Phuket, Thailand

Water Sports

Swimming, snorkelling, diving, yachting, jet-skiing and parasailing are some of the most popular activities on the island of Phuket. Other activities include freediving, windsurfing, kite surfing, wake-boarding and deep sea fishing. Popular kite surfing locations include Nai Yang and Chalong Bay. Sea canoeing is a popular activity in Phang Nga Bay, as many grottoes are only accessible by canoe.
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Phi Phi Islands off Phuket by GinkgoTelegraph

Phuket is the heartbeat of diving in Thailand and has recently become the center of activity in the emerging Southeast Asian Freediving scene. It is also the home of the area's only AIDA Instructor Training Center. Most freediving trips go out with SCUBA dive boats to the well-known dive sites but some freediving off the beach is also possible. Local operators are usually very happy to find like-minded divers and will happily give pointers.

Snorkelling can be enjoyed in the sheltered bays all around Phuket. It is particularly enjoyable at easily accessible reefs at Patong, Karon and Kata beaches. Fins, mask and snorkel can be rented on a daily basis from shops all over the island. Full and half day trips are available to the islands surrounding Phuket. Most popular are Ko Hae, Ko Racha Yai, Ko Khai (a hidden gem in the Phang Nga Bay) and Ko Phi Phi. There are many tours available at very cheap rates and the speedboats will be filled with up to 65 people. Research your options before signing up for any tour.

Snorket boats at Monkey Island by puuikibeach

Sailing & Yachting
Phuket has become the sailing and yachting center of Thailand and adjacent countries. It's the home of the King's Cup Regatta, Phang Nga Bay Regatta and Phuket International Boat Show. The island has four marinas, two yacht clubs (Ao Chalong Yacht Club and Phuket Yacht Club) and some well-sheltered anchorages which are teeming with yachts. The marinas are all located at the eastern side of the island, which makes them an ideal starting point to explore the natural wonders of Phang Nga Bay.

Phuket has sailing yachts (for charter) of virtually every size and budget to explore the surrounding beautiful islands. Sailing Thailand Island Cruises operates a wide array of sailing catamarans from budget to luxury, most of them located in Chalong Bay. SweetDreamers also offers many different sailing tours from Chalong Bay in Southeastern Phuket. Small sailing crafts are available at most of the tourist hot spots on the west side e.g. Patong and Kata.
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