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Phi Phi Island Diving

Dive Sites around Phi Phi Islands

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 Phi-Phi 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. In spite of diving visibility often being limited to 5-20 meters the Phi Phi Islands are likely to remain among the most popular diving locations Southeast Asia.

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Fast Facts

Distance 40 Kilometres
Boat Trip 100 minutes. Approx.
Depth 3 - 27 metres
Experience Level OK for all levels
Reef type Coral gardens, limestone rock, walls
Visibility Variable from 5-30 metres
Current Variable, often strong, good drift diving
Coral Lush colorful soft corals, healthy hard corals
Fish Quantities and varieties excellent
Highlights Leopard sharks, dramatic landscape above and below the water, caves, vertical walls, and many colorful soft corals.

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Phi Phi Island Dive Sites

Garang Heng

A small submerged reef just east of Phi Phi Ley and a excellent backup to Shark point so if you are unlucky there, Garang Heng has a healthy reef with anemones, soft corals and of course, sharks.

Hin Dot

Four pinnacles starting just below sea level and dropping down to around 30 metres characterise Hin Dot (Chimney Rocks) on Phi Phi Don's southern headlands. Often quite dark due to the volume of fish life above you, but some interesting marine life under the rocks near the bottom where several nurse sharks have been discovered. These enormous towers are famous for their large schools of fish. Other fish populations include groupers, pufferfish, lionfish, squid and bearded scorpionfish.

  • Location: 15-20 minutes by boat from Tonsai Bay
  • Remarks: Visibility 8-20 metres - Dive depth: 10-34 metres

Hin Pae

Hin Pae is a relatively shallow dive site - 10 to 15 metres deep. Its shallow depth offers excellent snorkeling. Hin Pae is sometimes called Baby Shark Point, because even snorkellers have the opportunity to see different types of sharks. The main topography includes boulder and brain corals, with many holes and tunnels for moray eels to pass through. Soft and hard coral provide shelter for a rich variety of coral fish. Crabs, lobsters, angelfish, groupers, snappers and surgeonfish are also residents of this area.

  • Location: 10 minutes by boat from Tonsai
  • Remarks: Visibility 7-15 metres - Dive depth: 8-16 metres

King Cruiser Wreck

Built in Japan 30 years ago, King Cruiser was a comfortable catamaran-hull passenger-cruiser with 4 decks until she sank on the 4th May 1997 in near perfect weather conditions. An easy dive, King Cruiser has large openings that allow easy access to the spacious interior. The propellers (deepest point) rest 30 metres deep with the most interesting areas around the passenger decks between 10 and 20 metres. Read More...

Koh Bida Nok & Kok Bida Nai

One dive site not to be missed, Ko Bida Nok, has outstanding hard and soft coral with lots of marine life. Sightings include leopard sharks, turtles, moray eels & ghost pipe fish, plus there is always a chance of the unexpected whale sharks and manta rays. As one side of the island is very shallow and Read More...

  • Location: 50 minutes from Tonsai Bay
  • Remarks: Visibility averages 20 metres - Dive depth: 19 to 30 metres

Maya Bay

With a maximum depth of 18 metres and plenty of fish life and rocks to look under, Maya provides a great dive site for the inexperienced diver. Heading out of the bay, the underwater landscape changes with large caves 30+ depths. Maya South starts as a shear wall down to 30 metres with a small over Read More...

Shark Point

Yes Shark Point (Hin Bida) does live up to it's name, well 95% of the time. This rock which justs breaks the surface, attracts a lot of Leopard sharks and often Nurse & Reef sharks as well. A small, submerged outcrop some 8 kilometres southeast of Phi Phi Ley, it's a favoured spot for whale sharks around February / March.

  • Location: 50 to 60 minutes from Tonsai Bay
  • Remarks: Good visibility, averaging 20 metres - Dive depth: 12 to 18 metres
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