Diving Phi Phi
Dive Sites around Phi Phi Islands
On offer is a wide selection of Phi Phi diving trips and PADI courses. Some trips start from Phuket, including overnight and day dive trips to Phi Phi or Hin Daeng.
When staying on the island local diving is sensational with a head-spinning variety of marine life living in the waters surrounding the island. Phi Phi has long been a well-known place to ‘do your PADI’ and local sites include Maya Bay, Wang Long, Palong Bay, Bida Noi and the ever-popular King Cruiser Wreck.
You can also take a liveaboard to more distant destinations including the Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock. There are many dive shops to choose from in Tonsai Village.
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.
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 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
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 the other drops off to 30 metres, this site is suitable for all levels of diver.
Although the sister island to Bida Nok just a few hundred metres away, this island is very different under water. Large fallen rocks have created several swim-through and submerged islands, building an ideal habitat for marine life, and providing a fascinating dive.
- Location: 50 minutes from Tonsai Bay
- Remarks: Visibility averages 20 metres - Dive depth: 19 to 30 metres
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 hang and caves along the bottom.
Further along, fallen rocks have left channels with the rocks towering above you on both sides, creating a very dramatic dive. A suitable dive for the more advanced diver due to depth. Read More...
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