Elephant Head Rock

Elephant Head Rock

Elephant Head Rock – Dramatic Drop Offs, Boulders And Swim-Throughs

Elephant Head Rock is a large rocky pinnacle that nestles between Similan Islands seven and eight. The strong current that runs between the two islands has smoothed the granite boulders on Elephant Head Rock and created lots of really nice swim-throughs.

Although strong currents are frequently prevalent. The large size of the pinnacle ensures there is always a sheltered and safe area to dive. It’s often the first dive of the day to allow divers to explore the deeper areas of the site. Whitetip reef sharks are often cruising around on the deep southeast corner. You can also find them in small caves in the shallow area.

Look Up For Predators

The swim-throughs on this dive site are very attractive. Many of the walls are adorned with soft corals and small groups of oriental sweetlips take shelter from the current. In the deeper sand areas you can find plenty of kuhl’s stingrays, purple fire gobies and pegasus sea moths. Predators such as dogtooth tuna, great barracuda, bluefin and giant trevally circle the rock looking for a feeding opportunity. There’s a fair number of cleaning stations which also attract the larger fish.

Swimthrough At Elephant Head Rock

Swimthrough At Elephant Head Rock

You’re not going to find much in the way of corals but that’s a natural state of affairs rather than man made. The drop offs and huge boulders make Elephant Head Rock a dramatic looking dive site. Many Similan Island liveaboards include this challenging but fantastic dive site on the itinerary. It’s not unknown for giant manta rays and whale sharks to cruise by so frequently look up and out into the blue. You may just get lucky.

It can be quite a difficult dive so make sure you listen intensely to the dive briefing and follow the line of your guide as closely as possible, surges and strong current can push divers up against the walls damaging the few corals or even injuring themselves. Don’t be put off though, it can be challenging but definitely a dive site not to be missed.

Popular Services

take the padi underwater digital photography course and impress your friends with clear, sharp photos

PADI Digital Underwater Photography Course

Taking the digital underwater photography course can fast track you to impressive photo memories of your Phuket diving holiday. Digital underwater camera's have made capturing scuba diving images much more simple but are you really happy with your results? Do your photo's come out to green or blurred and not really capture the beauty of what you've seen? This informative course can point you in the right direction with some simple tips an [...]

Find Out More
happy divers enjoying our phuket scuba diving tour itinerary

Phuket Dive Tour Itinerary

Some people are happy to take things as they come when traveling, some people like to know their daily itinerary, so here we have provided a Sample Day Trip Itinerary. That means these times are not a guarantee but a guide to how our day trip tours might proceed while you are diving with us. Usually the sample Phuket dive tour itinerary is very close to the real thing but please remember that weather, current, dive groups and many externa [...]

Find Out More

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!

Learn More About Us

Scuba Diving Phuket, Phi Phi & Thailand

When talking about Scuba Diving in Phuket, you should believe the hype, many seasons we have had Whale Sharks grace us on our regular and easy to reach dive sites 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 and so 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 beautiful wreck and the most amazing reef nursery for fish and nudibranch. Local Dive Thailand day trip tours to these locations are not to be missed when you are scuba diving Phuket, get in touch with us and book an 'awesome' day of diving.

Book Your Day Trip

Related News From Local Dive Thailand

See why we are Thailand's leading scuba diving Phuket tour provider, stay up to date & watch out for news & special liveaboard offers!

A Titan Triggerfish Chomping On A Phuket Divers Fin Rare & Peculiar Critters

Titan Triggerfish – Phuket Diving Guides Nemesis

The titan triggerfish in Phuket are not going to win any modelling contracts but they can add a little excitement to a dive. A head that's 2/3rds of its body mass, independently moving weird googly eyes and a set of teeth that wouldn't look out of place on a hyena. Along with an attitude that can only be described as cantankerous They're a very prominent fish on Phuket's reefs. Signs of their activities are everywhere. Deep excavations in [...]

Read Full Story
avoiding seasickness Scuba Diving Health

How Do I Avoid Seasickness?

Fortunately throughout the Phuket diving high season we're blessed with generally flat seas. Around the beginning of May we start to get a swell come in from the open ocean. Although for most this has little impact on your dive day, for those who get seasick it can be horrible but there are ways to avoid it. Not going to go too far into the science but essentially your brain is being confused. With intentional movement (walking, runnin [...]

Read Full Story
lionfish in phuket Rare & Peculiar Critters

Lionfish – A Smart Fish?

We call them lionfish on this side of the world but they're also none as firefish, zebrafish, butterfly cod and turkeyfish (????) in other areas. We tend to lump them together but there are quite a few different species that we find around Phuket. All have stunning warning colours, are very photogenic, show little or no fear of divers and have toxic fins that can pack quite a punch. Fortunately lionfish are easy to spot and stings are very ra [...]

Read Full Story

Local Dive Thailand Office In Phuket


Find Us On Google Maps