- Distance: 35 Km boat trip of approx. 120 minutes.
Depth: 10-40+ meters
Experience: Beginners / advanced
Reef type: Slightly sloping, coral blocks and sandy areas
Visibility: Good to very good (usually 20 meters or more)
Current: Variable, no current to mild
- Corals: Hard corals
Fish: Eagle rays, barracudas, octopus, scorpionfish
- Highlights: Diverse landscapes and rock formations, good chances to see eagle rays and seasonally frog fish or Ghost pipe fish
Located on the eastern side of Racha Noi, Banana Bay (named because it has the shape of a banana) extends for over one kilometer from north to south.
Like a picture of a postcard, this bay has a spectacular green landscape, white sand beach and turquoise water.
Protected from wind and waves, this dive site offers ideal conditions for relaxing diving as well as underwater photography and snorkelling. Dive boats can moor at the fixed buoys.
The dive at Banana Bay always starts off shallow, in the current protected sandy area, and drops down gently to 25 meters, where intact coral blocks with plenty of marine life can be found. At some places impressive rock formations drop down to 30 meters. The coral gardens consist mainly of hard corals. Recently, new areas of stag horn corals have formed that are regenerating and hopefully will return to their former glory in the near future.
One of the highlights here is the big barracuda schools that are frequently seen. Beautiful clear water combined with direct sunlight and silver-reflecting, curious barracudas, make this dive a special journey into another world!
Common reef fish such as puffer and porcupine fish, lizard fish, fusiliers, butterfly fish, triggerfish and scorpion fish are abundantly represented here. Cuttlefish, octopus, moray eels and the rare eagle rays, show up quite often in Banana Bay. Seasonal visitors are the frogfish and the well camouflaged ghost pipe fish which hide in coral of the same colour.
To dive Banana Bay we selected the dive site based on the weather conditions, currents, overall safety and suitability for the majority of divers on the boat. We cannot guarantee specific dive sites prior to the boat departing.
You can dive Racha Noi Banana Bay on a Scuba Diving Day Trip.
Other dive sites near Banana Bay
I want to see Sharks, Mantas and Turtles – You need to be lucky, but as a passionate diver you hopefully will enjoy also all the other great and rare creatures at Phuket’s popular dive sites. Let yourself amaze about the bunch of various marine life and the divine underwater landscape.
Gate to a mystic world – Open it and get in touch with our experience diving instructors and become a certified, respectful and safe diver. For continuing education; keep calm and dive on!
- Koh Kaeo
- Koh Mai Thon
- North Tip – Racha Noi
- Racha Noi Bay – Racha Noi
- South Tip – Racha Noi
- Hin Bida – Phi Phi Islands
- Kled Kaeow – Phi Phi Islands
- Viking Cave – Phi Phi Islands
- Hin Klai – Garang Heng – Phi Phi Islands
- Hin Dot – Phi Phi Islands
- Racha Yai Shipwrecks
- Bay 1 – Racha Yai
- Marina Bay – Racha Noi
- Banana Bay – Racha Noi
- Turtle Rock – Phi Phi Islands
- Palong Wall – Phi Phi Islands
- Koh Bida Nai – Phi Phi Islands
- Koh Bida Nok – Phi Phi Islands
- Koh Doc Mai
- Shark Point – Hin Musang
- King Cruiser Wreck
- Anemone Reef – Hin Jom
- Maya Bay Cavern