Phuket is the southern province of Thailand. The word ‘Phuket’, derived from Malay word ‘bukit’, means hill or mountain. Phuket is a beautiful island and it seems like a mountain or hill for a distant view. Being the largest island in Thailand, Phuket is blessed with several beaches. Beaches of Phuket are really amazing and that is why it attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. The coastal areas of the western Phuket have several sandy beaches while on the southern Phuket there are muddy beaches. Patong beach is the most popular beach among tourists. Some other beaches in Phuket include Nai Harn beach, Karon beach, Bang Tao beach and Kata beach. Southern Phuket has some coral islands which are suitable for scuba diving. Similian Islands and Phi Phi islands are remarkable coral islands in southern Phuket.
Scuba diving, diving using underwater apparatus for breathing, is really suitable for viewing underwater spectacles like floras, faunas, beautiful fishes, coral reefs, especially in coral islands. ‘SCUBA’ is the short form of Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. Scuba diving is getting popular among people all over the world for recreational diving. It is simpler and safer for low depth diving and help you remain in underwater for longer periods.
Scuba diving is the main attraction of tourists in Phuket. It is in the top 10 scuba diving destinations in the world. There are many agencies which provide scuba diving gears for tourists. There are many websites related to Phuket which provides details about Scuba diving in Phuket, wonderful scenery, facilities and other aspects. There are many travelling agencies which provide scuba diving packages specifically for tourists in Phuket. Day trips as well as night trips to diving areas are also included in the packages.
There are many skilled scuba divers and certified trainers in Phuket who can help naive divers to get accustomed with scuba diving. There are some institutes which run courses on diving. These courses are devised for different skill levels. Standards of the training are world class. So even if you don’t know diving, you can come here and learn it and enjoy scuba diving in blue Andaman Sea.
You can enjoy the beauty of clear blue Andaman Sea by scuba diving in Phuket. There are dive boats which will take you to the diving destinations. Coral reefs in Phuket are some of the best spectacular reefs in the world. Over 200 species of hard corals are there vying their trade to build an amazing underwater ecological kingdom. Some of the exotic fish varieties that are seen in Phuket are dolphins, whale shark, manta rays, pelagic and numerous reef fishes and some of the turtle varieties that enchant the Phuket are Olive Ridleys, Hawksbill, Green Turtles and Leather Back.
Hing Daeng, Richelieu Rock etc are some of the diving sites in Phuket. There are live boards which provide food and accommodation as well as diving. Scuba diving in Phuket is becoming really a money spinner for the local enterprises as more tourists’ visits. Local population are really friendly to the tourists. There are guides who can lead you to joyful scuba diving trips. Safety measures are taken for ensuring the safety of the tourists while diving. When it is not raining and if the sea is calm one can explore the underwater with pleasure and enjoy the beauty and return with mind full of extraordinary scenes.
Except during rainy season spanning from month of May to October scuba diving is possible without glitch in Phuket. Holiday season in December is the period which more western tourists like to come and splash in the blue waters. The water temperature is normally of 26-29 degrees. In March- April it can plunge to 10 degrees temporarily due to thermo clines. Visibility in water of Phuket in dry season is around 40 metres. While the visibility range changes according to the rain during rainy season. Scuba diving in Phuket is an experience of a life time which you can cherish.
Next time when you plan holidays consider Phuket. It is sure that Phuket will be an ideal destination for you. Facilities for advanced booking with travel agencies are available. Come and enjoy the beaches and the coral reefs in Phuket.
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