Phuket is surrounded by the Andaman Sea, the centre for exciting water activities and sports, all year round. The gentle breeze, clear skies and calm seas of the northeast monsoon period from November to April is ideal for Sea kayaking, snorkelling and visiting islands, fishing, sailing, scuba diving and many more water activities around Phuket. On the other hand, May to October is the best season for surfing enthusiast due to the southwest monsoon pumping onto the West coast of Thailand. All water transportation modes from the traditional long tail boats to luxury super yachts are readily available with the many styles and choices allowing for all budgets to participate in water activities around Phuket.
When you visit Phuket, you will find many spectacular beaches on the west coast of Phuket providing an impressive range of beach activities. Close at hand beautiful tropical islands and spectacular world class dive sites in the Andaman Sea, offering ample opportunities to explore the region and participate in your favourite leisure activities or to try something new and exciting water activities around Phuket.
We have listed 6 of the most popular water activities around Phuket.
Snorkelling on coral reefs
No matter if you are a swimmer or non- swimmer, snorkelling is possible for almost every person of any age. With a snorkel and mask to see the underwater marine beauty that includes colourful tropical fish, beautiful corals, sea anemones and much much more. Phuket has 36 amazing beaches, but some are particularly suited to snorkelling activities one of most played water activities around Phuket. Some popular snorkelling points are Ao Sane (northern shore of Nai Harn Bay), Kata Noi (south of Kata Beach), Paradise Beach (south of Patong Beach), Laem Singh Beach (between Kamala & Surin Beach), Ya nui Beach (between Nai Harn Beach & Cape Promthep). You’ll also find some more fascinating snorkelling points on many famous Islands including the Phi Phi Islands of Don and Lei, Koh Khai, Coral Island and Koh Racha. The bays of these islands have extensive fringing coral reefs for enjoying water activities around Phuket. You will see many colourful tropical fish including different species of Clown, Royal Angel, Banner, and Butterfly fish. You’ll have a great experience from these snorkelling activities in the warm waters of the Andaman Sea.
Sea Canoeing/ Kayaking in Phang Nga
With a short boat ride into Phang Nga Bay, you can enjoy Canoeing or Kayaking is one of the most popular water activities around Phuket and a great way to explore the mountainous water park environment of Phang Nga Province. You will see many limestone cliffs, mystical lagoons, Hongs (an enclosed bay within an island) with towering vegetation and hundreds of years old trees and many caves around Phang Nga Bay. Gliding silently along in an inflatable canoe or kayak, taking a closer look into the Hong’s channels and caves under cliffs and see how amazing they are! Enjoy the darkness of the caves, the beauty of stalactites, and slow water flows through rocky channels. Sometimes low hanging and narrow channels will require you to lie in the canoe. Enjoy the day time views of a Hong with the sunlight streaking through the overhanging Island structures, towering trees and vegetation while your guide paddles you silently along. If you want to avoid the crowd and enjoy a romantic adventure and water activities around Phuket, then the Hong by Starlight tour will bring an amazing experience to your holiday.
Scuba Diving in the Andaman Sea
Scuba Diving is one of the most thrilling water activities around Phuket available. This amazing sport is well run in Thailand with many western managed dive companies following world best practices. Many tour operators and dive companies arrange scuba diving tours using well-equipped dive boats that include professional staff and all the essentials such as dive tuition and guides, diving equipment, cleaning solution, VHF communications, air compressors, freshwater, clean bathrooms and more. Some of the best diving locations in the world will offer you ample opportunities to explore the underwater beauty of the Andaman Sea. The famous diving points named Racha Yai & Racha Noi, Koh Doc Mai, Shark Point, Phi Phi Islands, Koh Hae, Hin Daeng & Hin Muang, Koh Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, and Richelieu Rock belong to extraordinary underwater pinnacles around Phuket. These Pinnacles are full of flora & fauna including school of small fish, sea anemones, soft & hard corals and also the chance to see manta rays and the gentle giants of the sea the whale shark. Just beyond the Thai border lies the Mergui Archipelago of Myanmar one of the last frontiers of the world which can now be explored by Scuba Diving. You can visit these dive sites on a Liveaboard Diving adventure which can last up to a week or more. But if you want to try or experience short-time water activities around Phuket in the Andaman Sea, you can take a day trip diving tour.
Sailing or Cruising to Different islands
The Andaman Sea is of great attraction to tourists due to its turquoise waters, tourist friendly weather, ample diving points, and plenty of scattered islands. Phang Nga, Racha, Phi Phi, Koh Yao, Koh Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Khai are the prime islands and the best for water activities around Phuket. Each of these islands is extremely beautiful for its natural characteristics. You can easily grab the opportunity to explore the pelagic beauty of the sea through well-organized Islands Package tours. For enjoying water activities around Phuket, sailing, motor yachts and speedboats are perfect vehicles to discover marine beauty. Sailing or cruising in the azure Andaman Sea will be an unforgettable holiday experience. For fishing lovers Big Games Fishing is the best choice to enjoy the catching of King Mackerel, Sailfish, Black Marlin and Wahoo etc.
Surfing on the sea or in an artificial house
Nai Harn, Kata, Karon, Kalim, Kamala and Surin Beaches are the best surfing points due to favourable wind direction and the pumping seas caused by the south west monsoon during April to November. Each of these surfing points offers different length of waves and perfect surfing environment for enjoying the water activities around Phuket. Just stand on the surfboard and waves of the Andaman Sea are there to welcome you. Plenty of surfboard shops are available around Phuket especially in Kata. You can purchase all kind of surfing equipment at an affordable price. If you don’t want to wait for the surfing weather, you can go to Surf house Phuket, Kata where machines generate 4-inch water sheet onto the sloping flow of the rider pool. Although, it’s not surfing on the sea, it will offer you great moments of surfing.
Anthem Wake Park for Cable Skiing
Wakeboarding is one of the most thrilling water activities around Phuket town. Anthem Wake Park offers cable wakeboarding for beginners and experts in its 50000 square meter lake. It is located between the famous “Two Heroines Monument” and “green village” Cherng Talay in Thalang district.
Cable ski wakeboarding can be enjoyed all year round. Many wakeboards and necessary sporting gears are ready to start exciting wakeboarding. Before starting, professional instructors at this park will give you proper instructions and safety rules. The main cable of this park is 647m long and connected with 6 towers. While wakeboarding, boarders can if they wish experience some ramps and sliders. Different cables are remotely controlled and adjusted with the speed & skills of boarders. Children can also experience this exciting sport in safe mode.
Besides wake boarding, you can also enjoy Jet Skiing, Kite Surfing, Parasailing, white water rafting and many other water activities around Phuket. Choose your desired water sports to treasure an exciting event in your holiday experience.