A Little Help With Phuket Nudibranchs

A Little Help With Phuket Nudibranchs

Crazy Coloured Slugs That Brighten Up Any Phuket Scuba Diving Experience

These bizarre little creatures are on every Phuket diving site and most stand out like a sore thumb. It’s not an animal that Phuket is renowned for so if you ask your guide what the sluggy looking thing that they pointed out was you may get nudibranch as an answer and if you question further you’ll run into some well rehearsed diversion tactics.

To be fair to us there are so many species it would be impossible to know them all, add to that the variations in the same species, the constant reclassification and that names can depend on which book you look in you can understand why giving positive ID’s is generally given a wide birth. Scientists are mainly to blame for the confusion, constant squabbling over naming rights is a real pain.

So below you’ll find photos of some the more commonly found nudibranchs and their relatives around Phuket and their names at time of writing – it could potentially be completely wrong now. We’ll update the list as we get photos of more species so keep checking back to see what’s been added. If you have any nudi photos that you would like to put a name too then please feel free to send them to us at info@localdivethailand.com or post on our Facebook page. Of course the reply could be – it’s a nudibranch…

Phuket Nudibranchs

Click on the photo to get the name

Posted in Rare & Peculiar Critters on .

Popular Services

huge schools of fish on the king cruiser wreck in phuket

The King Cruiser Wreck Dive

The King Cruiser Wreck's unplanned underwater life began in May 1997. The adventurous captain of the King Cruiser car ferry strayed miles off course on his way to Phi Phi from Phuket. With an incredible feat of marine navigation he 'found' the only submerged reef for miles around. Unfortunately the intrepid captain's wanderlust resulted in a large hole in the ferry and the inevitable consequences. So was created Phuket's first wreck dive. For [...]

Find Out More
Jenkins Whip Ray at Racha Noi Phuket Thailand - Local Dive Thailand

Local Dive Thailand Photo Galleries

Diving everyday lets us find and photograph some spectacularly rare and also amazing marine critters. This season alone we've had several Whale Shark sightings on our regular dive sites, like Shark Point, Anemone Reef, Koh Bida Nai, Koh Bida Nok and even in Bay 1 Racha Yai. You have to be in the water with us to see them though, so don't forget to book your diving tours with Local Dive Thailand! [...]

View Full Gallery

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!

Black Tip Reef Shark at Palong Wall Phi Phi Islands dive tour Amazing Local Dives

Dive Site Spotlight: Palong Wall

Palong Wall is located on the west side of Koh Phi Phi Ley and is a popular day trip dive site from Phuket. The island offers an impressive sight with its massive limestone cliffs, and is also famous for its tropical paradise atmosphere portrayed in the movie The Beach. The dive site is a sloping reef dropping to a sandy sea bottom. You can find big and small things there - sea turtles, cuttlefishes, various species of fish, Nudibranche [...]

Read Full Story
a hawksbill turtle in phuket Rare & Peculiar Critters

Sea Turtles In Phuket

Turtles are endearing creatures and we're lucky enough to find plenty around Phuket. Their slow movements, tolerance for divers and wisened features make them a firm favourite with divers all over the world. We mostly get hawksbill turtles around Phuket but we also get green, loggerhead, olive ridley and the biggest of all the seven species - the giant leatherback. Unfortunately all are endangered thanks to us... Plastic pollution, destructio [...]

Read Full Story
Banded Sea Krait At Koh Bida Nok - Phuket Rare & Peculiar Critters

Phuket’s Deadly Pacifist!

If we stumbled across a cobra on our Phuket travels most of us would disappear into the distance screaming yet we can calmly watch a snake with a more toxic venom from just a couple of meters when scuba diving. The yellow lipped banded sea krait has a very powerful myotoxic venom and is probably the only snake you'll encounter on your Thailand holiday. The reason you may hear is that their mouths are too small and they can only bite yo [...]

Read Full Story

Local Dive Thailand Office In Phuket


Find Us On Google Maps