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About Indepth Dive College Phuket
Indepth Dive Centre is a small, professional PADI 5* IDC & TecRec Centre located in Chalong on Phuket Island in the South of Thailand with over 24 years experience working in the Dive Industry in Thailand.
We are open 12 months a year and offer a full range of Phuket Day Trips.
Phuket Boat Dive Trips
Many people come for a holiday to Phuket because of one reason; Phuket Diving and we don’t blame them! Phuket has long been a Dive Travel destination due to the quality of the Phuket diving. Consequently, we are lucky enough to be able to offer some great Phuket diving for divers of all levels. Not only that, but Phuket diving is 12 months a year, so you can enjoy some awesome Phuket diving any month of the year.
For non-divers why not take some Try Dives or a PADI Discover Scuba Diving? And in addition, if you want to try some non-diving activities there is plenty on offer. For example, they have a RIB which means they can take you to the beach should you want to go for a walk. They have glass-bottom canoes and also some kayaks so you can relax and paddle around the bay. And there is also a water slide off the top deck for some added fun. And of course, there is plenty of snorkeling going on as well.
Indepth Phuket Diving Day Trip Boat daily schedule:
Phuket Scuba Diving Hotel pick-ups:
These start from 07:00-07:45 depending on where you are staying on Phuket. The Phuket Scuba Diving trip usually departs around 08:30.
You can expect to be back from your Phuket Scuba Diving Trip and back at your hotel any time from 15:30 to 18:30. Exact time depends on the Phuket Scuba Diving Trip dive site and the number of dives.
RACHA NOI DIVE SITE
Racha Not: Banana Bay a fun easy dive for all
Banana Bay is found on Racha Noi island, which lies 10-15 miles South of Phuket. Racha Noi is the “last” dive site before the Andaman Sea and is roughly one 45-60 minutes past Ko Racha Yai. When cruising between the Racha Islands keep your eyes open as Sailfish and dolphins can sometimes be seen jumping out of the water. Whales have also been spotted between the two Racha Islands.
Banana Bay is at the East side of Racha Noi, and got its name from the shape of the bay. Which not too surprisingly, looks like a banana. To be fair the bay is surrounded by Banana Trees, hence the name is actually quite accurate. The bay stretches almost 1km and thus provides postcard-quality scenery, with a beautiful green landscape, powdery white sand and crystal blue waters. A nice and easy dive site for beginners and PADI Open Water Diver Course students as there is plenty of places for skill practice. However, there is still plenty for experienced scuba divers.
Visibility is generally from 10m-30m+ with the depths ranging 2-40m+ ...
Banana Bay is an easy dive site for both beginner divers and experienced divers
Banana Bay is a large banana shaped bay with a gentle sloping sandy bottom. Here you will find a large number of small and large “pinnacles.” These are in the middle of the bay and are covered in Hard and Soft Corals. There are some nice “boulder rock formations” at the Southern end. There are in fact similar to the topography you can expect to see in The Similan and Surin Islands. Additionally, in the shallower waters areas there are some large Staghorn Coral fields.
In the shallow parts of the reef and out on the sand, Turtles can often be spotted. And if you are lucky maybe an Eagle Ray or 2 who seem to have made this bay their hang-out. Banana Bay is a nice, easy dive site and thus great for photographers. However not only is Banana Bay great for macro-photography, but also for some stunning landscape photography. Due in part to visibility usually being 20-30m in the October to May months.
You can find all the usual Phuket Andaman marine life you would expect see. There are many different species of Anemone Fish, Moray Eels, Butterfly Fish and Parrot Fish. Out on the sand you have Ghost Pipefish, Kuhl’s Stingray, Cuttlefish and Jenkins Rays.
Just keep your eyes open as you never know what you are going to find at Racha Noi. On a good day you maybe encounter with a shark or two, or even see a Manta Ray flying by ...
Racha Noi: Maritas Rock & Marina Bay 2 dive sites in 1
Maritas Rock, also known as Marina Bay, lie 12-15 miles South of Phuket, and are probably two of the most dived and local dive sites. These dive sites lie roughly in the middle of South-West side of the Racha Noi Island.
In fact Maritas Rock and Marina Bay are actually almost the same dive site. Local legend has it that Marita’s Rock was named after a local Divemaster from many years ago, although details are scarce. These dives sites are beautiful to dive and are covered in soft corals and Gorgonian Sea Fans with visibility ranging from 10-30+ m. Additionally the boulder are formations are stunning and reminiscent of The Similan Islands. In turn these create some swim-throughs, canyons and small caverns to explore.
Current inside Marina Bay itself is normally mild. However outside the bay, especially at Marita’s Rock, the current is can be very strong. For this reason Marita's Rock is recommended for Advanced / experienced divers only. Since Racha Noi is the “last” dive site before the Andaman Sea and as such the Racha Noi dive sites start to get deep. Consequently, this means there are very deeps dive sites off the island. However it also brings in the larger pelagic fishes such as large Tuna, and schools of Barracuda and Trevallies.
Keep your eyes open for Manta Rays, the occasional Whale shark, along with Blacktip and Whitetip Reef Sharks ...
What can I see on a Dive Tour to Maritas Rock & Marina Bay at Racha Noi Islands?
Marina Bay is a huge bay on the Western side of Racha Noi and is also known as “Manta Bay.” For reasons, we hope are self-explanatory!
Maritas Rock & Marina Bay consist of a sloping sandy bottom with Coral Bommies. Along with some scenic Staghorn Coral and various other Hard Corals and granite rock formations. Go slowly, as if you look carefully, you should find a lot of Peacock Mantis Shrimps. This is addition to Cuttle Fish camouflaging themselves in the rocks, Sea Whips, Brain Corals and patches of Fire Coral.
Leopard Sharks like the sandy patches as they provide resting areas, and Leopard Sharks can usually be seen on most days. Furthermore there is a nice variety of Stingrays that can be found out on the sandy patches.
Roughly 20m from Southern the corner of the bay is Marita’s Rock starts around 24m. Marita’s Rock has many swimthroughs formed by the granite boulders resting on each other. These are similar to the world-famous Elephant Head Rock dive site in The Similan and Surin Islands. These boulders can be pretty impressive, especially with the huge Sea Fans and Soft Corals.
Be careful if you dive in the swimthroughs as sometimes it's hard to make you way around clearly. This is due to the exits being invariably full of Five lined Snappers and Glassfish.
PLEASE REMEMBER: Not only should you NOT enter any overhead environment without the proper training and equipment, but you should always pay close attention to you Dive Guide’s briefing.
The diversity of Marine Life can be quite overwhelming at Maritas Rock and Marina Bay. Consequently, it can be hard to say what you will see at Maritas Rock and Marina Bay. Obviously, you can expect to see the usual South Andaman marine life you would expect to see around Phuket dive sites. This includes many Parrot Fish, Triggerfish, Butterfly Fish, Anemone Fish, Pipefish, Cornet and Trumpet Fish. Additionally, there are different species of Sea Snake, along with favourites like Cuttle Fish, Moorish Idols and Banner Fish. Take your time to look in the canyons and crevices, as they are Turtles find and Barracudas to see.
The Mantas are usually found towards the Southern end of the Marina Bay / Marita’s Rock where the depth is around 20-30m. Manta Rays are common here and are usually spotted cruising up and down reef feeding on the krill and jellyfish. Hence why they are attracted to dive sites that have currents.
At the end of the dive it's a good idea to ascend to around 5m on Marita’s Rock and do an extended Safety-Stop. This is because you never know when you might be rewarded with a famous “Manta Fly-By” ...
Racha Noi: Banana Rock, another Rock that Rocks
Banana Rock is located at Racha Noi Island, roughly 45-60 minutes further than Racha Yai Island. Be sure to keep your eyes open and as you go between the two Rachas, as both Sailfish and Dolphins can be seen around here. And with the deeper waters Whales have also been spotted here too.
Banana Rock at the East side of Racha Noi located at the North tip of Banana Bay. This is between Banana Bay and North Rock and is a mixture of shallow flat sand with the usual mixture of Hard and Soft Corals. There are also "granite boulder / rock formations,” similar those in The Similans that start at 15 m and drop down to more than 40m+.
Remember Racha Noi is the “last” dive site before the Andaman Sea starts to gets deep. This means that there are some very deep spots off the island, in excess of 80m. As such the tides and current bring in the larger pelagic fish. These tend to be Manta Rays, large Tuna, Barracuda, Trevallies. Additionally Black Tip, White Tip Reef Sharks and even Whale Sharks have been spotted here.
For PADI Open Water Diver Course students and beginner divers new to scuba diving it is ideal with plenty of places for skill practice. Yet at the same time there are lots of hard and soft corals to keep you mesmerized!
To start the dive you would normally do a giant stride off the boat and then descend down a mooring line to around 6m. This will then take you down to the sloping sand bottom followed by a gentle swim out to the first rocks and boulders around 15m. Again, do take the time to explore these slowly as there are all kinds of Marine Life around here attracted by these Rocks.
You will find plenty of Lizard Fish, Fusiliers, Butterfly Fish and Damsel Fish. There are Red Tooth Trigger Fish as well as the usual array of Nudibranchs and Banded Boxer Shrimps. Moray Eels, Kuhl’s Stingray, Lion and Scorpionfish are regularly spotted here. Along with Anemone Fish, Cuttle Fish, Sea Snakes, Butterfly Fish, Durban Dancing Shrimps and White Ribbon Eels.
It is an ideal scuba diving site for both scuba divers and snorkelers and provides some awesome photographic opportunities ...
Racha Noi: Camera Bay, a dive where you will want your Camera!
Camera Bay is located on the North-Western part of Racha Noi Island, one of the Racha Islands, (also known as Raya Islands) around 12-15 miles South of Phuket. This comprises of two islands; Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi. Koh Racha Noi, “Ko / Koh” meaning island, “Noi” in Thai meaning Small or Less, and is the furthest; roughly 45-60 minutes past Racha Yai.
As you pass Racha Yai on your way to Racha Noi be sure to keep your eyes peeled as, Dolphins, Sail Fish and even Whales are regularly spotted here! In and around the rocks you will find everything you have come to expect from Phuket Diving. This includes Butterfly Fish, Parrot Fish, Anemone Fish and Nudibranchs. You can often find Octopus and Cuttlefish among the rocks and corals. Additionally, there is also schooling Barracudas, Triggerfish, Puffer and Porcupine Fish. And if you are lucky a turtle or two. For macro enthusiasts if you look very carefully you should be able to find a Frog Fish, otherwise known as an Angler Fish.
As Racha Noi is the “last” dive site before the Andaman Sea really starts to gets deep the location and water movement helps brings in the larger pelagic fishes Including Manta Rays, the occasional Whale shark, large Tuna, Barracuda, Trevallies and Black Tip and White Tip Reef Sharks, which Racha Noi is famous for!
Camera Bay itself is suitable for all levels of divers with little current and an excellent variety of hard corals with white sandy patches surrounded by the boulders and rocky edges of the island itself. Although sheltered from the current in the bay a popular end to the dive is to go out of the bay and drift. As such divers often exit the bay and let the current take them North where the boat will be waiting for you.
Depths start from 5-15m in the bay itself going off to 30m+ as you head North out of the bay, with visibility the usual 10-30m+
RACHA YAI DIVE SITES
South of Phuket: Racha Islands
The “Racha Islands” (sometimes spelt as Raya Islands) consisting of Koh Racha Yai and Noi. Incidentally in Thai “Ko / Koh” means "island" with "Yai" meaning "Large" or "Big" and “Noi” "Small" or "Less". These Phuket Dive Sites lie only 12-15 miles / 1 hr 20 min – 1hr 45 min South of Phuket. In fact these are probably 2 of the most dived and consequently best known Phuket Dive Sites. These Phuket dive sites are generally considered “easy diving.” The Phuket Dive Sites here offer fantastic snorkeling characterized by great visability, crystal clear water and beautiful white sandy bays. Most of all they are teeming with tropical marine life with stunning reefs sloping off from 3m to over 25m.
Racha Yai is the nearest and is a 90 minute cruise from Chalong, and has several Phuket dive sites unique in their own way. Not only do you have Bay 1 with its ship wrecks and even an underwater motor bike, but also Siam Bay with it’s underwater elephants! The Racha Yai dive sites offer near perfect dive conditions. This is because the island's dive sites present shallow dives within sheltered bays.
Racha Yai Bay 1: The Number One Racha Yai Dive Site!
Racha Yai Bay 1 is the first in a series of natural bays and is located on the East side of Racha Yai Island. Fortunately Racha Yai Bay 1 is only 90 minutes away from Chalong by dive boat. This bay is very popular not only with divers, but also with snorkelling trips.
The average depth of Racha Yai Bay 1 is around 10-15m. Although the dive sites vary from between 5-30m. As such this another local Phuket dive site that is suitable for beginner divers in addition to the more experienced divers. Racha Yai Bay 1 has everything from shallow soft and hard coral reefs, to ship wrecks ranging from 15-25m in depth.
Racha Yai: Siam Bay – Elephant Dive anyone?
Siam Bay dive site is the Northern most bay of Racha Yai, roughly 1 ½ hours away by dive boat. The bay itself consists of rocky edges and the center bay area is sand covered with hard-coral patches. Including some large “Coral Bommies” and nice Staghorn coral.
And as far as we know, Siam Bay is the only dive site in the world that you can guarantee yourself a dive with elephants. Even they are made from stone!
These man-made concrete elephants and were sunk in 2006, along with a temple gate and mythical giant sentry known locally as Yak. They were sunk in order to add another scuba diving attraction for the local Phuket dive sites, not surprisingly these did in fact prove very popular with divers. In fact, many divers around the world now have fond memories of swimming around this temple.
Don’t forget to bring your underwater camera with you. However, if you don’t have one, then one of our Photoguides could always go with you. That way you can relax, enjoy your diving, while they take some cool pics of one of the most the unusual photographic opportunities ...
Racha Yai Island: Bungalow Bay
Located on the North West Side of Racha Yai Island, Bungalow Bay is found in a bay off, a scheduled beach, 1 km from the Ban Raya Resort. Hence the dive site name.
The picturesque beach is typical of the beaches of the West Coast of Thailand. In other words a long idyllic beach with white sand and clear blue waters. The bay itself has a long crescent curve along both sides of the bay where some of the best corals lie. These are ideal for not only scuba diving, but they are also very popular with snorkelers and day-trippers. Furthermore it is not uncommon to see some of the luxury sailing boats gently bobbing on their moorings, scattered around the bay.
The diving at Bungalow Bay can be split into 2 separate dives. These are: North Wall and South Wall. This is mainly due to the sheer size of the area as you can dive both sides of the bay. The Northern side of the bay is a sloping reef consisting mainly of Staghorn corals and scenic boulders. These eventually drop off to a depth of around 25m. The Southern side has similar topography but is shallower.
Needless to say you have all the usual Andaman Sea reef fish and marine life throughout the dive site ...
Racha Yai Bay 3: Lucys Reef
Lying about 12miles South of Phuket are the Racha Islands, where Racha Yai Bay 3 Lucy Reef is located. This takes around 1 ½ hours by regular dive boat, although speed boats can easily make the trip there in under an hour.
Racha Yai Bay 3 is the smallest of the 3 bays along the East side of Racha Yai Island, and is only 90 minutes from Chalong Pier by boat. As such this bay is very popular not only with local dive trips, but also with snorkeling trips. This is because of the lovely sheltered shallow corals close to the beach. Underwater the clear and calm waters here are perfect for beginner divers. Whilst not the best Phuket diving, the bay is home to a variety of reef fish. The reefs are mostly Hard Corals and make a nice introduction to Scuba Diving in Phuket.
The Dive Sites in Racha Yai Bay 3 vary from 5-30m and are therefore suitable for beginner divers as well as divers with more experience ...
Racha Yai Bay 3: Homerun Reef
Racha Yai Bay 3, where Homerun Reef is located is the smallest of the 3 bays along the East side of Racha Yai Island. This dive site can be reached by Phuket dive boat in about 1 1/2 hours, however it is usually dived on the way back.
Homerun Reef is a popular last dive of the day as it runs North along the East side of Racha Yai, taking you back in the direction of Chalong , which is how it got it’s name. Thus Homerun Reef is a perfect local Phuket dive site for the last dive of the day. The current at Homerun Reef varies from nothing to strong, therefore be sure to listen carefully to your Dive Briefing and follow the dive plan. Additionally when not diving, such as during the surface interval, Homerun Reef is a great location to catch some sunshine whilst having lunch.
Underwater the clear and calm waters of Homerun Reef are excellent for beginners and divers who have not dived for a long time. The reef starts at 3-5m depending on the tide, sloping off to sand around 20m. The reefs here don't have much soft corals, however there is a lot of hard corals here. Especially Branch and Staghorn Corals. Homerun Reef has all the usual marine life you would expect. Notably there is even a small wooden shipwreck near the Southern end at 24m.
Homerun Reef is the perfect end to a perfect days diving ...
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