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DVD Programme Two:

Phuket, Khao Lak, Racha & Similan Islands

Now is the time to come back and enjoy diving in Thailand!

Programme Two ...

Phuket has long been known as the gateway to the Similan Islands and Burma Banks (Myanmar). As well as being a busy island, Phuket is also the base for over 100 liveaboard dive boats. All budgets are catered for and trips can be from one day to one week liveaboard.

The 2nd programme on the DVD takes you around many of the dive sites in the Similan Islands plus Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock. You will see a very friendly Moray Eel and the sight of the awesome Whale Shark and Manta Ray.

Another popular area for divers is Khao Lak. Khao Lak is around 100 km up the coast from Phuket and offers day diving to a few dive sites plus the popular Bangsak wreck as well as a large number of liveaboards to the Similans and Burma. The Bangsak is a small tin mining vessel, which is home to many types of fish including Frog Fish, Sea Horses, Scorpion Fish, Leopard Sharks and occasional Whale Sharks

Racha Island (Raya in Thai) is south of Phuket and offers some excellent diving. Racha Yai is the easier of the two islands with hard and soft coral gardens and usually good visibility. Racha Noi is further south and offers excellent advanced diving. Strong currents tend to prevail but you are rewarded with beautiful pristine coral gardens and large schools of Barracuda.

In Summary, the Similans, Racha, Phuket and Khao Lak offer something for all divers young or old, experienced or beginner, which is why many divers come back again and again.

The Dive Sites

Below, you find the description of dive sites, which we dived during the making of

the DVD "Discover Scuba Diving Thailand".

Phuket

Koh Racha Yai

Koh Racha Noi

Shark Point

Good all round dive site with lots of staghorn corals. Many reef fishes inc. Octopus, Cuttlefish, Garden Eels. Visibility 10-20m (depth 5-30m).

Advanced dive site, strong current, Wonderful soft coral gardens, Mantas, Sharks, Barracudas. Visibility 15-25m (depth 10-30m).

Rocky boulders covered with hard and soft coral patches. Usually strong currents but with good fish life inc. snappers, fusiliers, pipefish and invertebrates. Visibility 5-20m (depth 5-25m).

Similan Islands

Koh Bon

Koh Tachai

Richelieu Rock

Steep wall covered with soft corals. Expectation to see Manta Rays. Strong current possible. Octopus, Leopard Sharks, Reef Sharks. Visibility 15-30m (depth 10-40m).

Very nice multi-level dive. Good chance to see Manta Rays or Whale Sharks. Other fish life includes Leopard Sharks, Barracuda. Visibility 10-30m (depth 15-40m).

Submerged rocky pinnacle, famed as the Whale Shark magnet. Excellent chance to see many varieties of marine life. Visibility 20-30m+ (depth 5-30m). Often strong currents.

Morning Edge

Elephant Head

Breakfast Bend

Large boulder mounds. Soft and hard corals. Marine life includes sponges, Reef Sharks. Visibility 15-30m (depth 10-35m).

Huge boulders with lots of swimthroughs. Table coral, triggerfish, nudibranches, and goatfish. Visibility 10-25m (depth 15-40m).

Easy dive, lots of hard and soft corals. Good chance to see small reef sharks. Visibility 15-25m (depth 10-25m).

Christmas Point

Nice hard and soft coral area but with rocky areas with swim throughs. Good dive for all levels. Visibility 10-20m (depth 10-32m).

Khao Lak

Khao lak Bangsak Wreck

Old tin mining vessel which went down in a storm. Amazing variety of marine life from Frog Fish to Leopard Sharks and Whale Sharks. Lots of schooling fish. Visibility 5-20m (depth 18m).

Phuket, Khao Lak, Racha and Similans

Dive Centres

RAYA DIVERS

PADI courses, daytrips to all Phuket dive sites. Overnight dive/course packages to Raja Yai Island.

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