Phi Phi dive sites
Phi Phi Island Diving | Diving around the Phi Phi Islands
Situated close to the Phi Phi Islands and easily reachable by day trip are some of the most spectacular dive sites in the world. Phi Phi Island has a great variety of dive sites very close to the islands of Phi Phi which leap vertically out of the sea to make a splendid back drop for your days adventure.
The Best Phi Phi Dive Sites
Around the coastlines of Phi Phi island you can almost jump in anywhere and dive and you'll always find something worth seeing. But if you're like most of us and tie is precious you do want to make sure each and every dive you make is one to remember. We've highlighted just a few of our favourites below which you should strongly consider adding to your to-do list while you're here on Phi Phi island.
If your time is very limited then we'd strongly recommendBida Nok and Bida Nai, it's a two dive day trip and all the dive shops on Phi Phi run daily trips to here, it's suitable for beginners and advanced divers alike, perfect for photographers and is accessible all year round.
Best Phi Phi Diving 3 Dive Trip: King Cruiser, Shark Point, Anemone Reef
Since the first dive (and the deepest of the day) will be King Cruiser Wreck, this is best suited to Advanced Open Water divers as you'll be able to get the maximum benefit from the depth. Although it is possible for Open Water Divers to swim round the upper levels of the wreck there can be strong currents so your dive guide will have the final say on if this is safe for newer divers to join in.
Phi Phi diving for many divers is all about Shark Point. You will undoubtedly see leopard sharks when diving at Shark Point. Often these amazing looking creatures will be rest on the seabed or swimming past divers.Anemone Reef in contrast a shallow dive but because of this the high levels of light make for photographers heaven. As you'd expect from the name the reef itsel is literally covered with brightly coloured anemones which are packed full of life. You'll want to take this dive slow or you'll miss out. A truelly beautiful dive and a perfect relaxing way to end a 3 dive day.
If you are thinking about taking an Advanced Open Water Course it's worth knowing that there's a very good chance that you will visit these three (or at least two) during your advanced training course. It's a great way to see these dive sites and receive additional instruction.
Best Phi Phi Advanced Diving: Hin Daeng & Hin Muang
For those looking for something a little more extreme, Hin Daeng and Hin Muang offer the deepest verticle drop in the area (+70m). These two pinnacles protrude only slightly from the surface and are frequently visited by the larger pelagic marine life such as Giant Manta Rays and the ever elusive Whale Sharks. This dive is suitable only for experienced divers (advanced and up). It's also a fair distance from Phi Phi island itself and takes a few hours to get there and is normally not visited during low season. It's a great dive though, and well worth the journey.
The carpet of red anemone that cover the dive site known as Hin Daeng is where "Red Rock" (Hin Daeng) received its name. Schools of rainbow runners, barracuda and grey reef sharks make this an amazing dive site in Phi Phi Island. You can also see leopard sharks, boxer shrimp, porcelain crabs and other amazing sea creatures when visiting Hin Daeng one of the most popular of all the Phi Phi diving sites.
Hin Muang (Purple Rock) is actually considered one of the best dive sites in the entire world. From wonderful forests of purple soft crabs to absolutely stunning whale sharks and manta rays, this is a diver's delight. If you have one or can rent one you will want to make sure you have an underwater camera when you visit this amazing dive site.
Other Phi Phi Dive Sites: Koh Rock Nok and Koh Ha
Many divers consider this Phi Phi diving site to be one of the most beautiful with an amazing seascape and unique terrain. Zigzag oysters moray eels, lionfish and stunning rock formations and sea creatures delight divers to Koh Rock Nok.
Koh Ha is for experienced divers and is a group of 5 tiny islands that are separated by deep channels that can exceed 50 meters at some points. A tremendous cave and other amazing animate and inanimate objects make this a diver's paradise but again it is only for the most experienced of divers. The light filtering through caves and caverns make for some unique photographs if you have your camera with you.
You can also reserve your place on any of these dive trips online Reserve Phi Phi Dive Trip and Courses
Last Updated: 04 Mar 2010