Thailand is considered one of the world’s best diving destinations and in Phuket diving is popular between October and April, although it’s possible to dive year round. One reason the island attracts divers is that it’s suitable for both experienced and novice divers; there are plenty of shops and dive centers aimed at beginners, and many hotels can also arrange introductory dive courses. The waters off Phuket are also known for their good visibility, although you often have to venture away from the shore to enjoy the clearer waters. Offshore can be found several coral reefs, and manta rays, whale sharks and other exotic creatures can often be seen. As well as the opportunity for local diving, many places in Phuket organize diving day trips to more remote spots. And for a break from diving, the island is well known for its beaches and resorts, nightlife and shopping, and its mountainous interior.