Koh Racha Yai
Racha Yai, about 90 minutes by day trip boat South of Phuket is a beautiful tropical island with plenty of hard coral reefs, colourful shallow water coral gardens, and a great opportunity for some enjoyable and easy drift diving. There are several excellent dive sites suitable for the beginner and for snorkeling, with depths from 2 – 20m, and even a couple of small wrecks making this island a favourite destination for everyone. Plenty of life here including lionfish, scorpionfish, barracuda, damselfish, puffers, triggerfish, moray eels and more. There are several dive sites around the island which allow year round diving as you can always dive on the sheltered side on a windy day. On the north side of the island are 2 large bays that offer shelter to boats in either west or east wind.
Bungalow Bay is commonly dived by student divers, it’s shallow and currents are minimal. Siam Bay has some deeper water, but can also be dived at 10 meters for first time divers. At about 18 meters in Siam Bay you can find several statues that were put in the bay back in 2006 including a couple of large elephants.