Phuket is famous for its beautiful beaches, and these long stretches of sand are lapped with crystal clear waters. People who can bear to tear themselves away from the beach for a few hours will also be able to enjoy world class angling and sport fishing. Some of the fish that are waiting to be caught and admired in the waters that surround Phuket include black and blue marlin, dog tooth tuna, sailfish, swordfish and giant trevally.
A number of local companies offer special fishing trips that take visitors into the prime fishing zones. These trips come complete with everything needed to enjoy a memorable fishing experience, including all the equipment and even dining on-board the fishing boat. Here is a guide to some of the best Phuket fishing spots and experiences.
Fishing around the Racha Islands
The picturesque Racha Islands can be found just off the coast of Phuket and offer fishing all year round. This is the perfect area for day trips from Phuket and features two small spits of land that have been left virtually untouched over the years. The lack of human activity in this area makes it the perfect setting for sports fishing and among the great catches that keen fishermen can look forward to are varies types of tuna such as yellow fin, skipjack and long fin as well as billfish, sailfish and black marlin. Many fishing trips include the chance to explore Racha Yai and Racha Noi and eat lunch on the shores of one of these tiny islands.
Fishing around the Similian Islands
This collection of nine jagged rocks offers adventure seeking fishermen an experience that they will never forget. Although this area is best known as a dive location, the blue depths of the Similian Islands are also home to large numbers of fish including tenggiri, wahoo, giant trevally and sailfish. One of the things that makes fishing here such an enchanting experience is the stunning scenery, and fishermen will have plenty of time to soak up the sight of the amazing backdrop as they put their angling skills to the test. Some of the fish that have been caught here have been recorded at record sizes and there are plenty of chances to gain that elusive big fish story needed to impress friends back home with.