There is varied diving around the waters of Phuket but the very
best diving is to be had around the Similan Islands which lie a
70-minute speedboat journey from the Thai coast and Phuket. The
islands are only open for diving between November and May and it is
possible to dive by liveaboard or daily diving by speedboat from
the shore (slow boats take about 3 hours).
The Similan Islands offer two different kinds of diving. The
eastern side consists of gently sloping coral reefs with sandy
patches and the occasional boulder in between. The west side is
known for its huge underwater granite boulders with numerous
Perhaps the most famous of the dive sites off this coast of
Thailand, which is often bucketed together with the Similan Islands
despite actually being part of the Surin National Park, further to
the north, is Richelieu Rock, famous for its incomparable variety
and abundance of marine life. Whale shark sightings are not
uncommon here as are mantas and other large pelagics.
When you are not in the water, the area around Phuket offers
stunning accommodation which makes the time you are not diving a
real pleasure. The Original Diving team has made several visits to
the area to bring you the very best it has to offer.