Dive 266: Shark Fin Reef, Similan Island #3 (Thailand)

Dive time: 00:54:00
Max depth: 28.0 metres
Temperature: 28 C
Visibility: 30 metres
Buddy: Axl
Surface interval: 03:01:00

My first buddy Edwin had issues equalising so I was turfed to the other group of divers with Axl as the dive guide and two other guys. The site was one massive rock that gently sloped upwards, with a few squeezy but nice swimthroughs, including one with some fans that I thought I was going to tear through (luckily I didn’t!). A really nice cruisy and relaxing dive with lots of green tube coral, fans, whip corals and anemones. There was a bit of a current in the middle of the dive so it was even a chilled out drift dive.

I saw some three-spot angelfish, parrotfish, moorish idols, schooling bannerfish, a massive round batfish, a giant triggerfish, a small hawksbill turtle asleep in a hole, white spotted boxfishes, about 4-5 barracuda near the surface, 3 giant trevally, oriental sweetlips, a billion fusiliers, and spotted unicornfish.

 

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Dive 265: Batfish Bend, Similan Island #5 (Thailand)

Dive time: 00:52:00
Max depth: 30.7 metres
Temperature: 29 C
Visibility: 25 metres
Buddy: Edwin

My first dive in the Similan Islands and the conditions were great – blue sky day, amazing visibility, calm waters. We descended into about 18 metres onto big boulders were there were lots of beautiful green tube corals. We swam further down to around 30 metres and then made our way across some sand to a whole lot of coral bommies, including one huge one that was around 8 metres high and just absolutely covered in soft corals and small fan corals. Absolutely amazing. Towards the end, Edwin surfaced with the dive guide, On, as he was low on air, so I finished the dive with the other dive group.

I saw some spotted garden eels, western clownfish including one patch of anemone that had two little cute white porcelain crabs as well, a couple of Kuhl’s spotted rays, lionfish hiding under a small bommie, moorish idols, porcupine fish, a few parrotfish, schools of yellowback fusiliers, various kinds of butterflyfish, damselfish, and groupers.