There are many excellent and unique dive sites around Phuket,
and it is hard to select which one is the best. The only solution
for you would be to try them all because they all have something
different to offer. For those just learning to dive, we have
Racha Yai Island, which offers ideal conditions for beginners.
For the more experienced divers, the King Cruiser Wreck, Shark
Point, Anemone Reef and Koh Doc Mai are exciting choices.
The MV Scuba Fun is the perfect boat for day trips. A spacious
dive deck and platform with two large ladders makes for safe
and convenient entries and exists from the water. The large
saloon is where we conduct our dive briefings and serve your
fresh cooked buffet lunch. The top deck is large and comfortable,
providing plenty of sun or shade, as you prefer.
trips to the Similan Islands
The Similan Islands can certainly lay claim to being one
of Asia's top dive sites. Thriving reefs with abundant hard
and soft corals highlight the dramatic terrain. The tremendous
diversity of marine life makes it a fantastic observation
point for the larger pelagics. Richelieu Rock has the reputation
as being the place to see whale sharks and manta rays in good
The Similan Islands lie about 100 km Northwest of Phuket.
Declared a National Park in 1982, the Similans are comprised
of 9 islands which run roughly North to South and numerous
smaller rock outcroppings. With snow-white beaches, a tropical
jungle above the water, and spectacular dive sites in often
crystal clear water below, it's not surprising that the Similans
are ranked as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world!
Nearly all of the 9 islands are surrounded by huge underwater
rock formations, eroded by the action of a relentless sea.
These stone giants are home to an amazing variety of marine
life and reach down to 40 meters or more, with passages, caves,
and gorges forming a unique underwater landscape. All this
has made names like Elephant Head, Sharkfin Reef, and Christmas
Point justly famous. A world of giant underwater boulders,
caves, narrow passages, some 500 species of hard and soft
corals, and an amazing variety of marine life including leopard
sharks, guitar rays, whale sharks, and manta rays is waiting
to be explored.
Koh Bon is an island located 13 miles northeast of the Similan
islands. You can dive all around this island, but the west
tip is best for spotting manta rays. Having seen manta rays
so often during the years has led me to believe that they
breed mainly in this area.
Whale sharks are also seen here occasionally. Diving down
the west ridge, you can see big schools of trevallies and
tunas, as well as big marble rays and leopard sharks. On the
way back to the shallows you can see schools of yellow snappers,
oriental sweet lips, as well as mating cuttlefish, octopus,
and banded sea snakes. Definitely a site not to miss.
Koh Tachai is an island located 25 miles north-east of the
Similan islands. Tachai Reef is a round reef located at the
south of the island. The reef is surrounded by big boulders
and big fans. You can start the dive here, enjoying the site
of big barrel sponges and encounters with leopard sharks and
rays lying on the sand. The top of the reef is all hard and
soft corals of an incredible variety. We've also seen the
most rare nudibranchs you can imagine. The encounters with
manta rays and whale sharks are frequent; weve seen
up to three mantas and one whale shark in a single dive!
Richelieu Rock is one of the most amazing dives sites weve
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 trevallies,
so many of which you can no longer see your buddy. Schools
of bat fish, Seargent majors, long nose emperors, snappers,
rainbow runners, and cobias are always around. You will also
find big potato cods and marble rays, and during the last
two seasons on the north and west side about 200 blue spotted
sting rays are usually lying on the sand.
The best are the white spotted shovel nose rays and the whale
sharks, a rare site in any other part of the world, although
pretty common here. During the last season, we saw whale sharks
on every trip from the end of January to the beginning of
May, and on four different occasions we spotted two swimming