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Phuket Town dive guide

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Phuket diving offers most of Thailand's main diving attractions. The dives range from breathtaking coral reefs to wrecks and marine life that's worth the visit. It's closeness to the Andaman sea and the gulf of Thailand makes it possible to go to all the world class diving spots in the legendary Andaman Sea.
Regularly departing are livebaords to the famous Hin Daeng, Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock and even Burma.

Always dive according to your level of training. Check with your dive center for safety, additional information and level required for each dive site before entering the water.

Diving is possible all year round although the best conditions prevail from November to April. Beware about the Monsoon winds and surface swells in late May to October which somewhat reduces visibility. However cancellations due to bad weather are rare. October is the rainy season in the Andaman.

The water keeps a comfortable temperature of about 27 - 30°C (80°F - 86°F).

For those seeking liveaboard trips, the season runs from early October to middle of May. There are a few cruises to the Phi Phi and Similan Islands all year but the unstable weather conditions from May to October may result in cancellations.

Most of the diving from Phuket is done in The Andaman Sea which is only about 15 km (9 miles) away.

Some dive sites visited are:

Racha Yai, where you find a good variety of marine life and visibility going from 15-30 metres (49-98 feet). The west side is made up mainly of granite rocks, some coral growth, a good variety of reef fish and invertebrates. The diving conditions are easy and the depths go to 20 metres (65 feet).

Shark Point is a marine sanctuary and has abundant marine life, soft and hard corals.
Tropical and pelagic fish as well as leopard shrks are seen on this dive, a great opportunity for photographers. The depths run from 3-25 metres (10 -82 feet) and the visibility from 10-20 metres (33-65 feet).

Wreck lovers will enjoy King Cruiser, a steel hulled passenger ferry which sank in 1997. It lies at approximately 30 metres (98 feet) of depth.

Rocky slopes, huge rock pinnacles and coral gardens make up the dives on Racha Noi Island. Soft and hard corals cohabite here as well as a large variety of reef fish. Pelagic fish is sometimes spotted here.

Koh Doc Mai is on the east side of the island and the wall has a lot of tube corals and invertebrates. Moray eels, angelfish and black banded sea snakes are often seen on this dive.
The chances of spotting the leopard shark are good.
The western side has a steep reef where back-tip and white-tip reef sharks have been reportedly encountered.

Anemone reef is a collection of Rocky Plateaus. The upper part is covered in anemones (from where it's name is derived) and has resident clown fish, porcelain crabs and shrimps. With a depth ranging from 4-6 metres (13-20 feet) there are moray eels on the deeper part of this reef.

Phi Phi Islands boast spectacular scenery along with crystal clear water and abundant reefs. There are many walls, caves and caverns as well as sloping reefs and coral gardens.
Fish life is abundant and range from coral reef fish to leopard shark or whale sharks. The best time is between November - April.

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