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Similan Dive Sites

Anita's Reef

This dive site is also called Barracuda point, but barracuda are rarely seen here, this is very close to Honeymoon Bay.The reef spreads across two islands, Similan Island 5 and Similan Island 6, which are two minor islands adjacent to one another.

The reef starts from the east of island 6 and runs to the south of island 5. The reef slope falls from the reef flat at five to ten meters to the sand bottom at a maximum of 26 to 28 meters. Shallow coral gardens comprise huge pore and staghorn corals with small pinnacles. Colorful corals are scattered along white powdery sand, creating beautiful natural scenery. A big outcrop located on the southeast makes this dive site unique and attracts many photographers. From the sand bottom base at 20 meters to the top of the rock at 12 meters, this fantastic rock is surrounded by various colourful soft corals, gigantic sea fans, and many species of hard corals. The Thai name for this spectacular rock “Hin Muan Deaw” is the best way to describe how beautiful this rock really is. “Hin Muan Deaw” directly translates to “whole roll rock”, as one can use up to an entire roll of film solely on this on this rock. It really is a must see. At the south side of Anita’s reef are gigantic boulders that extend from island 5 and continue southward. These gigantic boulders lie at 30 to 35 meters on a sand bottom, and have formed a channel that divers can swim through. In 2003, the Similan National Park authorities sank a 12 x 30 meter fiberglass fishing boat in the area to create a new diving spot. The Tuna Wreck, as its known, is located near the southwest of island 5, just past the southeast corner, and is marked by a buoy. The wreck sits on the sand bottom just beyond the reef edge, with the depth varying from 40 meters at the deepest to 28 meters at the top of the wreck.

Marine Life

This is a perfect site for searching for small creatures. Some rare species such as black-ray partner gobies can be spotted on the sand bottom.Razor wrasse and rock mover wrasse can also be seen here. In addition, angelfish, dragonets, pipefish, scorpion fish and varieties of colorful nudibranchs are commonly seen on the rocky reef. Furthermore, clown triggerfish, octopuses and sea snakes have been spotted.

In the mornings on the reef, you will find blue fin trevally, longnosed snapper, and goatfish hunting schools of tiny fish. Also, in the south, in the area with big boulders, sharks can sometimes be spotted. A number of big Kuhl’s stingrays can easily be seen. Turtles are common too. Ghost pipefish can occasionally be seen during March an April. Large school of batfish usually hang around the Tuna Wreck.

Dive Tip

This site is suitable for beginner divers and for check dives.Macro photographers who dive slowly and are observant will be amazed with the abundance of pretty tiny creatures. Start your dive from the northeast buoy, follow the reef and end at the southern boulders, or alternatively, start from the southwest, drift along the reef and get picked up near the buoy, depending on both sea and weather conditions. If you explore the Tuna Wreck, keep an eye on your NDL time since this dive is deep.


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