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Name East Coast Bay Racha Yai
Depth 5-33m
Vis 10-40m
Water Temp 26-30c
Level Beginner+
Our Rating 3.3 Stars
Best Time to Visit All Year
GPS 07-28-00N 98-18-30E
   
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East Coast Bay Racha Noi

On the south east side of Racha Noi, is East Coast Bay. A nice relaxing, shallow dive in usually very clear water. Swim from small bommie to bommie, and enjoy all the critters that make them their homes. Giant Morays and Lionfish are plentiful here, as are many other colourful fish like Trigger Fish, Butterfly Fish, Angel Fish and Powder Blue Surgeon Fish. Although a shallow dive, don't be surprised to see the odd Manta Ray passing by out in the blue.

At some points between November to February, due to the easterly winds, the east coast of Racha Noi may be too choppy and rough to dive. This is for safety reasons, as well as for passengers comfort. Racha Noi usually enjoys the best visibility around Phuket and its surrounding dive sites. This is mainly due to the deeper waters that surround this uninhabited island and fewer fishing trawlers dragging their nets on the bottom, something that can sometimes be a problem elsewhere.

This site has a certain Similans feel to it sometimes, with the white sandy bottom and the bommies covered with Glassfish and Feather Stars. Safety stops need not be boring here, as the reef slopes up to about five metres making it the perfect depth for your stop.