Koh Phi Phi and its scuba diving locations like Hin Bida, Koh Bida Nai, Koh Bida Nok and the Shark Point area are located to the east of Phuket, halfway between Phuket and Krabi. A bit further south we find Koh Lanta, Koh Haa and the spectacular reefs of Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. The latter divesites are the best places to spot whale sharks, and also manta rays are often present here.
The liveaboard boats normally combine all these diving locations in one trip all year round.
Located in the middle of the ocean this area is known as one of the best dive sites in the world. Hin Daeng, an underwater limestone pinnacle, rises a few metres above the surface and drops off down to 60 metres.
No other spot in the Andaman Sea has a wall like this. The pinnacle is covered with colourful soft corals with huge beds of anemones. Schools of barracudas, big jacks, trevallies and also sailfish abound; while whale sharks, silvertip sharks, big sting rays and mantas often can be seen. This all makes it easy to overlook the dive site's many smaller inhabitants. Many nudibranches, shrimp, seastars can also be found here.
At the southern side we find the drop off, where black coral and sea fans adorn the wall. Leopard sharks are also spotted on the ledges. The west side is covered in sea anemones, whilst the norther end angles away to reveal a sandy bottom. Rocks and boulders make excellent habitats for the various moray eels that live here. As we ascend to shallower depths, be ready to meet schools of batfish.
Strong currents and surge can make this a challenging dive, whose unforgiving topography provides few places to safely touch down and take a rest if you want to catch your breath.
To dive Hin Daeng you take a South Andaman liveaboard. Minimum duration of the trip is 2 days, recommended is 3 days. Ask us if you want more info on this.
Hin Muang is regarded one of Thailand's best dives. It is approximately 200 meters long and 30 meters wide, the top of the pinnacle is in about 10 meters of water. Cuttlefish and lionfish are commonly sighted amongst the carpet of purple soft corals that gave the dive site its name.
The vertical drop offs have a large concentration of zig-zag oysters and schools of silver sides hang around the rocky outcrops. Large quantities of sea anemones can be found in the shallower depths.
The sealife we encounter here is comparable to that at Hin Daeng, with more pelagic visitors. And just like Hin Daeng, this can be challenging scuba diving, due to the quite often strong currents and surge.
During the 2006-2007 season, the corals at Hin Muang were badly damaged due to an algae bloom. It is recovering fast, and virtually back again at the level it used to be.
To dive Hin Muang you take a South Andaman liveaboard. Minimum duration of the trip is 2 days, recommended is 3 days. Ask us if you want more info on this.
The 12+ dive sites at Koh Haa offer beautiful scuba diving and include The Cathedral and The Chimney. There are also underwater pinnacles, drop-offs, walls, boulders and other caverns, inter-connected chambers and swim-throughs to explore.
Ko Haa, which means 'Five Islands' in Thai, offers marine life that varies from rare ghost pipefish measuring only a few centimetres, to an abundance of octopus hiding amongst the rocks and crevices. A hawksbill turtle is often seen swimming amongst the pristine coral. Manta rays, eagle rays and even whalesharks are spotted here occasionally. If you take a look out into the blue, you can find huge schools of glassfish, barracudas and travellies. You can't predict exactly what you'll see, but it's always a pleasant and rewarding surprise!
One of Ko Haa's highlights is the series of caverns and swim-throughs. The largest cavern has three chambers and is known as The Cathedral. The first two chambers are connected by a shallow swim through at about 9 metres. It is possible to surface inside the Cathedral and see the limestone stalactites looming from the high ceilings.
To dive Koh Haa you take a South Andaman liveaboard. Minimum duration of the trip is 2 days, recommended is 3 days. Ask us if you want more info on this.
Koh Phi Phi
The rugged limestone cliffs plunging into aquamarine waters make Phi Phi an unforgettable destination for divers. Underwater, the scenery only becomes more breathtaking. With long caves, dramatic overhangs, walls that go down to 30 meters, swim-throughs, submerged pinnacles and a fabulous display of hard and soft coral, the diving around Phi Phi is varied and spectacular.
Phi Phi tends not to have such consistently good visibility as Similans and Koh Haa, but the top dive sites Bida Nai, Bida Nok and Hin Bida (Phi Phi Shark Point) are home to such a concentration of marine and coral life that divers tend not to even notice! There's so much to see on the reefs at Ko Phi Phi and the coral is so dense and rugged that it's sometimes hard to know where to look.
Phi Phi is best known as home of the leopard shark. These docile, nocturnal creatures are normally found lying on the sand facing into the current; they are one of just a few species of shark that doesn't need to keep swimming in order to breathe. They like to eat crustaceans, small fish and sea snakes and are completely harmless to humans.
Other marine life is plentiful and varied. Ko Phi Phi is one of the most diverse dive sites in the area.
To dive Koh Phi Phi you take a South Andaman liveaboard. Minimum duration of the trip is 2 days, recommended is 3 days. Ask us if you want more info on this. You can also dive Phi Phi on daytrips from Phuket, more information about that here.
Shark Point area
In between Phuket and Phi Phi we find the Shark Point area with four different divesites: Shark Point, King Cruiser Wreck, Anemone Reef and closer to Phuket Koh Doc Mai.
Shark Point (or Hin Musang) is a group of pinnacle dive sites that have some of the most abundant and colourful soft corals in Thailand and are home to literally thousands of fish and other marine species. The site is named after the leopard sharks that are often seen resting on the sand.
The King Cruiser was originally a car ferry sunk on the 4th of May, 1997. The steel wreck has evolved into a fantastic natural reef and is home to a huge variety of marine life, who seek shelter within it. The wreck is 85 m long by 35 m wide, and has four decks with large walkways and windows. The King Cruiser wreck lies perfectly upright at 32 metres, with the captain's cabin at 12 metres. This artificial reef is completely covered in scorpionfish and lionfish and is home to enormous schools of travellies, batfish and snappers.
Anemone Reef is, as the name suggests, completely covered in anemones that gently sway in the current. There is an enormous variety of moray eels – from zebra and spot-face morays to honeycombed yellow-edged, undulated, white mouth and clouded morays. You can also find many lionfish and bearded scorpionfish on this site.
Koh Doc Mai (Flower Island) is a huge rock in the open water in between Shark Point and Phuket. Its drop off falls down to 30 meters on the east side and offers two caves to discover. At the west side it slopes up in steps until right under the surface. The wall is covered with hard and soft corals, amongst them giant gorgonians. Seahorses are frequently seen and lobster, crab and shrimp are some of the species you can find here.
To dive the Shark Point area you take a South Andaman liveaboard. Minimum duration of the trip is 2 days, recommended is 3 days. Ask us if you want more info on this. You can also dive the Shark Point area on daytrips from Phuket, more information about that here.
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