|Diving Type||Boat Diving|
|Level||Beginnger and experienced divers|
|Depth||5 - 25 m|
|Visibility||10 - 20 m|
|Current||None - Strong|
Phi Phi Island
Loh Sama Bay
8 MILES ROCK
This dive site is famous for spotting Whale sharks, schools of Batfish and Barracudas. Although we were unlucky and did not see any sharks or rays we did saw Barracudas and some big Tunas. There was little current so we got to enjoy the dive site for as long as our air and no decompression limits lasted. We did two dives here, both about 40 minutes to 30 meters.
Soft corals were everywhere, like fields of colorful flower bouquets waiving with the tide. This dive site starts at about 5 meters, making it easy to take some amazing photos if you have sunlight. Unfortunately we were there during the Southeast Asian haze, which blocked all direct sunlight on the reef. Still it was a magnificent dive site with a lot of Butterfly fish, Pufferfish, little Shrimps and even a Blue Dragon nudibranch (Pteraeolidia ianthina, not to be mistaken with a Glaucus atlanticus which is #1 on my bucket list).
|Season||Scuba diving in Phi Phi runs year-round with the best conditions from February-May. The waters are at their calmest, warmest 84-86ºF/29-30°C and clearest during this time.
In June-September the waters are cool but never drop below 82°F/28°C. Visibility ranges from 30m (at its best between January and April) to 10-15m in low season. The benefit of more plankton in the water means manta rays and whale sharks are more likely to make an appearance. Currents are gentle all year.
There is no bad time for diving in Koh Phi Phi. With 15 fascinating dive sites scattered around the island it's an all-round perfect place for divers of any experience.
|Highlight||Blacktip reef shark, Leopard shark, Nurse shark, Whale shark, Manta ray, Seahorse, Hawksbill turtle, Shrimp, Sea snake, Sting ray, Barracuda, Octopus, Moray eel, Lionfish|
Koh Phi Phi is characterized by rugged limestone walls, vivid soft coral and gorgonian fans. Stunning rock formations continue underwater creating great wall diving with plenty of nooks and crevices for critters to hide in. With sloping coral gardens ripe for exploring on your safety stop, diving in Koh Phi Phi offers richness for all.
Keep a keen eye on the sand for resting leopard sharks. Look carefully for mantis shrimp and seahorses whilst triggerfish dart around you. Barracuda and octopus hang out with blacktip reef sharks, nurse sharks, turtles, bluespotted stingrays, and banded sea snakes in the blue. Whale sharks have been known to pass by Koh Phi Phi to follow the plankton trail from Malaysia to Myanmar. Sometime 10 meters long, these gentle giants are awesome overhead.
Ref : padi.com
Koh Lipe - The Best Dive Sites of Southern Thailand
Diving in the Andaman Sea is awesome! Koh Lipe is the Southernmost island of Thailand, offering over 20 different dive sites in the Tarutao National Marine Park and Butang archipelago. Rock formations with pelagic, impressive amounts of soft corals and macro, all is there for you to discover.
Koh Lipe is a tropical island in the beautiful Andaman Sea at the Westcoast of Thailand. It is the most Southern island in Thailand and in high season (Nov-May) you can take a boat from and to Langkawi, Malaysia. Koh Lipe is officially part of the Tarutao National Marine Park but nowadays it is a very popular tourist destination with many bars, restaurants and accommodations.
With over 20 dive sites in the Butang archipelago and the South Andaman Sea in general you can find something for everyone's needs. Turtles, Groupers, Rays, Parrotfish and many tropical reef fish can be spotted, schools of Batfish and even Barracudas.
For experienced divers there is a day trip to the more challenging (and arguably the best) dive sites: 8 MILES ROCK and STONEHENGE. Both dive sites have a possibility for strong current and because of that a higher chance of pelagic fish, manta rays and shark species.
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