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SHARK POINT
Shark Point also called Hin Musang is three pinnacles whereof one breaks the surface. When in the water lose yourself in a school of bright colored fishes. Be amazed by the many different colors and species. Sea snakes, giant barracudas, trevally, and moray eels are common to meet under the surface. If the sight is bad and the water full of plankton, keep your eye up! If you´re really lucky you might meet a whale shark. Those who travel here say it is impossible to describe the variety of sea life in a few simple words. Shark point is said to be one of the best diving destination in Phuket. Due to the pinnacles this is a diversified dive, where you can fight the currents and kick hard, as well as follow the streams or just be completely still in the water, all in the same dive. The pink and purple soft corals, and the numerous barrel sponges is spectacular to see. Don´t forget your underwater camera! It´ll bring you much happiness when you come home. When you swim between the pinnacles have a look down at the bottom, this is where the leopard sharks rest, it´s an amazing sight. Since they´re asleep you can come real close, do a fin pivot and you can lie beside them, count their spots. Written by Sara Holmström for DiversHotSpot
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SAIL ROCK
Sail Rock is the site that has been chosen numerous times as the best dive site in Thailand by various dive publications and it is easy to see why. The site comprises of a big granite pinnacle rising 10 meter above the surface that is surrounded by rich and varied sea life. Around it are smaller pinnacles that don’t quite reach the surface. Here you can experience wall diving at it’s finest! One of the main attractions is the 'Chimney' which is a vertical cavern-like large swinthrough. The entrance is at 18 m and there are two exits, at 12 meters and at 9 meters. The cavern is big and full of sunlight, making it very popular amongst the divers visiting here. The might be some current on the site. Maximum depth 34 meters.
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KING CRUISER WRECK
In the middle of Andaman sea, close to the Anemone reef 30 meters down lays a shipwreck covered in coral and shells. This is the wreck of the King Cruiser. Back in 1969 at the Nippon Kokan K. K. Tsurumi Shipyard in Yokohama a 85 meter long steel diesel motor vessel was built to serve as a ferry in Japan under the name MV Rokko Maru during the coming 21 years. In 1990 the MV Rokko Maru was sold to Songserm. Co in Bangkok which renamed the ship to the last name it would bear, the MV King Cruiser. When the ferry on day the 4th of May in 1997 on it's way over well known waters between Phuket and Phi Phi Islands in the south of Thailand the ship suddenly, and surprisingly hit a submerged collection of rocky pinnacles at the Anemone reef, which split the reef in two, as well as tore up a whole in the hull of the King Cruiser, which with it's almost 3000 tons had sunk to the bottom of the sandy sea floor within the next 2,5 hours. Luckily all 561 passengers survived, even though a woman sustained a broken back in the chaos. Now the King Cruiser is the one and only ship wreck in the area and attracts lots of divers from far to dive on it. The ship is almost entirely intact except the foreword on the upper deck has collapsed. Today it also serve as an artificial reef and coral and shells have found it as home, and a lot of animal life has emerged around it. At the top of the ship, 16 meters below surface, schools of yellow snappers like swimming around. Around the ship lionfish, grouper and occasionally leopard-, bamboo- and whale- shark, barracuda and sea turtle can bee seen. Written by Fredrik Mattsson for DiversHotSpot.
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KOH BIDA NOK
Depth: 0-30m Current: Mild-Moderate Experience: Beginner "Outer Father" is a small limestone cliff islet, 2 kilometres south of Phi Phi Leh. It is Phi Phi Islands' best dive site, due to its great diversity of marine life and is often visited on Thailand liveaboard cruises. Koh Bida Nok is characterized by steep precipices, caves, swim throughs and underwater crags. There is a small underwater bay at the southern side of the Island made up of a reef slope and rocky floor that starts at 6m and ends in a sandy bottom at 20m. a vertical swim through on the southwestside of the island, not to be missed. One side of this island offers shallow hard coral reef and on the other side the more experienced divers will find a wall with soft coral down to 30 meters. Features lots of marine life like Leopard sharks, Turtles, Morey Eels, Lionfish and Pipefish. There is always a chance for Manta Rays and Whales sharks and this is a dive not to be missed. The west side of the island offers spectacular diving, with a finger reef at the south. Follow this out and look in the sand for stingrays and leopard sharks, which are often found sleeping there during the day. Hollows in the reef offer chances to find ghost pipefish and Jenkins cleaner pipefish, be careful though many lion fish also seek the darkness of these areas. Look away from the reef for huge schools of barracuda, trevally and mackerel. On the walls keen eyes can spot many different nudibrachs and some seahorses, also look under ledges and outcrops for bamboo sharks hiding. At the end of the dive head to the shallow water, this is where the black tip reef sharks patrol looking for food, they are very fast and shy of divers so keen eyes are needed.
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ANEMONE REEF
Anemone Reef, or Hin Jom which means “Submerged Rock” in local tongue is a huge lime stone pinnacle that soars more then 30 meters up from the ocean floor to almost touch the surface of the water above. The pinnacle display a wide spectrum of colours with anemone and coral together with the natural shimmer of colours from the limestone. There are also a lot of animals hiding in in the reef, such as Scorpionfish, Lionfish, Seahorses and different kinds of Moray eels. Among the anemones there are a lot of anemone fish hiding, like the famous Clownfish. Other animals that swim around the corals are different kinds of Sweetlips, Bannerfish and Butterflyfish. In the free water there are schools of Snappers, Fusiliers and Groupers. Leopard sharks and HawksBill Turtles can also bee seen in in the area. Even if it's difficult to predict the weather this far out on the open water, the best time to dive at the Anemone reef is a day of calm water thus the visibility will be better and more animal life will be out for you to be seen. Written by Fredrik Mattsson for DiversHotSpot.
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KOH DOC MAI
From the bottom of the ocean in the Andaman sea, a limestone formation dramatically raises straight up in the air. Koh Doc Mai, which means flower island in Thai, creates a great opportunity for wall dives since it's steep formations creates a tall wall all around the island for divers to enjoy. The name probably comes from the flower like coral formations under the water around the wall where an amazing variety of sea life can be seen and explored for all kind of divers, they be beginners or well experienced. Behind the huge fan corals small tigertail seahorses, ornate ghost pipefish and frogfish can be seen if look carefully. Around the walls there are also a lot of different nudibranch, and tiny white eyed morays as well as giant moray hiding in the cracks. Travelly and Barracuda can bee seen swimming outside the walls of the island, and from the bottom of the water leopard sharks can be seen resting. On the east side of the island there are one big cave and a small cave popular with divers, though the small cave is recommended for more advanced divers since its rather narrow. During the night the site comes to life with crabs, shrimps and octupus. Written by Fredrik Mattsson for DiversHotSpot.
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KOH RACHA YAI - HOMERUN
Depth: 5-20m Current: Moderate Experience: Beginner This is a drift dive along a rock reef with a hard coral covering. The reef slopes from 8 to 20m at its deepest point gradually becoming shallower as you travel north. General the dive is started in Bay 1 and heading north, the bay has hard coral blocks with sand patches between, which rapidly changes to the rocky reef. There are a couple of rocky outcrops on the reef, which can house some interesting creatures such as stonefish and comets. At the south part of the dive site there is a small speedboat wreck at 20m depth sitting in the sand, there are schooling five line snapper and Durban dancing shrimp on this, also look in the sand for pipefish, flounders and stingrays. Schools of trevally are often seen traveling up and down this site and crocodile needlefish are in the shallow water. If you are lucky a hawksbill turtle can be seen part way down the reef.
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KOH RACHA YAI - SIAM BAY
After the Tsunami that took place and destroyed many dive sites around Thailand other countries the 26th of December 2004 the Thai government have commissioned to create a design of an underwater reef to attract divers back to Phuket. In 2006 the design was ready to be put into place in form of large statues that was placed under the water north of the island of Koh Racha Yai in the Siam bay. There are 2 large elephant statues, a big oyster shell and a temple gate guarded by a mythical giant sentry called a Yak(in Thai) who is said to protect the gate from evil spirits. Each statue is separated by around 6-10 meters of sandy bottom, which makes it easy to swim from one to another. If you bring your camera down this is a wonderful opportunity for some unusual photo shooting. Written by Fredrik Mattsson for DiversHotSpot.
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KOH RACHA YAI - BUNGALOW BAY
Racha Yai Dive Sites - Bungalow Bay North Wall Depth: 10-25m Current: Mild-Moderate Experience: Beginner The north side of the bay offers similar diving to the south but with a few differences. Here we have a slightly deeper dive on the outer corner of the bay with large boulders covered in soft corals. Look out for schooling barracuda with many lion and scorpion fish. Beautiful wall dive with lots of soft and hard coral near the corner of the bay. Lots of schooling fish and occasionally Turtles and bigger pelagic fish. Lion fish, Moray Eels and octopus are also common residents of the reef. About half way along the bay there is another artificial reef placed there in 2006, this time it is concrete hollow cubes. Over the years they have become home to many different marine life, with various nudibranchs, puffer fish, batfish and moray eels making them a home. Also look carefully and you may find a ribbon eel hiding in the sand around them. Back on the reef look into the robust acropora coral and you will find a frog fish that has been resident for many years. Here there are many anemones with various clown fish, porcelain crabs and shrimps. Turtles can often be spotted here too. Racha Yai Dive Sites - Bungalow Bay South Wall Depth: 5-20m Current: Mild-Moderate Experience: Beginner The dive site got its name from the luxury resort that is located on the white sand beach. The bay itself has a deep curve which has two side which are both suitable for diving. The site has very shallow reef all along the wall, and close to the beach. Here there are coral blocks in white sand bottoms, as you progress deeper along the wall the topography changes to boulder formations, which extend to around 20m Similar wall dive as the North wall at the southern end of the bay featuring soft and hard coral in the middle of the dive site turning into rocky boulders towards the end of the dive Schooling barracuda can often be seen, with the rock formations containing many moray eels, in the sand khules stingrays camouflage themselves by becoming half buried. Part way along the reef there are reef balls, or artificial reef which has been in place for many years, these have coral and sponge life growing on them and are often used by octopus to hide in. In the boulder formations at the end of the dive look out for hawksbill turtles as well as many clown fish in the anemones.
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KOH RACHA NOI - BANANA BAY
Half way between the north and south tips is this large sheltered bay, the dive site gets it name from the abundance of Banana trees that grow on the bay on the east cost of the island, Banana bay is very similar to Marita’s Rock without the giant boulders. It is an easy dive site with a clear flat shallow area and a hard coral sloping reef going into a sandy bottom. The major coral here is staghorn with some coral blocks in the shallow areas, in the sand khules stingrays can be spotted, with the reef itself having schooling fosters barracudas and many giant puffer fish. In the shallow water look for giant moray eels, juvenile black and white snapper and sea snakes.. Also many nudibranch’s can be spotted and if you are lucky you may find the rare 2 spot oscillated dwarf lionfish.
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KOH RACHA NOI - MARINA BAY
The site is formed from granite rock and is located on the west side of the island mid way down. The dive can begin in the bay, which has some hard coral formations with a rubble bottom, look closely and many peacock mantis shrimps can be found, also cuttle fish camouflaging themselves with the bottom. When you exit the bay where the depth is around 12m there is a change in the topography, large boulder formations appear with a steeper drop off. About 20m away from the island wall there is a pinnacle starting about 24m which contains many swim throughs formed by the he granite boulders resting on each other. Look on the sand for pyramid boxfish, cow fish and pipe fish as you cross over to this area. Along the reef giant puffer fish, fusiliers, moray eels and numerous nudibrachs and flatworms can be found. Again look out to the blue occasionally as Manta rays do travel this site occasionally.
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KOH RACHA NOI - SOUTH TIP
Depth: 5-40m Current: Strong-Very Strong Experience: Advanced The site is also known as South Tip. This is no doubt one of the best dives in Thailand. Situated approximately 150 metres off the southern end of the island this is undoubtedly one of the best dives on the island. This pinnacle rises up 12m and has scenery is very similar to the Similan Islands: huge boulders and drop offs to 40m plus. This dive site is all about landscapes with interesting boulder formations twisting and turning and forming large rock faces underwater covered in soft corals and giant sea fans. This huge underwater pinnacle is completely covered by colorful soft coral, huge sea fans and the surrounding marine life is just unbelievable. On the top of the reef lots of Moray Eels, Lion fish, Scorpion fish and other schooling fish. On deeper parts sharks and big stingrays are often seen. The south of Koh Racha Noi experiences some of the strongest currents in the Andaman Sea and is therefore popular for manta rays and eagle rays in January and February. This dive sites is only for advanced divers due to the strong current. Extreme currents make this dive suitable only for the more experienced divers and during full moon and new moon the site is not accessible at all due to the strong currents present at that time. Known for it's bigger fishes regular visitors include a large school of black fin barracuda, giant trevally and napoleon wrasse. It's another of those sites where the fish are darting about in the current and you feel anything might show up.
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SHARK ISLAND
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MANGO BAY
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TWINS
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WHITE ROCK
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JAPANESE GARDEN
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GREEN ROCK
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AOW LEUK
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CHUMPHON PINNACLES
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SOUTH WEST PINNACLE
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RED ROCK
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ANGTHONG NATIONAL MARINE PARK
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KOH RACHA NOI - BAY
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KOH RACHA YAI - STAGHORN REEF
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KOH RACHA YAI - WATERFALL
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KOH RACHA YAI - LUCY'S REEF
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KOH BIDA NAI
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LIGHTHOUSE
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SITES KOH TAO
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KOH HAA
Andaman Sea Dive Sites - Koh Ha Koh Ha is a group of five small islands ("Ha" means five in Thai) approximately 30nm southeast of Phuket.These tiny islands, separated by channels over 50 meters deep, jut straight out of the Andaman Sea However, unlike at Phi Phi, the water here is very clear and visibility usually exceeds 20-30 meters. The highlight of diving here are two caves or caverns on the largest of the islands, called Ko Ha Yai ("Yai" means big in Thai). They are safe to enter because the entrances are large and there is only one way in and out. The best part of diving in these caves is that you can surface inside the island to look at rock formations hanging down from the ceiling well above with the light filtering through the water from the entrance. Compared with most "dive centers" in Thailand (a lot of them is just a website - a "Virtual Dive Company") - Scuba Cat owns their own fleet of diving boats and have been in operation since 1994. If you do a Course or a Dive Career Package with us, all your dives will be from one of our own dive boats, not "we got to do a beach dive, 'cause it is not enough students" or from a "last minute rented long tail boat, 'cause all the other boats are full".
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TURTLE ROCK
Easily the most recognizable and photographed landmark in the Similan’s, Donald Duck Bay is named after a rock on the north side of the bay that resembles the cartoon character - not the most prominent large boulder that balances precariously at a seemingly impossible angle, known as sail rock, but another rock in front and slightly further out of the bay. It has several friendly, large green turtles and you are more than likely to come across them. Unfortunately, they have developed a taste for bananas as some of the boats feed them to attract tourists. Similan Island No. 8 has a national park camping area and Donald Duck Bay on the northwest corner is the most popular mooring spot for day trippers and Similan Islands liveaboards alike. Consequently, some food makes its way into the bay and so the mollusks, and crustaceans are particularly well fed and large-sized here. This makes for good night diving. Scurrying across the rubble bottom are huge bull crabs, red octopus and cuttlefish. The most interesting section of the dive site is the boulders running out of the bay on the northern edge. These form several swim-throughs, and house emperor shrimps, red round crabs, decorator crabs, triton shells and cone shells.
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HIN DAENG & HIN MUANG
Andaman Sea Dive Sites - Hin Daeng One of two rock formations located close to Hin Muang, approximately 25 kilometers southwest of Koh Rok. Hin Daeng (red rock) and Hin Muang (purple rock) offers everything a diver could want, from dramatic walls and big fish action, to lush tropical underwater gardens. Hin Daeng is breaking the surface while Hin Muang is submerged. These are impressive divesites; a series of pinnacles and walls with some of the best soft corals anywhere. The shallows are completely carpeted with anemones. Plenty of big fish are attracted to these rocks: jacks, barracudas and big tunas can be seen at all times. This is one of the few Thai divesites where grey reefsharks can be seen. This area somewhat resembles Richelieu Rock and is also regularly visited by wandering whalesharks and mantas. An area not to be missed! Hin Daeng and Hin Muang offer some of the only (and best) wall diving in the Andaman Sea. When conditions are right, the pinnacles of Hin Daeng and Hin Muang may even be better than the Similan Islands! Andaman Sea Dive Sites - Hin Muang One of two rock formations located close to Hin Daeng, approximately 25 kilometers southwest of Koh Rok. Hin Daeng (red rock) and Hin Muang (purple rock) offers everything a diver could want, from dramatic walls and big fish action, to lush tropical underwater gardens. Hin Daeng is breaking the surface while Hin Muang is submerged. These are impressive divesites; a series of pinnacles and walls with some of the best soft corals anywhere. The shallows are completely carpeted with anemones. Plenty of big fish are attracted to these rocks: jacks, barracudas and big tunas can be seen at all times. This is one of the few Thai divesites where grey reefsharks can be seen. This area somewhat resembles Richelieu Rock and is also regularly visited by wandering whalesharks and mantas. An area not to be missed! Hin Daeng and Hin Muang offer some of the only (and best) wall diving in the Andaman Sea.
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KOH BON
Koh Surin Dive Sites - Koh Bon Koh Bon island lies 14 nautical miles north east of the Similans and has two dive sites, the west ridge and the pinnacle. The west ridge is the most popular and is one of the best places to see manta rays in Thailand, especially from Jan to May. From the south of the ridge is a bay which leads to a wall which descends to around 24m, the wall has large sweetlips, many banded pipefish, flabalina’s and the chance to see napoleon wrasse. The wall then continues out to the west ridge, which is a long submerged rock descending to 40m+. The ridge is covered in soft corals, with hard coral features and whip corals over it. Look up and around here, this is a popular cleaning station for manta rays and a resting place for leopard and other sharks. If mantas are spotted keep a little distance from the rays and the chances are good that they'll circle and swoop around, feeding on the plankton. If the manta feels threatened by rapid or aggressive movements it will just glide off into the distance and find somewhere else to feed. Leaving the ridge you head up the reef part of the dive, this slopes down to 25m and is mainly hard corals and rock formations. Look out for octopus and devil scorpion fish. Sea snakes that are often feeding in this area and Egg cowries have been here for many years. Still keep looking around as mantas are often spotted here if they are not around the ridge area.
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KOH TACHAI
Koh Surin Dive Sites - Koh Tachai Koh Tachai lies 22 nautical miles south of Surin. It has a magnificent white sandy beach which houses the marine park rangers. The dive site is located around 200 meters south of the islands and is marked with a buoy line which descends down to 16 meters to reach the top of the plateau. Be prepared for a strong current here and do not hesitate to stay close to the mooring as this very often has the best fish life on the reef. Current manageable: which way to go - North or South? North takes you over the plateau to the beautiful coral garden at around 22 meters to 26 meters with some of the best soft corals and sea fans in the area, which will keep underwater photographers busy. South takes you down over the large boulders to between 36 meters and 40 meters to reach the sandy bottom looking for the docile leopard shark and large stingrays. Up above schooling great barracudas with tunas and trevally’s darting down to catch the baitfish hanging around the reef. With a multitude of small creatures to look at try not to forget a look into the blue to see the manta rays gliding past and the occasional whale shark make Koh Tachai a spectacular dive site. Koh tachai is only usually visited by liveaboards due to the distance from the mainland and often used as a stop over on the way to and back from Richelieu Rock. Koh Surin Dive Sites - Koh Tachai Plateau This is the most famous dive site at Koh Tachai, and lies southeast of the island, about 1 kilometre offshore. The plateau is a submerged crowned reef of hard sheet corals, and scattered boulders. These boulders provide great swim-throughs and cut-through opportunities. They also provide refuge for tired scuba divers caught unawares by the sometimes-hectic currents! Always be prepared for a strong current here and do not hesitate to stay close to the mooring as this very often has the best fish life on the reef. The dive site is marked with a buoy line, which descends down to 16 meters to reach the top of the plateau. Going north takes you over the plateau to the beautiful coral garden at around 22 meters to 26 meters with some of the best soft corals and sea fans in the area. South takes you down over the large boulders to between 36 meters and 40 meters to reach the sandy bottom looking for the docile leopard shark and large stingrays. Above you in the blue water look for schooling great barracudas with tunas and trevally’s darting down to catch the baitfish hanging around the reef. A school of batfish often hang around the mooring line and are curious of the divers so will get pretty close. This site is renowned for its currents and is not for beginners as it is not always easy, but it is worthwhile because, as any diver knows, where there are currents there are big fish. Chief among these are manta rays who make regular appearances and effortlessly glide over the boulders. If currents allow there is a second pinnacle to the north of the first one, with the shallowest point being 18m. This is a smaller area of rock clusters with gorgonian sea fans and soft corals similar to the ones found on the other pinnacle. If you do this as an early morning or sunset dive then you will see large blue fin trevally hunting around the top of the plateau. Koh Surin Dive Sites - Koh Tachai South Reef This dive runs along the south-eastern side of the island from the beach to the rocky tip of Tachai. The reef is usually dived as a night dive due to it being a both shallow and somewhat protected area. The reef begins with a shelf at 5m, which then descends down to 20m. Hard corals cover most of the area, which then changes into a sandy bottom. At the southern tip the site is deeper and can reach 30m. Lionfish and many different types of morays can be found, and at night the reef is alive with shrimps, crabs and lobsters. Koh Surin Dive Sites - Koh Tachai North Reef The dive site is from the rocky north tip of the island to the stunning beach on the east side of Tachai. The dive is a drift dive so can be done in either direction and is good as a sunset or third dive of the day. The reef slopes from a shelf of around 5m down to 25m with hard coral blocks and sand areas. Leopard sharks are often seen sleeping in the sand areas, also look for stingrays hiding there. One rocky outcrop near the mooring line in the centre of the reef contains many unusual creatures and is definitely worth checking out. Here the rare twin spot oscillated dwarf lion fish can be found of ten in the overhand of the rock formation. Also look closely around the rock for the pairs of ornate ghost pipefish and many clarning stations on there. Nudibranchs, moray eels, schools of fusiliers and all the usual marine life of the Andaman Ocean can also be seen. Do look up and a round occasionally, manta have been seen here regularly especially in the rocky northern part of the dive site. This dive is recommended only for advanced divers with experience as it is exposed, so consequently it is only possible to dive here in favourable conditions.
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RICHELIEU ROCK
Richelieu Rock is one of the most amazing dives sites we’ve ever done in our entire lives. Located 9 miles east of the Surin Islands, this rock comes out of the water approximately 1 meter during low tide. Diving around this pinnacle is something not to miss. There are schools of Barracudas and Big-Eye Travelies, so many of them you can’t see your buddy anymore. Schools of Batfish, Sergeant Majors, Long Nose Emperors, Snappers, Rainbow Runners and Cobias are always around. You also find big Potato Cod, Marble Rays and, during the last two seasons on the north and west side, about 200 Blue Spotted Stingrays were lying on the sand. The best are the White-Spotted Shovelnose Rays and the Whale Sharks, a rare site in any other part of the world, but a very common here. During last season we saw Whale Sharks while scuba diving on every trip from the end of January to beginning of May and on four different occasions two swimming together!
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KOH RACHA YAI - BAY 2-3
Racha Yai Dive Sites - Stag Horn Reef Depth: 0-30m Current: Moderate Experience: Beginner Dive starts on the beautiful bay where there is big coral bommies on a sandy flat bottom at 5 to 10m of depth. Moving along the bottom changes to a sloping wall down to 20-30 meters. Huge numbers of Snappers, Fusiliers and Yellowtail Barracudas are seen on this wall, which is mostly Stag horn coral. At the end of the dive lots of Lionfish and some Scorpion fish creating an interesting safety stop. In the shallow area, look in the sand for sea moths that have been frequent visitors here for many years. Moorish idols, butterfly fish and sea snakes can be seen in the bay area and down the reef, with many moray eels and octopus hiding in the rock formations. As you head south you will see large rock formations, which go down into stag horn corals and sandy bottoms. Look for the many porcupine and puffer fish along the reef. Part way down the reef you will find many anemones with different clown fish and porcelain crabs hiding among them. At the right time of year you can also find juvenile harlequin sweetlips making their distinctive dance near the bottom.
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WEST OF EDEN
West of Eden is on the west side of island number 7 and is a boulder site. On the rocks there are many gorgonian sea fans, anemones, soft corals and feather stars. The boulders can be covered in glassfish, which attract the blue fin trevally in to hunt them. The site starts at around 12m and descends to 35m where it has a rubble and sand bottom. Look out for the rock mover wrasse here working in pairs to find their meals, many nudibranchs and fire gobies. The site has some unusual creatures too, with many giant and painted frogfish being sited over the years, along with ribbon eels and ghost pipefish. On the boulders look for the encrusting coral with the distinctive holes where the egg cowries have been eating away at them, hawksbill turtles are seen in the often as are spiny lobster.
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DEEP SIX
Deep Six lies on the northern tip of Island 7 and has a buoy line running down to 18 meters there as the name implies you can descend down to over 60 meters. Here the dramatic underwater boulders have formed some excellent swim throughs, tunnels and canyons that make this an exciting dive. But down in the soft coral garden the largest gorgonian sea fans in the Similans survive untouched. Large barrel sponges add more to the "bigness" of this dive. If you do the dive as a deep one, look out in the sand area for sleeping leopard sharks, and hunting reef sharks. Stingrays are found out here too and often a turtle passing by. The site has many swim-throughs, the centre of the dive site has many passing in and out of a coral garden that is protected form currents. Here do look under the ledges formed by boulders meeting each other as often nurse or bamboo sharks are found there. Many clown triggerfish can be spotted here along with tuna and blue fin trevally. Either side of the main boulder site is shallower table coral reefs where the safety stops can be completed. Currents can be strong here so it attracts many schooling fish and some of the larger palegics.
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BOULDER CITY
Boulder City lies some 200 meter south of Koh Payan. The dive site is completely submerged with two mooring buoys to mark the location, one at the north end and one at the south. Descending down the north line takes you to 20 meters and the south line to 30 meters. As its name suggests, Boulder City is a large, submerged granite outcropping with jumbles of boulders lying scattered around a flat sandy bottom. This is a dive in the 20 to 30 meter range with the shallowest point of the site at 16m, there are large granite boulders some bigger than a house, swim-trough’s and the chance of swimming with large pelagic’s. Gorgonian sea fans, tree coral and whip corals can be found here.. Currents can be strong here, which leads to fish filled dives with schooling snappers, fusiliers, and barracuda. As it is only 400m from Shark fin reef also look out for the hump head parrot fish and napoleon wrasse. Sharks, Jenkins and blotch fantail rays can also be spotted in the sand areas, with octopus, moray eels and angelfish found around the boulders. There is a large amount of plankton around the dive site so looking up and around is well worth your time, as it is know for manta ray and whale shark sightings.
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NORTH POINT
North Point lies on the north side of the Island #9 with a dramatic underwater scenery of large boulders with canyons and swim throughs. As you descend down the line past the friendly bat fish and head through the tunnels, keep your eyes open for a pair of Napoleon wrasse. In between the large canyons grow large gorgonian sea fans with excellent soft corals hiding harlequin ghost pipe fish but a look out into the blue can be rewarding with frequent visits from the graceful manta ray passing over head.
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THREE TREES
On the northeast corner of this island, Three trees or Batfish Bend has fantastic diversity, it is identified by the Three distinctive trees on the island marking the start point of the dive. The dive starts with a 8m shelf which sloped down to around 18m in the sand, if you cross the sand for around 20m you will find boulder formations which go down to 30m and many coral blocks on the way to them. In the sand stingrays are common, as are garden eels. The boulders sometimes have leopard sharks around them. In the coral blocks on the sand look for the many cleaning stations with white stripe cleaning and Durban dancing shrimp. Once back to the reef, which is, hard coral and whip corals, look for the many grouper, trigger fish and for the four napoleon Wrasse that are frequently spotted on this reef. Long fin batfish are a visitor to this site, with them often following you for the dive as you make your way along the reef. In the shallow area look for the milkfish and hawksbill turtles that frequent the area.
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HIDEAWAY REEF
Hideaway reef is on the east side of islands 5 and 6 and is great place for check out dives or night dives. With depths along the reef at 20 meters this site has some spectacular coral bommies in the shallow which then goes into a hard coral reef as you go deeper. Covered in soft corals the colors are superb and a great dive for macro photographers with harlequin and ornate ghost pipefish. Also in the Shallow area are memorials for the Tsunami in 2004, there are many ‘medals” on stands and even a mermaid, they are starting to become an artificial reef in their own right. In 2003 the Similan National Park sank a 12 x 30m fiberglass fishing boat at the south west corner of island 5 which is marked by a mooring buoy. The wrecks depth ranges form 40m at the deepest point to around 28m at the top, it is lying on its side. Down in the sandy bottoms are fields of spotted garden eels poking their heads out to catch a passing feed and khule’s stingrays half buried. On the reef there are plenty of surgeons, butterfly and angelfish with blue fin trevally on the hunt for small bait fish. Here look for octopus, sea snakes and mantis shrimps. At night the reef is alive with morays, lobsters, crabs and shrimps.
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BEACON POINT
Beacon Point lies on the south tip of island # 8 and is one of the deeper sites on the east side running down to 40 meters. This is a great spot to look for stingrays, including the small and common blue spots and mask rays to the larger black spotted fantails and Jenkins rays. With large granite boulders and the occasional White tip reef shark swimming round the boulders, try to see if you can spot the blue ribbon eels poking their heads out from their sandy holes.
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ELEPHANT HEAD ROCK
Elephant Head (Hin Pousar in Thai)- This is probably the most famous dive site in the Similan Islands,located between Island 7 (Koh Payu) and Island 8 (Koh Similan). With three large rocks breaking the surface these granite boulders run down to over 50 meters. This is dramatic dive. Not too much coral growth but the way the boulders are piled on top of each other has left an intricate web of tunnels and swim- throughs. Large overhangs with oriental sweetlips and harlequin sweetlips which are only found in the Andaman Sea hang around in small groups to escape the currents. Coming in and out of the tunnels keep an eye open for the colorful clown triggerfish and the white tip reef sharks resting on the bottom. Currents can be quite strong sometimes but this makes for an exciting and fun dive.
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HONEYMOON BAY
Honeymoon Bay is a beautiful bay on the east side of Island 4 with its quiet beach and tranquility is the perfect place for a snorkel or our sunset dives on the gentle slopping reef down to 24 meters. In the shallows around the coral heads you will find octopus, crabs and mantis shrimps on the hunt for food. The occasional hawksbill sea turtle and white tip reef shark patrolling the reef will keep you on the lookout during your dive, especially at night. Giant moray eels can be found in cleaning stations with a large variety of shrimps. Decorator, big red and hermit crabs walk around the reef at night along with the spiny and slipper lobsters.
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KOH ROK
Koh Rok is about 15nm south of Koh Ha and consists of two islands separated by a channel about 15 meters deep. The islands, named Rok Nok and Rok Nai (outer "Rok" and inner "Rok"), are uninhabited and have some of the nicest beaches in southern Thailand. The islands are named for a small, furry mammal called a Rok in Thai, and this animal, along with monitor lizards, can be observed on-shore-with a little patience and a bit of luck. The diving here is fairly shallow with the best coral and marine life being above 20 meters. Black tip sharks sometimes patrol the shallows and Hawksbill turtles are sighted regularly. The main reason for stopping in Koh Rok is that it is the perfect jumping off point for trips out to Hin Daeng and the islands have ideal anchorage in all weather.
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HARRUBY WRECK, ANDAMAN EAGLE
Out from the reef between bays 1 and 2 there are two wrecks deliberately sunk as artificial reefs, surrounding them are the artificial reef cubes. The Haruby was sunk in 2009 and was an old liveaboard made of steel lying upright at 20m, the Andaman Eagle was sunk a little earlier in 2007 and is an wooden construction lying at 28m leaning slightly to her side. There is a descent line which goes to the Haruby, where long fin batfish hang around, often following you as you circuit the wreck. Haruby has many lionfish and scorpion fish on it and at the bow you have a change to see an ornate ghost pipefish. From the bow there is a line connecting the two wrecks, but usually visibility is good enough to see the Andaman Eagle. This wreck is in a more degraded state, with much of the wooden structure rotting away over the years. Here angelfish, scorpion fish and lionfish are seen. Once the wrecks have been explored head past the cubes, look out for pipefish, and nudibranchs, also the devil scorpion fish has been seen here. Head into the shallow water over the sand, looking out for garden eels, gobies with their shrimp, khule’s stingrays and flounders on the way
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SIAM BAY
In this huge calm bay you can make various different dives and enjoy the great variety of coral. Bottom is sandy with coral bommies around, very relaxing dive. Lots of small interesting stuff, such as Anemones, Nudibranch’s, Shrimps and Snails. Huge schools of Fusiliers and small Yellowtail Barracudas, as well as a school of bigger Chevron Barracudas are seen on almost every dive there. Away from the shallow reef is another artificial reef, which was placed there in 2006. This makes an interesting dive as it comprises of two life size elephants, a giant clam, and two temples. All of the concrete features now have some coral growth on them and are attracting marine life into this sandy-bottomed area. A mooring line descending to one of the statues can reach the site; you can swim into the shallow area after spending some time around the statures.
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TIN LIZZY
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KOH TAEN
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HMS SATTAKUT
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KOH RANG
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HIN LUT BATH
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HIN RAP SOUTH
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KOH MA AND MAE HAAD
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SAMRAN PINNACLES
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KOH RIN
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KOH ROK
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ANGTHONG MARINE PARK
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KOH SAK
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KARON NOI
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KOH PUU
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RELAX BAY
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HIN YIPON
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HIN RUA TEC
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KOH WEO
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ANITAS REEF
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DONALD DUCK BAY
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BREAKFAST BEND
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BREAKFAST BEND
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BEACON REEF
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PARADISE REEF
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SECRET REEF
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HIN RAP NORTH
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HIN SAM SAU
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BLUEBERRY HILL
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