Phuket, the largest island in Thailand is everybody’s recreational choice. Carpeted in lush greenery beside a turquoise shaded ocean, this city allows its guests to engage in a wide array of activities, ranging from shopping, sightseeing and beachside fun. Apart from these, the island offers an action-packed series of diving experiences for its tourists as well as for locals.
Koh Racha Yai
Koh Racha Yai is a small island known for its fine beaches, located about an hour away from the luxury hotels in Phuket. Divers will find themselves engrossed in an adventure under the sea, as they witness underwater elephant statues, an exotic range of marine life like stingrays, pufferfish and barracudas as well as a vibrant set of tropical fish, within a 20-30 metre visibility.
The King Cruiser Wreck – Not Just Another Shipwreck
The origins of the King Cruiser Wreck span back to the year 1997 when the “King Cruiser” passenger ferry met with a fatal accident, resulting in a shipwreck scene underwater. Located in the east of Phuket, tourists from hotels all over the island like Anantara Layan Phuket Resort dive into the ocean to witness this sunken wreck, surrounded by corals and sea creatures.
Ideal for scuba divers, this marvel beauty of nature is a part of a marine sanctuary. While it is a limestone pinnacle of plateaux and rocky ledges enveloped in Anemones and corals, the famous King Cruiser Wreck sunk deep in the ocean following an off-course hit to this very reef. The best season to dive in Anemone Reef is from November to May, which is identified as the NE monsoon.
The East of Eden In the Similan Islands
The East of Eden is considered one of the best diving sites for first-timers. Located in the Similan Islands, northwest of Phuket, it is home to some of the most alluring marine life, swimming about in crystal blue waters of the ocean while the stunning coral reefs protect them from all foes. It is home to exotic fish, sharks, turtles, lionfish and frogfish.