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KOH PHI PHI

Koh Phi Phi offer a great spectrum of underwater species. The marine life at Phi Phi ranges from small reef fish to the leopard shark, and in the months of January and February there will be a chance of seeing whale sharks. This, the worlds biggest fish, feeds on plankton and is harmless to divers.

If you are in search of beautiful corals you will not be disappointed at the Phi Phi dive sites, where you will find hard corals like stag horn and brain, as well as soft corals and sea fans.

Phi Phi and Bida are located 50km (30 miles) southeast of Phuket. These islands have long been a popular destination for travellers, drawn by their fabulous beaches, crystal clear waters and dramatic limestone landscapes. The dive sites listed below offer a variety of different types of diving, with abundant hard and soft coral and healthy fish populations. All these outstanding dive sites can be reached within an hour from Phuket on our comfortable high-speed catamaran.

Koh Bida
Koh Bida are two small rocky outcrops at the southern end of Phi Phi Ley. A local legend says they look like a pair of boots, left behind standing in the water by a giant. The average depth is 20m but some places go down to 30m.

Bida Nok
Large underwater rocky formation, featuring walls that drop fiercely. Soft and hard coral abound. Bearded scorpion fish hide among the rocks under hovering lion fish. Parrot fish, moorish idol, wrasse and sea anemone with coloured clownfish can be seen. On the sand, leopard sharks and stingrays dwell. Blacktips and whale sharks have been sighted by lucky divers. The walls are covered with a lots of colourful soft coral colonies. The bottom is rather plain. Coral formation located in the sandy area are home to droves of squids. At 20m there is a cave and a overhang.

Bida Nai
On the northeast side of Bida Nai's imposing wall you will find huge gorgonian sea fans, sea whips and colourful soft coral with large shoals of moorish idols. It takes about 50 minutes to dive around the island. Currents - when they exist - usually come from the west. Blacktips and whale sharks have also been sighted by lucky divers while drifting along the wall.

Hin Pae
Hin Pae is a rocky outcrop located south of Phi Phi Don (the main island). It is a relatively shallow dive site, 10 to 15 metres, ending in a rewarding snorkeling place. Hin Pae is also an excellent place to spot sharks. Boulder and brain corals form the main topography of the reef. Sea anemones play host to thousands of damsels and clownfish. Soft and hard coral provide shelter for a rich variety of coral fish, and there are many holes and tunnels for moray eels to pass through. Crabs, lobsters, angel fish, groupers, snappers, surgeon fish and basslets are also resident.

Hin Dot (Chimney Rocks)
Located a few hundred metres from Hin Pae, Hin Dot - also known as Chimney Rock - makes a fantastic multi-level dive. The dive site is made of three chimneys emerging from the bottom of the sea to near the surface. These dramatic pinnacles have developed over several hundred years and consist only of clam and wing oysters. Maximum depth of these pinnacles is 30m, but they reach up to 3, 12 and 15m. These enormous towers are famous for their large schools of fish. Other fish populations include groupers, puffer fish, lion fish, squid and bearded scorpion fish.

Nui Bay
This uncrowded dive site is located on the northwest of Phi Phi Don close to Mosquito Island, and is made of a large bay with an island in the middle. The waters of Nui Bay are shallow and suitable for snorkelers - there are lots of corals and colorful reef fish among small boulders and rocks, encrusted with patches of sponges and interspersed with a multitude of Christmas tree worms. The real dive site is the rocky island in front of this bay.

Its western wall descends to 20 metres and the bottom of the southern side ends with a rock, and boulders balanced on top of each other. They are explorable with relatively tight swim-throughs. Moray eels, lion fish, groupers and angel fish live here. On the sand, leopard sharks and rays rest between star fish. At the northwestern part of the island, in only 10 metres of water, fields of soft corals have given name to 'Neptune's Garden'.

Losamah Bay
Losamah is a small bay on the southern coastline of Phi Phi Ley hosting colourful corals and a small beach. On the sandy bottom you will find patches of brain corals interspersed with Christmas tree and fan worms. The entrance of the bay is blocked by a large, circular island - the main attraction for divers. The island's vertical walls go down to 20 metres and are dressed in sea whips and wing oysters. The dive site promises overhangs and crevices. On the eastern side of the island the diver encounters the highlight of this dive, a spectacular 15m long canyon sporting large sea fans and a collage of soft corals.

Swimming around the island will take about 45 minutes. The sandy bottom of the bay is punctuated by rocky ledges among which one finds bearded scorpion fish. Fringing the rocks are sea whips with wing oysters clinging to them, and abundant flora and fauna with plenty of bivalve shells. Red coral trouts, angel and butterfly fish dart around as you swim by.
 
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