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 a rarely dived island and is really only ever dived during bad weather when other dive sites are inexcessible due to strong winds and high waves. For this reason it is difficult to accurately report on diving here as it is normally only dived when the weather is at its poorest. .
As the dives are normally done during the wet month most dives are done on the eastern side of the island. This side is quite shallow and appears to have been quite badly hit by the coral damage of 2010. A difficult dive site to get any more depth than 10 -12 metres it is also affected by very poor visibility.
The has been some reports of leopard shark and turtle being there however they are a very rare occurrence. There are some typical reef creatures there such as eels and cuttle fish however other than that it is pretty void of much marine life and really does not appeal to many divers.
In 2014 a community group released a lot of breeding pairs of harlequin shrimp and bamboo sharks around the island in an effort to entice divers there. To this point there has not been much feedback in the success of the project.
On the western side of the island is a rocky outcrop following the island and the rockets and reef run down to about 18 metres. It is possible better than the eastern side however it is a long way off being as good as the main scuba diving sites in the area. There is little chance that it will become a serious scuba diving destination any time soon.
In 2013 a boat chater started running short day trips to Mai Thon. Although the company was running a commendable operation the dive site itself did not provide sufficient to attract scuba divers. At the current time there are no dive charter with scheduled trips to Mai Tong island.
Depth: 2m – 18m Difficulty: ✩ Marine life: ✩ Coral: ✩ Currents: ✩✩
There are currently no scheduled day trips to Mai Thon