Along with the high season come bright, sunny days and calm seas – the perfect combination for water sports. Phuket is a major yachting destination and the jumping-off point for excursions to the famous Similan Islands. Beach here provide much more than sunning and swimming – you’ll find a fine selection of sports and activities to get your blood pumping.
There are enough drive sites around Phuket to satisfy novice and seasoned scuba drivers. One of the top drive destination in the world, the Similan islands are located within a few hours of Phuket by boat. They provide a good choice of diverse drive sites with varying degrees of difficulty. The stunning underwater boulders, reefs and marine life are sure to be one of the highlights of your Phuket holiday.
It’s also possible to take sailing lessons to ASA or RYA standards. If you wish to kick-back and let someone else do the sailing, you won’t have trouble finding a charter boat with crew for daytrips or longer. An excellent and relatively inexpensive option is Phuket Sail Tours
This sport is really beginning to take off in Phuket, with great kite-boarding spots like Karon, Kamala or Nai Yang beach in the summer and Chalong. Rawai or Laem Ka Beach in the winter.
The best time for windsurfing in Phuket is during the dry season, from November to May and the winds are steadiest from November to February. The best beaches for windsurfing include Bang Tao, Patong, Kata and Rawai.
Several Major operators provide sea canoeing tours in and around the many islands in Phang Nga Bay. One of the most exciting aspects of seeing the bay by canoe is the ‘hongs’ which are collapsed cave systems in the interior of the island, most usually only accessed by canoes through sea-caves at low tide. Hongs are open to the sky and filled with trees, plants and flowers, as well as some widelife includeding monkeys, birds and fish.
Daytrips to Phi Phi, Phang Nga Bay and James Bond Island, Similan Islands
There are enless numbers of tour companies offering daytrips to the surrounding islands. These trips to the surrounding island. These trips usually combine snorkeling and visits to several beaches and include lunch, these less frequently visited islands are still quite pristine and well worth the trip. Overnight trips are also recommended to the island of Koh Phi Phi, Koh Racha and Koh Yao Noi.