Phuket Island, the Pearl of the Andaman Sea - Phuket is one of the world's most renowned islands; it offers spectacular scenery and plenty of other attractions and activities like Thailand diving. It is a paradise for holiday travelers, divers or non-divers, who seek tropical sunshine, magnificent white sandy beaches and a crystal blue sea.
Many visit the Island simply to come diving in Phuket and to explore the magical underwater world of Phukets diving sites. The nearby Similan Islands, a popular liveaboard destination, in the Andaman Sea a very picturesque and unique place, offers opportunities to sample the best diving in Thailand.
Andaman Divers, established in 1986, is one of the most experienced Thailand diving operators, specializing in low budget liveaboard cruises to the Similan Islands.
MV Daranee, owned by Andaman Divers is operating since many years, and is the right choice for divers who have to watch the budget.
MV Daranee is a liveaboard that offers everything a diver needs. Friendly service and an experienced crew and very good Thai food, are reasons why many divers do more than one trip on MV Daranee.
We offer as well diving day trips to local Phuket dive sites. Some of the Phuket diving sites you shouldn't miss and they are easily combined with a liveaboard trip to Similan. In case you not already a certified diver you can do your scuba diving course directly with us. We offer all courses from introductory diving to becoming a dive professional.
We area PADI 5* IDC Dive Resort, and we can offer the full range of PADI scuba diving courses.We hope you enjoy browsing our site and discovering what we can offer you ...
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Running from south to north and numbered accordingly, lie these truly unspoilt granite islands. With crystal clear seas and stunning coral formations, no wonder Jacques Cousteau believed it to be, one of the best diving destinations in the world. The islands, best experienced on Thailand liveaboards, are densely covered with tropical vegetation, offering short and easy adventure trekking through the rainforest jungles. Due to the raging south west monsoon, the exposed south, west and north sides of each island, offer stunning underwater scenery.
What you see above is what you get below. Rising from depths of more than 50 metres, the sea consists of large granite boulders that lay strewn together, overgrown with hard and soft corals. This provides some magnificent Similan Islands diving, with many interesting swim-throughs, canyons, archways and caves.
Protected from the raging monsoons on the east side of each island, you will find untouched, powdery white sandy beaches. Underwater, you will be able to witness, sand slopes with beautiful fringing reefs. Teeming with a large diversity of marine life, these reefs are perfect for drift diving.
Being part of the Indian Ocean network, the Similan Islands can boast more than 250 species of soft and hard corals and more than 800 species of fishes. And when the plankton blooms, you have the opportunity to see the largest of them all, creatures such as manta rays and whale sharks visit the area regularly. If you are a diver and are planning a liveaboard trip to Thailand, make sure you visit the area and try diving in Similan Island.
Surin is also included in Thailand's national park system. They consist of two densely tropical rainforest islands, and are the home an endemic tribe of sea gypsies called the Mokens. If you have the time, they are certainly worth a visit. Experiencing a unique tribe really makes you think what life is all about. Do we really need televisions, cell phones and motor cars? These people are still living from the natural resources of their islands and the surrounding sea. Witnessing this, the memory will stay with you forever.
Lying 10 miles to the south east of the Surin Islands, sits the world famous Richelieu Rock. Made from limestone, Richelieu Rock is a horse shoe shaped pinnacle, rising from depths of 35 metres to just break through the surface at low tide. Constantly bathed in nutrient-rich water, Richelieu Rock supports an incredible diversity of marine life, from cuttlefish to schooling Barracudas, from seahorses to whale sharks.
Not so many years ago we could have almost guaranteed a sighting of one of these enormous but friendly animals, but due to the unfortunate demand for SHARK FIN Soup, the numbers have declined. Hopefully now as whale sharks have CITES category C world protection, the biggest fish in the world will soon make his come back and then once again we will hopefully be able to guarantee a sighting of this formidable creature for you. Richelieu Rock is the perfect liveaboard dive site for repetitive multi-level diving, giving you the opportunity to extend your underwater time, so you can truly explore and experience its wonders. PS: PLEASE DON'T EAT SHARK FINS!!!
Hin Muang and Hin Daeng are located about 80 kms, south east from Phuket. They are one of the best dive spots in Thailand, truly a world-class dive site. The 2 rocks, with vertical walls dropping straight down to 50-60 metres, are completely covered with hard and soft corals, sea fans, sea anemones, and attract large school of jacks as well as fusiliers, tuna and barracuda. Hin Muang or Purple Rock, is named after the colourful sea anemones which cover the highest point of the reef. The reef starts at 9 metres below the surface and drops down to more than 70 metres, with steep walls on both sides. Whale sharks are often encountered, and this is without a doubt one of the best dive sites for Thailand liveaboard diving.
Hin Daeng is a reef which consists of 3 small rocks, visible at the surface and then plunging down to a depth of over 50 metres, with a deep drop off on the south side and a relatively gentle slope on the north side. Hin Daeng is a dramatic dive site. It is also perhaps the only place in Thailand where grey reef sharks can be seen in schools of up to 15 sharks. The richness and variety of pelagic fish compares to that found at Richelieu Rock, particularly for the sight of whale sharks.
Phi Phi Island is one of the best diving destinations in Thailand, due to the beauties of the islands itself, but also because of the excellent diving that it has to offer. The Pee Pee islands lie in a national marine park and the diving sites are quite different from all the other sites here in Thailand. Thanks to the dramatic limestone walls, which are covered with colourful soft and hard corals, the huge gorgonian's and barrel sponges growing out from the wall and from the bottom. You also find coral-gardens rich of marine life. Scuba Diving in Phi Phi often gives a good chance to spot fascinating small marine creatures such as ghost-pipefish & seahorses plus razor fish, scorpion fish, as well as bigger fish like leopard sharks, black tip reef sharks, turtles and many more. The variety of dive sites suit all experience levels, it has fantastic beaches and the magic charm of its location make Phi Phi a perfect place for divers and their non-diving companions. The 2 most popular diving sites in Phi Phi area are Koh Bida Nok and Koh Bida Nai.