Situated on the eastern side of Racha Noi, Banana Bay is possibly one of the easiest dive sites in the area. Taking its name from the banana trees that line sections of the this bay it stretches almost a kilometre north to south. This bay provides postcard type views with a lushes green landscape, powdery white sands and turquoise water. It is idea for scuba divers and snorkelers and provides excellent photographic opportunities.
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The bay has several mooring lines and scuba diving begins in the white sand based shallow water and gently slopes down to 25 metres and is the perfect beginners and training site and probably the best place on Racha Noi to learn to scuba dive.
Coral is made up of mostly hard corals and recently new patches of staghorn coral are starting to regenerate and hopefully in the near future it will flourish to its former glory again.
One of the highlights here are the large schools of barracuda often numbering close to 1000. Nice clear waters, direct sunlight and the reflective silver barracuda make a dive amongst these inquisitive fish a journey into different world.
The usual reef fish are here including plenty of lizard fish, fusiliers, butterfly fish, damsels and red tooth trigger fish.
Leopard sharks have been know to make an appearance but are very rare. Recently and unfortunately a black tip reef shark was located in a abandoned fishing net which gives hope that they will soon start to make reappearance. Cuttlefish, moray eels and the ever popular manta rays are no strangers to Banana Bay.
Dive boats go to Racha Noi every day of the week as a part of a 3-dive combo with Racha Yai.
All scuba diving dive sites are at the discretion of the tour leader on the day. Dive sites are selected based on the weather conditions, currents, safety and suitability to majority of divers on the boat. We cannot guarantee specific dive sites prior to the boat departing.
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Also starting from Palong Bay, Phi Phi Ley but this time heading north. Again there is a plateau, this time a little deeper than the south. This plateau can get to depths of 10 metres before the reef descends to between 16 - 18 metres. Normally there is no to little current and if there is some it usually pushes to the north.
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Much the same as the southern run with many hard corals and rock. [...]
Mai Thon is an island just to the east of the bay of Chalong at the south of Phuket. It is reportedly owned by one of the princesses of Thailand.
It is one of the dive sites closest to Chalong Bay where virtually all of scuba diving boats depart from.
Unique to Phuket, Mai Thon appears to be a favourite of the local dolphin population. Although very shy, dolphins have appears around 60% of visits there.
It is a rarely dived is [...]
Staghorn Reef is Situated between Bay 2 and Bay 3 on the east side of Racha Yai Island. This was once a fantastic site with a long and flourishing reef containing predominately Staghorn Coral.
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This site was hit hard by the coral beaching in 2010 and is not often dived now although there are new patches of Staghorn now forming and hopefully soon it will be back close to its former glory.
When scuba diving in Phuket you'll be embarking on what is referred to as 'Day Trip Scuba Diving', day trips will take you to one or many of the Islands around Phuket that house our outstanding reefs & wrecks. Because these Islands are typically one to two hours from Phuket mainland (Chalong Pier) by boat it works out much better if you do multiple dives while you are out there. Day trip diving in Phuket, Thailand will usually see you doing two or three dives per day, which is awesome because you get to see a multitude of different dive sites, marine life and scenery for a relatively low price, plus we get you back home in time for dinner.
Day trip diving in Phuket is suitable for divers of all levels, whether experienced, new, or total beginners, including Discover Scuba Divers, we have many options for day trip divers, including Phi Phi Island, Racha Noi & Racha Yai and the King Cruiser Wreck. Basically it is just a matter of deciding which day trip and dive sites best suit your level of diving comfort and then contact Aussie Divers to book it.