is varied and has outstanding marine life. The dive sites are easily accesible and all levels of divers will find a dive to suit their needs. In addition to the rich marine life it's also possible to do wreck diving. Some dive operations offer Phi Phi Island as an overnight liveaboard trip.
Always dive according to your level of training. Check with your dive center for safety, additional information and level required for each dive site before entering the water.
Diving is possible all year round however from June to September the diving is weather dependent.
Some of the dive sites around Kata Karon are:
Koh Racha Yai, a tropical island about 90 minutes south of Phuket with calm waters that are clear for diving all year round. Racha Yai is characterised by hard corals and an abundance of colourful marine life. You may encounter parrot fish, yellow tailed snappers and trigger fish. This site is suitable for divers of all levels and experiences as the maximum depth is 18 meters (59 feet).
There is excellent drift diving during the monsoon period and snorkling is practicable as well.
Koh Racha Noi is about 30 minutes away from the sister Island Racha Yai has deep water around and good visibility. There are occasional strong currents and bigger pelagics such as barracudas, leopard sharks, eagle rays, black spotted stingrays, big groupers and manta rays are spotted here.
Koh Doc Mai meaning Flower Island is made up of a huge rock and lies halfway between Shark Point and Phuket. Some of the best wall diving is found in this area. Marine life includes bearded scorpionfish, common lionfish, sea snakes, barracudas, clams, sea fans, soft corals and colorful tube corals.
Macro lovers can see cleaner shrimps, sea horses, ghost pipefish, nudibranch, sea slugs, and juvenile white-eyed morays!
Shark Point consists of three submerged pinnacles approximately 90 minutes east of Phuket. There is a huge variety of marine life present in this famous marine sanctuary. To be seen are colorful soft corals, sponges,anemones and sea fans on the limestone pinnacles a wide range of tropical marine life like clown fish, octopus, squid, sweetlips, morays, trevallies, and spotfin. At the sandy bottom lionfish and the resident leopard sharks can be found.
Anemone reef is an underwater rock north of Hin Musang which drops off dramatically to a depth of between 20 and 27 meters (65 - 88 feet). The reef starts at 5 meters (16 feet) and is completeley covered with anemones and soft corals. The diving conditions are good in general but due to the ooccasional strong currents this site is more suitable for the advanced diver.There is abundant fish life and leopard sharks and
moray eels are often seen.
King Cruiser a catamaran passenger ferry, strayed and hit Anemone Reef ripping one of her twin hulls open on the 4th of May 1997.This wreck located close to Shark Point is an excellent dive for advanced divers. The marine life found here includes porcupine fish, Common Lionfish, Scorpion Fish in the hull and Nurse Sharks in the sand under the wreck.