Bangtao beach Phuket Laguna Phuket Bangtao beach is now a beautiful 6 kilometre stretch of white sand on Phuket’s west coast. It’s about 20 minutes drive south of Phuket airport. It wasn’t always so stunning. Thirty odd years ago it was a wasteland, ruined from years of tin mining. But the regeneration has been amazing,

Book early and get discounts for trips in 2018-19 The Similan liveaboard season runs 15 Oct to 15 May. We can look back on a wonderful last season with more whalesharks than any year since 2002. Now our thoughts turn to next season and anyone who can book now can get a healthy discount. These

Shark Fin Reef Similan Islands dive site Location: 3 km off the east coast of Koh Payan (Similan Island #3) Depth: 8-35 m Type: Sloping hard coral reef and boulders. Level: Suitable for all levels of diver Description:  Shark Fin Reef is often the last dive of a Similan liveaboard trip (the other popular last dive

Naithon beach Phuket A beautiful bay in north west Phuket Naithon beach is a smallish beach on Phuket’s west coast. To the south are Layan and Bangtao beaches, north is Naiyang and Phuket International airport. Naithon is one of Phuket’s more remote beaches. It’s really beautiful and used to be a best kept secret for

Chinese Wall Similan Islands dive site Location: Southern point of Koh Miang (Similan Island #4) Depth: 5-30 m Type: Granite boulders Level: Easy to intermediate Description: Chinese wall is called Bird Rock by some divers. Granite boulders above the surface continue underwater down to a depth of 30 m. These rocks form swim-throughs, valleys, caverns and caves

Saphan Sarasin Phuket (Sarasin bridge) Welcome to Phuket! Saphan Sarasin (Sarasin bridge) is the road link between Phuket and Phang Nga province on the mainland. The Prak Pah Strait is only about 600 metres wide and before 1967 a ferry serviced the crossing. Then the original Saphan Sarasin was built. There are now two bridges.  In

Breakfast Bend Similan Islands dive site Location: East side of Koh Bangu (Similan Island #9) Depth: 5 – 34 m. Average 10-20 m. Type: Sloping reef and rocks. Drift dive. Night dive. Level: Easy dive site suitable for all levels of diver. Gentle currents along the reef. Currents can be stronger around the boulders. Also suitable for

On On hotel Phuket’s first hotel The On On hotel was the first hotel to open in Phuket and it’s still there on it’s original site on Phang Nga road in Phuket old town. The hotel had run in to disrepair but has been completely renovated and restored and is now branded as “The Memory at

ANITA’S REEF Similan Islands dive site Location: Close to Koh Miang (Similan Island # 4) Depth: 5-26 m Type: Fringing coral reef Level: Easy dive site suitable for all levels of diver Description:  The white sandy seabed at Anita’s Reef is interspersed with patches of staghorn coral and table corals. There are also some large

Promthep cape Phuket sunset viewpoint Promthep Cape is the most popular viewpoint in Phuket for watching the sunset. If you head up there from 1700-1900 hrs most evenings you will be there with coach loads of other tourists, all trying to get the perfect selfie. Don’t let that put you off because Promthep cape is