Raya Yai- Phuket Dive Location Details
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The dive sites surrounding Phuket, Thailand have some of the most diverse marine environments in South East Asia. Breathtaking scenery above the surface, and healthy hard coral reefs below. From the smallest nudibranch or seahorse to the biggest fish alive – the gigantic whale sharks – and everything in between, are all accessible with diving on day trips from Phuket.
- Distance: 26 km (14 Miles
- Boat Trip: 1,5 Hour / Speedboat 30 mins
- Depth: 6-24 Meters (20-80 ft)
- Visibility: Fair to excellent
- Currents: fair to moderate
- Type of Dive: Hard Coral/Drift Dive
Ideal for UW Photography, Naturalist, Navigation, PPB, Drift.
OK for Beginner
Racha Yai offers some of the best local year around dive-sites but the visibility varies as to the season. On the north side of the island are two beautiful little bays famous for their deep clear water and colorful coral formations. Both of them have almost swimming pool features as they gradually drop to a depth of 40 feet onto a sandy seabed, providing ample opportunities for both snorkeling and scuba diving. The best diving is off the east coast where the current allows a gentle drift dive along a sloping rocky face that is covered with an amazing array of hard corals and the nutrient rich water draws large schools of tropical fish. Here the Island provides several Beaches and gentle sloops with ample playground for Beginners and experienced divers alike. Big groupers, snapper, tuna and octopus are common dive buddies here as well as a small, perfectly safe wreck, the Andaman Explorer.
These sites offer easy and pleasant diving in shallow water (mostly 5-8 meters) and are easily reached from shore making them popular for both snorkeling and as training areas for scuba diving classes.