Racha Noi – Banana Rock

Racha Noi – Banana Rock

Diving In Phuket That Feels Like The Similan Islands

Banana Rock is just outside the large bay where you’ll probably take your first dive of the day. The topography is completely different from the bay, the shallowest depth is around 7m where the rocks and hard coral reef meet the sand.

There’s a small patch reef at the start of the dive where we can sometimes find octopus hiding in the corals. Swimming deeper across the sand, keep a look out for sea moths and juvenile cockatoo waspfish and explore the few bommies for moray eels and reef stonefish.

Lots Of Moray Eels At Racha Noi

Lots Of Moray Eels At Racha Noi

Recently we’ve been fortunate enough to have at least two giant frogfish hanging around on this dive site, the larger one is at depth near the beginning and it’s smaller brethren sits somewhere on the rock itself. They’re a rare find for our area but a very welcome one.

Healthy Coral At Racha Noi Phuket

Healthy Coral At Racha Noi Phuket

The deeper areas of this dive site (16+) have the healthiest and largest staghorn beds in the region, many species of damsel and wrasse dart in and out of the corals, it’s a very pretty part of the dive. The staghorn beds lead you to the huge granite boulders that give the dive site its name. Corals have a hard task colonising the granite so as a result there’s not a great deal covering the rocks but it still attracts plenty of life and is the most likely place on the dive site for encounters with giant manta rays.

After the rocks you’ll head up onto the hard coral and rock reef in the shallows to complete your safety stop. If you’re lucky you may find a hawksbill turtle or two sleeping amongst the rocks.

For more information and to book this trip – contact local Dive Thailand.

Popular Services

M/V Chok Somporn Dive Deck - Local Dive Thailand diving tour boat

Scuba Diving Tours Schedule

Local Dive Thailand runs a purpose built scuba diving tour boat here in Phuket, the M/V Kepsub. So have a look at our schedule and see where you would like to visit & dive with our expert local guides who will show you an amazing variety of marine life no matter which dive sites or locations you pick. Get on-board with Local Dive Thailand now for an unforgettable Andaman scuba diving experience! [...]

View The Schedule
Black Tip Reef Shark at Palong Wall Phi Phi Islands dive tour

Palong Wall – Phi Phi Ley

Palong Wall is all about the sharks, very rarely do we go here and not see blacktip reef sharks and sometimes in big numbers, if the visibility is good then you can have 10 or more in view. The sharks cruise around on the 5 - 8m deep shelf which runs the entire length of the dive site. They can vary in size from almost 2m long adults to less than a metre long juveniles. Our guides will take you down to the bottom of the reef at the beginning of the dive to search for turtles, kuhl's stingray, mantis shrimp and bent stick pipefish but after 15 minutes or so you'll begin to head to shallower water to look out for the sharks. It can be a little frustrating if the sharks don't show but [...]

More About This Page

Daily Schedules

M/V Kepsub Schedule

Jobs @ Local Dive Thailand

Local Dive Thailand is one of Phuket's fatest growing & most vibrant scuba diving operations, we are always looking for quality staff to join us, so feel free to have a look at our jobs listing page.

Job Listings

Contact LDT

Local Guides, Local Knowledge, Local Experiences

Don't trust your diving to amateurs or freshly minted dive guides, dive with local experienced experts from Local Dive Thailand. Our Scuba Diving Phuket Tours will take you to see the rarest of the rare critters, you will be amazed by the macro life our guides can find, in the secret places only they know. To put it in perspective, if you were going to climb Mount Everest you would certainly hire a local sherpa to lead the way & keep you safe. Diving is similar because there is absolutely no substitute for local experience & local knowledge, Local Dive Thailand's guides are Phuket's Sherpa's of the Andaman Sea!

More About L.D.T

Scuba Diving Tours Phuket, Phi Phi & Thailand

When talking about Scuba Diving Phuket Tours, you should believe the hype, this season we have had Whale Sharks grace us on our regular easy to reach dive sites almost monthly and on a good day you can add Sea Horses, Sea Moths, Snake Eels, Frog Fish & Octopus to what you can see on any given dive, plus much more. If we are heading to Phi Phi Island for the day, you can possibly see Hawksbill Sea Turtles and Black Tip Reef Sharks, also don't forget the King Cruiser, 84 meters of sleeping wreck and the most amazing artificial reef and nursery for fish and nudibranch. Local Dive Thailand day trip tours to these locations are not to be missed when you are scuba diving in Phuket, get in touch with us and book an awesome day of diving.

Book A Day Trip Tour

Related News From Local Dive Thailand

See why we are the regions leading scuba diving tour company, stay up to date & watch out for news & special offers!

Phuket Diving Critters Amazing Local Dives

Phuket Critter Diving – Great At The Moment

Diving in Phuket is not renowned for critters but we do get our fair share of small animals, it's just that they're a little harder to find. It's hard to beat our dive guides for local knowledge, they're out everyday looking in every crack and crevice trying to find those special animals for you. Recently there's been lots of cool critters spotted on lots of dive sites. We have ornate ghost pipefish at Shark Point, Racha Noi and Racha Yai, harlequin shrimp and tigertail seahorses at Shark Point, giant frogfish at Racha Noi and freckled frogfish at Racha Yai. Our favourite critter div [...]

Read The Full Story
Seahorse-On-A-Phuket-Diving-Site The Archives

Thailand Suspends Export of Seahorses

CITES has announced the Thai governments decision to suspend the export of seahorses after not being able to meet the CITES obligations for the trade in seahorses, Thailand decided to stop issuing export permits earlier this year in lieu of obtaining a sustainable solution and protecting the wild population. It's a welcome move and hopefully a chance for one of diving's most loved animals to increase in numbers. Thailand is the worlds largest exporter of seahorses mostly for the (yeah, you've guessed it) Chinese traditional medicine market. 150 Million a year! That's a conservative estimate based on legal export figures, the actual figure is probably much higher. Thailand is respon [...]

Read The Full Story
Phuket PADI Advanced Open Water Adventure Dives The Archives

PADI Advanced Open Water: Your Phuket Adventure Dive Options

With such a wide range of selection for your Advanced Open Water adventure dives it can be difficult choosing the right ones for you. Your experience level, chosen venue and conditions on the day can all help narrow down your choices. Deep and Navigation are compulsory dives on the PADI Advanced Open Water so that will leave you with three more adventure dives to complete the course. The Deep dive will take you to a maximum depth of 30m, this is a maximum and can be conducted shallower if the dive site topography and conditions don't allow and the Navigation dive will get you more familiar with the compas [...]

Read The Full Story

Local Dive Thailand Office In Phuket

Find Us On Google Maps