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.
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.