The diving paradise
Thailand's tropical climate keeps the sea relatively warm, which is an important factor in diving. The seabed has many configurations of cliffs, caves, steep drop-off, wrecks, grottos and vast coral gardens which provide for an abundance of dive profiles. Thailand's seas are plankton rich, attracting the awe inspiring whale sharks, manta rays and a host of other pelagic fish. Good visibility will delight underwater photographers and marine naturalists.
KOH SAMUI - KOH TAO
Day dives on Koh Samui or Koh Tao
The island of Koh Tao lies 70 Km north of Koh Samui. It has a surface of 21 Km2 and most of it is covered with palm-trees. The south and west coasts are wide beaches of white sand. In the north and east are small bays cut into granite cliffs. Mae Haad, the only "town" of the island is on the south part of the west coast. It is the arrival and departure point for the boats making the transfers with the outside.
DESCRIPTION OF THE SITES
Depth 2 - 20 meters. Visibility 10 - 30 meters. 1 Km from Koh Tao and near Koh Nang Yuan, the buoy indicating the site is 9 meters deep. Cape 210º to discover a wide band of coral reef. The diversity of hard and soft corals is impressing and many reef-fishes turn around the divers. Groupers, barracudas, angelfishes, moray eels, Neptune sponges are to be seen, and, for the most atentives, Phylidia nudibranchs. A zone covered with anemones and their clown fishes is specially interesting. For divers of all level.
Depth 7 - 17 meters. Visibility 10 - 20 meters. West of Koh Nang Yuan, the site is made of three granite reefs covered with corals and sponges. One or two giant groupers stay put in their crevice, Titan and clown trigger-fishes keep watch, banner-fishes, blue-ringed angelfishes, blue-spotted rays and sometimes tuna-fishes and barracudas swim around. Very pleasant dive for divers of all level.
Depth 5 - 25 meters. Visibility 10 - 30 meters. 50 meters from the north coast of Koh Nang Yuan, this big immerged block is one of the famous sites of Koh Tao. The crevices and the very beautiful arches through which you swim allow a very pleasant exploration. Corals, sponges and many kind of fishes can be seen and when you leave the reef northwards, you enter the kingdom of Titan trigger-fishes, huge and ready to defend their nests. This site is also excellent to see pelagic fishes when the visibility is good. For divers of all levels.
Depth 12 - 36 meters. Visibility 20 - 30 meters. 7 Km north-west of Koh Tao, it is the most impressive site. 4 pinnacles give a superb dive site. Giant groupers, black coral, anemone gardens, vertically falling reefs: everything a diver desires. An incredible number of fishes turn above the pinnacles and big pelagic fishes are often present. Batfishes will escort you during your dive. Barracudas, tunas, sometimes whale-sharks and exceptionaly dolphins will charm you. Situated at large, currant can sometimes be important. For experienced divers.
Depth 6 - 15 meters. Visibility 5 - 15 meters. Extreme north of Koh Tao, ideal bay for PMT and discovery. From the bouey, we go northwards to the exterior of the bay. Great variety of corals, small fishes, puffers, moray eels, young barracudas. For beginners or a very cool dive.
Depth 2 - 28 meters. Visibility 5 - 30 meters depending on the direction of the winds. South-east of Koh Tao, this mini-island, 10 meters high, marks the site. Possibility of 2 or 3 different dives. On the north-east side, direction south, different levels, soft corals (blue alcyonaries), gorgonian sea fans, black coral, coral tables, emperor angel fishes, titan and clown trigger-fishes, turtles. Northward, anemones, barracudas, very beautiful corals. On the south-west part, deeper and possibility of pelagic fishes when visibility is good. For experienced divers.
Depth 5 - 35 meters. Visibility 15 - 30 meters. 15 Km north of Koh Phangan, this 15m block emerge from the sea. The less deep part around this rock is covered with anemones and different corals. In the vertical faces, small moray-eels watch the divers. A chimney, full with urchins and lion-fishes raise from 18 meters to 10 meters on the south-east part. On the south side, an immerged reef allows a sight on the "outside", where barracudas, tunas and other fishes swim. The bunches of black corals are many on this site. Current can be important. For experienced divers.
Depth 10 - 25 meters. Visibility 10 - 30 meters. 14 Km south-west of Koh Nang Yuan, this immerged reef is made of 3 pinnacles. Huge groupers hide under a rock, two leopard sharks have their home there. Big pelagic fishes swim around their rocks. A lot of black coral, the less deep part is covered with anemones. Current can be important, but the reef offers shelter during the dive. For experienced divers.
KOH NANG YUAN PINNACLE
Depth 12 - 22 meters. Visibility 5 - 20 meters. North-east of Koh Nang Yuan, the granite rocks offer possibilities of important explorations. Titan triggers patrol next to groupers, angelfishes, parrot-fishes. Mushroom corals and sponges. For all divers.
Depth 5 - 10 meters. Visibility 10 - 15 meters. East of Koh Nang Yuan, this small dive offers a garden of coral of acropora stype, with many small fishes. Ideal for Discovery and Open Water
The Andaman Sea dive destinations offer pure diving pleasure, and live aboard dive expeditions to the renowned premier dive sites such as the Similan Islands, Surin islands. Around Phuket, there are equally exciting day trips to dive sites such as Phi Phi island, Racha Yai, Racha Noi, Shark Point and Ko Doc Mai. Dive programes come in many varied forms and there is always one to suit your taste.
SIMILAN/SURIN DIVE CRUISES
The Wicked Witch
The live-aboard boat, "The Wicked Witch" is a very large 24 metre x 6 metre wooden dive boat with two decks. The upper deck supports the captain's cabin and a large sun deck where people can relax and enjoy themselves. The lower deck has double cabins, each one with air conditioning and windows. There are three toilets/showers with wash basins. There is a double entry/exit dive station at the stern, with two shower systems which make for easy access. The 35 tanks are retained upright so that BCD and regulators can be fixed to them.
– Licensed by TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand)
– Member of hyper baric center
Cruise Similan ou Similan/Surin
The Similan Islands - one of the world's top ten dive destinationsExperience the awesome grandeur of Fantasea Reef, the stunning beauty of Sea Fan Garden, the dramatic colors and diversity of fish life around Elephant Head Rock, the expression of joy and delight as divers surface from the coral reefs of Ko Tachai or a manta ray encounter near Ko Bon. These are just a few of the special memories of the Similan and Surin Islands.
The 4 day/4 night trips aboard 'The Witch' with its friendly and professional crew are holidays of a lifetime. The Similan and Surin Islands offer a wide variety of diving experiences, for the most experienced as well as the beginner, with expert tuition and guidance on hand.
Koh Similan has more variety than you'll find in most other dive destinations around the world. There's everything here - big rocks, huge sea fans, barrel sponges, caves, swim-throughs, and plenty of shallows for snorkelling as well. Although the waters around the islands average around 30m, you'll find coral gardens in as little as six to seven metres.
4 days/ 4 nights Similan and Surin Islands 14 dives
Pick up 5:30pm - 6.00pm from hotel
Depart to Similan Islands approx. 7:30pm
Day 1 Similan Islands
Day 2 Similan Islands
Day 3 Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
Day 4 Koh Bon
Disembark at 3:00pm in Tabla Mu transfer back to hotel in Phuket or at Chalong Pier transfer back to hotel
4 days/ 4 nights Hin Daeng/Hin Muang 14 dives
Pick up 5:30pm - 6.00pm from hotel
Depart to Hin Daeng/Hin Muang approx. 7:30pm
Day 1 Phi Phi Islands, Koh Ha
Day 2 Hin Daeng, Hin Muang
Day 3 Koh Ha, Phi Phi Islands
Day 4 King Cruiser Wreck, Shark Point
Disembark at 3:00pm in Tabla Mu transfer back to hotel in Phuket
or at Chalong Pier transfer back to hotel
Similan Diving Programme 2009/2010
The prices above do not include the entrance fee for the Similan National Park of 1.600 baht per diver and 800 baht per non-diver. Full Equipment rental is 500 baht per day (BCD, Regulator, Wetsuit, Mask, Snorkel, Fins). For Non-diver free Mask, Snorkel and Fins.
Live aboard Rates Include :
Accommodation on board in air-condition cabin
All Meals, soft drinks and fresh fruits
Tanks, Weights, Torch (UW-lamp)
Professional Dive master
Transfers from and to hotel
PHUKET ISLAND DAY DIVES
Racha Yai, Racha Noi, Ko Doc Mai, Anemone Reef, Shark Point, King Cruiser (wreck dive) and the Phi Phi Islands. The dives of Phuket are as different and diverse as their names suggest. From gentle sloping coral reefs, to pinnacles and wall dives, Phuket has vast areas of breathtaking coral reefs, wrecks and marine life toAngel fish satisfy divers of all experience levels. And if that's not enough, crew and staff of 'The Witch', boasts a wealth of different cultures, mixed cuisines, and an abundance of friendliness. So whether you are above or below the surface we promise that you will have the time of your life.
RACHA YAI ISLAND. Visibility 15-30 meters. Depth 3-20 meters. Dives on the east side are with easy conditions, clear water and a good variety' of marine life. Dives on the west side consist mostly of granite rocks, sparse coral growth, invertebrates and a good variety' of reef fish. Racha Yai Island is the perfect place for a diver to do a check dive.
SHARK POINT. Visibility 10-20 meters. Depth 3-25 meters. Shark Point is classified as a Marine Sanctuary. This reef is home to an incredible profusion of sea creatures with soft and hard corals, tropical and pelagic fish and Leopard-Sharks for great pictures. The density and diversity of marine life here is favorably compared to the best coral reefs anywhere in the world.
KING CRIUSER (WRECK DIVE). Visibility 10-25 meters. The 70 meters steel hulled passenger ferry had been sunk on May 1997 by hurting Anemone Reefs. That huge catamaran rests within the zone of Shark Point Marine Sanctuary in about 30 meters of water on a sandy bottom. Divers can swim through most of the wreck.
RACHA NOI ISLAND. Visibility 15-30 meters. Depth 3-30 meters. Dives consist of rocky slopes, coral gardens and huge rock pinnacles. Marine life here includes both hard and soft corals, crinoids of many colors, and a wide variety of reef fish with occasionally pelagic fish. Many divers compare the dive spot with those in the Similan/Surin Islands.
KOH DOC MAI. Visibility' 15-25 meters. Depth 1-30 meters. The east side of the island offers a wall rich in invertebrates and a good representation of tube corals. There are large moray eels, Black-banded Sea Snakes, Honeycomb Groupers and angelfish, and you have a good chance of seeing Leopard Sharks out on the sand. The western side of the island features a steeply' sloping reef. Both Black-tip and White-tip Reef Sharks have been seen here as well as visiting pelagic are often on view.
ANEMONE REEF Visibility 10-25 meters, Depth 4-26 meters. Anemone Reef is a collection of Rocky Plateaus. As you might guess, the top part of the reef is smothered in sea anemones; there are many resident clown fish, shrimps and porcelain crabs. Elsewhere on the reef you will find large clusters of soft corals and enormous sea fans. At its deepest point, a solitary rock is home to a group of moray eels. This dive site is for divers of all levels.
PHI-PHI ISLANDS. Phi-Phi Islands offers numerous walls, caverns and caves, as well as shallow coral gardens and sloping reefs. Typical sights include both hard and soft coral, nudi branchs, shellfish and many other invertebrates. Fish life is abundant and range from coral reef fish to leopard shark or whale sharks.