- December 13, 2016
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Phuket Scuba Diving – Revealing The Secrets
Thailand Tips: for professional divers and beginners alike, Phuket in Thailand provides fantastic diving opportunities. Read on to learn about Scuba Diving certification in Phuket, day trips, and costs involved.
Phuket Scuba Diving: With top-rated diving sites and a high number of seasoned instructors, Phuket is a great destination for those looking to obtain a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certificate. Local Dive Thailand is a 4-year-old company whose professionals have been in the field for much longer. Located near Chalong Bay, east side of Phuket. Their instructors and guides are local Thai experts with extensive knowledge about the area; they are confident that there are no substitutes for local expertise. At Local Dive Thailand safety is taken extremely seriously and the equipment and boats are meticulously maintained and checked. These are the main reasons behind hundreds of happy customers and predominantly 5-star online reviews over the last four years.
Basic scuba diving courses in Phuket
Local Dive Thailand, which is located near Chalong Bay, provides courses for all experience levels, catering to everyone between diving veterans and absolute beginners. If you are just getting started in pursuing your diving dream, there are two courses you could try before deciding on a PADI Open Water Diver Certification Course – just to test the waters. If you do wish to get certified, it will cost you between THB 14,000 and 16,000 (USD 400-450), depending on the number of dives you choose. Becoming an entry level diver means that you’ll be able to dive to the depth of 18 meters, and continuing to an advanced level will allow you to go further down to 30 meters. An average dive time is 50 minutes, although oxygen usage depends on the person and can vary with depth as well.
Becoming a master scuba diver
Already certified divers who are looking for more advanced options could take up PADI Advanced Open Water, PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master, plus specialty courses. If you are serious about becoming a professional diver, reaching the level of a dive master takes 40 dives; to become a professor, one needs a minimum of 100 dives under their belt. For someone wishing to pass all the courses at once, from the very start to end, this undertaking would take a minimum of two months. Many Europeans and Australians decide to do that, combining their biggest passion with an extended holiday in tropical paradise during winter months.
What scuba diving day trip tours are available in Phuket?
Phuket is a great place to pursue scuba diving as some of the finest Andaman Sea dive sites are within the island’s easy reach. Those sites include Phi Phi Island, Racha Noi and Racha Yai Islands, King Cruiser, Shark Point and Koh Doc Mai. Local Dive Thailand offers all those day trips, which means that you can go on dive tours for 2 or 3 days without returning to the same place. For beginners, experts recommend going to Racha Islands (Racha Noi and Racha Yai) since those are suitable for easy diving; if lucky, you will see manta rays in Racha Noi. Both beginners and experienced divers will appreciate the underwater scenery at Phi Phi, where you could also encounter turtles and sharks. The fascinating King Cruiser wreck close to Anemone Reef is for more advanced divers, and for world-class scuba diving and the really big fish, divers go for a liveaboard dive cruise to the Similan Island in the Andaman Sea. Local Dive Thailand doesn’t operate to Similan Island but they can arrange the trip through another company they are co-operating with.
If you plan to visit Phuket, here is a selection of recommended accommodations:
Need an accommodation specifically near Chalong Bay, Phuket? Read this article: Where to stay in Phuket