Phi Phi Islands Diving

Phi Phi Islands Diving

make Time For Phi Phi On Your Phuket Scuba Diving Vacation

Amazing Phuket Diving With Turtles, Sharks And Tonnes of Fish Set To A Stunning Back Drop Of Limestone Karsts And Picturesque Bays

It's a long journey to Phi Phi from Phuket but the scuba diving is very much worth it. The beautiful scenery is a must see on your holiday and below water the reefs are stunning and stuffed with a huge range of creatures, we literally don't know what to expect on our Phi Phi day tour. We've seen everything from harlequin shrimps at turtle rock to giant whale sharks at Koh Bida Nok. Definitely the destination of choice of between November and May. Have a browse through our dive site descriptions and see where you would like to take the plunge.

Black Tip Reef Shark at Palong Wall Phi Phi Islands dive tour

Palong Wall – Phi Phi Ley

Palong Wall is all about the sharks, very rarely do we go here and not see blacktip reef sharks and sometimes in big numbers, if the visibility is good then you can have 10 or more in view. The sharks cruise around on the 5 - 8m deep shelf which runs the entire length of the dive site. They can vary in size from almost 2m long adults to less than a metre long juveniles. Our guides will take you down to the bottom of the reef at the beginning of the dive to search for turtles, kuhl's stingray, mantis shrimp and bent stick pipefish but after 15 minutes or so you'll begin to head to shallower water to look out for the sharks. It can be a little frustrating if the sharks don't show but [...]

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Diving Phuket With Hawksbill Turtles

Turtle Rock – Phi Phi Ley

If you like turtles then this is the dive site for you, it's very rare that we don't see hawksbill turtles and usually more than one. They feed on the shallow shelves that run along the wall at Koh Phi Phi Ley, so shallow that snorkelers can usually see them and quite often your safety stop is spent observing the turtles munching away on the ........ They've got pretty used to divers over the years and seem to be completely unperturbed by our presence. Even without the turtles it's quite a nice dive site, at the north end there's some nice swim throughs and the coral bommies away from the wall attract glimmering schools of glassfish and there accompaniment of hungry lionfish. Ornate g [...]

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Koh Bida Nai Scuba Diving Location

Koh Bida Nai

In the interest of variety we don't dive Koh Bida Nai very often, it's very similar to it's sister island Koh Bida Nok which we consider to be a better dive site. It was on a par but since we lost the beautiful staghorn fields to coral bleaching it's lost a little of it's lustre. Still it's an interesting dive site with lots of hard corals, boulders and swim throughs. The swim through at the south west corner is particular nice, it forms an almost perfect triangle and always has a school of yellow snapper and occasionally a ribbon eel will make it home. On the sand around the deeper part of the swim through we can find kuhl's stingrays and cuttlefish, on the shallower exit we sometimes [...]

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The West Side Of Koh Bida Nok At Phi Phi

Koh Bida Nok

Although this spectacular dive site is located at Phi Phi we still take the long journey 4 times per week simply because it's worth it. It's a leisurely 2hr 30min journey from Phuket but that's not an issue on our comfortable dive boats. Sometimes we're fortunate enough to see a pod of dolphins following the boat and we've even seen whales on the journey out. Even before you get in the water you'll be impressed by the dive site, a pair of limestone karsts topped with tropical foliage jut out of the water, Koh Bida Nok is the outer island and it's sister site Koh Bida Nai the inner island. They sit just a couple of hundred metres apart separated by a 30 -35m deep channel that can somet [...]

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Local Guides, Local Knowledge, Local Experiences

Don't trust your diving to amateurs or freshly minted dive guides, dive with local experienced experts from Local Dive Thailand. Our Scuba Diving Phuket Tours will take you to see the rarest of the rare critters, you will be amazed by the macro life our guides can find, in the secret places only they know. To put it in perspective, if you were going to climb Mount Everest you would certainly hire a local sherpa to lead the way & keep you safe. Diving is similar because there is absolutely no substitute for local experience & local knowledge, Local Dive Thailand's guides are Phuket's Sherpa's of the Andaman Sea!

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Scuba Diving Tours Phuket, Phi Phi & Thailand

When talking about Scuba Diving Phuket Tours, you should believe the hype, this season we have had Whale Sharks grace us on our regular easy to reach dive sites almost monthly and on a good day you can add Sea Horses, Sea Moths, Snake Eels, Frog Fish & Octopus to what you can see on any given dive, plus much more. If we are heading to Phi Phi Island for the day, you can possibly see Hawksbill Sea Turtles and Black Tip Reef Sharks, also don't forget the King Cruiser, 84 meters of sleeping wreck and the most amazing artificial reef and nursery for fish and nudibranch. Local Dive Thailand day trip tours to these locations are not to be missed when you are scuba diving in Phuket, get in touch with us and book an awesome day of diving.

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