Let’s face it, if you come to Phuket on vacation you’ll want to spend a lot of time relaxing by the pool, soaking up the sun on a pristine white-sand beach, and generally recharging your batteries to the extreme. But if you want to mix-up your beach time with some exciting activities, Phuket’s got you covered. Find out what to do in Phuket when you’re tired of the beach (if that’s even possible) with our guide to Phuket activities.
1) Diving In and Around Phuket
When you vacation in Phuket you’re in the ideal place to pursue your diving passion. Phuket is a great location for diving. Basing yourself on the island, you can travel out on various day trips to interesting dive sites surrounding Phuket – all of which can be reached within a few hours. Additionally, you can join a liveaboard boat which will take you on a longer trip, further afield, to places like the Similan Islands. The dive season is between November and April. If you are in Phuket outside of this season you can normally still dive although conditions are not so good and the sea state may be unpredictable.
Whether you choose to take day trips or a longer trip, there are many dive operators in Phuket to choose from. Most are based in Patong so you should easily find something there. Or ask at your hotel’s front desk – most resorts will organize a trip for you. Dive trips generally go from Chalong Bay which is around 25 minutes’ drive from Patong and a tour will normally include the pick-up and drop-off from your hotel.
2) Watersports in Phuket
You’ve got a lot of choice when it comes to water sports. Most of the popular beaches in Phuket offer a variety of things to do in and on the water, including jet skiing, kite surfing, wind surfing, surfing, and sailing. Paragliding is also an exciting option for adventure-lovers. The benefit of taking part in watersports in Phuket is that the temperature of the sea is warm and the water is clear – perfect conditions for enjoying some aquatic activities.
3) Fishing in Phuket
You may not think of Phuket as being a paradise for anglers, but there is a great choice and diversity of fishing experiences to be found around the island. You may be an expert angler or a beginner; you’ll find a fishing trip to suit you. Activities range from a relaxing day on the water seeing what you can find, to a big-game fishing trip looking for the best trophy fish. Big game fish include blue marlin and black marlin, and the boats that take you out looking for these beauties are equipped with all the latest angling technology.
4) Phuket Sightseeing Tours
You’re sure to want to see a little more of Phuket and its surroundings, and a tour is the ideal way to do it. Look at the list of excursions on tour companies’ boards and you’ll see the choice available. There are both land-based tours and water-based tours available. Land tours usually have tourists in an air-conditioned van visiting some of the sights of Phuket in comfort. Water-based tours visit the islands surrounding Phuket including the famous sights of Phi Phi Island and Phang Nga Bay. These tours usually include lunch, snorkeling, and drinks, plus transport to and from your hotel to the departure point of the boat.
5) Bungee Jumping in Phuket
Do you want to take part in an adrenaline activity in a beautiful setting? Then take a trip to Kathu and the Jungle Bungee Jump experience. The center for bungee jumps is set within lush tropical jungle and next to a lake. There is a choice of bungee experiences available including single and tandem jumps, and jumps where you end up being dipped in the water. The main bungee platform is 50 meters above the lake. There is also a catapult system that shoots you up into the air instead of making you fall. The Jungle Bungee set-up is well-established and safe, and insurance is included in the price of the jump.
6) Play Golf on Phuket
Looking for a rather more sedate activity? Phuket is the ideal place to enjoy a round or two of golf. The island has a number of high-quality golf courses to choose from, including Mission Hills Golf Resort, Phuket Country Club, Loch Palm Golf Club, Blue Canyon Country Resort, Red Mountain Golf Course, and Laguna Phuket Golf Club. The golf clubs are open to visitors and the facilities are top-class. You can enjoy a relaxing day on the course as well as take advantage of the clubhouses and bars.
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