Are you going on holiday to Phuket in Thailand? If so you may want to try some snorkeling in Phuket. Here we’ve given you useful information and tips about snorkeling in Phuket.
Phuket is a popular tourist Island located on the south west coast of Thailand on the Andaman Sea. Scuba Diving in Phuket is extremely popular because of the proximity of several beautiful coral reefs, shipwrecks and underwater walls. However, you don’t have to strap an air tank to your back to experience the beautiful coral reefs that lie around the coast just off Phuket.
Snorkeling in Phuket
Snorkeling in Phuket is an easy alternative to Scuba diving as it can be done by anyone provided you know how to swim. In some cases you don’t even need to get on a boat to reach the coral reefs as there are some located really quite close to the chore.
Places to go snorkeling in Phuket
The best places to go snorkeling in Phuket are the bays where some of the popular beaches in Phuket are. Hai Harn beach which is located on the southern tip of Phuket provides good snorkeling opportunities, with coral reefs only a few hundred metres offshore.
Haad Nai Yang National Park is also worth a visit if you’re interested in snorkeling. Although slightly far away from most of the tourist centres there are some excellent long reefs located here in shallow and clear water which makes visibility very good.
Other snorkeling destinations that can be reached from Phuket on a day trip include the Similan Islands and Pi Pi Islands. There are many tour operators that offer one day boat trips that leave from Phuket in the morning and return in the late afternoon. Prices start at around 1,500 Baht.
Snorkelling Season in Phuket
The best time to go snorkeling in Phuket is between November and April. This is the dry season when there is very little rain and the seas are calmer. This is also high tourist season when beaches become more crowded and hotels in Phuket are more expensive.