Cape Panwa Phuket

Local Scuba Diving near Cape Panwa – Phuket Dive Tours

Scuba Diving

When it comes to scuba diving courses at Cape Panwa we are happy to deliver the best possible service with affordable prices, with daily PADI courses and phuket diving tours with collection available at all local hotels.

Phuket Dive tours are the nearest PADI Center to service customers staying at Cape Panwa, and we provide the best advice for scuba diving, with our British local guides and local dive masters, PADI Professional Instructors that all have a proven track record for safe diving with extensive local dive experience and knowledge for the best Phuket diving.


Diving Season

The Best time to visit Cape Panwa for diving is from December to April this is when the similan islands are open with little wind and no rain and very warm weather, this is when the water is at it’s clearest and the and calmest.

Scuba diving while staying between December and January is the peak period  when most day trip boats are fully booked and over sold.we offer small or large Private speedboat charters direct from Cape Panwa for couples, groups, and families.

When Diving at Local Dive sites you avoid the main Circus, numerous dive boats at the same location all waiting to Jump in, or hundreds of divers at the same reef at the same time.

Hotels are a short distance to Phuket Town, and a 30 minuite drive to Chalong Marina

Local diving host lots of surprises with options for shorter days trips. Heres a well kept secret for you, Local people know the best places and they also know that you dont need to sign up for boat diving day trip or need to spend all day on Phuket diving boat feeling cramped, confined and fighting for space.

Panwa local dive sites

Coral island is suitable for the beginners along with Koh He, Coral Island,  Maiton Island a little further away

Shark point anemone reef and Koh Doc Mai

These many locations suitable for a good local Dives less than 30 mins boat ride from Cape Panwa, local reefs packed with fish and marine life.

The best thing is theres a good chance you will never see any other scuba divers, you also wont be shadowed by 3 -4 large dive boats all parked up on the same dive site.

Imagine a dive where you are the sole focus of a private local guide looking for that unusual seahorse or pipe fish.

Traditional Local Diving

When I came to Thailand 10 years ago most of my dives started out from Patong Beach visiting the local reef at Paradise beach, or at Kata Beach Diving at Koh Pu. The Traditional Local fishermen using their Thai wooden Longtail boats would take 3 or 4 divers in a small group in the morning for early reef diving or later in the afternoon. These diving locations are not world class, however they are ideal for beginners as well as Advanced divers who like to look for the smaller stuff and have a Unique experience for diving in Phuket. Longtail diving is not for everyone its for the outgoing individual who loves Culture and personal attention someone who values doing something slightly different from conventional scuba.

Local dives at Koh Pu & Karon Rock  please add Boat rental extra charge at 1900 thb (minimum of 4) divers

PADI Discover Local diving

The best local diving can be found a hares breath from Kata Beach as theres more juvenile species than some of the better phuket diving locations. PADI Discover Local diving is an orientation at a new or unfamiliar diving enviroment, with a local orientation being provided by a local diving shop.

Often this can be pre booked with us so that we can ensure that you scuba dive with an experienced local dive guide professional, this way you relax and we take all the stress out of planning the dive.

Your Local Phuket PADI Divemaster or Guide will Help you

  • Set up Your equipment
  • Brief you on the dive site conditions hazzards and Points of Interest.
  • Point out the marine life you are likely to see.
  • special procedures used locally for safe diving


The main snorkeling trips departing from Cape Panwa Hotels tend to mainly focus on Phi Phi Islands as well as James Bond in Phang Nga, In High season The similan Islands open up as a favorite location to visit

Panwa cape is divided into 3 main coast lines with transfers to the diving boat often taking around 30 – 40 minutes.

The South coast line has views of Ko Lon, Ko He, Ko Bon, Ko Kaeo Yai & Ko Kaeo Noi and on a good day you may be able to see Racha Yai diving sites in the distance.

Cape Panwa Promenade view of coral island
Cape Panwa Promenade view of coral island

The East coast line has views of many distant islands the main ones being Coconut Island, Ko Rang Yai & Ko Rang Noi –  Ko Yao Yai, Ko Yao Noi.

The Western side “Ao Yon” has a small cove as well as long sandy isolated beach, the coast line is populated with hotels and private villas with amazing sunsets from Kao Khad view point.

Cape Panwa Phuket - Kao Khad view point
Cape Panwa Phuket – “Ao Yon”  Kao Khad view point

Hotels where we provide free transfers for Scuba Diving Tours

Kantary Bay Hotel

The Kantary Bay Hotel is a charming seafront property within a short ten to fifteen minutes drive from Phuket town. This is a hotel with a difference; breaking away from the traditional “standard” hotel room design to offer you a unique hotel experience.  AddressSakdidej Road, Wichit, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000 Phone: 076 391 514

Panwa Boutique Beach Resort

Enjoy fabulous cuisine in beautiful surroundings at Panwa Boutique Beach Resort where you can choose to dine in stylish air-conditioned interiors or on the romantic beachfront under the stars. Kick back and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of our casual pool bar and pub where live music and speciality cocktails await. Tel : (66 76) 393300‐9, (Mobile : 0910351623), Fax : (66 76) 200334  :

Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach

A hideaway in Phuket, yet just a stone’s throw from Phuket Town and a short drive to Patong, Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach is exclusively set in Makham Bay The Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach is one mile from Phuket Deep Sea Port and two miles from Phuket Aquarium.

Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort

Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort welcomes travelers to an absolute beachfront location on Makham Bay. The hotel blends contemporary design with subtle Thai accents, making it a perfect holiday resort.Phone: 076 602 500

Cape Panwa Hotel

This elegant hotel on a verdant hillside overlooking the Andaman Sea is 1 km from the Phuket Aquarium and 16 km from Wat Chalong temple. Tel:+66 0-7639-1123-5 | Fax: +66 0-7639-1177

By The Sea

By The Sea is situated on the stunning shores of Khao Khad Beach in Cape Panwa…a tranquil hideaway on the beautiful beachfront of Cape Panwa, Phuket’s best kept secret. The location of our luxury Cape Panwa hotel is spectacular, on a peaceful peninsula overlooking the turquoise Andaman Sea and the alluring lush mountains of Southern Phuket. Tel: +66 76 305044-5    Fax: +66 76 305048

Amatara Wellness Resort

Amatara Wellness Resort is the new benchmark for life enhancing wellness experience in a luxury resort setting. Tucked away in a quiet corner of this idyllic island.  Phone: +66 7631 8888, +66 7620 0800  Fax: +66 7631 8800

Hong Kong & General Enquiry, please contact Cattie ChanT: +852 2571 3018 or Email:
For China, please contact Jane
For Taiwan, please contact Natasha
For Singapore, please contact Sabrina

The Mangrove Panwa Phuket Resort

The Mangrove Panwa Phuket Resort is located in the hidden village of the breathtaking Chalong Bay. Hugged by the lush green foliage and overlooking the bay, this is the place that gives “relaxation” its meaning.Phone: 076 315 351

Bandara Villas Phuket

Bandara Phuket Beach Resort embodies one of the true wonders of the natural world inside and out. Nestled along one of Phuket’s most peaceful spots 98 Moo 8 Wichit Subdistrict,
Muang Phuket, Phuket Thailand 83000
Tel: +66 (0) 76-316279  Fax: +66 (0) 76-316278  E-mail:

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