Bay 1 – Racha Yai
Distance: 25 kilometers
- Boat trip: Approx. 90 minutes
- Depth: 3-25 meters
Experience: Beginner to advanced
Reef type: Coral garden, sandy area, artificial reef and small shipwrecks
Visibility: Good to very good (20 m or more)
Current: Variable, mild to medium
Corals: Hard corals, Artificial Reef
Fish: Barracudas, batfish, scorpionfish, moray eels, symbioses gobies with crabs
- Highlights: Rare fish such as pyramid boxfish, stone fish, leaf fish, ghostpipe fish, seahorses, scooters and shipwreck
Racha Yai can be reached by a short boat ride from Phuket. The northeastern Bay 1 is protected from wind and waves. This allows diving trips even in very bad weather conditions. Because of the short distance, this destination is extremely popular for boat trips of all kinds.
On the sandy areas artificial reefs were created with the purpose to protect on one hand the shallow hard coral reef and on the other hand, it creates new habitats for numerous fish, not least for rare species. Cube-shaped metal structures, two submerged scooters and a small shipwreck are now covered with beautiful corals and are also for divers a diversified attraction.
Racha Yai Bay 1 is approached during a Scuba Diving Day Trip.
Separated from boat traffic, in 3-5 meters depth is a flat but beautiful hard coral garden. This area is suitable for try diving and diving courses. The metal cubes, which form the artificial reef, as well as the popular scooter photo motive, are between 10-15 meters. There are many different creatures including large barracuda schools to see. The intervening sandy areas are home to countless gobies that live in a symbiosis with crabs. Somewhat deeper, more constructions and a shipwreck can be found. The highlight is to dive through this former liveaboard vessel in about 18 meters. Often a shy chevron barracuda is hiding, as well several batfish that are very photogenic and curious.
Despite or perhaps because of the artificial reef, this dive site is also exceptional in terms of sightings of rare marine life such as the cockatoo leaffish, the pyramid boxfish, a pair of ghost pipefish and the very venomous stonefish.
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