King Cruiser

Originally,

King Cruiser was a ferry 85 meters of the transport of passengers between the islands of Phuket and Phi Phi. On 4 May 1997, the King Cruiser veered off course and came abituelle hit the reef known as the Anemone Reef. The ship sank in less than an hour but fortunately all passengers were rescued in time.

le king cruiser

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Shark Point

Shark Point (Hin Musang) is a series of seven rocky marine penny columns. This dive site of Phuket has been awarded the title of Marine Sanctuary in 1991.

Shark point requin

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Koh Doc Mai

diving Phuket to "Flower Island". The name means flower Doc Mai Thai. On this island, however, it does not seem to be as many flowers? Diving judge for yourself once there.


Koh Doc mai fleur

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Racha Yai

Everyone does not write the names of Thai islands in the same way. Racha is often spelled Rajah or Raya. Phi-Phi Islands can also be written Pee-Pee. For a better understanding of the name of the dive sites, it may be useful to know some Thai words such as Ao means beach, Koh (or KB) for island Hin which means a rock or boulder, Yai means big and Noi small.

Racha yai island

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Anemone Reef

Anemone Reef is a rocky mountain in the sea located in the Phuket Marine Park near the site égament Shark Point is a renowned diving site in Phuket. Diving in Anemone Reef is amazing due to étandue of sea anemones, soft corals and fish varieties fields. You're sure to come across "Nemo"!ot;Nemo"!

anemone reef nemo

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Racha Noi

Racha Noi is the most isolated of the two islands, but also a popular dive site for experienced divers. Indeed, the depth is greater and the currents stronger than généralemnt near its sister to the north island. You will encounter huge rocks that cause the presence of manta rays and whale sharks.

Racha noi corail

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Similans Island

Phuket

Koh Phiphi

Koh Lipe

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The Similan Islands

- หมู่เกาะสิมิลัน
Marine National Park Similan Islands

อุทยานแห่งชาติหมู่เกาะสิมิลัน

The Similan Islands archipelago is located one hundred kilometers northwest of Phuket Island, and 65 km of mainland coast, practically in front of Khao Lak, infamous during the December 2004 tsunami. The archipelago consists of a set of nine granite islands covered with lush tropical vegetation. They arise from the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, which is called the Andaman Sea. The show is fabulous and unforgettable. Small coral sand beaches to almost pure white, some bordering islands.

The coral sand is largely the product of nibbling marine wildlife. For example, parrot fish, which can be seen easily with a simple mask and snorkel, rejects an average of 16 pounds of coral sand per year. The conditions for coral growth are ideal here, with exceptionally clear water at a minimum temperature of 28 ° C. More than 200 species of hard corals have been identified in this region of Thailand.

The archipelago enjoys protected status of National Park since September 1982 prohibiting uncontrolled and unsightly buildings as is too often the case on the mainland and on the island of Phuket.

The archipelago is known divers from around the world to be one of the best "spot" in the world, with crystal-clear water. It is ranked among the 10 most beautiful sites in the world by the American magazine "Skin Diving".

The name comes from the Malay Similan "Sembilan" which means "new", many of the islands forming the archipelago.

The islands are identified by a Thai name or a number. Numbering starts from the south (No. 1 island) to the north (Island number 9).

  • Island Number 1: Koh Hu Yong. This is the island located at the southern end of the archipelago.
  • Island Number 2: Koh Pa Yang.
  • Island Number 3: Koh Pa Yan.
  • Island Number 4: Koh Miang - the second largest island of the archipelago area, after Koh Similan is on this island that is the Office of the National Park and it is also the only one that has bungalows. It is also possible to rent tents. See below, section Accommodation.
  • Island Number 5: Koh Ha.
  • Island Number 6: Koh Pa Yoo.
  • Island Number 7: Koh Pa Boo.
  • Island number 8: Koh Similan - This is the largest island of the archipelago. It has a beautiful coral beach, bordering the main bay, north of the island. Ideal for snorkeling, water is particularly clear and provided in aquatic fauna. A strange rock that appears balanced on a pile of granite, provides a splendid view to the east of the bay. It is on this island that stops most of the boats for lunch visitors.
  • Island Number 9: Koh Ba Ngu (Snake Island) is the most northerly. It has in its southern part a beautiful little coral beach, 50 m long. The funds are again of great wealth.

In fact, there is a tenth island, about 30 km north of Koh Ba Ngu, called Koh Bon and also part of the Similan National Park. But its remoteness often ignore the visitors.

The Similan Islands

Anita's reef

On the east coast of Similan Island Reef No.5 you can find Anita. It is a gently sloping sandy offering beautiful coral bommies and coral areas table and staghorn corals. Part of the life of the fish you can expect to see here are lionfish, colorful oriental sweetlips and beautiful but less frequently observed clown triggerfish.

Coral bommies are covered with soft corals and gorgonian trees hiding longnose hawkfish. Dendronephthya coral in shades of golden brown and purple are ideal hideouts glassfish and juveniles. If you keep looking, you'll see trevally darting in and out quickly as they hunt small fish.

Southward movement, there are often groups of garden eels spotted on the sandy bottom and blue spotted rays Kuhl buried in the sand. Here you can also see a type called a blue Blanquillo filefish, and many sea cucumbers. Look closely and you may be lucky enough to see a whitepatch razorfish.

The Similan Islands are well known for their symbiotic partnerships shrimp goby, goby shares his underground home with a snapping shrimp. Shrimp with poor eyesight based on the goby to look out for danger, and the goby gets the best of her own with very clean! Speaking of cleaning, do not miss the view of wrasses own common among coral bommies, clean the ears of divers!

Different areas of corals are formed from staghorn corals and brush, corals, corals sheet gnarled fingers, and coral species large lobes and stars. Hiding in corners and crevices are hogfish Diana and thin grouper.

Schools of blue damselflies and jewel fairy Basslets around you, with an incredible number of thin rifle. The big fish here parrot round head and titan triggerfish feed on hard corals that are closely followed by the yellow goatfish scrabbling for crumbs. In blue you can see a majestic fantail stingray cruise past the impressive air full length 2 meters.

Beware of giant trevally as they hunt around rocks and large table corals that are typical of the submarine landscape diving Similan Islands.

Anita Reef is a site of easy dive with mild currents, making it an ideal base for diving the Similan liveaboard cruise.

Anita Reef Reef Basics:

  • Depth: 5 - 26m
  • Visibility: 20 - 40
  • Currents: Easy
  • Surface conditions: Can be rough
  • Water temperature: 27-29 ° C
  • Experience Level: Beginner - Intermediate
  • Number of dive sites: 1
  • Diving Season: October to May
  • Distance: ~ 90 km north of Phuket, 65 km west of Khao Lak

anita's reef

Boulder city

Similan Islands No.3 - Koh Payan

Boulder City is a submerged about 1 mile off the coast of the site is not island. 3 and about 400 meters southeast of the reef Sharkfin. Thanks to its exposed location, it is possible to see anything on this Similan diving, including whale sharks and manta rays. If the power is on, it is still an exceptional diving.

As its name suggests, Boulder City is a large granite outcrop with submerged jumble of rocks lying scattered around a flat sandy bottom. The rock is so geometrically cracked in places it looks like a huge loaf of bread.

There is very little coral growth here, except for the connection of green cup corals and gorgonians on rocky surfaces or in cracks and ravines. However, the growth of algae is important here, which means a prolific amount of grazers, including fish and nudibranchs. Masses unicornfish, butterflies and picking angels seaweed almost like cows grazing on summer pastures.

In the deeper sections, the landscape changes a bit, and red and white whip corals become dominant. Here you can see small schools of oriental sweetlips, some large moray eels, blue-lined snapper, barracuda, triggerfish and triggerfish. Leopard sharks are frequently observed in peripheral sand sharks and white tip reef areas. There are many cleaning stations here, and they provide an excellent opportunity to get closer to unicornfish thin, a fish that is usually very wary of divers. Some of the smaller species that you can see are jawfish (endemic Similan Islands), gobies purple and red light.

It is one of the most advanced dives Similan because there is no area of ​​the site 10 meters deep. This means that Boulder City requires a little more cautious than most sites in the Similans planning. It is a good idea to end the dive in deep rock outcrop in the center of the square, so that you do not expose yourself unnecessarily strong currents that can sometimes run here. There are often schools of yellow on the dashboard and neon fusiliers in this area, as well as black girls.

Basics Boulder Reef City granite rocks

  • Depth: 10 - 40m
  • Visibility: 20 - 40
  • Currents: Can be strong
  • Surface conditions can be rough
  • Water temperature: 26-29 ° C
  • Experience Level: Intermediate - Advanced
  • Number of dive sites: 2
  • Diving Season: November to April
  • Distance: ~ 90 km north of Phuket, 65 km west of Khao Lak

Boulder city

Breackfast bend

Similan Islands No.9 - Koh Bangru

Small Bend takes its name from the beautiful morning light here, and the pace easy nature of this dive means that it is a clear dive site for diving starting at the beginning of your trip Similan diving, and there are many sergeant majors darting around making it an ideal site for snorkellers too.

The reef slope down to 18 meters and houses angels and milkfish and steep banks down to 34 meters away where you can see black eel garden space and time in Napoleon time. In the lowlands, leopard sharks are seen resting in the sand and often moray eels and octopus can be found lurking around. Turtles and sea snakes are banded are regular visitors here too.

At the southernmost point of the dive the reef gives way to large boulder formations located in deeper waters. There are some coral here, but because of strong currents in the most exposed area, there is a good chance to see the cobia, chevron barracuda and large tuna attending the Similan Islands in search of food. The rocks form several small swimming crossings and channels where you might be lucky to find off white tip sharks.

Breakfast Bend Reef Basics:

  • Depth: 5 - 34m
  • Visibility: 20-40
  • Currents: Gentle
  • Surface Conditions: Calm
  • Water temperature: 26-29 ° C
  • Experience Level: Easy
  • Number of dive sites: 1
  • Diving Season: October to May
  • Distance: ~ 90 km north of Phuket, 65 km west of Khao Lak

Breackfast bend

Chrismas point

Similan Islands No.9 - Koh Bangru

One of the most colorful, exciting and often picturesque diving in the Similan Islands diving at Christmas usually starts with point falls near a rock exposed at the western end of the island 9.

This rock is the beginning of a long rocky finger made ​​its way to the sandy bottom at a depth of 30 meters background. This outcrop is home to several giant arches that provide beautiful underwater scenery and train some of the best swim-throughs in the Similans.

The rock walls are highlighted by radiation soft corals and gorgonians can be very large, and there is a chance to see a reef shark white tip or two hunting through deep rocks. Napoleons often cruising through the rocks and a large school of chevron barracuda are regularly found hanging about 15 meters deep.

Cruise around the site, you can find schools of jacks constantly darting in and out of small fry blankets that cover the rocks, and occasionally manta rays can be spotted gliding past in blue. Look into areas of debris for things like ribbon eels and gobies fire and check the sand plains beyond bows white tip sharks or leopard.

Chrismas Reef Point:

  • Depth: 5 -> 40
  • Visibility: 20-40
  • Currents: Moderate
  • Surface conditions can be rough
  • Water temperature: 26-29 ° C
  • Experience Level: Intermediate - Advanced
  • Number of dive sites: 1
  • Diving Season: October to May
  • Distance: ~ 90 km north of Phuket, 65 km west of Khao Lak

Chrismas point

Deep Six

Similan Island No. 6 - Koh payu

This is another deep dive forming a 'V' shaped ridge on the north side of the island. The "V" points north in deep water and the sides of the 'V' shape of the reef slopes of the island.

The best part of the site is located to the north and near the rock cracked and presentations that mark the dive site. Down the buoy line by about 10 meters, and it is impressive to many crossings bath, quite often when diving in the Similan Islands.

The best plan is to stay fairly close to this area by circling north to a depth of 25 meters or more, where there are green and purple soft corals, going deeper when current runs north is unnecessary and difficult because it can be a difficult exercise to go back again.

If you like the pelagic action, your luck is, it is a dive site to simply relax and watch the story unfold. Many types of rifle gather here to eat, and it is of course hunting attracts fish such as schools of rainbow runners, trevally and giant trevally. Just look at the dispersion rifle into a frenzy when approach dogtooth tuna!

Around the mooring point of the coral life is quite nice, with a small table and coral finger wart, and many coral leather. Boxfish, beautiful powderblue Surgeons, feeding on rock surfaces and lyretail grouper are easy to spot here. Chocolate butterflies, and Java bannerfish pins are common learning residents.

If you dive deeper and a lot of blue dots rays, white tip reef sharks and leopard sharks can be found, all current observations when you dive the Similans.

Deep Six was severely damaged during the tsunami in the Indian Ocean on 26 December 2004, which swept the Similan Islands. There are a few examples of the devastating effects of the tsunami with corals table overturned, uprooted, dead exoskeletons gorgonian fans, as well as considerable swathes of arid slope rubble where once stood on coral reefs.

Deep Six Reef:

  • Depth: 5 -> 40
  • Visibility: 15-30 m
  • Currents: Can be strong
  • Surface conditions can be rough
  • Water temperature: 26-29 ° C
  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Number of dive sites: 1
  • Diving Season: October to May
  • Distance: ~ 90 km north of Phuket, 65 km west of Khao Lak

Deep Six

Elephant head rock

No.7 Similan Islands Thailand - Hin Pusa

The site takes its name from an unusually shaped rock jutting out of the water in the southwest of Koh Similan. The huge boulders that form Elephant Head Rock create daring swim-throughs, arches, caves, ravines and tunnels.

Follow the channel slope down through the boulders to reach the entrance to the swim-throughs. At the top of the chain on the dominant rock is a fan of the small sea orange / yellow. Take a look at its fronds and you will find a colony of spider crabs and cowries are near large black egg. Beware of mantis shrimp squid and you scroll down to the entry level.

Swimming through the tunnels, you will come across blue-ringed angels, parrots Andaman sweetlips and bicolor. Yellow goatfish and snappers always hang out in the deepest levels, and several species of butterfly fish, groupers and the occasional olive ridley and hawksbill turtle. Take a look under the overhanging eaves suddenly find several species of larger snappers, like a stain, mangrove and black and white, as well as sweetlips giants.

Down to 30 meters on the sand, you can search for purple fire gobies and wrasses rarely McCosker of the dwarfs. If you're lucky, you may spot a leopard shark or a white tip shark. Slightly shallower is endemic Similan jawfish.

Back to the top of the center rock, beyond diving giant trevally, perform their daring maneuvers coupling. Colors sports coupling different couples, one usually being silver and one jet black. Luxuriate in the shallow here for gases at the end of your dive waters. Powder blue surgeons make their way across the tops of blocks, grazing on algae. Obese bream around here, apparently eying you curiously as mainline travel robust fusiliers arrive on the scene from other power stations nearby.

The southernmost point of the site has a small group of pinnacles immersed in deep water. An ideal place to observe small reef sharks. There is a possibility of high and rising current. This makes the site one of the most difficult Diving Similan Islands.

Elephant Head Rock Reef :

  • Depth: 5 -> 40
  • Visibility: 20 - 40
  • Currents: Can be strong
  • Surface conditions can be rough
  • Water temperature: 26-29 ° C
  • Experience Level: Intermediate - Advanced
  • Number of dive sites: 1
  • Diving Season: November to April
  • Distance: ~ 90 km north of Phuket, 65 km west of Khao Lak

Elephant head rock

Honeymoon bay

Honeymoon bay

Breackfast bend

Similan Islands No.9 - Koh Bangru

Small Bend takes its name from the beautiful morning light here, and the pace easy nature of this dive means that it is a clear dive site for diving starting at the beginning of your trip Similan diving, and there are many sergeant majors darting around making it an ideal site for snorkellers too.

The reef slope down to 18 meters and houses angels and milkfish and steep banks down to 34 meters away where you can see black eel garden space and time in Napoleon time. In the lowlands, leopard sharks are seen resting in the sand and often moray eels and octopus can be found lurking around. Turtles and sea snakes are banded are regular visitors here too.

At the southernmost point of the dive the reef gives way to large boulder formations located in deeper waters. There are some coral here, but because of strong currents in the most exposed area, there is a good chance to see the cobia, chevron barracuda and large tuna attending the Similan Islands in search of food. The rocks form several small swimming crossings and channels where you might be lucky to find off white tip sharks.

Breakfast Bend Reef :

  • Depth: 5 - 34m
  • Visibility: 20-40
  • Currents: Gentle
  • Surface Conditions: Calm
  • Water temperature: 26-29 ° C
  • Experience Level: Easy
  • Number of dive sites: 1
  • Diving Season: October to May
  • Distance: ~ 90 km north of Phuket, 65 km west of Khao Lak

Breackfast bend

North point

Similan Island No.9 - Koh Bangru

The northern tip of the Similan Islands, North Point is just east of the busy Christmas and offers similar conditions off the north coast - training of huge blocks that cover a wide area.

Normally, the buoys are available to descend, and the rocks are lying on 35 meters and rise 10 meters, forming swim-throughs and gullies between the rocks.

Hard and soft corals both grow between the rocks, out of the current can be strong. At the base of these stones that you can find ribbon eels and mantis shrimp. Jacks, surgeons and marines are many here. When visibility is good, look in the blue above a bench big chevron barracuda patrolling North Point.

In the shallows closer to Similan Island 9, between 8 and 14 meters, there are enormous plains coral leaves of cauliflower and fingers shaved corals. Covering area as much as you can here, you're bound to fall on the green and black and white turtle banded sea snakes.

Further north, you can see a valley of white sand with a depth of 40 meters around the point which connects northern North Pinnacle Point. If the visibility is good and the currents are mild, you can start diving from the top - a huge rock off the northern part of the Similan Island 9. The summit begins at 24 feet deep and drops to over 50 meters. Take a look down and you may see sharks resting after night, sometimes manta rays are spotted here.

Make sure you air and decompression time often there is no line-up here, so is the way back south to the formation of North Point. Fly over the valley of white sand, looking for leopard sharks that remains on the sand or swim in the morning from deep water to the sands North Point. Under normal conditions after 5 minutes, you can see the shape of the North Point rock formations. If the air consumption is good, then you can go to the coral reef, or one of the lines attached to the top of the rocks for your safety stop and climb.

When visibility is greater than 20 meters and there is no current, this dive site Similan Island offers stunning underwater scenery.

Basics of North Reef Point: Rocks and turtles

  • Depth: 8 -> 40
  • Visibility: 10-30 m
  • Currents: Can be strong north
  • Terms of calm surface rough
  • Water temperature: 26-29 ° C
  • Experience Level: Intermediate - Advanced
  • Number of dive sites: 2
  • Diving Season: October to May
  • Distance: ~ 110 km northwest of Phuket, 80 km west of Khao Lak

North point

Sharck fin reef

Similan Islands No.3 - Koh Payan

Current Island 3 and extending all the way to Boulder City, this long ridge normally has good visibility and spectacular and varied landscapes of the dive sites are located on the sides of the eastern islands Similan.

It's really a series of huge granite blocks covered with gorgonians seafans and a variety of hard corals. The north has a sloping reef of rocks stacked in the south-east of a larger landing reminiscent of a submarine of the Grand Canyon. There is a large swim-through that provides an opening to the other side of the dive site. The swim-through should be taken with caution due to the growth of sensitive hard corals.

The marine life here is more diverse with napoleons, turtles, large cube boxfish, clown triggerfish, schools of batfish, yellow goatfish, palette Surgeons, blue angels face and bannerfish. It is also a good place to spot sharks passing and large radii. Usually that one of the last dives Similan a cruise trip so watch your no decompression time here.

Reef Shark Fin:

  • Depth: 5 - 40m
  • Visibility: 20-40
  • Currents: Can be strong
  • Surface conditions can be rough
  • Water temperature: 26-29 ° C
  • Experience Level: Intermediate - Advanced
  • Number of dive sites: 1
  • Diving Season: November to April
  • Distance: ~ 90 km north of Phuket, 65 km west of Khao Lak

Sharck fin reef

Turtle rock et waterfall bay

Koh Similan Island - No.8

Easily the most recognizable and photographed monument in the Similans, Donald Duck Bay is named after a rock on the north side of the bay that looks like cartoon character - not the most important that precarious balance a large rock seemingly impossible angle, but another rock at the front and a little further out of the bay.

Similan Island No. 8 has a camping area of ​​the national park and Donald Duck Bay, on the northwest corner is the most popular place for hikers mooring and the Similan Islands Cruises similar. Therefore, lots of food made its way into the bay and therefore molluscs, gastropods, crustaceans, cephalopods and are particularly well fed and large businesses here. This makes fascinating dive at night.

Rushing through the bottom of the rubble are huge male crabs, octopus and cuttlefish red, all hunting for scraps and strips tasty. The most interesting part of the dive site is running on the rocks of the bay at the north end. These form several crossings and bath house Emporer shrimp, round red crabs, decorators crabs, triton shells and cone shells.

Donald Duck Bay also has several friends, big green turtles and you're more likely to meet even on a night dive. Unfortunately, they have developed a taste for bananas and one wonders how long it will be before they swallow something else if that does not sit well on the stomach. Please, when you are on a dive trip in the Similan Islands, do not throw anything overboard or trying to feed the fish with food scraps.

Donald Duck bases Reef Bay: shallow bay with rocks

  • Depth: 5 - 18m
  • Visibility: 5 - 20m
  • Currents: Easy
  • Surface Conditions: Calm
  • Water temperature: 27-30 ° C
  • Experience Level: Easy
  • Number of dive sites: 1
  • Diving Season: October to May
  • Distance: ~ 90 km north of Phuket, 65 km west of Khao Lak

Turtle rock et waterfall bay

West of eden

Similan Island No. 6 - Koh payu

Located at the northwest corner of the Similan Island No. 6, west of Eden, also known as the Six West has something to offer divers of all levels.

Although some of the most visited in the past Similan diving site may have been a shallow reef deterioration, west of Eden enjoys a healthy hardcover coral reef in shallow waters are alive with various species of colorful tropical fish. It is also surprising topography granite rock around which to dive and enjoy the abundance of sea fans, corals Acropora table and soft corals that grow here. It's no wonder West of Eden has become a firm favorite Similan Islands divers visiting.

The dive usually starts a short distance from the most northerly island down in a small sheltered bay. Visibility is generally good on this dive so that you can walk along the reef looking batfish and turtles are frequently spotted here. Some of the best parts of this dive are in shallow areas where several large schools of yellow goatfish suspended above corals, while jacks provide plenty of action as they blitz through the reef glassfish hunting. Common reef octopus can also be seen regularly on top of coral, changing color as you approach.

For the less experienced, the tops of shallow rocks offer a great visual reference, while more experienced divers can find their way through the rocky channel and down the outside of the blocks. Here is the deeper parts of the dive where you can find eels and frogs fish tape, which is very unusual in this area. Other interesting sites include giant moray being cleaned by cleaner shrimp and white bands, occasionally, a large blotched fantail ray can be found in the crack in the rock. With all this activity in the deeper areas it is well worth diving with Nitrox to extend your bottom time.

Back to shallow water, you can search for tiger cowries and the occasional ghost fish before completing your safety stop with a resident barracuda or big turtles that regularly surface near the dive boats to search Food. West of Eden may have the occasional cold current that also increases the chances of some of the largest fish through the outer reef, so do not forget to keep an eye in the blue during your dive.

West Reef Eden Rock Blocks

  • Depth: 5 -> 40
  • Visibility: 15-30 m
  • Currents: Can be strong
  • Surface conditions can be rough
  • Water temperature: 26-29 ° C
  • Experience Level: Beginner - advanced
  • Number of dive sites: 1
  • Diving season: late October to early May
  • Distance: ~ 90 km north of Phuket, 65 km west of Khao Lak

West of eden

Koh bon

Koh Bon Island lies an hour north of the Similan Islands. This is one of the best places in Thailand to see manta rays, especially from April to May, although the last two years have seen Mantas almost round the year.

There is a wall of 33 meters on the south side, facing a small cove, with a stepped ridge pointing west and down to over 40 meters. It is at the forefront of this ridge that divers are drawn, as they peer into the blue looking for that first glance of a black and white wing that signals an approaching manta ray. Keep some distance rays and chances are good they will circle around and melt, feeding on plankton. If the mantis feels threatened by rapid or aggressive movements, it will just slip away and find another place to feed.

Manta rays are not the only reason that diving cruises in Thailand visit Koh Bon well. Leopard sharks are common to the crest of the sand flats below the wall, and white tip sharks can be seen wandering in the depths of the reef edge. Soft corals colors of turquoise, yellow and green dominate. Listen carefully and you will hear warning clicks hundreds of nervous young ladies, and the calculations Coral hunger titan triggerfish, but do not neglect the wall itself has a lot of bugs to keep you interested, including various types of eels .

To the west of the island of Koh Bon is Koh Bon Pinnacle. This dive site Thailand lies in deep water (18m - 40m) and is exposed, so therefore, it is possible to dive here in good conditions with experienced divers liveaboard or advanced. The west wall is steep, covered with small, yellow soft corals, and has a large cave with a fish trap at the entrance. There is a small peak in the north. Make your way back to the mountainous terrain, keep your eyes to go eagle rays, black tip sharks, and manta rays.

The cove of Koh Bon provides good reasons for a night dive. The reef is composed of porous coral with shrimpgobies looked through the holes and the edges of coral. There are splendid decorators crabs, red intelligent octopus, and red and white shrimp boxer bands.

  • Depth: 5 -> 40
  • Visibility: 15-40
  • Currents: Can be strong
  • Surface conditions can be rough
  • Water temperature: 26-29 ° C
  • Experience Level: Intermediate - Advanced
  • Number of dive sites: 3
  • Diving Season: November to April
  • Distance: ~ 145 km north of Phuket (8 hours), 50 km northwest of Khao Lak

Koh bon

Koh bon pinnacle

Koh bon pinnacle

Koh tachai

Koh Tachai (Tachai Island) is located halfway between the Surin and Similan Islands and is considered one of the best sites for scuba diving cruise ship in Thailand as it is normally visited on the way to Richelieu Rock Similan.

There are several dive sites around the island, but the most famous is Koh Tachai plateau that lies to the south-east of the island, about 1 kilometer wide. The plateau is a submerged reef crowned with hard corals, leaves and scattered blocks. These blocks provide great swimming crossings and cut-through opportunities. They also provide refuge for tired divers unprepared for the sometimes hectic currents!

This site is known for its currents and a dive briefing on a trip to Thailand diving cruise will include tips on where to find shelter. A dive here is not for beginners and not always easy, but it's worth it because, as any diver knows, where there are currents there are big fish. Among these are manta rays that make regular appearances and effortlessly glide over the rocks.

Other visitors are great whale sharks and sharks. Leopard sharks are common and hawksbill turtles are often seen. Other common fish you see here are blue and yellow dashboard backed fusiliers, red-tooth triggerfish, jacks and bigeye unicornfish.

The south side of Koh Tachai is the deeper side, and a logical place to start your dive. The north side has a huge abandoned fish cage which is useful as an aid to navigation. At the edge of the coral crown is a cleaning station, popular with Tiera batfish which always makes a nice safety stop for you hang on the line to the end of the dive. Koh Tachai is often dipped in the early morning by cruise ship but also makes a great dive sunset.

  • Depth: 14 - 36m
  • Visibility: 15-40
  • Currents: Can be strong
  • Surface conditions can be rough
  • Water temperature: 26-29 ° C
  • Experience Level: Intermediate - Advanced
  • Number of dive sites: 4
  • Diving Season: November to April
  • Distance: ~ 165 km north of Phuket (9:00), 65 km northwest of Khao Lak

Koh tachai

Richelieu rock

Richelieu Rock, one of the best places in the world to dive with whale sharks and is easily the best dive site in Thailand for this amazing activity. Encounters with whale sharks, the largest fish in the ocean are rare, almost anywhere in the world.

This is not the only diving destination in Thailand, where whale sharks are seen, but Richelieu Rock certainly attracts more than its fair share. With nothing else for miles around, the whale sharks are attracted to the rock to feed on the rich plankton blooms that occur here. A cruise is your best bet for diving here, because once they arrive, they tend to drag on for days, with an entourage of disciples in tow, especially cobia.

Swimming with a large animal, known to 14 meters long, is an unforgettable experience for any diver. Observations occur about 10% of the time. Some seasons diving see more visitors and generally February to April is the best time to visit if your goal is to enjoy the exhilaration of swimming with these massive creatures cruises aboard Thailand.

Richelieu Rock has a high biodiversity and is also several dives, with or without whale sharks. It consists of one hand-shaped iron horse fragmented rock pinnacle, with several other smaller rocks around its edges. The limestone rocks are covered with anemones, sea fans, barrel sponges and soft corals of all kinds. From tomato anemone fish, yellow boxfish, white-eyed moray eels and mantis shrimps to nurse sharks, manta rays, groupers and chevron barracuda, there is still a lot of life to get your attention on this dive.

The problem for photographers Richelieu Rock Diving is the type of lens you should dive with. seahorses that make these loans Photo macro subjects. Cuttlefish and octopus mating are also common sights. Then, on the other hand, there is the possibility of something really big for swimming and leave you hoping that you choose your wide angle lens!

Richelieu Rock can be a deep dive, but there are also many things to do at shallow depths all the way to the surface. When the currents are strong, there are always places of refuge.

Richelieu Rock Reef:

  • Depth: 5 - 35m
  • Visibility: 15-35
  • Currents: Can be strong
  • Surface conditions can be rough
  • Water temperature: 26-29 ° C
  • Experience Level: Intermediate - Advanced
  • Number of dive sites: 2
  • Diving Season: November to April
  • Distance: ~ 200 km north of Phuket (10 hours), 80 km northwest of Khao Lak

Richelieu rock

Boonsung wreck

Wreck Boonsung started his days with his shipwreck in 1984. The wreck is an old tin ore processor that is 60 meters long, 12 meters wide and 6 meters high, and is placed in a north-south direction, at sea, but close enough to the shore .

Down from the surface, you will soon be surrounded by clouds of juvenile yellowtail barracuda and red jacks, schools of snapper and Ehrenberg and blue-striped snapper, any use Boonsung as a rallying point.

There are dozens of porcupine and common masked porcupine, parading up and down above the wreckage. They seem to be waiting in line for a cleaning of the remora present. There are also some loose groups of Longfin batfish.

Diving along the sides of the wreck, look closely and you will see many different types of moray eels like zebras, white-spotted moray eels, moray eels, conger eels and leopard eyes. Spotfin lionfish and bearded scorpionfish lie waiting too.

During the 2004 tsunami, Khao Lak was badly damaged by large waves. The wreck suffered too much structural damage and is now always easily recognizable, but divided into five main sections. It is probably the best local site for diving in Khao Lak.

Boonsung Wreck: sunken wreck tin mines

  • Depth: 12 - 18m
  • Visibility: 2 - 15m
  • Currents: Moderate
  • Surface conditions can be rough
  • Water temperature: 26-30 ° C
  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Number of dive sites: 1
  • Diving Season: October to May
  • Distance: ~ 12 km west of Khao Lak (20 min), 90 km north of Phuket

Boonsung wreck

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