Thailand's reputation as a diving destination is long-established and its western coast, met by the Andaman Sea, is where scuba divers flock to experience its finest dive sites.
Mostly the drawcard for divers is the reputation of the Similan Islands. Take a closer look, however, and you will see that there are other wonderful dive sites here that deserve your attention, Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Ha and Koh Phi Phi.
This area is found to the south of Phuket Island and within the Mu Koh Lanta National Marine Park. Their proximity to Phuket means these sites can be dived via a short liveaboard trip, making them attractive to divers restricted by time or budget.
If you are short of time or on a low budget, you can join a liveaboard tour to Phi Phi Islands, Hin Daeng & Hin Muang. These trips are usually only 3 nights in duration.
Currents can be strong but both Hin Daeng and Hi Muang offer plenty of shelter. Divers should be comfortable in the water and be able to manage some current. Hin Muang can at times represent quite a challenge since the current undergoes an increase in strength as it passes over the top of the rock.
November and April is when the weather is at its most stable at Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. May to October is the rainy season and these remote sites are closed at this time of year during to frequent rough seas and rain.
Water temperatures range between 27-30°C throughout the year, February to April being the warmest time. Visibility is normally good (20-30m) and is only adversely affected during the wet season. The most likely time of the year for manta ray and whale shark encounters is from February to April, when the sea is at its calmest and there are fewer divers around.
Similan, Richelieu Rock & Hin Daeng liveaboard cruises which include Hin Daeng and Hin Muang as part of the itinerary use the ports of Chalong in Phuket or Khao Lak (1½ hours ride north of Phuket). Charters to Phi Phi Islands, Hin Daeng & Hin Muang usually depart from Patong or Chalong (both in Phuket).
Departure ports are detailed for every trip in the 'Departures & Prices' section of each of our liveaboard boat pages. They will also be sent to you during the enquiry and booking process. Hotel-boat transfers are often provided free of charge from all of Phuket's main beach areas (Patong, Kata and Karon). Transfers from other areas may be subject to a small extra charge.
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