Phuket diving resorts
Phuket Accommodation | Diving resort on Phuket
The best Phuket diving resorts are those on the beachfront or near the dive boat pier. Diving resorts on the beaches get the maximum time facing west on to the Indian Ocean setting sun. Resorts near the Chalong diving pier maximize the dive experience by minimizing the shore time.
Phuket diving resorts are those resorts that cater to people who want to do a lot of diving and or have easy access to dive school facilities. If you want to do a lot of diving I would suggest you need to be close to the South East of Phuket port of Chalong where the specialized dive pier gets divers out to Phi Phi island, Koh Racha, Phuket Shark Point and Koh Doc Mai reefs with efficiency and ease. With this in mind, I wouldn't propose resorts as far north as Patong and would aim ideally, for Karon Resorts or Kata Resorts.
Phuket diving resorts require a beachfront position to do the confined water of an open water dive course as taught by PADI. In low season (May till October 31st) when the westerly wind puts waves on the beaches the ideal resort needs a 1.5 meter deep pool so that the techniques can be practices safely and realistically.
Phuket diving resorts near the beach
However all resorts in Phuket are diving resorts in the sense that, even if the resort doesn’t have an in-house dive facility, you can go into any of the main beaches villages and find a dive school. This means you could choose any beach for your stay but be aware that the further you stay away from Chalong Pier the further the drive in the morning. My favourite 5 star Phuket diving resort is the Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort located on it's own private beach at Karon Noi(between Karon and Patong Beaches). The resort has a magnificent 100 m pool and has the 5 star PADI diving facilities to teach to all ages. I also like the 4 star Andaman Cannacia Resort in Kata Beach which is superb value. It doesn’t have a dive operation but schools like the Oceanic Divecentre Kata are close by. The Kata Country House is good budget accommodation, not on the beach but has excellent reviews.
Phuket diving resorts near the pier
Phuket diving resorts near Chalong Pier combine convenience with a lot of character. Chalong is an area of Phuket far from the tourist centres of the west coast and where a large number of local people live out their lives. Here you can see Thai people as they really are, and wine and dine at local prices. Some of the seafood restaurants on the bay like Kan Eng 1 and Par Lai have tremendous seafood menus that would make the west coast resorts blush. They have local food well-cooked but watch out for the chillies!!
Phuket diving resorts Similan
The best Phuket diving resorts for diving at the Similan Islands are totally different. Dive liveaboards often leave from The Yatch Haven in the far north east of Phuket or from Tapla Muk harbour in Khao Lak. If you are doing a liveaboard from the Yatch Haven you might only need one night in Phuket so the JW Marriott Phuket could be an ideal choice. If you are taking the Similan Diving day trip from Phuket you might want another Mai Khao Beach resort like the Sala Phuket Resort And Spa.