Similan Dive Sites
West Of Eden
When East of Eden became too crowded, some divers looked for a new dive site nearby. They went to the west side of Koh-Pa-Yu (Similan island 7) and discovered that the Garden of Eden is not only located on the eastern side of the Similan Islands.
The wall and small rocks are encrusted with soft corals, gorgonians, sponges and algae.This area is a nice place to look for macro subjects like nudibranchs and frogfish. Keep an eye out for cleaner pipefish (Janss’s pipefish) and many banded pipefish in small crevices, as well long-nose hawkfish perched in black coral bushes. The rubble and sand slopes are a good place to search for banded pipefish, dragonets and red fire gobies.
Back at the reef, moray eels are quite common, as well as turtles and schools of angelfish. Occasionally, white tip reef sharks cruise by. In strong currents, bluefin trevally, giant trevally, and fusiliers become more active. The most beautiful areas of this site cover a limited area.
If you go too far north or south, you’ll see mostly rubble and sand, swim slowly and enjoy the wall and exquisite canyon. If the current is heading north you can start from the southern part, but if it’s the other way around, you should start from the northern part.