7 Day Phuket Dive + Travel Itinerary and Guide | Amazing Thailand
The Phuket province is located in Southern Thailand, surrounded by Phang Nga and Krabi, and Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand as well. Not only this, Phuket is also one the most visited destinations in South Thailand, owing to the presence of Phuket International Airport and excellent road accessibility. Phuket has got it all – Sandy Beaches, Limestone cliffs, Hiking Trails, some World Class Hotels and Resorts, sumptuous street food and a vibrant night life.
Not only this, Phuket is also famous among Scuba Divers, as there are plenty of amazing World Class Dive Sites that can be reached from Phuket, such as the Similan Islands.
The first part of this 7 Day Phuket Travel Itinerary includes doing the 3 Day Similan Island Liveaboard experience with Sea Bees Diving, followed by 3 days of exploring Phuket. You’ll also learn how to UNLOCK MASSIVE SAVINGS in Phuket, which will elevate this 7 Day Phuket Dive + Travel Itinerary to a different level altogether.
Please note that as the 3 Day 2 Night Similan Island Liveaboard by Sea Bees Diving, departs every Friday from November – April, you should plan to reach Phuket early morning on Thursday, and book your place on the Similan Liveaboard in advance.
- 7 Day Phuket Itinerary
- Day 1 – Arrive in Phuket
- Day 2 – Depart for the Similan Island Liveaboard | 3 Dives
- Day 3 – 4 Dives | Similan Island
- Day 4 – 3 Dives Similan Island Liveaboard | Return to Phuket
- Day 5 – Food Walk in Old Phuket | Visit the Night Market
- Day 6 – Phuket Full Day Adventure with TAGTHAi
- Day 7 – Day at Leisure
- Day 8 – Check Out and Depart from Phuket
- Where to Stay in Phuket?
- 7 Day Phuket Dive + Travel Itinerary – Summary
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7 Day Phuket Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrive in Phuket
Arrive early in Phuket and check in to Palm Garden Resort. Take your time to recover from the travel fatigue, before heading out to Sea Bees Diving to coordinate for your scuba gear that you’ll be requiring for the next three days on the Similan Island Liveaboard.
PS – Palm Garden Resort is just a 10 minute walk from Sea Bees Diving.
Once you are done, grab something to eat or drink from 7 Eleven and take a stroll all the way to the Chalong Pier, and don’t forget to have a quick grab at BITE – An Instagrammable Cafe next to Sea Bees Diving (They offer 15-20% discounts to all customers of Sea Bees Diving).
Grab a Bite at BITE
If you arrive in Phuket early in the morning, you can spend the rest of the day ticking off experiences such as visiting the Wat Chalong, Climbing to Big Buddha Phuket, followed by a Visit to the Chalong Bay Rum Distillery, and catching the Sunset from Promthep Cape.
Make sure to crash early and get a good night’s sleep.
Day 2 – Depart for the Similan Island Liveaboard | 3 Dives
Wake up early in the morning, and get picked up to head to Thap Lamu Pier in Khao Lak, where the MV Marco Polo Liveaboard will be docked and waiting for you.
You’ll reach Thap Lamu Pier by 8 in the morning.
Say Hello to the MV Marco Polo Liveaboard by Sea Bees Diving, which will be waiting for you at the Thap Lamu Pier (above)
Once you board the MV Marco Polo Liveaboard, you’ll be given a welcome briefing, and shown to your cabin.
And the 3 Day 2 Night Similan Island Liveaboard Trip will commence.
First stop will be at Koh Bon where you’ll be doing the first dive. Thereafter you’ll be heading to Koh Tachai where the second and third dive will happen.
Don’t worry, you’ll be properly briefed about all timings and everything on board by the Trip Captain.
Dinner will be served by 7 PM, and you’ll probably crash by 9 PM.
Day 3 – 4 Dives | Similan Island
This will be an early start as you’ll do your first dive for the day at 7 in the morning.
The dive site will be Richelieu Rock, and you’ll be doing three dives here, with the first one at 7 AM, second at 10 AM and the third one at 1 PM. (Timings will be confirmed on board)
A Glimpse of what you’ll see when you Go Diving in the Similan Islands
Thereafter, you’ll head back to Koh Tachai, where the boat will be moored for the night.
But you’ll also be doing the fourth dive of the day at Koh Tachai.
After the long and exciting day, it’s highly likely that you’ll crash in by 9-930 PM after dinner.
Day 4 – 3 Dives Similan Island Liveaboard | Return to Phuket
The first dive of the day will be at Koh Tachai, followed by the second one at Koh Bon and the third and last one will be a Wreck Dive.
By 5 in the evening you’ll be back at Thap Lamu Pier, with tons of memories, and by 7:30-8 PM you’ll reach Phuket.
Stay for the night at Palm Garden Resort – Sea Bees Diving’s sister resort. By the time you’ll reach back, all you’ll be craving for is a nice bath, some yummy food, and a good night’s sleep.
For more information about Scuba Diving in the Similan Islands and why you should choose Sea Bees Diving for your Similan Island Diving Trip, check out My Similan Island Liveaboard Experience with Sea Bees Diving.
Day 5 – Food Walk in Old Phuket | Visit the Night Market
After waking up from a good night’s sleep and having a sumptuous breakfast, check out of Palm Garden Resort, and Check In to either Thavorn Palm Beach Resort or Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa for the remainder of this 7 Day Phuket Dive + Travel Itinerary.
Both Thavorn Palm Beach Resort and Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa, are unique in their own way. Scroll Down for a detailed recommendation, highlighting my experience at both, Thavorn Palm Beach Resort and Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa.
Having said that, once you have settled up in your Phuket Resort, head out to Old Phuket for a Food Tour with A Chef’s Tour.
There’s an afternoon tour available as well as an evening one. I took the Baba Tastes Experience with A Chef’s Tour, which had a meetup time of 3 PM. This is the tour that I’d recommend to you guys as well.
It’s a 4 hour walking tour and you’ll end up tasting over 15 amazing dishes at eating joints, where mostly the locals eat. Not only will you just be sampling different dishes, the guide Nam will also be briefing you about the history of Old Phuket, and taking you to different points of significance.
You’ll get to try out some sticky handmade fresh spring rolls, wok-fried mee hoon, Hokkien noodles peppered with delicate prawn wontons and char sui barbecue pork, leaf-wrapped miang kham bites, spiced chicken curry puffs, gaeng som fish curry along with plenty more culinary surprises that await you on the Baba Tastes Experience with A Chef’s Tour.
Some local delicacies that you’ll get to try on the Food Walk with A Chef’s Tour
Everything that you try will be bursting with flavours
You’ll end the Food Walk at around 7 PM, giving you plenty of time to go and experience one of the many night markets in Phuket. Ask recommendations about other things to do, from Nam, your guide for the Phuket Food Walk with A Chef’s Tour.
You can even end up doing Bar Hopping or going on a Pub Crawl at the famous Bangla Road near Patong Beach.
Day 6 – Phuket Full Day Adventure with TAGTHAi
As already mentioned in this 3 Day Bangkok Travel Itinerary and this 3 Day Chiang Mai Travel Itinerary that, getting the TAGTHAi City Pass, is one of the best Travel Hacks for Thailand, as it will literally UNLOCK MASSIVE SAVINGS.
To get you up to speed, TAGTHAi is an App Based Digital Pass that unlocks access to various attractions in the city. When you head to the TAGTHAi website, you’ll see that apart from the TAGTHAi Phuket City Pass, you can also purchase the TAGTHAi Bangkok City Pass and the TAGTHAi Chiang Mai City Pass, and elevate your Thailand Trip to a different level altogether.
If you end up extending your Bangkok stay, beyond this 3 Day Bangkok Travel Itinerary, you can also avail the TAGTHAi City Pass for Ayutthaya and Pattaya.
The TAGTHAi Phuket City Pass comes with a price tag of 45 USD, but offers a lot of experiences such as –
➡️ Adventure at Hanuman World including Ziplining and Skywalk
➡️ Spending time with the Elephants at Phuket Eco Elephant Park or Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
➡️ Massage Sessions at The Raintree Spa
➡️ Snorkelling at Banana Beach
➡️ Vouchers for Food and Beverage at multiple partners.
Check out Phuket’s Biggest Rainforest Zipline at Hanuman World followed by a Thai Massage at The Raintree Spa
The experience at Hanuman World itself is worth 71 USD. Which means, even if you just do the Hanuman World experience and spend time with the elephants, grab a bite at one of the F&B partners and end the day with a relaxing Thai Massage at The Raintree Spa worth 43 USD, you would end up saving twice or thrice of what you spend on the TAGTHAi Phuket City Pass.
Day 7 – Day at Leisure
As it’s the last day of this 7 Day Phuket Dive + Travel Itinerary, it’s up to you how to spend the day.
Take the time to wake up at leisure, enjoy the breakfast spread and experience what your Phuket Resort is offering.
Now, you can spend the rest of the day just lazing around at your Phuket Resort, or tick off any of the following experiences off your Phuket Bucket List –
- Spending the day at Andamanda Water Park
- Phi Phi Island Hopping
- Scuba Diving at Nakalay Reef (House Reef at Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa)
- James Bond Island Tour
- Thai Cooking Class
- Tick off the Phuket Carnival Magic Experience
Or, you can just book the Top Rated Phuket Activities here, to plan a day out in Phuket.
Both Scuba Diving in Phuket and Attending a Thai Cooking Class, have been some of the most immersive local experiences I’ve had.
Day 8 – Check Out and Depart from Phuket
And just like that, one amazing week full of diving and exploring Phuket comes to an end. It’s time to say Bye to Phuket and continue on your Thailand Trip.
You can fly out to Chiang Mai to experience North Thailand with this 3 Day Chiang Mai Travel Itinerary, or you can take a bus to Krabi to experience more of South Thailand, or you can head to Bangkok and undertake this 3 Day Bangkok Travel Itinerary.
Where to Stay in Phuket?
Palm Garden Resort
As the first half of this 7 Day Phuket Dive + Travel Itinerary, includes going on the Similan Island Liveaboard Trip with Sea Bees Diving, it only makes sense that you stay at Sea Bees Diving’s sister Resort.
Welcome to Palm Garden Resort
Staying at Palm Garden Resort makes it convenient and easy to coordinate with Sea Bees Diving.
Added benefit is that you might get a discount if you book your stay at Palm Garden Resort while booking the 3 Day Similan Island Liveaboard with Sea Bees Diving.
Palm Garden Resort in general is a quaint property, away from the crowd of Phuket. The Rooms are spacious and cozy, and perfect for catching up on the much needed sleep. The pool is perfect for a refreshing swim, and the poolside beds, make for the perfect setting to just snooze and relax.
Thavorn Palm Beach Resort
Thavorn Palm Beach Resort in Karon Beach is One of the Most Awarded BeachFront Resorts in Phuket and is perfect for family travellers and group travellers.
Welcome to Thavorn Palm Beach Resort
The USP of Thavorn Palm Beach Resort has to be the Giant Water Slides which is designed to offer fun and excitement to anyone and everyone irrespective of age, apart from the Botanical and Rainforest Garden spread over 12 Acres.
Did you know that Thavorn Palm Beach Resort offers its guests 8 different categories of Rooms and also boasts of Three massive swimming pools spread over 2600 sq.m and 7 in-house Restaurants, Cafes and Bars.
The food that we tried at Thavorn Palm Beach Resort was just YUMMMMM
While the Deluxe Terrace, Deluxe Terrace Garden Access, Deluxe Terrace Pool View, Seaview Deluxe Terrace and the Seaview Sunken Lounge Deluxe Terrace categories of room are perfect for Solo and Couple Travellers.
The Family Fun Deluxe Terrace, Family Connecting Deluxe Terrace, Two Bedroom Suite and Seaview Three Bedroom Suite with Bathtub categories of rooms, on the other hand are perfect for Families and Large Groups.
I stayed in the Deluxe Terrace Pool View Room and I loved the room. It was spacious, had all modern amenities and had an amazing view of the Giant Slide from the terrace.
The Room and The View
If you are a family traveller, you’d be delighted to know that there are plenty of kid friendly activities that Thavorn Palm Beach Resort offers its young guests at The Kids Room and The Animal Village. The swimming pools also have a shallow area specially for the younger ones and then there are the water slides, which is a hot favourite among the young guests that stay at Thavorn Palm Beach Resort.
Another plus point about Thavorn Palm Beach Resort is its location.
➡️ Karon Beach is just a 5 minute walk away.
➡️ The Bus Stop is just 2-3 minutes away.
➡️ Karon Night Market is just 2 kms away.
➡️ Bangla Road near Patong Beach is a 15 minute drive.
Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa
Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa is one of the Best Beach Resorts in Phuket with a private beach – Nakalay Beach, which is tucked between Kamala Beach and Kalim Beach, making Nakalay Beach literally a private beach for Thavorn Beach Village Resort & Spa.
Welcome to Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa
Nakalay beach is one of Phuket’s last remaining privately accessed beaches, making access to a private beach free of crowd and disturbances one of the USP’s of Thavorn Beach Village Resort & Spa.
The other USP of Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa is the Tropical Lagoon Swimming Pool spread over 4000 sq.m, which is one of the best of its kind in all of Thailand.
And guess what Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa offers its guests the chance to make the most of this unique facility, by giving them the option of Staying in the Lagoon Pool Access Rooms, where you can literally enter the Lagoon Swimming Pool through the balcony.
Apart from this Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa offers its guests the option to choose from Beachfront Cottages, Lagoon Pool View Rooms, Garden View Cottages and Hillside Rooms with Terrace Bathtubs.
While Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa also offers a lot of kid friendly activities and experiences, I found Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa to be more suited for Adults.
If having a private Romantic Candle lit dinner by the beach in a rather intimate setting, has been there on your Thailand Bucket List, you can tick it off at Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa.
There are 185 rooms on offer at Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa and the 5 F&B outlets are well equipped to cater to the guests.
Some of the Yummy Food we had at Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa
Apart from having access to the private Nakalay Beach, Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa also offers its guests the chance to go diving at Nakalay Reef and experiencing the last thriving Reef in Phuket. And even If you are not a Scuba Diver, you can experience diving at Nakalay Reef through the Try Scuba experience.
During your stay at Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa, don’t forget to take a ride on the Jungle Funicular – It’s the First of its kind in Phuket.
If time permits, you should also attend a Thai Cooking Class and a Fruit Carving session which will elevate your experience at Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa to a different level altogether.
The location of Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa is also one of the USP’s.
➡️ Both Kamla Beach and Kalim Beach are just a 5 minute drive away.
➡️ The Bus Stop is at the entrance.
➡️ Phuket Airport is a 45 minute drive.
➡️ Bangla Road near Patong Beach is a 15 minute drive.
You’ll find plenty of Aesthetic corners while taking a walk in Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa
7 Day Phuket Dive + Travel Itinerary – Summary
Day 1 – Arrival in Phuket | Check in at Palm Garden Resort | Phuket Exploration
Day 2 – Phuket – Khao Lak | Thap Lamu – Koh Bon – Koh Tachai | Day 1 of Similan Liveaboard
Day 3 – Koh Tachai – Reichelieu Rock – Koh Tachai | Day 2 of Similan Liveaboard
Day 4 – Koh Tachai – Koh Bon – Thap Lamu Pier | Khao Lak – Phuket | Day 3 of Similan Liveaboard
Day 5 – Check in at any of the Thavorn Resorts | Food Walk in Old Phuket | Pub Crawl at Bangla Road
Day 6 – Phuket Day Out with the TAGTHAi Phuket City Pass
Day 7 – Day at Leisure
Day 8 – Departure from Phuket
Disclaimer: No compensation was received for this article, however Thavorn Palm Beach Resort and Spa, Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa and Palm Garden Resort offered our stay, Sea Bees Diving offered the Similan Island Liveaboard and Phuket Diving experience and TAGTHAi offered the Phuket Day Pass, complimentary. As always, the opinions on theETLRblog.com are (and always will be) my own!
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