Fun Diving in Ao Nang and Koh Phi Phi, Krabi

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The reefs of the Andaman Sea offer some of the best diving in Thailand.  In the sites of Koh Phi Phi and Ao Nang, Krabi you can find a wide variety of life.  And unlike some other Andaman dive spots, the sites here are open year-round.  We see turtles, blacktip reef sharks, leopard sharks, nudi branches, sea horses, pipefish, stingrays, cuddlefish, scorpionfish, shrimp and crab varieties, etc.  Even whalesharks can pass through these waters.  There are as many as 30 distinct dive sites distributed throughout the areas of the local Ao Nang islands and Koh Phi Phi islands.  We make daily fun diving trips to either location, picking sites depending on reported conditions in the area.  Additionally, all trips include lunch, snacks, coffee, tea, sodas, and other refreshments.  We also make sure to keep the groups small, with maximum four divers per guide.

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Koh Phi Phi Islands

Located about a two hour boat ride from Ao Nang, Krabi, the Koh Phi Phi Islands are world-renowned for their beauty.  Stunning cliffs rising out of the seas create scenery not easily matched anywhere in the world.  Fortunately for us divers, the same can be said for the beauty underneath the waters.  For this reason the Phi Phi Islands are our main dive destination.  Here are sites that offer perhaps the best chance to see turtles and blacktip reef sharks.  The macro life is superb as well, boasting a wide variety of nudis and shrimps.  Colorful soft corals blanket many of the sites we visit here.  For the more experienced divers, there is the possibility to explore two wrecks located close by.  Here the currents can become strong, but you will be rewarded with an abundant variety of fish and corals that have transformed the wrecks into thriving reefs.  Our Phi Phi trips may also go to the nearby Bida Islands, with world-class sites boasting sharks, turtles, abundant macro, colorful corals, and huge schools of fish.  Dive trips to the Phi Phi Islands leave early morning and return late afternoon, and depart daily (weather permitting).

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Prices:
2 Dives: 3,800 THB
3 Dives: 4,700 THB
National Park Fee: 600 THB

Optional:
Private Guide: +1,500 THB
Refresher: +1,000 THB

Includes: All equipment, insurance, free hotel pickup, dive guide, lunch, fruit, and refreshments

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Ao Nang Local Islands

An abundance of marine life resides in the area of the local Ao Nang islands, only a 30-40 minute boat ride away.  Diving here will reward you with exceptional macro life, including varieties of seahorses, pipefish, and nudibranchs.  Bamboo sharks frequently hide within the rocks, and blue-spotted stingrays rest in the sandy areas along the bottom.  Many caves and caverns are also here to provide a playground for more experienced divers.  Visibility can be unpredictable, however, and moderate to strong current is possible.

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Prices:
2 Dives: 3,500 THB (big boat)
3 Dives: 4,400 THB (big boat)

Optional:
Private Guide: +1,500 THB
Refresher: +1,000 THB

Includes: All equipment, insurance, free hotel pickup, dive guide, lunch, fruit, and refreshments

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Shark Point Sanctuary (ASK Cluster)

In the open ocean, west of Koh Phi Phi Don, there are three excellent dive sites in a small cluster known as the ASK sites – Anemone Reef, Shark Point, and King Cruiser Wreck.  These sites are roughly two and a half hours from Ao Nang, via big dive boat. They each offer fantastic diving and loads of sea life, certainly one of the top highlights of scuba diving in the Krabi area. Currents can be strong at each of these open ocean sites, so generally this will be a trip for certified divers only. Due to the depth of the King Cruiser Wreck, the site is accessible to Advanced Divers or higher. Shark Point and Anemone Reef, however, are possible for Open Water Divers as well. On our trips to the ASK Cluster, we will always plan for three dives and try to plan for when the current is not as strong.

King Cruiser Wreck

One of two wrecks in the Koh Phi Phi area, the King Cruiser sunk off the west coast of Koh Phi Phi Don in 1997 in an apparent accident after colliding with the shallow pinnacle of Anemone Reef. In the twenty years since, the wreck has been transformed into a thriving reef. Tremendous coral growth, along with the collapse of much of the original vessel, make it hard to define the form of the wreck at times. A mooring line is tied to the shallowest point of the wreck, around 16 meters deep, with the rest of the wreck dropping as deep as 30 meters. From bow to stern it is almost 90 meters in length. The depth, along with sometimes challenging conditions, means this site is suitable for Advanced Divers or above. In addition to the coral growth, thousands of fish have flocked to the area. Divers commonly spot big schools of jacks, barracudas, and snapper. A closer look at the wreck will reveal many scorpionfish trying to blend in to the background. Lionfish reside here as well. If you’re really lucky, an occassional glance up just might reveal a passing whaleshark.

Anemone Reef

As its name suggests, this site boasts loads of anemones on its submerged pinnacles. The amount and variety of life makes this site a true highlight of scuba diving in Krabi. The majority of the site is made up of a single underwater pinnacle, reaching around 20 meters at its deepest and rising to 5 meters at its shallowest. The depth makes the site accessible for Open Water Divers, but the open ocean setting means currents can be quite strong. Anemone Reef is located near the King Cruiser Wreck (the King Cruiser sank after colliding with the top of the reef). Leopard sharks have been spotted at Anemone Reef, along with giant moray eels, bamboo sharks, seahorses, and of course numerous clownfish to occupy the anemones.

Shark Point

Some people claim that Shark Point got its name from the possibility to see leopard sharks resting in the sand. Others say that the small rock sticking up from the north end of the site resembles a shark fin, hence the name. However it got its name, Shark Point is one of the best dive sites that Krabi has to offer. A dive here will generally begin at Shark Point 1, the pinnacle easily marked by the “shark fin” rock sticking out of the water. The outer edge of the reef drops to around 18 meters, meaning Open Water Divers can enjoy this site in its entirety. After taking a lap around Shark Point 1, swim south through the sand for a short distance before encountering Shark Point 2. This pinnacle, completely submerged underwater and rising to a depth of around 8 meters, is covered in beautiful soft corals. The sandy areas around boast many stingrays. And if you get lucky, watch out for a resting leopard shark nearby. Massive schools of fusiliers and snappers circle the shallower areas of the pinnacle. If you continue swimming south, you will encounter Shark Point 3, with artificial coral reef and more soft corals covering the pinnacle. Legend has it that there is even Shark Point 4, 5, 6, etc. No matter which area you explore here, it is a truly spectacular dive site that is a highlight of diving in Krabi.

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Prices:
2 Dives: 3,800 THB
3 Dives: 4,700 THB

Optional:
Private Guide: +1,500 THB
Refresher: +1,000 THB

Includes: All equipment, insurance, free hotel pickup, dive guide, lunch, fruit, and refreshments

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Koh Haa Marine Park

Koh Haa in Thai means five islands, and – you guessed it – there are a cluster of five islands with many excellent dive sites in this marine park. The Koh Haa sites are famous for great visibility. You can consistently get excess of 25 meters visibility in this area. These are the furthest sites we will travel to from Ao Nang. The trip by big dive boat is over three hours long, each way.

Koh Haa Yai, or the Big Island, features a brilliant cavern/cathedral. There is also chimney swim through at Koh Haa Nung (Island One). There is a shallow lagoon in front of Koh Haa Sam (Island 3) which is perfect for snorkelers and beginner divers. There is a beautiful and tranquil beach inside the lagoon as well, making this area a true paradise.

There is a wide variety of life on display at each of the Koh Haa dive sites. Barracudas, giant moray eels, scorpion fish and even stone fish, and the elusive ghost pipefish can all reside here. It is also possible to see a hawksbill turtle munching on some corals. Being out in the open ocean, pelagic species will pass by on occasion. Lucky divers at Koh Haa have seen whale sharks, eagle rays, and manta rays. Macro life is abundant at Koh Haa as well. Underwater photographers will have a field day with the great visibility and variety of life here.

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Prices:
2 Dives: 5,300 THB
National Park Fee: 600 THB

Optional:
Private Guide: +1,500 THB
Refresher: +1,000 THB

Includes: All equipment, insurance, free hotel pickup, dive guide, lunch, fruit, and refreshments

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