water sports, Phuket
Well, always wanted to do paragliding and it was a fun experience. Although I thought it rather strange to paraglide with a guy above me on the same glide (that dude basically directed the glide while i hang helplessly like a puppet going ooh-ing and ah-ing at the scene below :) ).
I actually went haggling along the beach with Marcus and found one that gave me the price I wanted. There are a lot of people offering the same sports on Phuket beach itself so hangling to save a few bahts wasn't such a bad idea :)
Eventhough i quit scuba diving after married but my passion to the undersea world still strong.i bring my family for snorkelling by renting a boat for USD25 for 1 hours to the nearer reef.My daugther only 10 years old but look like she gonna follow my footstep.the reef halfly damaged due to TNUNAMI but the fish ok .A good start for my daughter as she start asking me when we gonna snorkel again .
Equipment: The Snorkel gear available on the boat no need to buy.
A great way to spend the day with family or freinds is to hire your self a fishing boat for the day, they will pick you from your hotel and drive you to the harbour where you will board a thai fishing vessal for your days fishing.
Ther eare many diffrent types of boats avavilabe for hire depends on your wants and needs and your budget.
We had a boat arranged for us by a Thai friend and it was a great day out, they provided us with everything, all meals soft drink water and even the beers.
We trolled for the best part of the day catching abuot 30 fish for the day, our skipper and deck hand tended to our every need and put us on the fish.
So for a good cheap day out go hire your self a boat and see some more of the islands and catch dinner at the same time.
Equipment: All your fishing gear is supplied but your welcome to bring your own if you like, themeals are good and there's plenty of water and soft drink.
The fish belong to the skipper but if you want a fish for your self just ask they will gladly give you one or two.
Just got back from Diving in Phuket on 18-22 August. Weather there was cloudy but no
heavy rains. Joined a German DC(DiveAsia) at Patong for a day trip
Price for 3 Dives and Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner was BHT 2900 and 500 for
Dived at Ko Dok Mai/Ko Bida Nai/Ko Bida Nok. Total Time for trip (8am -8.30pm)
Seas were choppy in the morning but leveled out towards the afternoon.
Visibility for Ko Bida Nai/Ko Bida Nok was about 10-15m and was about
15 - 20 for Ko Doc Mai.
Vessel was M/V Dive Asia II (23m) had all the amnities needed.(Read
as "place to take a crap & nap"
Things spotted during this dive trip:
Huge Phuket Lobster, Moray Eels, Leopard Shark,Lionfish, Grouper,
assorted other fishies.
Was pleasantly surprised to find such a profusion of marine life
after the tsunami, ask the DM and he said that it could be due to
the "new food sources" after the tsunami.(hehehe)
Corals around Ko Bida were slightly damaged but Ko Dok Mai was still
more or less intact.
Really enjoyed the dives as I had a DM as my buddy and we dived some
really interesting places (Ko Dok Mai Underwater caves anyone?)
Okay, that's abt it for now. Drop me a line if you want to find out
Btw, Diveasia is at http://www.diveasia.com/
Who to look for for group bookings or a better deal: Stefan (DM)
Equipment: Standard Gear. BCD regulators and suits were quite new and well maintained.
Visibility is very good 20-25 metres. Most of the dive sites are in shallow waters and boat journey times are short. Sea life is rich although we didn't come across many big fish during our dives. Some good wrecks but you will need to be a proficient diver at depth to maximise your bottom time.
Equipment: No real need to bring your own gear, i usually just travel with my own mask, snorkel, knife and fins and rent the rest of the gear when on a backpacking trip.
Phuket is an ideal place to learn diving.
One of the many dive schools will also have a course in your language...
There are also many interesting dive sites around - even the one close to Patong Beach (Paradise bay) was a surprise, so good was it.
First you have one or two days in the pool - getting to know the equipment and emergency procedures - and learning the basics.
Then you will have several trips out in the sea.
I enjoyed this a lot ( a second time, I already had my licence, but my buddy had't).
Equipment: Diving Equipment is available at the many dive shools in Patong or at other beaches.
We have tried scuba cat in Patong. They were great.
I played the Laguna Phuket Golf Club (within the Laguna complex) and the Blue Canyon Lakes course. My suggestion is don't waste your money at the Laguna. The Blue Canyon course is much better. The Lakes course is beautiful even though the Canyon course is more famous (and twice as expensive!). Look for package deals from Blue Canyon itself or from your hotel. Also, you can play an additional 9 holes at twilight rate which is fantastic value. Ask the pro shop.
One of the major assets of Phuket as a flourishing vacation resort is its abundance of diving destinations both in its vicinity and off islands several hours boat ride away, all offering a fantastic underwater world of tropical fishes and coral formations, so exotic and colorful.
Much more popular are trips to islands lying to the south and east of Phuket about 30 minutes to 2 hours away by motor boat including Coral Island (Ko He) which offers a dive all year round and has very beautiful natural scenery; Ko Racha, which has dives of down to 30 meters; Shark Point, a favorite sleeping spot of leopard sharks and stingrays; Ko Dok Mai which offers an impressive wall dive and a series of cave dives; and Ko Phi Phi where you can see white tip sharks, stingrays and moray eels besides colorful reef fishes.
Truly world class diving sites are located further away including Ko Similan, Ko Surin, Richelieu Rock and Burma Banks. Despite their long distances, tours are organized by some agencies in Phuket regularly during the dry season. All the first three island groups are marine national parks which offer magnificent coral gardens. Burma Banks being the farthest and newest, is in the best condition as a diving site.
There are a lot of dive schools in Phuket, all staffed with qualified instructors who are members of PADI or NAUI, and provided with all sorts of modern equipment.
Phuket offers some good scuba diving although the dive sites tend to be quite crowded. It is also possible to get trips to the Similans from Phuket but I would recommend going to Khao Lak to do this.
On my last visit to Thailand I returned to Kata Beach to see if the KB dive shop was still there. It was. This was where my interest in diving began. In 1992 I hung around here with a group of divers and did my first resort dive to see what it was like. I later learnt to dive in the UK but returned here in 1996 to do my advanced course. Since then, Kata has become too developed for me so I have ventured away from Phuket to find quieter places.
Alan Rooney, who owns the shop, is a Brit and a really nice guy. If you are in Phuket and want to do some diving I recommend the KB dive shop.
Equipment: Equipment is available to rent if you don't have your own.
The sea canoeing was a great relaxing activity.
The cave tunnels and the secluded areas behind are really stunning.
Also suitable for families with children.
this is a photo of the part of the boat where we get redy to go diving it got a bit cramped on here a times,
this is our eating part of the boat ,they had some guys from thailand cooking all the meals , they were very good, the food was very nice
Waterjet cant be rented on Patong and Karon but not necesserely on other beaches. Not very cheap but good fun.
The rent jet skis on the beach. They are not cheap expect to pay $50. Be very careful, 2 tourists were very badly injured just before we got there.
At the Patong Beach, there offers many water sports activity. This wake boading is 700baht for 3 rounds when I took it in May 2003.