Wildlife You Might See While Scuba Diving in Phuket

If you've ever been to Phuket, chances are that you are paying a visit for the beautiful tropical weather, blue seas, amazing islands, and breathtaking views. Phuket is also well-known for its water sports and scuba diving opportunities, which are some activities you might want to partake in. While you are swimming in the ocean blue and diving in the deep, you might run into some incredible underwater wildlife! Here are some of the interesting creatures that have been spotted around Phuket:

Manta Rays

These creatures are one of the most incredible animals you can spot while around Phuket. The Giant Manta Ray is often compared with the Whale Shark and is one of the most sought-after animals when scuba diving. These majestic creatures are sighted regularly and will interact with scuba divers since they aren't afraid to get close. You can find them on the South of Tip Racha Noi and at Koh Tachai, Koh Bon, Racha Yai, and Hin Muang, as well as Hin Daeng. There are quite a few scuba diving options that will advertise being able to see these rays as well so you can ask around if you are really interested in seeing them.

Whale Sharks

This is probably one of the most popular sea creature known to be spotted in the area. In fact, it is basically the most sought after creature for scuba divers. Whale sharks can be quite difficult to spot, which means that you earn major boasting rights if you catch a glimpse of one. These creatures are about 12 m in length, while some reach up to 18 m with a weight of more than 21 metric tons. They rarely appear in Thailand, so if you are planning to spot one, you will have to rely on sheer luck. There have been random appearances all over the area where they have been spotted in Hin Muang and Koh PhiPhi during mid-year. There have also been sightings near Koh Bon and surrounding islands during the last two weeks of March and the first two of April.

Leopard Sharks

These creatures can be regularly found in the area while scuba diving and will typically measure up to around 2 meters in length. They can be found in most areas around Phuket and might let scuba divers swim around them if they are approached calmly and correctly. They might even interact with divers and can be found in both deep or shallow water, making them accessible to many different levels fo scuba divers in Phuket. They can be found around PhiPhi, Shark Point, Anemone Reef, Racha Noi, Similan Islands, Koh Tachai, and Richelieu Rock. It is not unusual to spot these guys around deeper waters of over 20 meters. However, they do also like sandy reef bottoms. It is not unusual for a first-time diver to see one, especially around Phi Phi Island.

// Ask around

If you are interested in seeing any of these creatures, you can also ask locals or diving instructors as well as services that will take you diving. They will probably know best what you can see and where, so start up a conversation and go out to see these creatures! Besides these fun, larger exotic creatures, you will also see a lot of beautiful underwater wildlife while you are diving, no matter where you go. Enjoy the cool waters, the intricate reefs, and the school of fish swimming around you.

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