Located approximately 22 km from Phuket, Koh Racha Yai is a picturesque tropical island with great diving all around its perimeter. The crystal clear waters, pure white beaches and lush green scenery really make you feel like you are in a tropical paradise. The diving is gentle and easy with generally very good visibility. On the west side are two large bay areas, Bungalow Bay and Siam Bay. On the east side are 5 small bays named bays 1 to 5 respectively.
In Bungalow Bay and Siam bay the reefs mainly comprise of hard corals sloping gently from either side of the bay into and across the centre of the bay. Depths vary from as little as 2 metres to a maximum of approximately 25 metres. Around the east side of the island the hard coral reefs slop gently out of the bays and away from the island, starting at depths of 1 metre down to 25 metres.
As well as the great variety of hard corals to be found there is also a great mix of aquatic life to be experienced. All the standard reef fish are here, parrotfish, lionfish, trumpetfish etc. Large schools of Forster's barracuda, sometimes as many as a thousand together, often float past as you drift along the reefs. In the sand you can see blue-spotted stingrays and sometimes the rather curious looking bent stick pipefish. Octopus and cuttlefish are also common in and around the bay areas with the occasional turtle too.
If your luck is in then you may chance upon a leopard shark resting in the sand at the edge of the reef or a hawksbill turtle cruising by. On rare occasions eagle rays and even manta rays have also been spotted here. Whatever you see you can be guaranteed to have calm, relaxed dives in fantastic surroundings!
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