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Phuket for Swimmers

Phuket Activities | Phuket activities and water sports

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What better a place for avid swimmers to take the plunge than a lush tropical island? Phuket Island is one of the best places in the world for swimmers with great weather all year round and beautiful beaches with crystal clear water. There are 17 beaches located around Phuket Island and each has brilliant blue water and plenty of sprawling sand to explore.

Snorkeling and diving are also popular pastimes for vacationers, but just relaxing and enjoying the beauty and tranquility of Phuket Island's tepid waters is many tourists favorite activity. Phuket Island is a popular destination for swimmers because of its favorable swimming conditions.

Best seasons for swimming on Phuket

Phuket Island is beautiful any time of year. It has two seasons, each warm, which means swimmers can enjoy the water year round. The hot season is from November to April and the rainy season is from May to October. Even in the rainy season, temperatures are still warm and there is plenty of sun between showers. With average temperatures all year round between 21 degrees and 34 degrees Celsius, every time of year in Phuket Island is a great time for swimming.

Although the temperatures are optimal for swimmers all year round, vacationers are advised that rip tides are heavier between April and October so swimmers should obey posted warnings. Red flags mark unsafe beaches around Phuket Island and knowledgeable lifeguards are available to give swimmers advice on which beaches to avoid.

Read more about Beach Safety on Phuket.

Nude sunbathing on Phuket's beaches

Unlike other exotic beach destinations, nude sun bathing and swimming is not popular and is prohibited on Phuket Island. The Thai tradition is for swimmers to swim with their clothes on and many natives still do. Vacationers will have no problem swimming in the latest bathing suit fashions, as long as they keep them on. Phuket Island is a great vacation destination for anyone, especially those who love to get in the water and swim.


Last Updated: 31 May 2012