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Location: Koh Phi Phi (Thailand)
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Worldclassdiving at Hin Daeng and Hin muang with Whalesharks and Mantarays and beautiful coralreefs around Bida Islands in Koh PHi Phi Islands.
Leopardsharks as well as turtles,Tigertailseahorses,Octopus,Lionfish, Scorpionfishes are very common marinlife here. Phi Phi Island was affected by the tsunami but have now done a big recovery and all divingschools,bars,resturants,accomondation,shopping that can be opend are back in buisness. The reefs and the divesites are still as amazing as ever,with no really coral destruction.

The exotic islands of Phi Phi can be found nestled between Phuket and Krabi, in their peaceful setting of the Andaman Sea. One of Southern Thailand’s most exquisite jewels, the Phi Phi National Marine Park is comprised of 6 paradise Islands – only one of which is inhabited.

Koh Phi Phi Don is the largest of these six and the one on which accommodation can be found, whilst the other five, Koh Phi Phi Ley, Bida Nok, Bida Nai, Bamboo Island and Mosquito Island are protected by local rangers and visited only by organized day trips.

Koh Phi Phi Don
A holiday haven for young and old alike, the island caters for everybody from backpackers’ families, fun-loving couples to those who simply want to get away from it all.

The heart of Phi Phi Don is located between the two bays of Tonsai and Loh Dahlum, where the majority of shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs can be found. Whilst there is accommodation within this bustling area, it is easy enough to escape to quieter surroundings within walking distance of the center, or for those who desire something a little more secluded, there are several exclusive resorts hiding to the north-east of the island, accessible only by taxi boat.

The absence of roads on the island is something which is celebrated by all arriving from the busy mainland. As ferries dock at the main pier arriving from both Krabi and Phuket town, it is easy to see why no motorized vehicles are used here, at least 50% of the island is composed of limestone cliffs and palm covered hills.

Diversity is the beauty of Koh Phi Phi Don and the neighboring Islands of Phi Phi. From the fertile green hillsides, to the long sandy beaches and clear blue sea, it is unmistakably an island of dreams and it isn’t hard to see why Hollywood chose it as the location for the film version of Alex Garland’s Indie novel “The Beach” starring Leonardo Di Caprio.

The best diving season is from November to May, with whale sharks and Manta Rays being sighted throughout this period. The seas are at their calmest and the weather consistently sunny. All dive sites are accessible. However the rainy season (May thru to Oct) offers quieter dive sites and cheaper accommodation. . The seas are slightly rougher and you can expect a few hours of rain per day. The further away dive sites of Hin Daeng and Koh Haa are not accessible during this season. The year round sea temperature is between 27-29 C / 83 -89 F. The dive sites in the Marine Park are generally a maximum depth of 18 meters, whereas the “special trips” of Koh Haa, the Wreck and Hin Daeng are a maximum depth of 30 meters. The currents are strongest around the full and black moon. During this time we can use the currents and drift dive along the walls. However as there are so many different dive sites in the Andaman Sea it is easy to choose dive sites to suit all styles of diving.
The Bida Islands and Phi Phi Marine Park .
Bida Nok and Bida Nai are two small uninhabited islands south of Phi Phi Don which offer five different dives within themselves. Large rocks form a mountainous terrain featuring walls that drop to 30 meters, swim thrus, small inlets, sloping reefs and Giant sea fans often hiding Tiger tail seahorses. During the months of March, April and May Ornate ghost pipefish can be found. Bearded scorpion fish hide among the corals under hovering lionfish. Barracudas, Blue Fin trevallies and tuna can be seen out in the blue. Whilst Red Tail butterfly fish, Blue Ringed angel fish and Moorish Idols decorate the reef with their vivid colors. Sea Anemones complete with brilliantly colored clownfish cover the reefs. Leopard Sharks and Blue Spotted sting rays can be found on the shallow sand bottom, whilst Black Tip reef sharks cruise the outer reefs. Often the unexpected passes through with sightings of Manta Rays, Whale Sharks and Eagle Rays not being uncommon.
Phi Phi Ley and Phi Phi Don Phi Phi Marine Park
The two main Phi Phi Islands- offer 19 different dives along its fringing reefs. Walls, huge boulders, pinnacles and sloping reefs all play home to an amazing variety of fish life. Giant Gorgonian sea fans act as gates over the entrances of swim thrus, which in turn are full of glassfish all moving gracefully apart as you pass. Squid can be found hanging in the bays whilst Shaded batfish and Blue Striped snapper cruise the blue. Tigertail seahorses, Striped shrimp fish and Ornate ghost pipe fish can be spotted by the keen eyed diver or pointed out for you by our dive guides. For the nudi branch lovers you can see the “Pyllidiopsis phiphiensis” named after Phi Phi Island. A favorite with all are the Green and Hawksbill turtles often found munching on bubble coral on these reefs.

Kareng Heng and Hin Lore Phi Phi Marine Park
Two sites near to Phi Phi are the shark points. 95% of the time these reefs live up to their name and play host to sleeping Leopard and Bamboo Sharks. Both reefs are circular, with a maximum depth of 20 meters. Kareng Heng is completely submerged with its top being covered by a bed of anemones. Giant Gorgonian Sea Fan, schools of barracudas and colorful reef fish make this a beautiful dive. Hin Lore is submerged only at high tide, with large boulders there are many places for small critters such as cleaner shrimps and coral crabs to hide. Great schools of Blue Striped snapper and Blue Fin trevally can be seen in the blue whilst anemones, soft corals and colorful reef fish are seen on the reef.

Wreck of the King Cruiser Wreck trip
On the 4th May 1997 the catamaran passenger ferry, the King Cruiser sank after straying off course and hitting Anemone Reef. The ferry donated itself as the areas first artificial reef. All passengers and crew were rescued by the local fishing boats. The ferry is 85meters long and sits upright in water 30 meters deep. A great variety of species are now making the ferry their home. Mussels, barnacles and corals first covered the ferry. Schools of baby barracudas and snappers circle outside, whilst lionfish and scorpion fish nestle on the inner parts of the structure.

Anemonereef.
As the western name suggests these three pinnacles are covered in colorful anemones. Here you can see plenty of clownish, maybe find Nemo (?) but certainly Anemone crabs, porcelain crabs, Tiger tail seahorses and Ornate ghost pipefish. The lower part of the pinnacles are covered in purple, white and pink soft corals, with giant Gorgonian Sea Fans found at the base. On the sand sea bottom you can find sleeping Leopard sharks, Peacock mantis shrimps and Blue spotted sting rays.

Phuket Shark Point or Hin Musang Wreck trip
95% of the time this sites stands true to its name with the famous and graceful Leopard Sharks. These marine animals are nocturnal so often to be found sleeping on the sand bottom during the day. Other inhabitors of this healthy reef are scorpion fish, stonefish and common lionfish. Cuttlefish, Octopus and squid can be seen mating or laying eggs in the reef. Oriental sweetlips hang in groups whilst Potato cod and Coral groupers hide in rocks and crevices. If you love to see coral then here there is also plenty of color in both the soft forests of coral and the hard stag horns or table corals.

Koh Haa Koh Haa trip
Koh Haa in Thai means 5 islands (Ok so if you count there are actually 6!) These islands offer clear blue waters with amazing swim thrus, huge boulders and caverns. Inside the cavern on Island number 5, divers can ascend to the surface inside a huge chamber with stalactites. Once inside the cavern you look back at the entrance and you will see a beautiful light show of turquoise blue. Along the reef on these islands octopus, moray eels, and turtles can be seen whilst on the sand bottom Garden eels hide.


Hin Daeng and Hin Muang Hin Daeng trip
Rated as World Class diving with the deepest drop offs in Thai waters these two 5 star sites are truly amazing.
Hin Muang is a “loaf of bread” shaped reef that slopes down from 12 meters to 70 meters. In Thai, the names means “Purple rock” as the whole 200 meter long reef is covered in beautiful and delicate purple soft corals. Amongst these corals, divers and photographers have discovered nudi branches, ghost pipefish, and porcelain crabs. The marine life seems to be bigger out here with Giant Moray eels having neck spans of 50cm and stonefish reaching 45 cm in length
Hin Daeng or Red Rock stands about 5 meters above the surface and drops down to 70 meters below the waterline. The shallow part of the reef is carpeted in red corals. Here you can find Peacock Mantis shrimps, King Tunas, Queen trevellys
Perhaps the main reason divers visit these two reefs is to see and swim with Manta Rays – up to 14 have been seen on one dive and to see the Whalesharks the biggest fish in the oceans. From November to May both of these huge marine creatures are regular visitors to these two reefs. Hin Daeng and Hin Muang lie70km south of Phi Phi , it takes 1 hour and a half by speedboat to reach the sites, a journey often interrupted by dolphin sightings.


When not diving, there are plenty of other activities to try, which should keep even the most adventure hungry of individuals satisfied: snorkeling, rock climbing, cliff jumping, jungle trekking, kayaking, water skiing, sailing and beach volleyball are just few of the delights Phi Phi has to offer.

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Jessica Perssson Manager Visa Diving Center

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