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Phuket: Home of Zorbing, Scuba Diving and Even Paramotoring

Phuket really is the paradise holiday destination. It has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, a gloriously sunny climate and is home to the 2016 World Luxury Hotel Award’s winner (that’s us at MANATHAI Surin Phuket not that we like to talk about it too much…). But if all that isn’t enough then we have compiled a list of some of the more extreme and unusual activities that you can do in Phuket that will be sure to drag you off the swimming pool sunbed for at least one afternoon!

ZORBING

Question: what could be more fun than you and a friend, inside a giant inflatable ball partially filled with water, rolling down a giant hill at speed? Answer: not much. Zorbing has taken the world by storm in recent years and now thrill-seekers in Phuket can experience it to the max. There isn’t an easy way to describe the feeling when you are racing down a hill, totally care-free, screaming and laughing all the way. And if we can’t describe it to you then you’ll just have to trust us that it’s amazing! Rollerball Zorbing, located just 2 minutes from the world-famous Patong Beach on the West coast of Phuket, has the longest Zorbing track in the world at 190 metres. Bringing Zorbing to Phuket since 2010, they offer up two different routes; one is straight and built for speed whilst the other is more adventurous with some sharp twists and curves.

It might sound crazy but it is perfectly safe, Rollerball are fully approved and insured with an impeccable safety record. They also offer some other fantastic activities and deals including rollerball planking, waterproof camera rental and complimentary Facebook pictures. Zorbing is a fun, all-weather experience suitable for the whole family and is a must try in Phuket. Just bring along swimwear and a towel and get ready to scream!

*Open from 10am-8pm daily; prices start from Baht 950 (which includes 1xRoll and a free drink) see http://rollerball.co/ for more information and bookings.

SCUBA DIVING

Phuket is rated amongst the top 10 diving destinations in the world and with warm, clear waters, good all year-round visibility and a fantastic wealth of marine biodiversity it is easy to see why. Always dreamed of swimming through pristine tropical waters uncovering a beautiful rainbow of colourful coral and fish? Then dream no more. Phuket has some of the best and most varied dive sites in whole world. Swim with whale sharks at Richelieu Rock, uncover the King Cruiser shipwreck submerged in the Anemone Reef or explore the underwater caves and colourful sear life near Koh Dok Mai Island. Or do all three!

Phuket is a great place to complete a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) course which will guard you with the knowledge and skills to explore the underwater world wherever you may be. There are numerous companies on the island who have dedicated teams of instructors with decades of experience ready to teach you everything there is to know about what goes on beneath the surface. You can even extend this and do a night diver’s course which adds a whole new dimension to diving when you see how much extra activity there is when you dip under the surface after sunset. Whether you are a seasoned diver or an absolute beginner, Phuket is the perfect place to scuba dive and once you have caught the bug you won’t look back we can promise you that much!

*There are many different companies that offer Scuba Dives in Phuket, just ask the hotel Tour Desk for advice.

PARAMOTORING

The final sport on our list is perhaps the least well known and one for the real thrill seekers! Paramotoring (or Powered Paragliding) turns the dream of personal flight into reality. Despite emerging in the 1980’s, it is only recently that this blend of hang gliding and paragliding has become easily available to the masses. Paramotoring over Phuket will give you a chance to see just how beautiful it is, giving you a totally different perspective of the island with its expansive luscious green rainforest and impressive mountain range.

Sky Club Asia have been offering this once in a lifetime experience of Paramotoring in Phuket since 2013. Located on the east coast of the island at Pa Khlok Airfield; Sky Club Asia offer introductory tandem flights, paramotor courses all the way up to instructor training level and equipment sales/service. They are run by an experienced team of internationally certified professionals; safety is their number one priority, so don’t worry, you will be in secure hands! Flying over Phuket, getting an undisturbed view of the crystal clear turquoise water and world-famous beaches is a truly magical experience, particularly at sunrise and sunset.

*Check out http://skyclubasia.com/ for more information, prices and bookings.

If these adventurous activities aren’t really your thing, be sure to check out our articles on yachting around Phuket and cycling in Phang Nga Bay for even more ideas about what you can get up to during your stay in Phuket.