As Thailand’s largest island, and one of the go-to places for adventures in South East Asia, Phuket holidays are some of the most popular ones available in the area. From the hot temperatures throughout the year to the glistening beaches, it’s no wonder visitors from far and wide find the island appealing and that’s not even including the rich history, culture and heritage that you can sink your teeth into during a stay here.
However, it’s the outdoor adventures that make this exotic island an absolute must. Lovers of the sea and spending time appreciating pursuits that they wouldn’t ordinarily have chance to appreciate in such glorious surroundings will be in their element in Phuket.
As the centre of diving in Thailand, Phuket is a haven for scuba fans. With dozens of shops and hire centres, you can equip yourself with all the right gear so that you’re ready to go or join an excursion which will include everything you need. Racha Yai is a notorious dive site in the area, with a plenitude of coral as well as a wreck to explore at 25metres in Ter Bay.
Having recently become the diving centre for the emerging South East Asian freediving scene, Phuket is a perfect spot for anyone with an affinity for the sport. The essence of freediving relies on the divers ability to hold their breath, rather than relying on scuba gear. While it may seem a little too David Blaine for some to handle, other aquatic fans will love it.
This aquatic sport can be enjoyed in many areas of the Phuket coastline, with pristine reefs available at Patong, Kata and Karon beaches. Research the various options if you decide to join a tour. Trips to Racha and the Phi Phi Islands give you the chance to enjoy the majestic scenery; spending a little more baht will give you a better quality, safer excursion.
Sea canoeing in Phang Nga Bay and sailing on the turquoise waters are also incredibly popular in this area of South East Asia, with many coves and secluded bays within easy reach of a rowboat or kayak.
With an abundance of stunning locations, Phuket is the place to be if you’re a lover of all things aqua. From donning a pair of flippers to kitesurfing in Nai Yang and Chalong Bay, if you’re visiting Thailand for more than just relaxation, you’re in the right place.