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Listed below are specific details of all of the dive sites that are visited during our diving schedule.
Please click on the island / reef name for further details.

 

Local Dive Sites

Similans Dive Sites

   
Anemone Reef Barracuda Point
King Cruiser Boulder City
Koh Doc Mai Deep Six
Phi Phi Islands East of Eden
Shark Point Elephant Head
Racha Noi Shark Fin Reef
Racha Yai Stonehenge
 

 

Similan Islands National Marine Park

The Similan Islands are situated along the western coastline of the Andaman Sea. The Similans are some the world's most beautiful and unspoiled islands together with the splendor of the rich and varied marine life, stunning coral reefs and the crystal clear blue water offer a world class underwater paradise for divers!

The islands had never been inhabited. For many generations, the only human visitors were the so-called Sea Gypsies who came to fish on the teeming reefs.
The Similan Islands were formed some 100-150 million years ago. There present formation is derived from cracked granite rock which has been sculpted from the winds and waves.
They lie approximately 52 miles (90 Km) North-West from the Island of Phuket, and are 19 Km from South to North.
The word "Similan" is derived from the Malaysian word "sembilan" which means "Nine".
The Nine Islands in the similan group are: (running from North to South) Koh Bangu (No.9), Koh Similan (No.8), Koh Pabu (No.7), Koh Payu (No.6), Koh Ha (No.5), Koh Miang (No.4), Koh Payan (No.3), Koh Payang (No.2) and Koh Huyong (No.1).

The Similans were designated as a National Park in 1982. The National Marine Park take great pride in the conservation of the islands and have closed islands No.1-3. Island No.1 is turtle inhabitation. The National Park covers an area of 80,000 radius and Skin Diving Magazine rated them among the ten loveliest places on Earth. Jack Costeau has rated the Similans as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world!

The reefs are home to a multitude of tropical fish of all sizes, shapes and colours, with frequent sightings of turtles, rays and sharks. Ironwood and gum trees are among the larger trees found here. Check out the trees for langurs, squirrels, bats, lizards and a good variety of birds. The most striking feature of these islands, at first glance, are the huge boulders that litter the western and southern shores on several of the islands. Truly magnificent.

The visibility averages around 30m to a maximum of 50m+. The sea temperature is 27/29°C.
Back onshore, take a short walk through the rainforest to visit the National Park headquarters on Koh Miang (No.4). This is one of the locations where the Royal Forestry Department (Similan Rangers) reside.

But most of all the Similans has it all for divers from coral walls, big rocks, huge sea fans and barrel sponges, caves and swim-through's!!!!

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Barracuda Point - Go to Similans Diving Trip Schedule

Location: Similan Islands - 500m due east of Koh Miang Island no.4
Site Depth: 0 - 35 meters
Site Visibility: 20 - 50 meters
Currents: Mild / Strong
Difficulty Rating: Easy
   

Here you will find a good example of the two types of dive sites found at the Similans. In the North you can find a slopping white sand sand bank covered with soft coral bommies. In the South East corner is where large granite boulders can be found adorned with Sea fans and Sea Whips. Strange as it may seem Barracudas as seldom seen here! Generally the marine life found here consists of Pipefish, Batfish, Nudibranchs and chance to see Gray& White Tip Reef sharks. This is the only dive site in the Similans where the Jaw Fish has been found.

 

Boulder City - Go to Similans Diving Trip Schedule

Location: Similan Islands - South of Shark Fin Reef near island no. 3 Koh Payan.
Site Depth: 12 - 40 meters
Site Visibility: 20 - 50 meters
Currents: Can be strong
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
   

This site consists of four very large granite boulders that run parallel to each other. They are 40 - 50 meters in length and 10 meters wide. In between the boulders and around the boulders is white sand and smaller boulders. This is a good dive site to spot Leopard Shark, White Tip Reef Sharks. Marine life is extensive here commonly seen are Manta Rays and the occasional Guitar Shark. On the boulders a lot of different types of Nudibranchs' can be found. Big schools of Blue Dash Fusiliers, Robust Fusiliers, Unicorn Fish and Surgeon Fish frequent this site.

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Deep Six - Go to Similans Diving Trip Schedule

Location: Similan Islands - Northern shore of Koh Pabu Island no.7
Site Depth: 0 - 40 meters
Site Visibility: 20 - 50 meters
Currents: Can be strong
Difficulty Rating: Advanced
   

Here at Deep Six large boulders are found making there way into deeper water. The boulders have hard coral on top and all around them, also plentiful soft coral. The marine life to be found here are trigger fish, turtles, manta rays, the occasional frog fish and in the shallows large schools of convict surgeon fish. But watch out the currents can be strong! A great dive site.

 

East of Eden - Go to Similans Diving Trip Schedule

Location: Similan Islands - South east of Koh Pabu Island no.7
Site Depth: 0 - 35 meters
Site Visibility: 20 - 50 meters
Currents: Mild to strong
Difficulty Rating: Easy
   

This is a spectacular reef, to the north a gentle slopping reef can be found with a mixture of soft and hard coral. To the south there is a series of bommies, one very large which is completely covered in coral and surrounded by gorgonian fans. This bommies has been featured in a television program by National Geographic. On this dive site it is common to see the long nose emperors, travel lies, and trumpet fish hunting in a school together. Bar far one of the best reefs in the Similans are must for all divers.

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Elephant Head - Go to Similans Diving Trip Schedule

Location: Similan Islands - 300 meters south Koh Similan Island no.8
Site Depth: 20 - 60 meters
Site Visibility: 20 - 50 meters
Currents: Can be strong
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
   

This site is aptly named Elephant Head due to one of the three rocks supposedly like an Elephant's Head! This dive site is made of a pile of very large boulders making there way up from the White sandy bottom. All around this dive site, you will find swim though's and valleys especially in the north where this an extremely beautiful areas of hard and soft coral. This is a good dive site for sharks but also take a look out for the giant travel lies making there way between the boulders searching out their prey.

 

Shark Fin Reef - Go to Similans Diving Trip Schedule

Location: Similan Islands - South easy of Koh Payan Island no.3
Site Depth: 0 - 40 meters
Site Visibility: 20 - 50 meters
Currents: Mild / Strong
Difficulty Rating: Easy
   

Here you will find a good example of the two types of dive sites found at the Similans. In the North you can find a slopping white sand sand bank covered with soft coral bommies. In the South East corner is where large granite boulders can be found adorned with Sea fans and Sea Whips. Strange as it may seem Barracudas are seldom seen here! Generally the marine life found here consists of Pipefish, Batfish, Nudibranchs and chance to see Gray& White Tip Reef sharks. This is the only dive site in the Similans where the Jaw Fish has been found.

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Stonehenge - Go to Similans Diving Trip Schedule

Location: Similan Islands - Directly off of the Northern point of Koh Miang Island no.4
Site Depth: 0 - 40 meters
Site Visibility: 20 - 40 meters
Currents: Mild / Strong
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
   

This is a deep dive sites of large towering rocks forming valleys and swim through's. Around the base of the rocks sea fans and barrel sponges. Plentiful on this dive site are bearded scorpion fish, unicorn surgeon fish and large angel fish. Take a look out for tuna, travel lies, and barracuda which visit this site.

 
 

Local Diving in the Andaman Sea

The Andaman Sea is plankton rich, attracting the awe inspiring manta rays and a host of other pelagic and reef fish.
We visit the best local dive sites in the local area. To the South of Phuket lies Racha Yai and Racha Noi. Racha Yai has now been developed on with a handful of small bungalows and a picture perfect white sandy beach, where Racha Noi is uninhabited but with the occasional visits from the odd manta rays hanging beneath the shores!

To the east of Phuket experience the colored reefs of, Koh Dok Mai, Anemone Reef, Shark Point, King Cruiser (wreck dive) and the well know Phi Phi Islands. Here you can find a myriad seabed configurations of cliff, coves, drop-offs and the vast expanse of exotic coral gardens encompass the adventure and mysteries of diving.

The reefs are home to a multitude of tropical fish of all sizes, shapes and colours, with frequent sightings of large schools of barracuda, seahorses, an array of nudibranchs, pipefish, turtles, sharks, the odd manta ray and even the occasional whale shark in season.

The visibility averages around 20m to a maximum of 30m+ in the high season (November - April). However the sea temperature is a very warm 29/30°C all year round.
Diving in the green season, (May - October) is great. The dive sites are pretty much empty and the dive sites are easily accessible.

The local diving available here is fantastic with it's great variety from, wrecks, wall dives, reef dives, drift dives, deep diving, multilevel diving and of course shore diving. Phuket has it all, available right on the "doorstep" just a short boat ride away.

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Anemone Reef - Go to Local Diving Trip Schedule

Location: 30km (16 n.mile's) east from Chalong Bay, Phuket
Site Depth: 4 - 26 meters
Site Visibility: 5 - 20 meters
Currents: Moderate / Strong
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
   

Anemone Reef is part of the "Shark Point Marine Sanctuary" it was designated in 1992. These two completely submerged pinnacles with a small valley running between are a covered with anemones on the top with hard & soft coral surrounding the base. The site itself is quite small, however this is a perfect nature jewel with an abundance of marine life, from rock painted lobsters, lionfish, moray eels, schools of barracuda to name a few.

 

King Cruiser - Go to Local Diving Trip Schedule

Location: 1km (0.5 n.mile's) SE from Anemone Reef
Site Depth: 0 - 32 meters
Site Visibility: 10 - 25 meters
Currents: Moderate / Strong
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
   
On May 4th 1997 the King Cruiser a catamaran passenger car ferry, operating from Phuket to the Phi Phi Islands, sunk. It bottomed on Anemone Reef splitting the marine park in two. Within just one hour the ship had sunk, with no loss of life. She now lies upright and has made a great popular diving spot. The wreck is approximately 85 meters in length and just under 30 meters in width. Visibility is sometimes low but an abundance of marine life can be found here from schools of lionfish, barracudas, rare nudibranchs, octopus, scorpion fish, the occasional friendly turtle and even the odd seas horse! No attempt should be made to go into the wreck.

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Koh Doc Mai- Go to Local Diving Trip Schedule

Location: 20km (10 n.mile's) from Phuket
Site Depth: 0 - 32 meters
Site Visibility: 5 - 15 meters
Currents: Moderate / Strong
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate +
   
The name Doc Mai means flower in Thai. Therefore meaning Flower Island. On top of the island itself, there are not so many flowers here. Koh Doc Mai is huge submerged limestone rock. On the West side you can find a gentle slopping reef and on the East side is a sheer wall. Most of the diving tends to be focused on the East side of the island. There are two large caverns here one with an entrance of 5 meters. Here you will be able to find some very unusual marine life consisting off, Seahorses, Frog Fish, White Eyed Moray Eels, Sea Snakes, and Pipefish. The island just has it all. Look out for the many species of Nudibranchs' around the 5 meter mark, and excellent place to make your safety stop!

 

Phi Phi Islands - Go to Local Diving Trip Schedule

Koh Bida Nai & Koh Bida Nok

Location: South East from Phuket
Site Depth: 5 - 30 meters
Site Visibility: 5 - 40 meters
Currents: Moderate / Strong
Difficulty Rating: Beginner +
   
Two large outcrops stand south of Phi Phi Ley, these two large rock formations feature some magnificent bays and walls. The two islands are fringed with both hard and soft coral gardens with gorgonian sea fans, and sea whips. There is a wide assortment of marine life from parrotfish, leopard sharks, blue ringed angel fish, butterfly fish, snappers, barracudas, black tip reef sharks and even the odd eagle ray.
 

Maya Bay

Location: South East from Phuket - Located on Phi Phi Don
Site Depth: 3 - 24 meters
Site Visibility: 5 - 30 meters
Currents: Moderate / Strong
Difficulty Rating: Beginner +
 
Maya Bay is located on the west side of Phi Phi Ley. This is one of Phi Phi Islands “Jewel” beaches predominately made famous as he filming location of one of Hollywood's top movies, “The Beach”. This bay is absolutely spectacular with a hidden pure white sandy beach, and amazing coral. It is enclosed by sheer limestone cliffs and crystal clear waters. A beach certainly not to be missed!
This tropical paradise bay is home to the enclosed shelved reef with the occasional sections of wall. Here you can see an array of hard and soft corals with many various species of anemones. Check out form the schools of Moorish idols, butterfly fish, angle fish, seahorses, trumpet fish, turtle and rock painted lobster.

 

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Shark Point - Go to Local Diving Trip Schedule

Location: 30.5km (16.5 n.mile's) from Phuket
Site Depth: 0 - 27 meters
Site Visibility: 10 - 30 meters
Currents: Mild - Strong
Difficulty Rating: Beginner +
   

The fantastic dive site of Shark Point was designated "Shark Point Marine Sanctuary" in 1992. The sanctuary consists of Anemone Reef and Shark Point. A small rocky outcrop marks the spot of the main pinnacle of seven of the site, all varying in size. Most of the diving takes place on the main pinnacle no.1 and no.2. Here you will find an abundance of hard corals, large gorgonian sea fans, sea whips, mushroom coral scattered all on the sea bed and giant barrel sponges. The colourful soft coral is made up of anemones and pink and purple tree soft coral. Very beautiful. Home to an excess of marine life from, barracudas, groupers, snappers, and of course to the many leopard sharks that are found here. Look in crevices and barrel sponges for seahorses.

 

Racha Noi - Go to Local Diving Trip Schedule

Location: 33 km (18 n.mile's) south of Phuket
Site Depth: 3 - 40 meters
Site Visibility: 10 - 35 meters
Currents: Moderate - Strong
Difficulty Rating: Advanced
   

The uninhabited island of Racha Noi is the outermost island of the Racha group. The island is long and narrow with an array of diving sites located all around. Diving in the eastern bays is relatively easy among the many coral bombies that are found here. However most of the diving takes place around the "advanced" sites of the northern and southern tip. To the north large rock formations and pinnacles can be found. Hard and soft corals are abundant here with plenty of reef fish to name a few. The advanced southern tip should only be attempted by experienced divers. Strong currents can be found here, but once you have reached the tip it is all worth while with much to see. There is so soft coral to be found here, with a valley of gorgonian sea fans. Look out for the manta rays nd large pelagic fish which are often seen here any time of the year.

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Racha Yai - Go to Local Diving Trip Schedule

Bungalow Bay

Location: 20km (10 n.mile's) South of Phuket
Site Depth: 3 - 24 meters
Site Visibility: 10 - 30 meters
Currents: Mild
Difficulty Rating: Beginner +
   
This beautiful bay consisting of a pure white sandy beach boasts good diving for beginners and all levels. The rocky formations of this bay are viable both from the surface and underwater. Here you can find, surgeon fish, Moorish idols, parrotfish, butterfly fish, rare nudibranchs and an excess of blue spotted rays. The coral found here is mainly hard, but is very interesting with octopus hiding between the rocks and cuttlefish. The best time to dive this site is in November to April.
 

The East Side

Location: 20km (10 n.mile's) South of Phuket
Site Depth: 3 - 30 meters
Site Visibility: 10 - 40 meters
Currents: Mild / Moderate
Difficulty Rating: Beginner +
 
The excellent east side of Racha Yai has so much to offer all divers. So much can been seen here to the very commonly found marine life in the Andaman Sea to the very rare. The east side of this island is quite large consisting of many bays and reefs. Here you can dive the sloping rocky face of the hard coral reefs, in the shallows small bombies can be found. Look out for moray eels, trumpet fish, bent stick pipe fish, nudibranchs, lionfish, puffer fish, parrot fish ++. It's great for diving here during May to October.
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