Koh Racah Yai Island

Koh Racha Yai Island is located just over an hour away from Phuket

With its shallow colourful coral reefs – this is a perfect scuba diving location for all types of divers,  from beginners to experienced divers.

This is a 2 dive day trip to Racha Yai – 7.30am pick and we return you back to your hotel around 4pm.

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Racha Yai (Big King) island is located about 1 hour 30 minute boat ride south of Phuket and has multiple dive sites which means there’s always shelter from the waves and can be dived all year round.

Racha Yai is home to five shipwrecks, 3 motorbikes and an artificial reef with a variety of underwater life such as Barracuda, Giant Moray, Stonefish, Lionfish, Parrotfish and Butterflyfish.
If you look carefully you can find some hidden rare gems such as Pipefish, Leaf-fish, Frogfish and interesting macro such as nudibranchs.

Racha Yai has shallow sandy bottoms as well as as deeper depths with generally great visibility which makes it perfect for refreshers, courses, fun diving and discover scuba diving.


Trip Schedule

07:30  We come and collect you from your hotel.

08:30 Join the day trip boat and sail to Koh Racha Yai Island.

9.00 Dive briefing from your divemaster for the day and a light breakfast is served

10:30 It’s the first dive of the day at Koh Racha Yai.

11.30 A freshly prepared lunch is served. There is a  vegetarian or vegan option if you like.

13.00 Time for the second dive of the day at Koh Racha Yai.

14.00 Sail back to Phuket.

15:00  We transfer you back to your hotel.

Fully Inclusive


Frequently Asked Questions

In the Andaman Sea, water temperatures are usually very warm, ranging from 79 to 84 degrees throughout the year – so we wear a thin 3mm shorty wetsuit on dives.

Please click on the map location numbers below to get a brief description of the dive locations you will go to during the Open Water Diver course.

Yes we can organise a private open water course for you so for the 3 days it will just be you and a diving instructor.

For safety reasons, there are some minimum swimming requirements to pass the open water diver course. You will need to complete a 200 metre swim – this can be any stroke and isn’t timed, so you can take your time. You’ll also need to float for ten minutes – you can do this laying on your back or by treading water.
Finally, you’ll complete some basic snorkelling skills. The most important thing is your level of comfort in the water. The more comfortable you are the more enjoyable your dives will be, so if you’re not there yet, taking a couple of swimming lessons or classes may help improve your skills and confidence ahead of your course.

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors “Flying After Diving guidelines” say divers should not ascend to a high altitude within 12 hours of completing a single dive or 18 hours after doing multiple dives so as long as you are not flying before 9am the next day everything will be fine.

This really depends on how fast you breathe the air from the tank but normally it is around 30 / 40 minutes per dive.

On the first day when you are in the swimming pool you will dive in shallow water – so you can just stand up if you feel like it. On the second day you will go to a maximum depth of 12 meters / 40 feet and on the 3rd and final day you will go to the maximum depth of 18 meters / 60 feet.

The minimum age is 10 years to complete the Junior open water diver course.

No you do not need to go to the doctors before going scuba diving unless you answer yes to any of the self certified medical statement. Please click here to download the self certification medical statement:  
Medical form

Phuket is good for diving all year round due to its constant warm tropical waters and amazing coral reefs.
There are multiple scuba diving locations to visit on your holiday to Phuket – Phi Phi Islands, Racha Noi, Racha Yai, Shark Point, Koh Doc Mai and more.
During October to May each year the stunning Similan Islands National Marine Park is open – voted as one of the top 10 scuba diving destinations in the world – there are day trip options but the most popular are the live-aboard options where you spend a few days sailing around the islands of the Similans.

The cost of scuba diving in Phuket depends first if you are a certified diver or you are new to scuba diving:

New scuba divers:
1 Day – Try scuba diving day trip = 4,500 Baht

Certified Divers:
Phi Phi Islands 3 dive day trip = 4,100 Baht.
Koh Racha Noi + Yai 3 dive day trip = 4,100 Baht.
Koh Racha Noi 2 dive day trip = 3,200 Baht.

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