The Andaman Sea´s five best dive sites
The largest dive centre is Phuket, providing a convenient access point to a huge variety of excellent sites. Some are right on the doorstep, only a short speedboat ride away. Several extra-special ones are further away and further apart. These are best to visit aboard a larger, long-range boat known as a liveaboard.
The comfortable vessels typically travel at night while you sleep, so by morning, all you have to do is jump into the blue water and start your underwater exploration.
Dive into the following five sites for a glimpse of what you can expect to find, deep under the Andaman Sea.
1. THE THREE ISLETS (HOBBIT LAND, THREE STOOGES, SHARK CAVE REEF)
Even if they make an appearance, they are a minor attraction compared to the wondrous sea life found amongst the pinnacles: colourful schools of fish, harlequin shrimp, squid, ghost pipefish, anemone or clownfish, frogfish, moray eels, and nudibranchs go about their day and leave you to explore their world.
Ad here2. FANFOREST PINNACLE
As the name suggests, Fanforest Pinnacle (and nearby Western Rocky) is full of sea fans – some of the largest in the world. The pinnacle itself begins five metres below the surface, dropping down to almost a 50m depth. The views are different, depending which side you are on, but they include rocky ridges twisting down towards the sandy bottom and plunging vertical walls.
3. RICHELIEU ROCK
Mu Koh Surin National Park, Thailand
In the 1990s, it was considered one of the best sites in the world, and diving with whale sharks in clear water was the norm. Today, there are fewer whale sharks, but this spot still attracts thousands of divers a year and never fails to thrill – even if the giant stars of the show don’t make an appearance. Every nook and cranny has some sort of life growing on it, and one can spend hours searching for unusual sea-dwellers.
However, it is still best to use a dive master guide if you want to do some serious spotting of marine life; you will see a lot more with someone who knows where all the different critters like to hide.
4. KOH PAYU
Similan Islands, Thailand
Turning out towards the blue water, silvery jacks dart back and forth feeding, and schools of bigeyes and snappers hang about on the reef. If you only have time for one dive in the Similan Islands, make this your first choice.
5. HIN DAENG
Hin Daeng is best suited to advanced divers. However, with an experienced guide by your side, most can safely enjoy this other-worldly experience.
Information from : http://fahthaimagazine.com/2008/01/01/underwater-worlds/