Racha Noi – Banana Bay South

Racha Noi – Banana Bay South

An Easy Dive Site With Great Visibilty

For many students this will be part of your first Phuket diving experience. This clear shallow bay is often devoid of current making it an ideal dive site for first timers and more experienced divers who haven’t got wet for a while. That’s not to say it’s a bad dive site, just a very safe one.

The dive will begin near the very beautiful coral gardens at around 4-5 meters. Many species of jewel like damselfish, butterfly fish and quite often a hawksbill turtle make a pretty start to the dive before you move off to deeper water. There’s a bit of a barren looking patch that although not very picturesque it’s a great place to look for cuttlefish, octopus and reef stonefish as well as the occasional eagle ray.

eagle ray at racha noi phuket

eagle ray at racha noi phuket

At 18m plus we find a lot of small reef bommies, the dive slows down a bit here as your guide looks in all of the nooks and crannies for moray eels, comets and various species of cleaner shrimp. These small bommies usually have small schools of yellow goatfish and snapper that make a nice contrast to the clear blue water. Small patches of robust staghorn intercede the bommies – a rare sight around Phuket after the coral bleaching in 2010 but it’s great to see then coming back.

On the sand patches at 20m we should be able to find you some kuhl’s stingray and if your lucky jenkins whiprays can make an appearance. Some unusual nudibranchs and juvenile cockatoo waspfish are always there but very very difficult to find, so please excuse your guide if they get a little over excited when they find one of these minuscule critters.

clarkes clownfish at racha noi phuket

clarkes clownfish at racha noi phuket

The dive guide will usually end the dive back where you started from unless there is an unusually strong current in which case you’ll drift gently along with it and get picked up outside the bay. As with all the dive sites at Racha Noi keep looking up, giant manta’s rays glide along the dive sites on there way to the cleaning station at the south tip. You’ll have to be lucky but there’s definitely a chance…

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