Phuket & Phi Phi
Phuket, aka ” the pearl of the South “, is the biggest island of Thailand.
The West coast includes most of the tourist infrastructures and the most beautiful beaches. There are three big tourist sectors which are Patong, Karon and Kata, but if you looking for quiet places, the areas of Rawai and Chalong, in the South, and those of Bang Tao, Naithon, Nai Yang in the North are perfect for a peaceful stay in the heart of the nature.
Diving is possible all year long in Phuket, the period of monsoon (May to November) you can expect rough sea but days remain sunny with thunderstorms at the end of afternoon. Avoid May / June and September when tropical showers happen and last hours…
Phuket offers about ten dives sites, situated in the South and East of the island, heading to Phi Phi. Wreck, drop offs, pinnacles, coral gardens, dives sites are accessible to any levels. Mantas sometimes one or two come to feed on the planktonic water south point of Racha Noi, schools of tropical fishes cover the reef of Anemone Reef and Shark Point where it is frequent to see zebra sharks, the macro fauna hides in the cracks of the wall of Koh Doc Mai, whereas the wreck of King Cruiser accommodates of numerous platax, lion fishes, scorpion fishes, turtles and it is sometimes the passage of a whale shark. The coral garden of Racha Yai is the perfect site for the beginning courses and the non divers who want to take advantage of the marine beauty with a mask and a snorkel.
Most of the dive sites are shared with the island of Phi Phi, because at equal distance of both islands. There are two major sites not to be missed to Phi Phi, they are the islets of Koh Bida Nok and Koh Bida Nai. There, you can expect black tip sharks, turtles, schools of tropical fishes, huge sea fans, colored coral reefs sheltering a crowd of marine creatures.