Phuket Divesites

May 12th 2010 | Posted by
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Dive sites of Phuket and Phi Phi Islands – Daytrip Diving

Racha Yai

Racha Yai (Big King) is a granite island, located just south of Phuket, with over 10 divesites on the east and west side of the island.

It boasts a mixture of rocky reefs and gardens of hard and staghorn corals.

You can find schools of tropical fish, turtles, stingrays, moray els, octopus and cuttle fish. Suitable for all divers and good for beginners.

Racha Noi

Racha Noi (Little King) is 45 min south of Racha Yai and has an abundance of large rock formations, as well as coral gardens. You are more likely to encounter manta rays, reef sharks, barracudas, and other pelagics in this area. There is a wooden shipwreck at 27 meters. There are more than 8 good divesites with low to moderate currents with 15 meter visibility plus. More suitable for experienced divers.

Shark Point

Colourful reef that consist of three limestone formations, one above the water. It’s a marine sanctuary which has hard and soft coral gardens and leopard sharks can often be seen resting on the sandy bottom near the reefs. Barracudas, clownfish, batfish, moray eels, groupers are just a few of the tropical fish you can find there. It’s averages 10-20 meters visibility and is suitable for all levels of diver.

King Cruiser

A car ferry wreck which sank in May 1997, on a run to Phi Phi Islands, after hitting Anemone Reef. It stands upright on the seabed at 32 meters and starts at 14 m.

This artifical reef is a hunting ground for barrakudas, tunas, jacks, groupers, moray eels and juvenile nurse sharks. Around the hull there are lots of crabs, fusilier, lionfish, scorpionfish, school of snappers and moorish idols. Mild currents with 10-20 meters visibility makes this divesite very popular and is suitable for beginners to experienced divers.

Anemone Reef

Three limestone pinnacles start at 5-6 meters below sea level. On the top is covered with a vast field of sea anemones and it slopes, gently to 28 meters and is home of giant fan corals, gorgonians and soft corals of every hue and colour. Large schools of snappers, groupers, clown fish, moray eels and plenty of other tropical fish can be seen here. The average visibility is 10-20 meters and is suitable for all divers.

Koh Doc Mai

A huge lime stone island that rises from the seabed and is one of the best wall dives in the area of Phuket. Hard and softcorals are mixed up with giant fan corals waving with the water movement.Koh Doc Mai (flower island) is covered with yellow, green and orange tube corals and has two small caverns at 16-18 meters. A large number of clams build holes and overhangs where crabs, white eye morays, angelfish, juvenile nurse sharks, seahorses and ghostpipefish can hide perfectly. Moderate currents are present and the visibility is average 10 meters. This divesite is suitable for all levels of diver.

Phi Phi Islands

Koh Bida Nok and Koh Bida Nai are two limestone islands in the south of Phi Phi Island with nice swim-throughs, rugged caves, overhangs and sheer walls. Large profusion of soft corals, sea fans, black corals and strigy sea whips creates a beautiful coral garden.

All kind of tropical fish, octopus, Kuhl’s stingray, moray eels, turtles and leopard sharks are found here. With a average of 10-20 meters visibility and low to moderate currents it is suitable for all divers.

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