Thalang doesn’t have the largest concentration of dive shops compared to the Mueang Phuket district in the south of the island, but there are still a few to choose from. The difference here is that most of the scuba diving outfits are connected to hotels and resorts rather than being independent companies in their own right. But even so, training courses, including internationally recognized PADI certifications, are still possible. In fact, some of the dive schools from the south of the island will offer a pickup service to many of the main resorts, giving access to some of the best dive sites lying between Phuket and the mainland.
Thalang’s advantageous location, close to the rest of Thailand, also means that day trips to some of the outlying National Parks are a lot more accessible from here than from the south, and the good variety of dive types available means that most scuba diving outfits on Thalang can run speedboat tours and liveaboard trips for beginners as well as advanced divers.
In the north, almost where Phuket is connected by bridge to the mainland, Aqua One Watersports might seem like a small shop from the outside, but it runs a lengthy list of watersports in the waters of the Andaman Sea. Liveaboard trips to the Surin and Similan Islands are the main focus given their northern location, but they do still make it as far as the popular Koh Racha Islands to the south of Phuket. Leaving from Nai Yang Beach, they offer a full range of PADI courses, and for something a little different, snorkeling and body boarding activities can be incorporated into a tour.
Getting to Thalang is easiest by plane, with Phuket International airport conveniently located in its very center. Coming from the mainland means driving over the Sarasin Bridge, which joins Phuket to the mainland, but it’s a longer journey by road from the next airports at Krabi and Hat Yai International in the south.
Decent dive operation but this is not a luxury liveaboard. Tired decor in cabin, mattress on floor and badly leaking pipework in the bathroom. It is very basic. The crew are helpful though, the divemaster good and the dive deck well organised. The sites in Similan Islands are pleasant but average with the exception of Richelieu Rock which is very nice. All sites are very crowded with many boats around.
Been diving around Marine Park, Koh Tao and Sail Rock, Thailand with Dive Point Samui last year after attend my mate's wed in Samui and two week vacation for myself. It was a thrilling experience to dive in such beautiful dive sites and the boat is a very nice, clean and comfortable boat. Dive crew are professional, sociable, cool, fun and serious about divers' safety! Fell in love with the Thai Curry that was prepared on the boat! It is a slow boat but you can actually sleep on the boat as the...