Phuket Dive Trips

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Scuba Diving Trips from Phuket

As well as having great beaches, wonderful culture and superb restaurants, there is also world class scuba diving around Phuket within easy reach. The dive destinations on a Phuket scuba diving trip vary greatly with hard corals, soft corals, massive granite boulders plus an amazing variety of marine life. Discover all the usual tropical reef fishes such as colourful parrotfish, moorish idols and pufferfish. You can also encounter large schools of snappers and barracudas, exquisite lionfish, and even a chance of larger species such as a turtle, rays or harmless reef sharks.

All scuba diving day trips from Phuket require taking a boat journey with the closest areas about 1 ½ hours away from the Phuket mainland. The furthest place is diving at Phi Phi islands, almost 3 hours away. Because of the distances to the dive areas, all the diving trips from Phuket are a full day out. Transfers to the departure pier are provided free of charge from hotels in the major tourist areas such as Patong. To ensure comfortable, safe days out the dive boats are large and spacious with international safety standards. In true Thai style, scuba divers are well-fed throughout the day with fantastic, freshly-cooked food on board.

**Free transfers for all Phuket diving trips from the following towns: Chalong, Kamala, Kata, Karon, Patong, Rawai**

Dive Site Choices

There is a choice of five main scuba diving destinations from Phuket. Generally most destinations are suitable for any level of certified diver. Read on for an overview of each dive area and what level of scuba diver it is suitabe for. For more detailed info on the individual dive sites and what they offer, check out our dive sites sections for Phuket, Phi Phi Islands and Similans Islands.

Racha Yai Island, Phuket

About 1 ½ hours by boat from the mainland, there are a number of different dive sites that can be visited around this island. The water is generally very clear and dives are made in sheltered bay areas. This allows the dive boats to tie up onto a mooring making entry and exit very simple. Because of this it makes Racha Yai island the perfect place for beginner divers to try diving for the first time. It is also a great place for certified divers of all levels offering a lovely selection of hard corals and marine life. Deep diving is also possible and there is even a wreck!

The choice of which particular dive sites we visit is very dependent on the direction of the waves as we are looking for the calmest places but without compromising on the quality of the dives. Be aware that Racha Yai island can get very busy as it is popular for tours from Phuket including snorkelling, sailing and fishing as well as scuba diving. However, underwater there is always lots of space for everyone.

Racha Noi Island, Phuket

About 2 ½ hours by boat from Phuket island, the diving here is very similar to Racha Yai island although the corals here are in much better condition. This is due to two main factors: less visitors and nobody living on the island. Also, there is the added attraction of large underwater rock formations of all shapes and sizes, some of which look like they have been sculptured by hand!

As with Racha Yai island, the boats are tied up before entry and dives are in sheltered bays so also perfect for both beginner and experienced divers. There is also the possibility to see some larger marine species like turtles or rays. Although rare, the occasional manta ray or whaleshark can be seen cruising by.

Phi Phi Islands, Krabi

Located 2 ½ to 3 hours from Phuket, the national marine park of Phi Phi Islands offer world class diving. A mix of hard corals and colourful soft corals, together with a variety of sea fans, make the dive sites here visually stunning and give them the WOW factor. There is also a large variety of marine life with a good chance of larger species such as sharks or turtles, plus amazing schools of fishes such as snappers and trevallies. The water here is generally not as clear as at the islands of Racha Noi and Yai but that doesn't really matter as there are so many fish everywhere.

The dives here are more challenging than the Racha islands of Phuket for two reasons. Firstly, it is not possible to tie up the dive boat so entry and exits can be more challenging. Secondly, the dive sites are generally more open so can be exposed to both waves and underwater currents. Also, due to local regulations, first time divers are not permitted to go diving at the Phi Phi islands dive sites we visit. This is to minimise any accidental damage caused to the reef by inexperienced divers. However, students completing their final open water dives and all certified divers are welcome to dive here.

Anemone Reef, King Cruiser Wreck, Koh Doc Mai, Shark Point

These four dive sites are situated between Phuket and Phi Phi islands with journey times of between 1 ½ to 2 hours each way. Each of the four sites is unique in its own way and all are visually stunning with incredible amounts of marine life.

Anemone Reef is an incredibly beautiful underwater limestone pinnacle covered in anemones, soft corals and sea fans. The King Cruiser wreck is an 85 metre long car ferry. However, it is so much more than just a wreck with so many large schools of fishes you sometimes can't even see where you are going! Koh Doc Mai is a small island with a wall dropping underwater to depths of 20+ metres and renowned for macro as well as the occasional turtle. Shark Point is a series of underwater limestone formations known for its pure beauty and the chance of a leopard shark.

The water clarity is variable at these sites ranging on any day from 8 to 25 metres. It is impossible to predict in advance as so many things affect the underwater visibility such as currents and plankton. However, no matter what the visibility the sites are always full of exciting marine life. These sites are the most challenging from a scuba diving day tour from Phuket as they are situated in the open sea. This means no shelter so entry and exits can be challenging when waves are high. Also, the sites can all be prone to strong currents. For that reason, these sites are not available for non-certified divers.

Any certified diver is welcome to visit these sites (with the exception of the King Cruiser wreck). However, we do recommend being particularly comfortable in water especially if you are only recently certified or haven't dived for a while. For the King Cruiser wreck, as safety is always our first priority, we recommend being an Advanced Open Water diver or having a minimum of 15 dives (including a recent dive). The wreck is deep (18 metres on the top) and is particularly vulnerable to currents.

Similans Islands

Situated over 100 km north of Phuket, the Similans islands (plus Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock) are world renowned as having some of the best dive sites you can ever experience. Also, they are frequently visited by large pelagic marine life such as manta rays and whalesharks especially between the months of January and April. The water clarity is usually very good although it can also vary considerably depending on various factors.

Although a fantastic area to dive, only the Similans Islands and Koh Bon are currently accessible for scuba diving day trips from Phuket due to the travel distance. To explore the full area you would need to take a Similans liveaboard trip with a minimum of 3 days and 2 nights required if you wished to visit Richelieu Rock, the most famous of all the sites. Because Similans and Koh Bon islands are really out in the open sea they can be very challenging. This is because they can get very strong ocean currents (as opposed to tidal currents). For that reason these dive areas are only open to certified divers who have dived recently and preferrably have the Advanced Open water certification (or similar).

Although there are scuba diving day trips from Phuket to the Similans Islands we do not recommend them. This is because it is a long way to travel - minimum 2 hours by minibus and over 1 hour by speedboat each way. The day trips only offer 2 dives due to time constraints and it cannot be predicted which sites you will be visiting as that depends on both the general weather and conditions at sea. Therefore, you will almost certainly not get to experience the best of what the Similans Islands has to offer. A minimum of 2 days/1 night or more would be a much better option. However, if you are restricted by time to only doing a day trip to the Similans Islands then we can arrange on request.

Dive Boats/Prices

Phuket dive boat

Phuket Scuba Diving Tours

➤   All trips are full day tours on large, modern dive boats (over 20 metres long).

➤   General facilities include: lounge areas, dining areas, toilets and fresh water showers.

➤   Safety equipment : life jackets, medical first aid kits and emergency oxygen equipment.

➤   All food is freshly cooked on board - mix of Western and Asian buffet.

➤   Special meals e.g. vegetarian are available on request - please ask when booking.

➤   We welcome divers from all organisations including BSAC, CMAS, PADI and SSI.

➤   Free accident insurance on all trips!

Dive Trip Choices/Prices

Valid: 1st September 2019 to 30th September 2020

Prices are per certified diver. Discounts for multiple divers/multiple trips - see packages below.

Destination Dives Days Price (diver)
Racha Yai Island
Racha Yai Island Two Daily 3,200 baht
King Cruiser wreck + 2 of Anemone Reef/Koh Doc Mai/Shark Point
King Cruiser wreck + 2 of Anemone Reef/Koh Doc Mai/Shark Point Three Daily 4,200 baht
  Phi Phi (2 dives) + 1 of Anemone Reef/Koh Doc Mai/Shark Point
Phi Phi (2 dives) + 1 of Anemone Reef/Koh Doc Mai/Shark Point Three Daily 4,200 baht
  Racha Noi and Yai Islands
Racha Noi and Yai Islands Three Daily 4,200 baht
Similans Islands
Similans Islands Three Daily 5,600 baht

All trips are suitable for Open Water divers except the King Cruiser and Similans Islands dive trips. For those tours, we recommend a minimum of 15 dives or Advanced Open Water diver for your own safety.

Snorkeller prices for local day trips: Adults - 2,600 baht, Children (11 or under) - Please ask for price.

Snorkeller prices for Similans Islands: 5,600 baht per person - no discounts for children.

If you are not a certified diver but would like to try diving then check out our Discover Scuba Diving program for beginners.

Online Package Prices

Special online scuba diving packages from Phuket on all dive trips with 3 dives for multi-diver/multi-day bookings! Check out the tables below.

One Diver

No. of Trips Discount Price Per Diver Total Price
One Trip
One None 4,200 baht 4,200 baht
  Two Trips
Two 5% 3,990 baht 7,980 baht
Three Trips
Three 5% 3,990 baht 11,970 baht
  Four Trips
Four 10% 3,780 baht 15,120 baht
Five Trips
Five 10% 3,780 baht 18,900 baht

Two Divers

No. of Trips Discount Price Per Diver Total Price
One Trip
One 5% 3,990 baht 7,980 baht
  Two Trips
Two 10% 3,780 baht 15,120 baht
Three Trips
Three 15% 3,570 baht 21,420 baht
  Four Trips
Four 15% 3,570 baht 28,560 baht
Five Trips
Five 15% 3,570 baht 35,700 baht

Three Divers

No. of Trips Discount Price Per Diver Total Price
One Trip
One 10% 3,780 baht 11,340 baht
  Two Trips
Two 15% 3,570 baht 21,420 baht
Three Trips
Three 15% 3,570 baht 32,130 baht
  Four Trips
Four 15% 3,570 baht 42,840 baht
Five Trips
Five 15% 3,570 baht 53,550 baht

Four Divers

No. of Trips Discount Price Per Diver Total Price
One Trip
One 10% 3,780 baht 15,120 baht
  Two Trips
Two 15% 3,570 baht 28,560 baht
Three Trips
Three 15% 3,570 baht 42,840 baht
  Four Trips
Four 15% 3,570 baht 57,120 baht
Five Trips
Five 15% 3,570 baht 71,400 baht

**Special group discounts available for 5 or more divers. Contact us for details.**

What's Included

Included In Price  
Dive Accident Insurance
Hotel Transfers*
Breakfast
Lunch
Water, tea, coffee
Fruits and snacks
Professional dive guide
Tanks (DIN/Yoke) and weights rental

*Complimentary transfers to/from hotel are from the following towns: Chalong, Kamala, Kata, Karon, Patong, Rawai. Transfers are also available from other areas around Phuket for a small surcharge. Prices are available on request.

Not Included In Price  
Scuba Equipment
National Park Fees for Phi Phi/Similans
Sodas and alcoholic drinks

Equipment Rental

The following items are available for rent (must be pre-ordered).

Item Price
Full Equipment Set (BCD, Regulator, Wetsuit, Fins, Mask) 500 baht per trip
Full Equipment Set + dive computer 650 baht per trip
Digital Camera or HD Action CAM 800 baht per trip
Nitrox (approx. 32%) 200 baht per tank
15 litre tank On request

Individual scuba items such as BCD are also available for rent. Price on request.


Similans/Phi Phi Islands Park Fees

The Thai government has introduced a National Park Fee for all visitors to Phi Phi or Similans islands as follows:

  • Phi Phi Islands - 600 baht per diver per day and 400 baht per non-diver per day.
  • Similans Islands - 700 baht per diver per day and 500 baht per non-diver per day.

This is in addition to any dive trip price and will be payable in cash (Thai Baht) direct to the boat tour leader on the day of the trip.

General Info

Guiding Service

➤   Professional guides are provided for all divers - required by Thai law.

➤   Generally, except in exceptional circumstances, the maximum group size is 4 divers per guide.

➤   If you rent equipment from us our guide will set up the equipment for you!

Dive Times

Maximum dive times are 50 minutes per dive. We would like to offer longer times (we would like more time underwater too). Unfortunately, because of the journey times, if we offered longer dives the boats would get back to the departure pier very late in the evenings. However, we will always try to do full dive times (air and no decompression limits permitting). We never cut dives short except for safety reasons.

Private Guide

Get your own guide just for you and your friends/family. Three or more divers - get a private guide for free!

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Dive Trip Itineraries

Racha Yai Island (2 dives)

Exact hotel transfer times depend on where you are staying. All times are approximates.

Time Action
07:00-08:00
07:00-08:00 Transfer from hotel to Chalong pier.
  08:30
08:30 Depart Chalong pier for Racha Yai island. Have breakfast, set up dive gear and prepare for dive.
10:00
10:00 Dive 1
  11:15
11:15 Freshly cooked buffet lunch on board.
12:45
12:45 Dive 2
  14:00
14:00 Depart for Chalong pier.
15:15
15:15 Arrive at Chalong pier and transfer back to hotel.

King Cruiser Wreck (3 dives)

Exact hotel transfer times depend on where you are staying. All times are approximates.

Time Action
07:00-08:00
07:00-08:00 Transfer from hotel to Chalong pier.
  08:30
08:30 Depart Chalong pier. Have breakfast, set up dive gear and prepare for dive.
10:15
10:15 Dive 1
  11:15
11:15 Snacks/refreshments.
12:15
12:15 Dive 2
  13:15
13:15 Freshly cooked buffet lunch on board.
14:30
14:30 Dive 3
  15:30
15:30 Depart for Chalong pier.
17:00
17:00 Arrive at Chalong pier and transfer back to hotel.

Racha Noi/Yai Islands (3 dives)

Exact hotel transfer times depend on where you are staying. All times are approximates.

Time Action
07:00-08:00
07:00-08:00 Transfer from hotel to Chalong pier.
  08:30
08:30 Depart Chalong pier for Racha Noi island. Have breakfast, set up dive gear and prepare for dive.
10:15
10:45 Dive 1
  11:45
11:45 Freshly cooked buffet lunch on board.
13:00
13:00 Dive 2
  14:00
14:00 Snacks/refreshments. Journey to Racha Yai island.
15:15
15:15 Dive 3
  16:15
16:15 Depart for Chalong pier.
17:30
17:30 Arrive at Chalong pier and transfer back to hotel.

Phi Phi Islands (3 dives)

Exact hotel transfer times depend on where you are staying. All times are approximates.

Time Action
07:00-08:00
07:00-08:00 Transfer from hotel to Chalong pier.
  08:30
08:30 Depart Chalong pier for Phi Phi islands. Have breakfast, set up dive gear and prepare for dive.
11:30
11:30 Dive 1 at Phi Phi islands
  12:30
12:30 Freshly cooked buffet lunch on board.
13:45
13:45 Dive 2 at Phi Phi islands
  14:45
14:45 Snacks/refreshments. Journey to either Anemone Reef, Koh Doc Mai or Shark Point.
16:00
16:00 Dive 3
  17:00
17:00 Depart for Chalong pier.
18:30
18:30 Arrive at Chalong pier and transfer back to hotel.