Top diving spot recommendations

Top diving spot recommendations

Diving is a facinating hobby with a lot of variety. There is so much to discover depending what you like to see. Especially when you are in Phuket, the range in diving-offers might overwhelm you – so we picked some of the best diving locations for you to discover.
We would further recommend you to bring your camera, as you really don’t want to miss the chance of taking some breathtaking pictures of Phuket’s underwater paradise.

The Phuket Shark Point

Often regarded as the number one spot for scuba diving, the Phuket Shark Point diving site offers not only a colorful sight of the local coral reef, you will furthermore be able to admire the majestic Leopard Shark in all its glory. Being harmless for humans, it also enables you to swim among these friendly sharks and experience an adventure you never forget. The Phuket Shark point is also home to many other marine lives, such as the tiny Bamboo shark or the cute Boxfish. Note that during the high season this spot can be crowded.

The Karon Beach dive site

With a depth of around 10 meters, this spot is mostly used for dive courses. The visibility underwater is very good and allows you to truly inspect the marvellous coral reefs and marine life.

Manta Rays, Turtles and Moray Eel are a common sight here and particularly beginners will enjoy this site. 
Furthermore, many night diving courses are offered here, as it is a beautiful place for underwater macro photography.

Dive with stone elephants at the Siam Bay statues dive site

Located on the Northwest side of Ko Racha Yai, about 2 hours by boat from Phuket Island, lies our next spot.

After the tsunami in 2004, several statues of stone elephants have been placed here to create an artificial coral reef and attract divers.

The result is that the Siam Bay now is one of the most alluring places to dive at.

With an underwater visibility almost as if you are on land, this site is one of the most popular photo spots for divers. The rich marine life and statues will furthermore blows your mind. With almost no current and relatively shallow waters, everyone will be able to enjoy this magnificent view here.

Sail on “The Junk”, an unique diving vessel with a lot of history

Built in 1962, this diving boat started as a cargo delivery boat, being able to carry up to 60 tons of cargo. Later, in 1985, The Junk was converted into a classic yacht. Finally, in 1998, the owner refitted it to be a diving yacht liveaboard. Today, The Junk is the only liveaboard of its age left in operation. Truly one of a kind.

It is both wind- and engine powered and resembles an unique experience compared to modern competitors and peers. It can carry up to 18 guests and further offers a variety of activities not limited to diving.

Diving in Phuket has never been more thrilling

These and many more diving spots wait for you in Phuket and we would love to guide you to them and help you enjoy them to their fullest. Our professional staff will keep and eye on you and keep you safe without disturbing your adventure. If you need more information or want to book your next diving vacation, please feel free to send us an E-mail at info@nautilusphuket.com.

Planning your vacation with Nautilus Phuket is easy and straightforward. 

We look forward to dive with you!

If this sounds like an interesting opportunity, feel free to read more about it on our website, or get in touch with us, so we may answer to potential questions that you may have.

Diving in Phuket – Discover a magical world

Diving in Phuket – Discover a magical world

We know less about our own oceans than we do about the workings of the universe. With that in mind, let us think about why diving in Phuket is such a fascinating activity:
The main appeal of diving is to behold the vast oceans and discover their magic.
With magic, we mean the flora and fauna. The underwater world is filled with life, which you never even imagined- it’s as if you dive into another world truly.

In this article, we will talk about some of Phuket’s underwater life – and if you are interested, there is a lot more for you to discover!

The coral reefs

Also called “the rainforest of the sea”, coral reefs are an important part of the underwater biosphere. Everything in it benefits by them either directly or indirectly.

South-east Asia contains around one third of all coral reefs worldwide. Isn’t that fascinating? Corals give shelter to about 25% of all marine live. They reside in the so called Epipelagic zone, which is also the most important zone for divers. This is where all the magic happens. Due to its rather shallow depth and luminosity, it is home to most oceanic life.

The Epipelagic zone and its inhabitants

Besides coral reefs there are countless other species living in the Epipelagic. Like the famous clownfish for instance. As with most species of fishes living there, they are very colorful in order to confuse their hunters into thinking they may actually be bigger or more poisonous than they actually are, or their hunters are simple unable to tell which end is which.
Considering that a lot of fish species live in ‘schools’, it is an easy defence mechanism for them to survive.

Another thing that differentiates coral fish from open water fishes, is that coral fishes are mostly flat, meaning for them that they got an easier time navigating through the tight areas of the reef.

The big fishes

Of course Phuket contains some rather big fishes as well. Like the famous Whale-Shark. Known for being the biggest species of fish known to man, they are actually harmless to humans and a sight to behold.

Manta rays can also be observed. Like the Whale Shark, they are filter feeders, meaning they have special “filters” in their mouths to sort out plankton from the surrounding water to feed on them.

Blacktip Sharks can be observed as well in this habitat. While normally wary of humans, one should be cautious while around them. We recommend an experienced diving instructor, and that’s where we come into the picture.

Where to start diving?

If you are intrigued to learn diving, come visit us an www.nautilusphuket.com. We will guide you through the whole process and make sure you get the most out of this experience. Our professional personal will keep an eye on you without you feeling disturbed or patronised, so you can enjoy your adventure to the fullest.

When will we see you?

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Dive into a new world – experience new species

Dive into a new world – experience new species

A big part of the experience of going diving is to see and experience the richness in underwater activities, the calm sounds that the waves make above your head, the cold currents around your legs and the only sound around you really being that of your own breath through your scuba mask.
Around Phuket island you’re in for an abundance of underwater sea-life. All you need to do really, is to take the journey to Nautilus Diving in Phuket, sign up for one of our diving courses – and we’ll handle the rest.
We can already now guarantee you amazing adventures where you’ll explore the coral reefs that Phuket is known for, among others, and, of course, to swim with many fish species – many of which you’ve probably never even heard of before.

Coral reefs

You’ve probably seen coral reefs on pictures before, be it online, in TV or maybe even in real life, should you have had the chance to go diving before. Coral reefs are magical. They are, without doubt, one of the true natural treasures of our earth. Coral reefs are not only nice to look at though. What you see is only a fraction of what really happens in these natural wonders; the richness of life forms, the plants, the caves, the abundance of colours, the many species of fishes – oh, the wonders.
In the Andaman Sea, you’ll be able to find a quite unique variety of marine life with over 2000 different types of fish and over 600 unique corals (and that’s only the part that has been identified till date). According to experts on this region, there still exists a great quantity of undiscovered marine life – a challenge for all underwater photographers to become the first to document and perhaps even name a new species.

You see, Phuket offers a great portion of adventures, above and below the waves. It’s just there for the taking, but, of course, not without respecting the nature and all its organisms.

Diving with Nautilus Diving

Since we respect the coral reefs and ecosystems around it, as also we make our living by the existence of these natural wonders, we make sure to brief every of our customers that endeavours on excursions with us to not be touching anything in and around a coral reef.
InThe collection of any items under water is also prohibited. Diving occurs in small groups only, under the guidance of a dive professional. Coral reefs need our help if we are to continue to enjoy them – and that’s what we’re doing our best for to achieve.

That being said, we also make sure that you’ll be in for quite an adventure when going diving with us – but we’re just doing so by respecting the nature that enables us such splendid views. We’d also want the generations that precede us to see these natural wonders around Phuket.

To see more about our equipment and daily dive trips, please visit us here.

We hope to get the opportunity to take you with us below the sea-level. We’re sure that you’re going to fall in love with what you’ll see – just as we did years back. We like to share our experiences – that’s part of what made us start a diving service on the wonderful island of Phuket.

When are you coming diving with us?

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PADI Courses for young at age and young at heart

PADI Courses for young at age and young at heart

As you may know, we at Nautilus Phuket offer a wide range of underwater activities at our dive site at Kata beach on the wonderful island of Phuket. During the high-season in particular, we take hundreds of people under our wings to show them the richness of underwater life that surrounds the island. Coral reefs, fishes, breathtaking views and much more is all part of the adventure. We love what we do and we have definitely made our passion to our livelihood – but so can you. That is what we want to share with you in this article. Read more about why you should go down this path – and how you’ll get there.

Become a certified diver

If you’ve gone diving with us before, or with another diving service for that matter, chances are that you’ve already fallen in love with this adventurous underwater sport. Maybe even as much as we did, which made us establish ourselves as diving instructors on this island back in the days. If you plan to come here for vacation, or plan to relocate here, or maybe just take a few weeks break from life to try something else – then why not make it a productive stay and become a certified PADI instructor?

Scuba diving PADI courses are for all levels

Not only can you get certified with us, you’ll also get to meet many new people to share the new knowledge that you gain. During the classes, which not all happen in the water itself, you’ll get to learn many things about diving, in and out of water. Scuba diving will reveal new sides about you that you may not have been aware of, open new experiences, an up-close and personal encounter with marine life – and the monetisation of your passion. Scuba doesn’t end with entry-level certification. As you gain confidence, you will be able to take more advanced course work that enables you to explore new environments.

PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course (Age 10- 80)

If you don’t have the time for a full training, but would like to experience the ease and thrill of diving, join us for our half or full day program. Our instructors will teach you basic theory and familiarise you with the equipment before accompanying you an a beautiful, controlled dive limited depth.

PADI Scuba Review

If it’s been awhile since your last dive, or you feel that your skills and knowledge are a little “rusty”, then take this PADI refresher course.

Our instructor will review your last diving theory and skills, making sure that you haven’t forgotten anything! The half day course includes classroom and shallow, confined water training

If this sounds like an interesting opportunity, feel free to read more about it on our website, or get in touch with us, so we may answer to potential questions that you may have.

Phuket and its richness in activities above and below sea-level

Phuket and its richness in activities above and below sea-level

“Phuket has so much to offer – it never gets boring”.

If you’ve ever been here, you can probably give a nod of approval to this statement. Not only does it have a beautiful nature, breathtaking views and clear water beaches – it also offers plenty of activities that you can endeavour on while here. For tranquility, pleasure, thrill and fun – Phuket offers it all – on one island!
Not only is Phuket a great hub for a range of activities, relaxation, party and fun – it also offers great opportunities for going diving. At Nautilus Diving at Kata Beach, we’re located first-row, right at the beach, a stones throw from the ocean.

For novices, we’ll make sure to teach you everything you need to know before diving below the sea-level to dive into a new world of amazing views and magical experiences. We’ll give you something to remember, and you’ll be in good hands with our skilled and experienced diving instructors ready to support you from novice-level to expert.

For trained divers, we provide you the diving equipment for your planned trips, show and drive you to possible diving locations – so you’ll get a guarantee for clear views, perfect diving conditions and memorable experiences.

No matter if novice or expert, you’ll be sure to experience a rich underwater life, great marine diversity, healthy reefs and much more.

With our team of certified divers that are profound in both Thai and English language, you’ll be sure to be understood. We’ll make sure to take your health and fitness level into account before going diving – we make sure that your experience is positive from start to end.

Phuket is the gateway to the best scuba diving in Thailand

Thailand’s west coast at the Andaman Sea is especially perfectly suited for dive trips. We’ll make sure to pick the best locations for you on the day of arrival, so you’ll be guaranteed great views and perfect diving conditions. Whether you’d like to stay at a resort, take short diving trips or day trips – we can guide you to the best solution for your budget and level of experience. Diving is perfect for individuals, families and experienced divers alike.

PADI courses

If you’d like to become a certified diver during your stay in Phuket, make sure to check our PADI courses page (link to: https://www.nautilusphuket.com/courses/).

From entry-level certificates to more advanced courses – you’ll find it all at Nautilus Diving in Phuket.

Entertainment guaranteed

Below the sea-level, at several diving sites around the island, you’ll be sure to encounter everything from submerged granite boulders, an ever-changing topography, coral formations, manta rays, jacks and tuna and sometimes even leopard- or bamboo sharks.
If you’re lucky, you may even be able to spot a passing whale!

Pufferfish, boxfish, angelfish, glassfish – you’re in for it all when going diving with Nautilus Diving!

Combine the tranquility of the beaches and nighttime activities with this special treat. Come diving with us. What are you waiting for?

The best time to go diving in Phuket

The best time to go diving in Phuket

Diving is fun! Diving is exciting!
So would most people who’ve tried it describe their first diving experience. Diving is not only putting on some gear, taking some courses in the swimming pool, or at the beachside to then shift to the underwater world gradually. Instead you should rather see diving as a sort of adventure waiting to happen. A lot of new impressions, a bunch of new exciting moments that no one can ever take from you ever again. Diving is majestic, diving is…. a sort of exclusive view into a completely different world.

Diving in Phuket

You could go diving many places in the world. There are an abundance of diving spots around the globe, one more beautiful than the other. We humbly list ourselves only as one of these spots, but if you happen to travel to Phuket, you should not miss the riffs and corals that awaits you below the waves. Nautilus Diving is located right on the Kata Beach, only a stone-throw away from the sea, only a few steps from where your adventures are waiting to happen. Here you’ll get instructed in the use of the diving gear, get introduced to the instructors, and of course your fellowship of divers that soon enough will go on adventure with you. Taking the courses with Nautilus Diving is completely safe, but if you have a medical condition or any injury, and you’re not so sure if you can partake, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’ll gladly walk you through the requirements for going diving, we offer you different solutions if you’d like and special attention, if you’re not so sure-afoot or fit. At Nautilus Diving we offer a solution for almost anyone, so feel free to ask us before you book with us.

The best time to go diving in Phuket

When talking about the best season to go diving, the fun begins every year in October and stretches all the way till April. At some point in the month of October the winds coming from the west will come to a halt, and the wind will instead start to come from the North-east. With this sudden weather change the sea stops rolling on to the west coast of Phuket and very quickly the sea becomes flat and calm, the underwater visibility for the scuba divers improves and the best season for scuba diving is under way on Phuket.

In April, when the season comes to an end and the winds are turning again, most of our frequent customers then switch the diving equipment out with a SUP or Surfboard, ready to conquer the waves that follow with the tide. If you want to read more about that possibility, please click here (link to: http://www.phuketsurfing.com/).

We hope that you’ll come dive with us while the season still is on its high point. If you’d rather go surfing or paddling, feel free to contact us as well, so we can guide you to our partner shop, Phuket Surfing, also located on Kata Beach.