Discover SCUBA Phi Phi from Phuket
Update August 2017: Discover Scuba Diving is no longer permitted at Phi Phi dive sites by order of the national parks department. We now offer Discover Scuba Diving at Racha Noi.
- Full day tour from Phuket
- The dive boat visits different places than the speedboats. Avoid the crowds, see the best reefs
- No experience required
- 2 dives with an experienced PADI dive Instructor
- Comfortable boat with a shaded area, a sundeck, toilets and fresh water showers
- Snorkelers and certified divers can also join
- Beautiful hard and soft corals
- Chance to see reef sharks, Leopard sharks, stingrays, turtles, moray eels and much more
Discover Scuba Diving itinerary
You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred by air con minibus to the pier at Chalong Bay.
Pick up times will be between 07.00-8.00 hrs depending on your hotel location.
Departure from Chalong pier at 08.30 pm. The cruise to Phi Phi dates approximately 2.5 hours.
11.00 hrs: Morning dive: 1 dive/snorkeling session at either Koh Bida Nok, Koh Bida Nai, Loh Samah Bay, Maya wall. Dive sites are selected on the day depending on conditions. A dive typically lasts 30-50 minutes.
12.00-13.45 hrs: A buffet lunch is served on board during the “surface interval” between dives. There is some time for snorkeling and swimming. The boat normally moors in a good location for snorkeling with black tip reef sharks. Please note that this day trip does not include any land/beach excursions because there is not enough time.
14.00-15.00 hrs: Afternoon dive: 1 dive/snorkeling session at either Koh Bida Nok, Koh Bida Nai, Loh Samah Bay or Maya wall. Dive sites are selected on the day depending on conditions.
15.00-17.30 hrs: Cruise back to Phuket, relax on the boat as the sun sinks in the distance.
You should be back at your hotel at around 18.30 hrs.
Discover Scuba Diving Prices
- Discover Scuba Diving: 4,900 baht (including dive equipment)
- Snorkeling: 1,800 baht per person
- Certified diving: 3,700 baht (excluding dive equipment)
Certified divers should bring their dive log book and certification card.
Price includes: Lunch on the boat, round trip transfers from Kamala, Kata, Karon, Patong, Chalong, Naiharn, Rawai beach areas (transfer fees may be charged for other areas).
Price excludes: Scuba equipment rental for certified divers is 500 baht per set (mask, snorkel, wetsuit, fins, bcd, regulator).
Mask, snorkel and fins rental for snorkelers is 150 baht.
Discover SCUBA Diving pre-requisites: To participate in a Discover SCUBA program you must be at least 10 years old. You must not be flying in any aircraft within 24 hours of SCUBA diving. You must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. You must read and complete the PADI medical statement.
Cancellations: Must be made by email from the lead contact to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the event of cancellation the following charges apply:
– 7 days or more prior to the package or tour date: full refund less bank fees.
– 3-7 days prior to the package or tour date: 30% of total price
– Within 72 hours of the package or tour date, or no show: 100% of total price.
Weather Policy: This is an all weather tour and still runs if it is raining in the morning. The tour will be cancelled if the forecast is for rough sea unsafe for small boats. The decision to cancel is made on the morning of the tour by the boat captain and the harbour master, not the passengers. If a trip is cancelled because of bad weather you can reschedule to the next available day. If you cannot reschedule you will be refunded in full.
What to expect
On this Phuket Phi Phi diving day trip the snorkelers join with the divers on the dive boat.
This is a good trip if you want to try diving for the first time, or if you’ve dived before but are not certified. This is also the best trip if you are a mixed group of divers and snorkelers.
The dive boat is slower (about 10 knots) than the Phuket to Phi Phi speedboats so it takes about 2.5 hours to get to the Phi Phi Islands.
Because of this you can’t visit as many different islands and there is no time to visit the beach. But you will visit the best reefs (different reefs to the speedboat day trips)and the pace is relaxed. The journey is a very pleasant one with time to sunbathe on deck or just admire the scenery.
The advantage of this type of boat is that you can walk around on board, get cool drink, catch up on some sleep etc. It’s more comfortable than a speedboat.
The Discover Scuba Dive program (also called an Intro dive, try dive, resort dive or DSD) is with a qualified PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Instructor. It’s an easy introduction to the world of scuba diving. No experience is required, you must be fit, healthy and over 10 years of age. What is Discover SCUBA Diving and who can do it?
The dive/snorkel sites visited are excellent. Koh Bida Nai and Koh Bida Nok islands are not visited by the regular snorkel tours, only by the dive boats. They have very nice soft corals and sea fans. They also have Leopard sharks (harmless) and turtles. The afternoon dive/snorkel session is often outside Maya bay where black tip reef sharks are commonly seen.