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Phi Phi Scuba Diving Center offers a whole range of different dive sites which can be reached from Phi Phi Island.

There are three different trips to choose from, all served by our own dive boats;

Day trips to the best local dive sites around Phi Phi Island.
Slightly further away between Phuket and Phi Phi a three dive day trip to the
King Cruiser wreck, Anemone Reef and Shark Point dive sites.
For deeper and more exciting dives to the world class dive sites of
Hin Muang and Hin Daeng which we go to via speedboat.

So by now you've almost made the decision to come to the wonderful Phi Phi Islands ! But of course most important, what could a day of diving be like. Most fun divers don't want to spend hours and hours on a boat to reach the dive site be mixed up with a load of student divers and come back just in time to get a shower before going for dinner.

Diving with us will not be like that.

You're on holiday and here to enjoy life.. With Phi Phi Scuba You can choose between the local dive trips, the three-dive trip to the King Cruiser wreck between here and Phuket, or if you really want adventurous five star diving take one of our ' speedboats to Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. Food fruit and water are supplied on all except night dive trips.

PRICE LIST DIVE TRIPS (valid from November 1st, 2008)
Prices are quoted in Thai Baht

BOAT TRIPS
(Dives including: Lunch, Fruit & Drinks)
own equip
ment
rental equip-
ment
Local Dive Sites 2 Dives
Local Dive Sites 1 Dive
2,000
1,500
2,500
1,700
Wreck, Anemone Reef, Shark- Phuket 2 Dives
Wreck, Anemone Reef, Shark- Phuket 3 Dives
3,000
3,800
3,500
4,300
Koh Ha 2 dives
 
4,000 4,500
Surcharge adventure diver on Koh Ha   1,500
Hin Daeng & Hin Muang 2 Dives
 
5,000 5,500
Surcharge adventure diver on Hin Deng   3,000
Night Dive 1,700 1,900
REDUCTIONS
Commencing on the 3rd day, 10% reduction is applied to the individual’s total bill, fun diving only.

MISCELLANEOUS

Non Divers / Snorkeling 600 700
Video Rental   2,300
1 day video DVD
Additional days
Custom video min
  1,800
1,000
4,300
Digital Camera Rental
(with CD)
  1,000

EQUIPMENT RENTAL (per day)

Regulator   200
BCD   200
Wetsuit   100

Our Local Dive Trips start at 8 am and you'll return to Ton Sai Bay by around about 2.30 p.m. Plenty of time to spend the rest of the afternoon on the beach. This is also the trip we use for Scuba Review, Introduction courses and the PADI Open Water course. The local site are served by up to three of our boats one is used for student divers only the other two are for fun divers only we find this gives Phi Phi Scuba the service advantage by not compromising student and experienced divers needs. Alternatley for the late risers we also arrange afternoon trips on request 1pm to 5pm 1 meal is suplyed both of thease trips

Take a look at the following map to see the range of local dives around Phi Phi Island. All within reach in less than 40 minutes!



Dive Highlights around Phi Phi Island ...

Shark Point Phi PHI ***

Location: This three star dive site is a small rocky outcrop about 8km southeast of Phi Phi Ley. It stands proud of the water by a mere 1m.

This easy dive follows an area of submerged rocks immediately northeast of the outcrop. These gently slope down northwards to sand at 18m. Divers can enjoy shoals of colorful Reef-Fish, including Blue-lined Snapper and Harlequin Sweet Lips, not to mention more static attractions like multicolored Plume Worms, Feather Stars and Crinoids. This location's name refers to the overwhelming presence of Leopard Sharks. There are also lots of Cuttlefish, Squid and Titan Triggerfish. Large Undulated and Golden Moray Eels, Spiny Lobsters and Octopuses attempt to obscure themselves within the many craggy holes and crevices.

Bida Nay / Bida Nog ***

Location: This two three star dive sites are two large outcrops directly south of Phi Phi Ley.

The prime two spots in the southwest section, where large rocks form a mountainous terrain, featuring walls that drop to elevated ledges. There are many Gorgonian Sea Fans, Sea Whips and colorful Soft Corals. Lots of Bearded Scorpion Fish disguise themselves amid the rocks, and various species of Lion Fish hover between. Varying sizes and species of colorful Parrotfish and Wrasse, along with large shoals of Moorish Idols, seem to be at all depths. The higher ledges have numerous Sea Anemones well populated by Clownfish. On top of all this you can very often find Leopard Sharks over the sand and various Blennies and Gobies. Even Manta Rays and Whale Sharks are often found here!

Garang Haeng ***

Location: This three star dive site is a submerged circular coral reef about 2km east of Phi Phi Ley. 

It is one of the favorite dive sites around Phi Phi Island . It is famous for it's large shoals of Fish, Soft Corals, Hard Corals and there is a 99% chance to see Leopard Sharks! 

Hin Dot ***

Location: This three star dive site is a submerged pinnacle off Koh Phi Phi Don's southwestern headlands.

This, conditions permitting, is a great multi-level dive. The pinnacle is dominated by three interesting shelves- at 3m, 12m and 15m. This provides ample and varied underwater scenery at all levels as you spiral upwards. There are good Soft Corals at all depths. The Hard Corals are represented by tubes and laminates. The deeper sctions of the walls have numerous oysters and calms clinging to, and embedded in, the craggy surface.

Many Reef Fish can be seen including Lunar Wrasse, Parrot Fish, Honeycomb Grouper, Spot Fin and Indian Lion Fish. Bearded Lion Fish lurk among the coralline-encrusted rocks awaiting their prey of tiny fish.

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Night Dive ***

Come and enjoy a dive with us once the sun has gone down. There is a completely different marine life at night. Any of the local dive sites is good for a night dive.

Night dives we make night dives most nights and only need 2 divers to send a boat out ,we meet at 6 pm to board the boat and brief the divers then hit the water at about 7 pm the night dives are conducted on divesites around Phi Phi Ley at no more than 18 meters depth.

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This is a longer trip with the possibility to do 2 or three dives 1 wreck and 2 reef this trip is suitable for openwater divers provided they are not rusty as we supervise every 4 divers with one qulifyed dive master it starts at 8 am and the Return time is between 4 pm and 5 pm two meals are suplyed .

On 4th of May 1997, the King Cruiser car ferry bottomed on Anemone Reef. Some 17 minutes later it was settling down for the remainder of its existence in 32m of water.

About the dive sites...

King Cruiser ****

The structure of King Cruiser attracts a high diversity of marine life and the formation of an artificial reef is well underway; numerous invertebrates have taken to shelter beneath small sheets of Peeling Paint and Morays lie in wait under rows of seats, now acting as lairs.
Around the barnacle-encrusted frame are schools of Juvenile Fish which seemingly increase in size and number with every visit. Daylight penetrates the majority of the wreck but there is still a number of areas that would be better explored with the aid of an artificial light source. 

Shark Point Phuket *****

Shark Point consists of three pinnacles lying north to south which between them have a high proportion of both Hard and Soft Corals in all depths. All manners of reef residents animate the otherwise fixed patterns of color. Sea Anemones for instance Sway Back and Forth in mild currents and wave erratically in stronger flowers. Between the pinnacles the Seabed is fairly barren. The Leopard Sharks rest here and many a diver has had the wonderful experience of observing at close hand this harmless bottom feeder. A required interaction continues at the sites many cleaning stations which are hosted by a multitude of Cleaning Fish and Shrimps. Regular customers include a variety of Snappers, Jacks, Trevally, Mackeral and the occasional Barracuda.
Shark Point Marine Sanctuary
Shark Point Marine Sanctuary consists of Shark Point and Anemone Reef which is 1km to the north-west. Designated a Marine Sanctuary in 1992, the sheer profusion of marine life here is justification enough for protected status. The marine park zone extends of a radius of 2.5km around the western limit of Shark Point and all commercial fishing, collecting of marine life, or other harmful activity is prohibited. Official mooring buoys have been installed but if they are in use (which is often the case, given the popularity of these sites), divers must utilize a live-boat dive. On no account should anchors be dropped here.   

Anemone Reef ****

Next to Shark Point Phuket is a completely submerged pinnacle referred called Anemone Reef. The pinnacle is now only the half the size of what it used to be, but the marine life has stayed put and relocated to host a different Sea Anemone, or slithered into the confides of another rocky ledge or crevice; the concentration of marine life throughout the site has seemingly increased two-fold. The shallowest part sits in a mere seven meters below the water's surface and is literally covered in Sea Anemones hosted by numerous species of Clown Fish, though closer inspection reveals even more symbiotic residents including tiny Anemone Crabs and clear Cleaner Shrimps, only visible by their translucent internal organs. As far as the corals go enormous healthy Gorgonian Sea Fans backdrop hovering prides of Indian Lionfish and large clusters of radiant Soft Corals more than adequately disguised paired Harlequin ghost Pipe Fish. 

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Our fabulous High speedboat needs only about an hour to reach two of Thailand 's best diving sites. The Hin Daeng and Hin Muang trip leaves at 8.30 am returning at about 3.30 pm. And is suitable for experienced divers.

These two undersea mountains received their names from the hues of Red Corals and Purple Sea Anemones that adorn their rocky faces. The two open ocean sites act as natural magnets to an expanse of Pelagic Fishes as they are attracted into the area by a variety of Reef Inhabitants.

About the dive sites...

Hin Muang *****

The best way to describe this rocky mass, which translated into English means purple rock, is as the submerged sister of Ayres Rock , Australia . A series of six pinnacles is interconnected in depths ranging between sixteen and eighty meters. Beneath the surface a rich garden of Purple Sea Anemones carpets the top of the predominant pinnacle which not only gives this rock its´ name, but makes it one of the most beautiful areas of the dive site.

Hin Muang is renowned as being one of the best diving destinations in the country and for that matter the deepest. A sheer wall descends to reach a narrow platform at forty meters below the waters surface before it plummets down further, to more than seventy meters. The walls themselves are fairly barren and are really highlighted by scattered sea fans and orange encrusting sponges. There are a number of narrow valleys breaking the otherwise solid infrastructure, where the rocks' appearance changes for the better, as the walls are almost completely obscured by Soft Corals and Sea Fans which take advantage of these narrow avenues of current by extracting a higher quantity of nutrients from the flowing waters. The Corals are not without their attractions, the likes of Long Nose Hawk Fish, Dendronephthya Crabs and in deeper waters Black Coral Shrimps all abound.

A prominent cavern measuring around fifty meters is found about halfway along the center and longest section of the structure. This does not cut the through the rock as the others do, but it follows along its length, splitting the infrastructure, rather than dividing it. 
Mooring lines can be secured to this point which can serve as helpful descent lines in the stronger currents which are often encountered here. Divers like this part of the site most because of the marine life and the corals found in the gorge, especially at night.
Painted Rock Lobsters guard Narrow Shelves and tunnels in the walls and the eyes of Cleaner Shrimps and Minute Reef Crabs throw back the light in the form of tiny red dots. On a lager, or more accurately, longer scale, Giant Morays cause a temporary increase in divers air consumption as they abandon their lairs to participate, along with the motionless Bearded Scorpion Fish in nocturnal hunting.

Hin Daeng *****

A mere five hundred meters separates this site from Hin Muang. Unlike its neighbor, Hin Daeng, or in English Red Rock slightly breaks the water's surface, but only at low tide. Its name comes courtesy of the hues of red Dendronephthya Soft Corals blanketing its upper slopes and walls.

There are regiments of charging Titan Trigger Fish in the shallower waters best to be avoided! It´s as if they have taken over the duty of guarding the rock keeping out intruders who want to disturb or cause damage. Further along the rock continues as a series of walls with intermittent Shelves at varying depths. These descend to a sand substrate floor averaging thirty five meters and in some places dropping well beyond reach of any sensible, safety conscious diver! A point..ok

The diversity of every day reef life is grand and includes Tiny Invertebrates, many of which tend to a variety of Moray Eels, picking out trapped Scraps of food from between their teeth; others concentrate on removing unwanted parasitical intruders. Sweeping schools of Red, Yellow and White Snappers. Resident juvenile Nurse Sharks can be occasionally observed in a small cave at a depth of ten meters in the southwest wall. Other Sharks seen around the rock, especially the shallower southern section, include Leopard Sharks. Small groups tend to chase after one another, cat and mouse-style around and between the pinnacles. A good concentration of Invertebrates and Cephalopods also share this somewhat restricted area including a variety of Moray Eels, Mantis Shrimps and Cuttlefish.


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Koh ha means five islands the group is about 30 kilometers south of Phi PhI Don so we use one of our speed boats to make the trip the journey is only 35 minutes by powerboat. this site offers some great drift and cavern divesi departs at 8 am and returns at 2.30 pm

Two particular sites among the many possible dives around these 5 islands are1st the northern outcrop of Koh Ha Nua with a sheltered aspect entry is easy the site has a max depth of 34 meters but 20 meter dives work well to see the best of it sea fans leopard sharks and an abundance of purple soft coral on the west side characterize this site

2nd KO Ha Yai

The south west side of this island has a beautiful cave with two entrances inside the ceiling of the caver rises about 30meters above the sea level producing a cathedral like effect , caution is needed I this area as there are other caverns which do not have surface access this emphasizes the need for experienced guides

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Whatever trip you decide to do, you will find all the equipment already on the boat when you arrive in the morning. If you decide to rent equipment our Dive staff will even rig it up for you and clean it after the days diving is over All the boats have plenty of drinking water on board as well as a meal and tropical fruits. All free of further charge.
Our teams are deliberately kept small so you can be assured of the Divemasters individual attention at all times. On the local dive and King Cruiser trip no more than two Buddy-Teams will be behind the Divemaster (maximum four divers) except on the Hin Daeng trip because of less space a maximum of three teams 6 divers. (as visibility on these sites is mostly much more than 20 meters the budy pairs are able to space themselves wider!).
All dives are strictly no-decompression dives. However we try to make your dives as long as possible by using a multi level profile. Generally if air consumption of the divers permits, we aim for 60-minute dives plus a 3-minute safety stop. The surface interval between dives is between 90 minutes and 2 hours. On the local dive we normally go into a protected bay to have lunch where you can go snorkeling or swimming or just sunbathe on deck.
The other thing we don't do at Phi Phi Scuba Diving Center is to wait till the boat is full before confirming the trip is on. There is no minimum on the local dive trip and only a minimum of three divers for the other two trips.

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