Phuket Sights & Fun

Phuket Sights & Fun

Phuket is a wonderful place full of adventure and excitement, both in and out of the water activities abound here, so we like to use this area to highlight some of our favourite sights, attractions and maybe even some nice places to stay while you are visiting Thailand!

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Why Phuket For Your Scuba Diving Holiday?

There's plenty of places around South East Asia that have simply amazing diving and in truth better than what we have here. So why would you choose a diving holiday in Phuket? We think there's plenty of reasons to visit us and we'll try to explain why. Sure if you like one particular type of diving - big animals, macro, clear water or wrecks then there's plenty of places that will blow Phuket out of the water but how many destinations can offer all of this? It's quite possible to tick off all of these things in a couple of days diving around Phuket. Whale shark on a wreck? It can happen at the King Cruiser, macro and mantas? Racha Noi/Yai is the place for you. Lots of inter [...]

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Snorkelling Tours In Phuket

Snorkelling in Phuket can be a bit of a gamble but although Local Dive Thailand primarily looks after Phuket scuba divers we also offer a great service for non-divers and free divers. If we have snorkelers on the boat, usually they're accompanying a certified diver family member or friend, it's a great solution to keeping the whole group together rather than the diver going off for a trip alone. Generally a dedicated snorkelling tour in Phuket involves being loaded on a cramped speedboat with up to thirty other passengers. Sure you'll get to your destination faster but the whole trip will be spent staring at the person opposite you, if you're lucky they'll be at least aesthetically pl [...]

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Where To Stay In Phuket – Chalong Bay

Where to stay in Phuket can be a bit of a headache, there's plenty of beach resorts. If you're coming to Phuket mainly for diving day tours then Chalong is the best area to stay. All of the day tours leave from Chalong Pier so you'll cut your daily travel time significantly. Although getting to the pier from the main tourist areas of Patong, Kata or Karon doesn't take too long there are days when the traffic is particular bad or one of the divers sharing your minibus decides to have a bit a of a lie in... in can then take up to an hour. There's plenty of good restaurants and bars on the pier road itself, so you can be happily quenching your thirst after a good days diving while the ot [...]

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Top 10 Things To Do In Phuket

Phuket has plenty of things to do and the surrounding area has stunning landscapes, beaches and crystal clear water.There are some days when you need a break from diving and getting out and about rather than just staying in your chosen beach resort is highly recommended. So if you've already covered the diving day trips and a Similan Island liveaboard then here's some alternative options in no particular order. Phang Nga bay has hundreds of small uninhabited islands, caves and hidden lagoons that are teeming with wildlife. Travelling by kayak allows you to find all these hidden gems that can't be reached by the large boat that takes you out into the bay. At low tide hidden tunnels a [...]

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Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

The recently opened Phuket Elephant Sanctuary promises to be a new kind of tourist attraction for Phuket. Not only will it house rescued elephants from the tourist and logging industries, it will also be a much needed point of education for tourists and the local community. Thailand has long used elephants for construction, logging and even warfare but in more recent years the national symbol is more likely to be found working in jungle trekking camps rather than charging into battle. Eventually the elephants become too old or disabled to work and need somewhere to go. You can't just simply turn a 3 ton animal loose - somebody will notice. Montri Todtane (a former Phuket elephant camp [...]

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Take A Break From Diving and Go to Wat Chalong Temple Phuket Phuket Sights & Fun

Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong is the most important and the most beautiful Buddhist temple of the 29 or so located in Phuket. Just a stones throw from our office this stunning landmark is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island. The temple is dedicated to an eminent monk who is believed to have assisted the citizens of Phuket overcome a Chinese tin workers rebellion in 1876. Of course being a monk he didn't fight himself but Luang Pho Cham's advice and medical assistance to the injured was believed to be key in ending the conflict quickly with very limited loss of life. Statues of Luang Pho Cham and two other temple abbots with legendary healing knowledge are prominent features of the [...]

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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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Great Early Booking Discounts On Similan Island Liveaboards

There'll be plenty of options for a Similan Island liveaboard if I book at short notice right? - Nope, that's very very wrong! The most popular liveaboards are already fully booked for the peak periods in 2017/2018, if you're planning a Xmas, New Year or Chinese New Year Similan Island safari, well good luck with that... we'll try our best to find you a space but your choices will be very limited. There are lots of Similan Island liveaboards but we don't offer them all, only the one's that are reliable, safe and offer good quality of service in their respective price range. The options that you get from us have been tried and tested by our very experienced staff. It may seem li [...]

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What Is PADI elearning ?

In this digital age books are fast becoming a relic of the past, we can access all the information we need through the internet and diving is no different. 2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of the PADI elearning initiative, the modern way of learning. Just as you can access your Facebook and instagramm accounts pretty much anywhere at anytime you can do the same with your dive theory and arrive on your holiday safe in the knowledge that you won't be cooped up in a classroom for hours. After filling out some simple forms and a quick quiz you can head straight to the pool or open water depending on which PADI course you're enrolling for. At the moment there are three main op [...]

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Octopus Are a Common Sighting In Phuket Diving Rare & Peculiar Critters

How Does An Octopus Change Colour?

Dazzling colour changes and perfect camouflage make octopus a favourite with everybody diving in Phuket but how do they perform this magic trick, well it's not mirrors, sorcery or witchcraft it's a complex combination of muscle, nerves, brain and skin pigments. By far the most common octopus we see when diving in Phuket is the day octopus (octopus cyanea) so we'll base our facts around this very convenient creature (we don't do night dives). That's what the cells are called, octopus have thousands of different colour chromataphores to every square inch of skin. Think of them as tiny balloons filled with coloured ink. The 'ink balloons' on most octopus come in black, brown, red, or [...]

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