Mooring Rocks

Similan Islands dive site

Location: South end of Koh Bangu (Similan Island #9). Opposite Donald Duck Bay (Island #8)

Depth: 5-30 m

Type: Rocky reef

Level: Suitable for all levels of diver


Another popular night mooring location, Mooring Rocks or Mooring Bay is not the best day dive in the Similans but it is a good night dive. It’s also very popular with snorkelers because turtles are almost always seen.

There are two large coral bommies that are home to vast amounts of marine life and they twinkle orange as divers shine their torches over the millions of shrimp eyes. Other fish to look out for on night dives are sleeping parrotfish, lionfish and scorpionfish.

Turtles are common at this dive site and are very friendly to dive boats and snorkelers because they have become accustomed to being fed scraps such as banana.

How to dive the Similan Islands

You can dive the Similan Islands by day trip from Phuket or Khao Lak, or by liveaboard. Liveaboards are ideal given the size of the area, the variety of dive sites, and the distance from the mainland.

A typical Similan liveaboard itinerary is 4 days 4 nights and also includes Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. Shorter 2d1n or 3d2n trips are also available.

If you don’t mind longish transfers then Similan diving day trips with 2 dives run five days per week from Phuket.

The Similan Islands diving season is from 15 October to 15 May.


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