Wednesday, January 27, 2010

From Snorkeling to Fishing, Phuket Has It All!

Phuket as a Water Sport Destination

Phuket, the largest island in Thailand, is a destination where many water sports can be enjoyed. Snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, yachting, kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing and banana boat riding are some of the water activities available to visitors of the province.

Every swimmers can snorkel and enjoy the swimming over beautiful coral reefs surrounded by colorful fish. The best locations for snorkeling in Phuket are Laem Sing Beach, Kata and Kata Noi Beach, and Ao Sane Beach among a few others. Snorkelers are advised to wear a T-shirt and protective UV cream as the sun is usually very hard.

For those who want to experience deep water scuba diving, Phuket has a lot of wonderful diving sites. A multitude of diving shops offer to beginners PADI Open Water courses, and for the experienced divers a selection of diving trips are organized around smaller islands. The Similans, Phi Phi islands, Koh Racha Yai & Noi have the best spots for a dive.

Besides swimming, snorkeling and diving, other water sports can be enjoyed on the water like fishing. A fishing boat can be rented for the day for five or six persons where not only fishing, but sunbathing, can be experienced in the Andaman Sea. All the fish caught, mainly Tuna, will end as a dish for lunch, prepared by the crew on board of the boat.

Sea kayaking is also a good option to tour the coastline of Phuket at sea. Kayaks with one or two seats can be rented at several beaches: Nai Harn, Ao Sane, Tri Tra and Yanui Beach. Kayaking tours are also organized to explore Phang Nga Bay's cliffs and caverns. It is recommended to ask if it is safe to kayak on the western coast as big waves and courant can be dangerous at times in Phuket.

Jet skis can be rented in most of the main beaches but are unfortunately overpriced as all renters have agreed not to compete and keep prices as they are. There have been reports of tourists being scammed into paying huge bills for damages to the machines they did not do. The advice would be not to rent them and at the same time help for a better environment with less noise pollution.

Parasails and banana boats are two other possibilities available. Parasailing is safe as there is someone present during the short trip to make sure that the parachute goes the correct way. Banana boat is a great way to share with five other friends a few minutes of fun on an inflatable banana towed by a speedboat on the water. The experience is completed when everyone is finally thrown into the water.

Phuket definitely has everything that a visitor would want to do on a vacation at the seaside. From very busy beaches to smaller ones, everyone can find a favorite place to go and enjoy water sports.

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