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Scuba Diving in the Similan Islands
Dive Site: Snapper Alley
Location: Bangu Island, Similan Islands, Thailand
Description: Reef dive round the whole island!
Depth: 5 - 30 metres (15 - 100 feet)
Visibility: 20 metres (65 feet)
Drop in about a third of the way up the reef from the corner where it got smashed by the tsunami. The direction of the dive depends on the current. If its left hand on the reef then it's a nice quick jaunt up to the top parts where there are nearly always decent numbers of milk fish, barracuda and turtles. If its right hand down the reef then after a short 5 minutes a dogleg out into the blue at about 30m will find you sharing space with 30 - 40 blue spotted sting rays. A lovely sight when they are "flying" around. There is a reasonable chance of finding a leopard (zebra) shark on this site as well.
Right hand down they tend to be on the bottom at the 20-30m range whereas left hand down they tend to be lying on the sand slopes between coral banks at about the 8-10m range. The top of this reef has an amazing amount of marine life on it and it is one of the nicest dives in the Similans. You could spend many, many hours on the reef and only see a small part of what's available. Just a shame the tsunami took out the corner but still a hugely enjoyable dive with something for everyone.
Danny Galt, IDC Staff Instructor
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