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Phuket Sports
Water Sports
   
Fishing - click here for more information!
Game fishing in Phuket is an exciting, year-round activity. The Andaman Sea has an abundance of deep sea fighting fish including dorado, tuna, sailfish and marlin, while sea bass, barracuda, giant trevally, queenfish and mangrove jack are found closer to shore. Fishing multi-day liveaboard trips and one-day excursions are available, and can be arranged to suit any skill level or budget.

fishing phuket
Jet Skiing & Parasailing
Available for hire at most of the major beaches, jet skiing and parasailing are fun and popular activities. However, beyond providing life jackets there is little regard for safety and, on Patong Beach in particular, speedboats and jetskis can be seen navigating dangerously close to swimmers. At best this is an annoyance, but there are a number of people who have had their holiday fun cut short by a serious accident. Unless you are confident that the boat, equipment and, most importantly, the crew are safe and professional, jet skiing and parasailing are not recommended. Costs 600-700 Baht per session.

parasailing phuket
Kite Surfing
The daring sport of kite surfing has now made its way to Phuket, and the spectacle of superfast surfers gliding across the bay and launching themselves into the air is an exciting addition to the usual sights offshore. With several shallow bays and many days with consistent wind speeds of 10-20 knots, especially in the high season, Phuket is a good place to learn the sport. Some of the more open bays such as Nai Yang provide challenging conditions for intermediate to advanced kide surfers. Instruction and equipment rental available.

kite surfing phuket
Sailing

Phuket's sheltered bays provide great conditions for learning to sail with the small Hobie catamarans. Try one of the beach operators on all of the major beaches if your hotel doesn't have cats or dinghies.

The November-May northeast monsoon season, in particular, provides steady winds with flat seas and clean, clear water. Peak season for winds is November-February. From mid-May till late October, heavy seas off the Indian Ocean and squalls sometimes make the sport ill-advised for all but the most experienced. Operators are reluctant to rent out equipment when there's a heavy surf.

phuket sailing
Phuket is one of the premier sailing destinations of Asia. Chartering anything from a small bare-boat through to luxury crewed vessels in the hundred feet range is possible. Relax and sunbathe on the decks and let expert sailors take you to their secret locations, or be adventurous and discover the area on your own using the guides provided. Safe anchorages are numerous in Phang Nga Bay and among the islands southeast of Phuket.


Sea Canoeing

The strange and beautiful limestone scenery of Pang Nga has hundreds of tiny islands, many uninhabited, which contain hidden caves, tunnels and interior lagoons known locally as "hongs." Exploring the area by sea canoe/kayak is a safe and peaceful way to see this fascinating world, with minimum disturbance to the natural habitat.

Snorkelling
An abundance of colourful marine life, warm waters and easy access, Phuket and its nearby islands are ideal for snorkeling. Swim among parrotfish, clownfish, needlefish, damselfish and surgeonfish, and you may even spot an octopus or two peeking out from under a rock.

phuket snorkelling
Surfing
Phuket's monsoon season (May-October), the normally placid sea churns up enough to give surfers and boogie boarders a nice ride.. All of the action is found along the west coast beaches. Local surfers say Kalim (just north of Patong), Kata and Nai Harn are the best surfing beaches, while some try their luck at Kamala, Surin or Nai Yang beaches. Board rental available at some beaches.

phuket surfing
Waterskiing & Wakeboarding
Phuket's beaches, waterskiing and wakeboarding are seasonal, with the May-October southwest monsoon discouraging the sport on the exposed western side. Weather permitting, though, skiboats on Patong Beach may occasionally venture out even in this season. From mid-November on till May, however, the seas are generally calm and the surf slight -- ideal for skiing and boarding. Check with the speedboat operators along the beach for equipment and boat rental.
phuket wake boarding
If you want year round skiing and boarding, Phuket Waterski and Cableways Park (tel: 076 202 525-7) is operating on a small lake near the Kathu Waterfall. You don't need a boat and you don't have to worry about inclement sea conditions. Up to 15 skiers can enjoy cable skiing at any one time. Equipment rental available on site.

Windsurfing

Of the 16 beaches on the west coast of Phuket, at least 8 offer windsurfing Rawai Beach is known to have steady winds during December and January.

Patong has one windsurfing rental on the beach, facing the Holiday Inn Phuket. Lessons are available for beginners. The quality of equipment of instruction is sometimes better at the big hotels, mainly in Bang Tao Beach, although some of the independent operators offer fine services as well.


Phuket can be a good destination both for windsurfing enthusiasts and for people who want to try it for the first time. During the November-May northeast monsoon season in particular, steady winds together with flat seas combine with clean, clear water and superb scenery to make this a rewarding experience. From mid-May till late October, high winds and heavy seas may make conditions too rough for all but the most experienced windsurfers.

Other Sports
Atv's
All Terrain vehicle riding is easy, fun and a great way to see some parts of Phuket not accessible by car or foot. Guides will take you into rubber plantations, through jungle, and to hidden beaches. It's an unusual nature tour that allows you to cover a lot of ground in just a few hours.

atv phuket
Bungy Jumping

If you need an adrenaline-fix, look no further than bungy jumping. For those adventurous types who live for challenges, you can jump 50 metres over the green-blue water of the Jungle Lagoon at the Jungle Bungy Jump in Kathu.

Set over a picturesque pond, formerly an old tin mining site, but now a safe location for experiencing big-time thrills, the jump site is the only licensed one in Thailand and the only insured site in Asia. Look for Jungle Bungy Jump on the main road leading out of Patong to Phuket Town near the major intersection at Kathu.

bungy jumpin phuket
The Jungle Bungy Jump operates every day - rain or shine - from 08:00 to 18:00 hours. Look for the sign on the road leading from Patong to Phuket Town near the major intersection. The popular reverse or "catapult" bungy can also be found in Patong beach in front of the Expat Hotel, normally operating after 6.00pm. Just the job after a few beers!

Elephant Trekking

Thailand's deforestation has not been kind to its famous beast, and the elephant population is now at a critically low level. Formerly used to fell logs and battle on the front lines in times of war, the Thai elephant is still expected to "earn its keep" to survive. The tourism trade is a way to protect the lives of the elephants while providing the means to satisfy their enormous appetites. Riding the back of an elephant and seeing the grace, dexterity and "personality" of this giant pachyderm up close is an experience that is not soon forgotten. Just be sure to use only the services of an operation that looks after the health and wellbeing of its animals - some in Phuket clearly fail to properly care for their elephants.


elephant trekking phuket
Go-karting
Patong Go-kart Speedway is open every day from 10 am to 7 pm. Pit your driving skills on a challenging racing track. Single and double karts plus helmets are available and there's floodlighting for evening races. The track has a car park, restaurant and seating area for spectators. Located on the main road in Kathu between Patong Beach and Phuket City. Open daily 10am-7pm. From 390 Baht for 10 minutes. (Tel: 076-321949)

go karting phuket
Golf - click here for more information!
Phuket has some of the finest golf courses in Asia. Facilities are superb, prices are very reasonable and standards are high - there are enough challenges to stretch all players. Many of the courses offer day rates and packages which include accommodation, green fees, etc.
golf phuket
Mountain Biking
Phuket has good well-surfaced roads that wind along scenic hills, rubber plantations and wonderful coastline. With more and more hotels providing mountain bikes to guests, you can set yourself as strenuous or as relaxing a route as you like. Explore the wooded interior of the island, or tour the coast. If you prefer to have someone to show you around the interior, take a look at the local eco-tours that include mountain biking as part of their activities.

Muay Thai
Muay Thai, the ancient combat technique formerly used on Thai battlefields, is an exciting and challenging sport. A couple of gyms offer instruction in the martial arts form under the guidance of former Thai kickboxing champions. Phuket Thai Boxing Gym, 82/5 Moo 4 Patak Rd, Kata (Tel: 076-281090, 076-281200) and Abang Marts, Rawai, on the road leading to Kata from Chalong Circle. Expect to pay about 300 Baht per session, or at Bangla Boxing Stadium in Patong 700 to 1,000 Baht.

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Rock Climbing and Absailing

A few hours away from Phuket are some of the most challenging and beautiful climbing sites in the world, attracting both novice and hard core climbers. Most of the action is on the towering limestone rocks in the headland between Tham Phra Nang (Phra Nang Cave Beach) and Railay East beach in Krabi. To get there, take the bus (about 2.5 hours from Phuket to Krabi Town, then a long-tail boat ride from either the pier at Krabi Town or from Ao Nang Beach), rent a car or arrange a tour that includes accommodation in Krabi.

rock climbing phuket
In Phuket there is one climbing wall, located at Quest Laguna Phuket, which offers instruction in climbing and abseiling techniques for people of all ages and experience. Reaching a height of 15 meters, the tower has three faces: a 75-degree face, a vertical wall, and a gravity-defying overhang.

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