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Krabi's Paradise Diving

The province of Krabi is located just north and east of Phuket Island and can be reached by road or by boat from Phuket or Koh Lanta. Our dive centers concentrate on beginning divers courses , advanced course, specialtys and fun dive daytrips around Krabi and Phi Phi island as well as some Phuket dive sites include King Cruiser Wreck, Anemon Reef and Shark Point. One nice thing about Krabi is that the local dive are relatively close, allowing divers to engage in other activities in the afternoon.

The islands around the Ao Nang and Ao Pranang areas are bizarrely shaped and have some of the most beautiful beaches you'll ever seen. The caves and limestone faces have sea whips small sea fans, and some unusual types of corals that are not seen elsewhere.

On request some trips go to points further south including Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Ko Ha.

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Finding Nemo
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Shark Point or Hin Musang

Hin Musang was given official marine sanctuary status in 1992. It's made up of three large rock pinnacles, the largest of which breaks the surface. These rocks abound with life. The sheer density and diversity of coral and fish life makes diving here a wonderful, sensual experience. Phuket Shark Point's most colourful feature is the profusion of the purple and pink soft corals that cling to the rocks, and its huge barrel sponges.

Hin Musang derives its name from the leopard sharks that are resident there, making it one of the more popular spots for in scuba diving in Phuket. These docile creatures grow to approximately two and a half metres, are nocturnal, and sleep on the sandy bottom at the edge of the reef during the day. Shark Point's your best chance to get up close and personal, and maybe take a photo or two of these sharks.

Bamboo sharks can also be found hiding under coral ledges but there's a lot more to see here than just sharks. Lionfish and scorpionfish are all over the reef, the latter being incredibly well camouflaged against the coral. There are many different types of pufferfish including the cute little yellow boxfish. Moorish idols and the very similar looking bannerfish can be seen on every dive. Blue-ringed angelfish and emperor angelfish are also common.

One metre long potato groupers are quite shy, making photographing them a challenge but there are plenty of other, more willing subjects to snap away at. Schools of fusiliers are dotted around the reef and in places the reef is completely carpeted by glassfish which are constantly being dispersed by raiding trevallies. Moray eels are in abundance and banded sea snakes are often seen in the shallower areas. A small rock outcrop, just off the south west corner on the main rock at eighteen metres depth is home to a yellow seahorse and while you're hunting for him you'll probably also see free swimming white-eyed morays, banded boxer shrimps and hinge-beak shrimps.

As Shark Point is made up of more than one pinnacle there is always somewhere on the reef to shelter from any currents, so you can dive here any time of the month.


Anemone Reef

A dive at Anemone Reef usually starts with a descent to the bottom of the pinnacle. You can then slowly circle your way up the reef until you reach your safety stop level at the end of your dive. Sometimes the currents make it difficult to circumnavigate the reef in which case your guide will lead you on a zigzag route up one side of the pinnacle to avoid heavy finning against the current. Which ever way Anemone Reef is dived, it's a spectacular diving spot.

On the eastern slope of the pinnacle you can find large examples of lemon sea fans. Barrel sponges dot the lower slopes, and you can often find big, well-fed bearded scorpionfish resting inside their open barrel rims. These creatures are masters of camouflage and adopt crazy patchwork markings of white and pale pink, to match the granite rocks of Anemone Reef. Common lionfish and spotfin lionfish are always in attendance, either floating freely or hiding around the barrel sponges to avoid the currents.

Large schools of fish are everywhere on Anemone Reef, including various families of snapper, grouper and fusiliers. Splendid soldierfish congregate together in the many cracks and crevices which are also a haven for smaller critters such as the yellow tiger-tail seahorses. These guys are normally found around the lower reaches of the pinnacle and you need a good eye or a skilled dive guide to spot them.

Look under the coral heads for Oriental sweetlips. Adult harlequin sweetlips can also be seen, and if you are lucky, the beautiful juvenile harlequin sweetlips performing its distinctive dance. Red-tail butterflyfish and schooling bannerfish are common at Phuket dive sites, as are Moorish idols, trumpet fish, cornetfish and parrotfish.

You will see plenty of giant morays, undulated morays and white-eyed moray eels too, and with a little searching you should also be able to spot honeycomb, yellow-edged and spot-faced moray eels.

At the end of the dive pay close attention in and around the anemones. You can find tomato, skunk, pink and Clark's anemonefish, to name but a few. And yes, the now famous western clownfish is everywhere, so you will find Nemo! Anemonefish are not the anemone's only residents though. Porcelain crabs can be seen on the outer edges of carpet anemones, shrimps hide in the middle of the anemones and damselfish such as the three spot dascyllus are ever present. The top of the rock at six metres is an ideal spot to finish off that roll of film; in fact many photographers choose to spend their whole dive here as the shallow depth provides great lighting conditions.

As Anemone Reef lies very close to Phuket Shark Point Marine Sanctuary, you are just as likely to see leopard sharks here as you are there, and there's also a pair of hawksbill turtles that make frequent appearances. They seem to share their time between Anemone Reef and the King Cruiser Wreck. Conditions can be adverse, especially in rainy season during the months from May to October, which makes diving Phuket at this site suitable for intermediate level divers only.


Koh Phi Phi ( Ko Bida Nork, Ko Bida Nai)

The Phi Phi Islands are one of the most dramatically beautiful locations in the world. The scenery from the surface is absolutely stunning; colossal emerald green monoliths rising straight from the sea and soaring to heights of more than 500 meters. Underwater, these towers shape a rugged, interesting environment for scuba divers, and over time the elements have created caves, overhangs, and swim-throughs in the soft limestone rock.

Other dive profiles include vertical walls that plunge from the surface to over 25 meters. On these walls growing in every nook and cranny are found a profusion of soft corals, large orange-colored fans, black corals, and long stringy sea whips. There are several unusual types of coral that can only be found in the waters surrounding the Pi Pi Islands including a one meter high white coral bush that is shaped like a Christmas tree complete with little ornaments.

The Phi Phi Islands offer a remarkable variety of dive sites concentrated in a small area. One of the most popular dive sites is located at the Southern tip of the small island of Ko Bida Nok. In a shallow bay on the Eastern side of the island are found huge gardens of stag horn and star corals and incredible numbers of colorful reef fish.

Koh Ha

Ko Means island and Ha means five in Thai. These five small islands are an hour by boat from Ko Lanta, just time enogh to enjoy breakfast and dive briefings. The islands are a favorite spot as diving conditions are almost always good. Depths range from 18 - 34 meters, with an abundance of marine life and a beautiful cave with two entrances, one at 5m and one at 16m. Inside the cave there is a "cathedral" rising 30 above sea level inside the mountain. The light enters from below the water creating an unworldly magical atmosphere.


Koh Rok

The two sister-islands of Ko Rok offer beautiful diving with fabulous beaches and are suitable for divers and snorkellers of all levels. Located approximately 25km south of Ko Haa and visible on the horizon from Kan Tieng Bay, Ko Rok offers relatively shallow diving with abundant marine life and thriving corals in the shallower areas. The shallow channel between the islands reaches a maximum depth of 15m, which makes Ko Rok a great destination for students, beginner divers and snorkellers.

The uninhabited islands of Ko Rok (Ko Rok Nai - Inner Rock, and Ko Rok Nok - Outer Rock) are part of Ko Lanta's National Marine Park and are named after a small furry animal (called 'rok' in Thai), which can occasionally be spotted on the islands. Giant monitor lizards (often over a metre in length!) are regularly seen on the beautiful, powder-white sandy beaches, which are among prettiest in Thailand. Hard corals, interspersed with a few more colourful, soft corals, dominate the deeper areas on the east side of Ko Rok Nok. The marine life that can be found at Ko Rok varies from abundant and colourful reef fish to black-tip reef sharks, which can be spotted, cruising past the reef and if you're lucky you can find a hawksbill turtle near the beach. The spectacular twin beaches, crystal clear water and abundant wildlife, both above and below the water, make for memorable day for all the family.


Hin Daeng - Hin Muang

The twin peaks of Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are rated in most of the world's top-10 dive site rankings. Sited just 50 km from Ko Lanta, the pinnacles offer steep walls covered with pink, purple and red coral and house an incredible variety of marine life. Being the lone coral outcrop in deep open sea, they attract large numbers of pelagics and very large jacks, fusiliers, tuna and barracuda. Curious schools of grey reef sharks often approach divers for a closer look. If sharks are what you'are after, this site has one of the world's highest incidences of whale shark sightings.

Hin Daeng (Red Rock) is a familiar name for anyone interested in Asian diving. It is often rated Thailand's best dive site, and features several different drop offs connected by rock shelves at many levels. The coral and marine life are outstanding here. Most dive guides list Hin Daeng as a sure place to see whale sharks and manta rays. There are no sure things but with a bit of luck you'll have a special diving story to take home.

Just 500 meters from Hin Daeng lays sister site Hin Muang (Purple Rock). This might not be the first dive after your Open Water Certeification, but with a bit more experience this dive is a must. The reef has five "legs", the shallowest at 8 meters and the deepest at 70 meters, one of the deepest site in Thailand.


King Cruiser Wreck

King Cruiser was built in Japan some 30 years ago and in 1997 she was operating as a passenger ferry between Phuket and Phi-Phi Islands.

One 14th May, a calm sunny day, she mysteriously sailed into Anemone Reef. All passengers disembarked safely before she sank and came to rest upright on her twin catamaran hulls.

At 85m in length, King Cruiser is a large wreck as she had previously been a car ferry, and now she is a wonderful artificial reef offering best scuba diving Thailand wreck diving, and with each passing year more and more different varieties of marine life make the King Cruiser wreck their home. The King Cruiser wreck lies on the seabed at 31m, yet the top is just 14m deep, so the King Cruiser wreck caters for all levels of diver.

The waters around the upper decks dance with huge schools of barracuda and fusiliers, while countless lionfish and porcupinefish lurk amongst the cabins of the King Cruiser wreck. Even whale sharks pass by occasionally.

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