Yes Phuket Thailand has had a very unusual and yet spectacular start to the year. Thailand phuket is well known for its great diving and people have been visiting these white shores for decades. For the lucky people who turned up for a warm break for scuba diving phuket this new year got a pleasant welcome.
The best islands in Thailand are the similan islands but even these can be affected by the odd weather this year. The similns are still amazing diving by any standards. The trouble with these peak weeks are the fact that people tend to use the internet to prebook. pre booking scuba diving Thailand in these peak weeks is normally a good idea. This year locations such as Phi Phi and the similans were booked out well in advance. However the lucky people that actually spoke to the Phuket dive centers before booking struck gold.
The islands of Racha Noi and Racha Yai is the location less people have heard of except those people who came to learn to dive Phuket. these two islands are the prime location for those wanting to discover scuba diving phuket or do the open water water course phuket. This year there have been many, many sightings of Manta rays at Racha Noi. There have been Whale sharks too plus a real bonus of a pod of Minke Whales and one female with a pup. Then Dolphins too and all this along with the normal Leopard sharks, turtles, cuttlefish, Octopus and the hundreds of all the other tropical reef fish.
We are not saying a similan island liveabaoard trip is not a great trip as they are. This year in the northern areas around Richelieu Rock are still as good as always but the shock is the last minute bookings from people walking into a dive shop phuket last minute and booking a phuket scuba diving trip. They were lucky enough to get the best diving very close to phukets shores. So it seems the best way to book is to look at what you want to see and places to go but then ask the locals as to what the best diving in phuket is right now.