tropical evergreen trees, bamboo, palms and ferns. Bang Pae waterfall is its most prominent water feature. The pools it forms are popular with hikers seeking to cool off. Hikes to Khao Phra Taew Wildlife Park can be planned from Anantara Phuket Villas, a popular Phuket beach resort.

The wildlife park has a 600 meter and a two km easy to follow hiking trails from Bang Pae waterfall to Ton Sai waterfall. Visitors keen on a wildlife experience can hire a guide at the information centre near the Bang Pae waterfall or set off on their own. Although the trail is not arduous some scrambling over fallen trees and rocks are involved. As the trail goes up the mountain visitor will observe a change in the flora. The Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand or WARF also offers several hiking options. These treks include the services of ecology lecturers and trackers and offer the best ways to see its fauna and understand its flora. The hikes are categorized as a Soft Jungle Experience which is a half day hike, Nocturnal Life a night trip, gibbon trekking day trips and overnight camping trips. Having the services of a tracker is the best way to see wildlife during daytime. Night trips offer opportunities to see a range of amphibians, reptiles and several small nocturnal creatures.

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H2O Sportz Phuket – Diving Experiences not to be missed

Phuket, located in the Andaman Sea, is an island which is a popular tourist destination frequented by honeymooners and other travellers alike. Known as Thailand’s largest island, it’s no wonder really as it’s the perfect get-away for a trip abroad. Phuket is an island that has no land boundaries and is approximately the size of Singapore! Interestingly the name Phuket was derived from ‘bukit’ which translates to ‘hill’ as the island mostly has a mountainous range and looks like a hill from a distance.

Phuket, surrounded by the sea has a range of diving activities on offer. Check out the H2O Sportz Phuket which specializes in giving a diving experience like no other. Their service covers a range of diving sites around the island, so you are sure not to get bored. Sites range from the Anemone Reef, Shark Point, Ko Dok Mai which is famous for a lime stone cliff island, Ko Racha and so much more. They are a ‘PADI 5 star Gold Palm Resort Dive Centre’ which guarantees that it is a safe place to dive at, with professional equipment. Do not miss the customized boat charters which will customize the destination to your exclusive preference, where you can schedule how you want to spend the rest of your day, whether it be diving, fishing, snorkelling or even sight-seeing. If you have the time, why not give the professional courses a go? Maybe you will end up being a better diver or you will learn to if you did not know how! Courses range from PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program, Scuba Diver program, Open Water Certification Program, Adventure Diver and Rescue Diver course. Apart from this they also offer day outings such as Diving boat tour, to the Phi Phi islands and so much more.

Phuket offers many resorts and hotels to stay at, therefore if you are looking for a Phuket resort that caters to your needs don’t look any further than the Millennium Resort Patong Phuket. This resort is ideally placed in the Jungceylon shopping area, which is known as Phuket’s shopping capital. While staying here you are never too far away from the wonderful beaches that the island has to offer. Relax, unwind and have a splendid vacation with all facilities right at your feet at this wonderful Patong resorts. Enjoy everything that Phuket has to offer you, and have a splendid vacation right here!

 

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Scuba Diving in Phuket – Dive into the wonders below

Year after year Phuket sees a larger number of travellers head over to this beautiful island nestled in the Andaman for many reasons than one. However scuba diving takes centre stage here with many of Thailand’s diving attractions being accessible from here. The Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock, Burma and Hin Daeng are some of the famous diving locations close to Phuket.

Scuba diving in Phuket is more of an adventure rather than an exciting water sport. With beautiful marine life not far from the surface of the waters and exotic coral pinnacles that form coral fringed islands it is a an adventure that most dive into head on! King Cruiser wreck is a car ferry that sank here in the past which forms another exciting diving site. There is also the option of diving with manta rays and come face to face with dolphins and occasional whales at the Racha Noi South Point.

Shark point and Koh Phi Phi are both excellent for underwater photography, where divers can photograph cuttlefish and leopard sharks to their hearts content. The Anemone Reef is a gorgeous pinnacle covered entirely in Anemones. Clownfish and turtles are seen in abundance here. Phi Phi Islands are accessible on day trips from Phuket. Here divers can feast on the sights of schooling reef fish such as fusiliers, pipefish and squid. The best conditions for diving in Phuket exist from November through to April, although most diving sites are accessible all year round. During the months of May to October the visibility is reduced by around 30% owing to the monsoon winds. The water temperature remains around 27- 30, perfect for a good deep soak in these turquoise blue waters.

If you are on the lookout for places to reside in while you explore these beautiful waters of Thailand, there are several amazing retreats in Thailand to choose from. A sports club Phuket that has made waves in the hospitality industry here as of late is the Thanyapura. This resort offers a relaxing stay to its guests in a tropical setting although located a little distance away from the beach.

 

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.

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Rollerball Zorbing Phuket, Kathu- Fun-filled Family Day-out!

Zorbing Phuket would give any visitor to the island a memorably exciting experience. Well-designed taking every safety measure into consideration, the place provides fun-filled excitement where you get the chance to get inside a plastic sphere filled with water and roll down a hill. Among many other themed parks and water parks in Phuket, this Rollerball Zorbing stands out as one of the best places to go for a family day-out in Patong. Millennium Resort Patong Phuket is one of the top Patong resorts available for the tourists to the island. This ideally located Phuket resort would let you explore all the top attractions in the city including this fun-filled Rollerball Zorbing. The place is opened for the visitors throughout the week and it would contribute to a perfect family holiday in Patong which brings big smiles and laughter to cherish for a lifetime.

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Karon View Point – Phuket’s Scenic Best

The incredible island of Phuket is home to riveting culture, exciting nightlife, sumptuous dining and panoramic views. To experience all aspects of this vibrant Thai island, a fine selection of Patong resorts awaits the opportunity to thoroughly spoil their guests. The Millennium Resort Patong Phuket is one such offering of a quality Phuket resort that boasts stylish interiors and impressive amenities to allow guests to simply bask in some warm island hospitality. Phuket serves up picturesque views that will delight cameras and one of the island’s most famous spots is the Karon View Point, formerly known as Kata Viewpoint. This breathtaking locale opens up spectacular views of Kata Yai, Kata Noi and the Karon beaches. It is located between the Kata Noi and Nai Harn beaches and sees many scenery buffs visit the spot, as well as many tour outfits that list Karon Viewpoint as an itinerary staple. Karon Viewpoint is known locally as Khao Saam Haad, translated as “Three Beaches Hill”, and although it looks out directly onto the Andaman Sea, most visitors strategically point their cameras at the gorgeous views of the turquoise beaches majestically unfolding out onto the horizon. See if you can spot Mom Tri’s Villa Royale in the foreground, as well as the distant Hilton Arcadia in the background on Karon Beach. Karon Viewpoint’s highlight is its northern view, which features a sparkling sapphire sea, pristine white sands, the exotic island of Koh Pu, and the emerald hillsides of Phuket.

Water Sports in Phuket – Thrilling Adventures at Sea!

Set amidst azure tropical waters, the enchanting island of Phuket may be known for its laidback charm, but it also offers plenty of thrills and spills for those taking part in the myriad of water sports on offer! If you are looking to truly enjoy the very best the island has to offer then look to stay at a luxury resort Phuket such as Regent Phuket Cape Panwa. This 5 star hotel Phuket is ideally located in Cape Panwa and makes an ideal base from which to enjoy the exciting water sport of diving where you can view a variety of marine life including snappers, moray eels and leopard sharks. Those looking for more relaxed exploration of the seas can try snorkelling and discover the spectacular coral and marine life beneath the waves. Adrenaline junkies should look to head to the west coast where such activities as surfing and windsurfing are popular, while jet skiing, kitesurfing, parasailing and sea kayaking are the other water sports you can enjoy in Phuket amidst the glorious coastal sunshine!

Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.

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