1 Anemone Reef
Location : East of Chalong Bay
A completely submerged pinnacle about 1 km. north-west from Shark Point. As the name
suggests, the area is completely covered in green, pink and brown sea anemones. Adding
to the beauty of the underwater vista are large clusters of radiant soft corals and gorgonian
sea fans. These provide homes for an abundance of fish and invertebrates. Lionfish can often be
seen here in large numbers. Hotels in Chalong Bay area
2 Coral Island
Location : South East of Phuket
Also known as Hae Island, this island is one of the most popular year-round day trip
destinations from Phuket, due to its proximity (about 9kms from Chalong or Rawai), and
sheltered location. Visibility is never excellent here, although the large variety of
reef fish and healthy hard coral growth make this a decent site for beginners and snorkelers.
Non-diving day-trippers can make this area quite busy during the high season.
3 Doc Mai Island
Location : On the way to Shark Point from Phuket
Meaning "Flower Island" in Thai, this small jungle topped island has imposing cliffs that
tower above the sea. 20 kms from Chalong and half-way between Phuket and Shark Point, there
is some great wall-diving here, with beautiful scenery from the surface right to the bottom.
A spectacular dive when visibility is good, with a large assortment of marine life including
leopard sharks and pelagics.
4 Hin Daeng & Hin Muang
Location : South of Phi Phi Island
These two pinnacles are located about 60 kms to the south of Phi Phi, completely surrounded
by the open sea and 15 kms from the nearest island. These sites are a favorite destination
for short live-aboards out of Phuket and Phi Phi.
5 King Cruiser Wreck
Location : East of Phuket, between Phuket and Phi Phi Island
The King Cruiser was an 85m catamaran-style ferry that ran regular trips between Phuket and
Phi Phi. The ship sunk on May 4, 1997 without loss of life in calm seas after tearing its hull
on a shoal, apparently due to a simple navigational error. This provided Phuket's divers with
a great wreck dive which Phuket had been conspicuously lacking. The wreck lies approximately 1km
south-east from Shark Point. A large variety of marine life has been attracted to the wreck, although
coral growth will take some time.
6 Phi Phi Island
Location : South East of Phuket
Popular with divers on day trips and as well as those who come to stay on Phi Phi Don,
the largest of the Phi Phi islands, the underwater scenery in the area is as spectacular
as it is above water. Often considered too busy by serious divers who prefer quieter dive
sites, there are good reasons for its popularity. The area has some excellent dive sites.
In particular, the islands offer several cave dives and many impressive wall dives. Currents
are generally weak and though visibility is fair, it's rarely excellent.
7 Racha Yai & Racha Noi Island
Location : South of Phuket
Due South of Phuket lie two classic tropical islands, Racha Yai Island (Big Racha) and Racha Noi
Island (Little Racha). Both islands feature fringing hard coral reefs with an abundance of fish
life, including octopus, cuttle fish, puffer fish ,box fish and moray eels and small boat wreck on
Rach Yai. You can always find territorial triggerfish and large schools of blue line and yellow tail
snapper. Depending on the day Racha Yai can offer some awsome drift diving. Rach Noi offers deeper
dives and a good chance to see manta rays and sharks. Both islands are great for snorkeling also.
8 Shark Point
Location : East of Phuket
in Thai, is a designated Marine Sanctuary with three separate reefs located about 25 kilometers
east of Phuket. Made up of a series of seven adjacent pinnacles, Shark Point features gorgonian sea
fans, mushroom coral, bamboo sharks, leopard sharks, sea snakes, moray eels, puffer fish, and dainty
seahorses. Most divers prefer the sights around the first and second pinnacles, but there is abundant
marine life throughout the entire area. As the diving depth range here is from 0 to 28 meters and the
currents are variable but generally mild, Shark Point is suitable for beginning divers and up.