Phuket Sportings Opportunities
Golf There are four top 18-hole golf courses in Phuket, which offer excellent and challenging play. Phuket Country Club Tel. 0 7632 1038-40 in Amphoe Kathu; Blue Canyon Country Club Tel. 0 7632 8088 in Amphoe Thalang ; Laguna Phuket Golf Club Tel. 0 7632 4350 at Bang Thao Beach and the Loch Palm Golf Club Phuket Tel. 0 7632 1929, 0 7632 1933-4.
Horse Riding Three riding clubs - one on Patak Road, on the way to Kata Beady Ban Sai Yuan, on the route to Nai Han beach and Laguna Phuket at Bang Thao have facilities for beginners and experienced riders alike.
Windsurfing This sport can be enjoyed at most major beaches. Boards may be rented by the hour, half-day, full-day or week. Expert tuition is also available.
SailingSmall boat sailing is popular especially at Nai Han, Patong and Kata Beaches. Toppers and dinghies are found at Patong, while catamarans "Hobie Cats" and "Top Cat: are available at Kata.
Waterskiing Popular at Patong on a half hour or hourly basis. Cable waterskiing is available at Phuket Waterski Cableway, located behind the Loch Palm Golf Course in Amphoe Kathu.
Deep Sea Fishing Daily tours, departing early morning and returning late afternoon, cruise around the smaller offshore islands for game fish.
Swimming Enjoyed throughout the year, with conditions good in most locales. However, there are undertones off certain beaches, especially hazardous in the rainy season, and it is best to seek local advice regarding safety.
Snorkelling This can be enjoyed at many sheltered bays around Phuket, the most readily accessible spots being Patong, Kata and Karon Beaches. Fins, masks and snorkels can be rented on a daily basis from numerous around the island.
Scuba Diving Dive boats regularly leave Phuket for expeditions of 1-7 days around neighbouring islands, as well as further afield, notably to the Phi Phi Islands in Krabi Province, some 2 hours east of Phuket and the Similan Islands, which lie in Phang-nga Province some 110 km. northwest of Phuket. Several dive shops concentrated in the Patong, Kata and Chalong areas have Thai and expatriate dive instructors who are qualified to provide expert tuition. All diving equipment is available for hire.