Snorkelling and diving are common pursuits in the waters around the island. Some of the best dive sites are located near Chalong Bay with mesmerising soft corals and colourful fish happily swimming to delight enthusiasts. Racha Yai is another popular site with traversing reefs and solid coral forests. Also contemplate exploring the marine wonderland around the limestone island of Ko Doc Mai where leopard sharks, moray eels and turtles call home.
Snorkelling is popular from the island Phi Phi. A day trip across to the island is popular with many agencies selling all-inclusive trips. A variety of boats make the trip across, if you prefer a more intimate excursion ensure you clarify the amount of people on the boat prior to booking.
For a different Thai experience, journey up to the capital Bangkok, for its relentless energy.
Phuket Airport (HKT)
Flights from Australia to Phuket will disembark at Phuket International Airport.
As the second busiest airport in Thailand, Phuket International Airport welcomes over 3 million passengers per year. Serviced by 10 local and international airlines with world-wide reach, this busy island gateway houses both the international and domestic terminals. Phuket Town and Patong Beach area are approximately 32km from the airport.
Airport Accommodation: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to Phuket International Airport. Book your Phuket Airport accommodation.
Getting to Phuket
There are several airlines that offer flights to Phuket from Australia. Direct flights from Sydney take around nine hours and 30 minutes. There are also flights from Sydney that include a stopover in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. Flights from Melbourne via Sydney, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur to Phuket take between 12 and 18 hours depending on the stopover. Direct flights from Perth take six hours and 30 minutes. Flights from Brisbane via Sydney, Bangkok or Singapore take around 13 hours depending on the stopover.
Airlines that fly to Phuket
Airlines that offer cheap flights to Phuket from Australia include:
For more on Phuket holidays check out our Phuket travel guide or view our range of Phuket holiday packages that include flights, accommodation and often other extras like tours, transfers, breakfast or car hire.