three dive day trip
- Three Scuba Dives
- 7.30am – 5.30pm
- Breakfast & Lunch Onboard
- Return Hotel Transfers
- Max Group Size – Four Divers
- Certified Divers Only
- Approx (US$110 / £85 / €105 / AUD150)
Koh Racha Noi island is located just 25km south of Phuket. The south tip of the island is the best dive location to encounter the majestic oceanic manta rays, which grow up to an imposing seven meters. The island has multiple dive dives which are suitable for all qualified scuba divers and divers who like the deeper 30-meter dives. The island itself is uninhabited and surrounded by beautiful sandy shallow bays with soft and hard corals gardens.
Racha Noi Bay dive site has a wide variety of marine life such as Pufferfish, Sea cucumbers, Nudibranchs, Sweetlips, Angelfish, Octopus and Cuttlefish. Occasionally there are sightings of Eagle Rays, and Whale Sharks around these dive sites. Koh Racha Noi island has outstanding underwater visibility (usually 20 meters) and is made up of hard granite which is visible above and below the surface.
Koh Racha Yai Island (Big King Island) is located about one and a half-hour boat ride from Chalong bay, where the day trip departs from on the South of Phuket Island. A wide variety of underwater life such as Barracuda, Giant Moray, Stonefish, Lion-fish, Parrotfish and Butterflyfish make this their home.
If you look carefully, you can find some hidden rare gems such as Pipefish, Leaf-fish, Frogfish and Nudibranchs. Racha Yai has shallow sandy bottoms as well as deeper depths with excellent visibility all year round, which makes it the perfect scuba diving location for all levels of diver.
07:30 – Hotel pick up
08:30 – Meet your Divemaster
09:00 – Scuba dive safety briefing
09:00 – Freshly prepared Breakfast
10:00 – Arrive at Koh Racha Noi Island
10:15 – First Koh Racha Islands Dive of the day
11:45 – Thai buffet lunch is served
13:00 – Second dive of the day
14.30 – Arrive at Koh Racha Yai Island
15:30 – Third dive of the day
16:30 – Sail back to Phuket
17:30 – Return back to your hotel
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Yes, non-divers are welcome on the day trip boat, but if you are looking for a snorkelling-only day trip, then we suggest the Phi Phi Islands Snorkeling Trip.
2,500 THB per person – non-diver.
Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Anyone, regardless of age, with shortness of breath, blurred vision, or any form of chest pain may need to reconsider diving. Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course.
We expect no issues but in the unlikely event of injury, it only makes sense to be prepared. Check your current travel insurance covers you for scuba diving activities. Be sure to contact them directly to make sure. If they do not then we recommend DAN Scuba Diving Insurance.
While we may not be able to accommodate every requirement please let us know in advance and we’ll make every effort to ensure there is food available for you. In addition, we can help you store your own food on the trip if necessary.
If you would like a more detailed report on the dive sites – click here: Racha Islands Dive Sites
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On the eastern side of Racha Noi, you will find Banana Bay, its name taken from the banana trees that line parts of this area. Banana Bay stretches almost a kilometre from north to south, representing a scene on the front of a postcard with luscious greenery, white sands, and turquoise waters. It lends itself to ideal photographic opportunities above and below the ocean and is a popular dive site for many.
The curve of the Bay protects from wind and waves, and the current is usually mild, providing perfect conditions for relaxing diving and snorkelling. There are fixed buoys that boats can moor up to, which is helpful; however, many start their dive in the shallow, clear waters of about three to ten meters deep. These are flat, sandy areas currently protected, which slope gently down to twenty-five meters and beyond, where intact coral formations and an impressive array of marine life call home.
The coral gardens are mainly hard corals, with areas of Staghorn that are starting to regenerate. These corals host vast marine life, such as Red Tooth Triggerfish, Puffer, Damsels, Porcupine fish, Butterflyfish, Fusiliers, colourful Basslets, and Lizardfish, often found in abundance darting around the top of the corals. Search well, and you may spot Ghost Pipefish, which camouflage themselves against the coral.
As the name tells you, this dive spot is located at the southernmost tip of Racha Noi and is a spectacular scuba diving site. A location that many experienced divers seek to visit but are only lucky to do so if conditions allow. It is a reasonably small dive site consisting of several substantial granite boulders ranging from a depth of twelve meters in the north to over forty meters in the south, providing some thrilling diving opportunities.
However, due to the long shape of Racha Noi, strong currents travel along both sides of the Island, then converge and accelerate, crashing into the boulders and can easily change direction. These factors make South Tip a challenging dive site, as the current can cause a downward effect, forcing the diver down when you need to ascend. Here, it often requires a negative entry to descend straight to the boulders to take shelter from the current.
Visibility at South Tip is usually excellent; with its crystal clear waters, it is generally over thirty meters. It is also considered the best place to spot Manta Rays as it’s the only location to host a Manta cleaning station within miles. If there are any mantas in the locality, you can be hopeful they will visit. The station is at the top of the dive site, potentially giving you an incredible start and finish to your dive and a unique experience at the required safety stop. Seeing these fantastic creatures at any point during your dive is possible, so remember to look into the depths.
You may also be fortunate to spot Unicorn fish, Surgeon Fish, Dogtooth Tunas or Giant trevally near the top of the boulders or large schools of vibrant coloured Chevron Barracuda, where they wait for the current to change so they can feast on the disorientated Batfish. You will also discover Alcyonaria-type, soft purple corals covering many boulders, particularly on the western side where the rock slopes more gently. On the southern side, there are drops of more than fifty meters, and it is a fantastic place to look for Leopard Sharks, Whalesharks and Eagle rays. Due to the deep drop-offs and the current, the large fish enjoy swimming up from the deep towards the surface to catch readily available Plankton.
Marina Bay is approximately twelve to fifteen miles south of Phuket and popular among scuba divers. Found on the west side of Racha Noi, about halfway down the Island and as is a standard character feature of the west side, this dive site is constructed of submerged granite rocks with a massive rock structure outside the Bay titled Marita’s Rock.
Within the Bay, you can explore the rock formations that lie on a sloping, sandy seabed which is scattered with Coral Bommies at a depth of approximately ten to twelve meters. They are a beautiful sight, covered in Fire Coral, Brain Coral, Staghorn Coral and Sea Whips, amongst other hard corals. Look closely here as you may spot camouflaging Peacock Mantis Shrimps or Cuttle Fish. The sandy spots provide resting places for Leopard Sharks, and sightings of Stingrays are regular.
Marita’s Rock is an exciting exploration as you go deeper in your dive, starting at a depth of about twenty-four meters south of the Bay. This intriguing formation is formed by giant boulders resting on each other, providing exciting swim-throughs, caverns and canyons to explore and witness captivating scenes of soft corals, big Sea Fans, GlassFish and beautiful Five Lined Snappers.
Racha Noi is the last dive site before the Andaman Sea, so you can expect a deep dive thanks to the much steeper drop-offs that the boulders provide. Such depths bring sightings of pelagic fish such as Barracuda, Trevallies, and large Tuna. If you are fortunate, Blacktip and Whitetip Sharks have been spotted, and Manta Rays are regular visitors.
East Bay is located on the Southeast coast of Racha Noi, easily distinguishable as a small island; it reveals its connecting sandy ridge at low tide. East Bay is a small dive site that lends itself to a shallow dive or snorkelling to observe the lush, flourishing hard and soft coral gardens. The coral then slopes down to depths around twelve meters to a sandy seabed. The rock areas, covered with Sea Whips, can, however, descend to depths greater than thirty meters where you may spot Jenkins Rays or, if very fortunate, you may look into the striking blue eyes of the incredible Eagle Ray.
Currents vary from mild to strong here, so it is an ideal dive spot to witness the vast diversity of marine life. Dive down to the sandy seabed and look hard for the camouflaged Cuttle Fish, Pipe Fish or Flounder. Discover the Scorpion Fish, Reef Fiches or Milky Fish, or, if conditions are calm, you can explore the deep for Leopard sharks or even Whale Sharks.
Such sightings leave you with unforgettable memories, which is why many scuba divers return here.
Camera Bay offers a diverse scuba diving opportunity located on the northwest side of Racha Noi. It is suitable for all levels of scuba divers as the Bay is sheltered from currents and surges and has dive depths starting at around five meters. You can venture further out of the Bay, where depths can descend to about sixty meters, making it ideal for technical dives. Camera Bay has an excellent variety of hard and soft corals and white sandy areas engulfed by the rocky edge of Racha Noi.
Camera Bay has phenomenal marine life, as with the rest of the Island. Ensure you take the opportunity to look closely among the Yellow Finger Coral for hiding FrogFish, which are regulars here or descend the five to eight-meter depth to the sandy seabed to spot Garden Eels before they disappear into their holes; you will no doubt discover Kuhl’s Stingray here as well. Explore the rocks to discover Nudibranchs, Butterfly Fish and Parrot Fish, Octopus and Cuttlefish. All the treasures you would expect when diving in the Andaman Sea.
Divers can leave the Bay and drift dive north, where you may encounter Manta Rayas, schools of barracudas and maybe a turtle too. As the name suggests, this is a fabulous underwater photography opportunity, capturing memories you can share.
An exciting dive site, popular with many, is North Bay, located at the Northern point of Racha Noi. The appeal of North Bay is that it offers three very different dive options. The Bay is relatively protected, with a sandy seabed home to Coral Bommies and shallow waters; it is ideal for those new to diving. A gentle slope of hard coral goes down to about twenty meters, bringing in a variety of reef fish, Octopuses and Giant Morays. To the East of the Bay is a long formation of granite boulders that will take time to cover, offering multi-level dives and finishing in a significant drop-off, descending over forty meters.
Be aware that there can sometimes be a strong down current on either side here pushing you deep. You may spot Reef Sharks and Stingrays here or schools of Chevron Barracuda in the deeper areas along the boulders. Manta Rays have also made appearances. To the West of the Bay are some fantastic, creative rock formations to dive through, different to any other around Racha Noi. Past these rocks is another sloping reef consisting mainly of hard corals, host to an array of reef fish and pelagics gliding by.
Such variety in dive opportunities and marine life makes North Bay popular. With a mild to moderate current and excellent visibility of three to thirty meters, North Bay attracts divers of all abilities, securing a place on most people’s destination dive lists.
Racha Yai is a beautiful island that allows all-year-round diving opportunities. Racha Yai Siam Bay lies North of the island and offers somewhat idyllic diving conditions. With its crystal clear waters and colorful coral formations, the sandy seabed gently slopes to depths of twenty to twenty-five meters. The bay’s protection from easterly and western winds adds to the ideal diving conditions, making it a popular location for all diving abilities, particularly those new to diving.
The bay is made up of rocky edges and scattered hard coral patches with a sandy seabed in the middle of the bay. This site was made more popular in 2006 when statues were dropped to the seabed to act as artificial reefs and encourage rich marine life. They included two elephants and a large temple gate guarded by a mythical protector known in Thai as Yak. They were dropped at around eighteen to twenty meters but should be relatively easy to find as a mooring marks the spot.
Many dives start here as multiple permanent moorings allow divers an excellent visual starting point before they descend approximately six meters to the sandy seabed. There is then a sloping descent down to about twenty meters. Divers usually continue to explore the coral formations around the bay and are often witness to majestic sights. Table Coral and Staghorn make up the reef, where Flute Fish and Trumpet Fish swim above it.
Take time to explore the beautiful seabed, which can hold many treasures. It is an ideal place to find Blue Spotted Stingray and Peacock Flounder as they hide in the sand. Also, look for black Spotted Garden eels and Bent Stick PipeFish which are about 10 cm long and quite rare. Watch White Eyed Moray Eels, who take up residency in the elephant’s ears when exploring the elephant statues.
It is also common to see Parrotfish, Barracuda, Butterfly Fish, and Triggerfish. If you are fortunate, you may encounter Cuttlefish, Turtles, and Octopus, all adding to an unforgettable experience. Large Stonefish have also been seen here, but it is rare, unlike their Scorpion Fish cousins, which are abundant.
The current here is usually mild, sometimes allowing for a gentle drift dive, and the temperature is about 29°C/84°F. The clear waters will enable visibility of up to twenty-five meters allowing you to have a superb diving experience.
Racha Yai Homerun Reef is about a one-and-a-half-hour boat ride from Chalong and is located in the smallest of the two bays along the East side of Racha Yai Island. As its name suggests, it is often used as the last dive site of the day since it runs north along the island’s east side and takes you back in the direction of Chalong.
As fitting with the area, the Homerun Reef is an idyllic dive location and an ideal mooring spot to catch some sunshine whilst having lunch. The clear and often calm waters are perfect conditions to build your confidence as a diver, attracting beginners and those who have not dived for some time.
The bay offers swimming pool-like features as a gradual descending reef drops to a depth of twenty to twenty-five meters onto a white sandy seabed. There is also plenty to attract the more experienced diver, as this is an excellent site for drift diving. You will also discover the wreck of the Andaman Explorer at a depth of around twenty-four meters towards the south, which is covered in marine life, attracting many scuba divers.
You will find some soft corals at Homerun reef, but it is mainly hard corals that you will find, such as Branch, Staghorn and Pore coral. Along with the corals, a vast array of marine life awaits to be discovered. Some, however, do not make it easy to be seen, such as Garden Eels, who bury themselves in the sandy seabed with only their heads sticking out in the hope of catching ZooPlankton or Crustaceans as they go past.
You may witness small schools of Yellow Snapper, TwoSpot Snapper and Goatfish around the wreck, Jens Cleaner Pipefish, and Durban Dancing Shrimp. Trumpet Fish, who like to ride on the back of large Groupers whilst hiding from their predators, and Cornet Fish are interesting sightings too. If you are fortunate, you may see Giant Rays, Leopard Sharks, and, if very lucky, Blacktip Reef Sharks. Scorpion Fish are masters at keeping themselves camouflaged, so look carefully, and you may see them.
Scuba divers return to this site time after time as they appreciate the idyllic conditions it has to offer all year round to all diving abilities. The current of the waters here runs south to North, so it can be moderate to strong, which can sometimes lend itself to fantastic drift diving opportunities. Along with visibility ranging from ten to thirty meters and depths of at least twenty meters, Homerun Reef is a divers paradise.
Bungalow Bay is located on the west side of Racha Yai Island and lies in a horseshoe formation which gives some protection from the weather coming in from the east. Bungalow Bay is a beach typical of the west coast of Thailand, in the sense that it is long with white sands, representing most people’s idea of paradise. It lies a ninety-minute boat ride from Chalong Bay and is enjoyed by many.
Bungalow Bay is a popular dive site for all diving abilities, including beginners, as there are many shallow sandy spots. Due to the size, the bay is split into two sides, the North Wall and South Wall, as you can dive on both sides. Each is home to palm trees, white beaches and striking blue waters, a genuinely idyllic scene.
The Northern side is a sloping reef made up of hard corals such as Staghorn and granite boulders going to depths of approximately twenty-two metres, reaching down to sandy surfaces. The south dive spot is similar, but the waters are shallower. Both sides of the bay will show you all the beautiful sights the Andaman Sea offers.
Many start their dive in the shallow waters of five to eight meters in the middle of the bay, where a small artificial reef was introduced using hollow concrete cubes in 2006. They are now home to an incredible variety of marine life. Use this opportunity to spot possible Stingrays, such as Blue Spotted Rays and some unusual Nudibranchs, along with Batfish, Puffer Fish and Moray Eels, who have made this reef their home. There may even be Ribbon Eels hiding in the sand.
You can then progress into the deeper waters, where the underwater scenery changes from sand to incredible hard coral formations. Heading North, you will arrive at the Northern Wall, a gently sloping wall of a granite boulder and an abundance of Staghorn Coral reaching around twenty-two meters in depth down to a sandy seabed. Here you may spot Kuh’s Stingrays, Octopus, Flounder and cuttlefish amongst the sand.
There is a vibrant mix of marine life here, such as Goatfish, Snappers, Lionfish, Barracuda, Surgeonfish and Scorpionfish. You may also have the opportunity to see Ornate and Seagrass Ghost Pipefish and nudibranchs that are uncommon anywhere else in the area. Explore amongst the boulders, and you will be overwhelmed by the abundance of LionFish, Raggy and Bearded ScorpionFish, who all love it here as they feast on the many juvenile fish. Remember to look out to the deep blue, as you might be graced by Manta Rays or Whale Sharks who occasionally visit.
The South Wall is very similar. It has shallow reefs all along the wall, progressing to boulder formations reaching around twenty meters offering a similar wall dive to that of the North Wall and again, hard and soft Coral can be found. The marine life is much the same as at the North wall, as you would expect, with schools of Barracuda, Moray Eels, and Khules Stingrays camouflaging themselves in the sand.
Among the boulder formations, stay focused to spot Hawksbill Turtles and Clown Fish in the anemones. The Hawksbill Turtle has been a regular here for many years and is comfortable rummaging through the coral for food. Titan Triggerfish, Picasso Triggerfish and Red Tooth Triggers are all among the marine life at home at Bungalow Bay.
The diving conditions at Bungalow Bay are inviting all year round, with the water temperature at around 29°C / 84°F and visibility good from fifteen to thirty meters. The current is usually mild and lends itself to scuba divers of all ability levels and is an excellent location to complete PADI open water and advanced courses.
An added appeal is that there are shallow dive opportunities which, of course, progress deeper, ranging approximately from four to thirty meters. The shallow spots allow you to perfect your dive skills, such as clearing your mask, regulating checks, etc. Bungalow Bay is a popular destination for scuba diving. The vibrant reef life and the picturesque scenery above and below the water are breathtaking and offer outstanding scuba diving experiences.
On the northeast coast of Racha Yai lies Bays 1 and 2, naturally formed bays popular with scuba divers and snorkelers. Being only a ninety-minute boat ride from Chalong to bay 1, it is an ideal diving spot for many. Many divers of all abilities choose here due to the variety of reef fish you can spot in shallow waters above a sandy seabed which gradually slopes from around five meters to twenty-five meters.
Visibility is good here, and it is also a perfect place to start your PADI Open Water Courses. Another major attraction for many scuba divers is that these bays offer you the opportunity to go Wreck diving. With numerous wrecks and artificial reefs to discover, you will have thrilling, insightful dives that will create memories never to be forgotten.
The shallow, sandy spots which host beautiful hard coral gardens in just three to five meters are ideal locations for Try diving and diving courses. If you venture out a little further to around ten to fifteen meters, you will find artificial reefs in the form of metal cubes and a sunken moped, making for a unique photo opportunity. Marine life adorns these reefs; you will no doubt see large schools of Barracuda, Longfin batfish and endless numbers of Gobies that live harmoniously with the crabs on the sandy seabed. Spotted Garden Eels and Kuhl’s Stingray also occupy the sandy patches providing spectacular photo opportunities.
You can start your wreck diving adventure North of Bay 1, where the wreck of an old sailboat lies at around twenty-one meters. Its decomposing skeleton provides a home to wonderful reef life, such as big schools of Glassfish and Snapper gliding effortlessly around or Giant Moray Eels actually on the wreck. If you are very fortunate, you may discover Ornate Ghost Pipefish or use your torch to find an abundance of Shrimp.
Explore under the wreck; you may sometimes discover Jenkins’ Rays lying low. Remember to look up, as Great barracudas could be looking down on you. There is so much to explore; you will be amazed at the vast offer of marine life.
Between Bays 1 and 2 lies the wreck of The Harruby Liveaboard. In much better condition than the previous, it lies upright, with the bottom at about twenty meters and the top at around fourteen meters. Known to be the best wreck in this location to penetrate, it is accessible for all levels of certified divers. Chevron Barracuda, who are shy, may be hiding, and multiple photogenic Batfish, Bannerfish and Scorpionfish have all made The Harruby Liveaboard their home. Also, watch Snake Eels pop their heads out of the sand close to the wreck.
Head east of Harruby as you will discover an old Thai wooden fishing boat, of which the top lies at around twenty-four meters. It is deteriorating fast but is still home to much of the usual reef life and worth visiting.
Artificial reefs have also been introduced, and Marla’s Mystery is a barge wreck that was sunk on purpose. It lies approximately a hundred and fifty meters east of the center of the Bays at around thirty-four meters. Unfortunately, the barge drifted on the descent, making it a little challenging to locate. Such reefs had to be introduced after there was damage done to the shallow corals through coral bleaching in 2008. With the introduction of artificial reefs, the corals regenerated almost immediately, and the marine life soured.
July 2015 saw the latest shipwreck added. Named Sinaran Andaman, a container cargo ship hit the rocks off Koh Hei and began taking on water. The Coast Guard transported the sixty-five-meter-long vessel to Racha Yai, where much of the wreck was salvaged, but the entire bow section was dropped to a depth of twenty-four meters and introduced as another reef for Racha Yai. It is located north of Harruby.
Thanks to the introduction of artificial reefs, this part of the Andaman sea is now rich in minerals and hosts an exceptional variety of marine life. There have been sightings of rare Cockatoo Leaf Fish, pairs of Ghost Pipefish, Pyramid Boxfish and the lethal Stonefish. Psychedelic Nudibranchs, Seahorses and giant Morays lazying around make for an outstanding dive experience and breathtaking photos. Visibility is excellent here, ranging from fifteen meters to forty meters. With a mild to moderate current, you can scuba dive here all year round, with average water temperatures at 29°C / 84°F. You will soon understand why divers return here multiple times.
Racha Yai Bays 3, 4, and 5 are also located along the east coast of the island and as with the previous bays, the currents are usually gentle within the bays, allowing drift dives to take place but can be stronger when between bays. The dive coordinator will no doubt consider the current direction when deciding which bay to start at.
As with Bays 1 and 2, bay 3 is a popular dive site and is another good site for beginners or those new to diving. There are no wrecks here, but an artificial reef of concrete cubes was introduced at around twenty meters onto the sandy seabed. This artificial reef is now home to an assortment of reef fish, Batfish, Lionfish and Moray Eels. Boxer Shrimp and Dancing Shrimp can be found in nooks, crannies, and even inside Pore Corals.
You may also find Ghost Pipefish hiding too. Bay 3 has a sandy seabed with a sprinkling of Pore Corals and Coral heads. It is only when you explore further that the topography changes. If you head south, you will enter what is known as Lucy’s Reef, which is made up of mainly hard corals. The further south you explore, you will find rock formations replacing the corals. As you would expect from the same island as Bays 1 and 2, there is a variety of reef fish you can expect to find, such as Parrot Fish, Butterfly Fish, Angel Fish, along with Cornet Fish which are at times spotted.
Bays 4 and 5 are located at the southeast end of Racha Yai island, both of which allow divers to start in shallow waters, but both bays have rock formations that have vast drops, more so than Bay 3 and host a wider variety of corals. This area has not seen much human activity and has only recently gained popularity.
The rock formations are proving popular as they run deep, dropping to around thirty meters and beyond, giving divers something other than a sandy seabed to explore. Waterfall Wall is considered the steepest wall, dropping to about thirty meters. Waterfall Wall is said to be a mini version of Staghorn Reef but with a wider variety of corals, one being Anemones. Take care when diving here as the current at this spot can be complex and switch direction.
Visibility can be incredible here, allowing you to make fascinating discoveries. As well as all the reef fish you would expect to find, such as Parrot Fish, Snapper, Angelfish and Grouper, you may spot Manta Rays and Eagle Rays that have been in these waters before. You can sometimes watch Reef Sharks gliding effortlessly through the waters or large schools of Big Eyed Trevally in the shallow water near the reef. You may also observe schools of Yellowtail Butterfly fish away from the reef.
Koh Racha Noi – Day Trip
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