Phuket island is a perfect natural base for sailing. The Andaman Sea has very good weather conditions all year and is comparable to any region in the world in this respect. Steady winds, clear skies, together with flat seas and clean, clear water allow for the finest sailing experiences. The long northeast monsoon season from November to May creates the best climate for sailing, with the best winds from November to February.
Dubbed 'The Pearl of the South' by the tourist industry, Phuket is Thailand's largest, most populous and most visited island. A whirl of colour and cosmopolitanism, Thailand's only island province revolves around and thrives on tourism, but still retains a spark of the real Thailand.
There is so much to do in Phuket, beautiful beaches, the nearby surrounding Islands, that it takes literally weeks to explore all of them. The most popular are Phi Phi islands, also supported by the making of the recent Hollywood movie starring Leonardo di Caprio - The Beach. Another hot spot in the Northern part of Phang Nga bay lies Raya Ring Island where the James Bond movie with Roger Moore, The Man with the Golden Gun, was filmed.
Besides sun, sea and sand, Phuket is a multifaceted cosmopolitan destination and offers various places for fascinating exploration. Phuket Town is interesting for its surviving examples of old Sino-Portuguese architecture - reminders of the island's long and interesting history.
Diving is without doubt the most famous activity in Phuket. Various world-class dive sites are easily reached within shortest time and the quality of the water is unrivalled. Many dive companies are located at the West coast of Phuket, concentrated especially in Patong Beach, Karon and Kata Beach.