Welcome to Anita’s Reef
This is likely to be the check dive on your Similan Liveaboard. Spend the first part of the dive in the shallows to the East of where Similan islands five and six meet. This large area is usually calm and has a depth of between 5m and 9m. Stay here for around 10 minutes to check that everyone in the group is comfortable and relaxed. At the edge of this bay the sand begins a gentle slope down to 30m.
As you dive deeper you will see many large coral structures sporadically dotted around the sandy bottom. Inside these coral colonies are moray eels, lionfish, nudibranchs and many shrimp. Keep your eyes open as you pass over the sand to find a multitude of creatures hidden inside. Anita’s reef is a popular site to see garden eels poking their heads up out of small holes in the sand. You can also find Kuhl’s stingrays out deep.
Keep heading south to get to ‘Hin Muang Diaw’; the largest and most colourful coral head in the Similan islands. It starts at 23m and towers all the way up to 12m. Surrounded by soft tree corals, sea fans and covered in glassfish. It is well worth spending some time here. It is sometimes even possible to find rarer marine life here including ribbon eels and ghost pipefish. For Thailand diving, Hin muang diaw is one of the best places for underwater photography. You can stay here for the whole hour, doing a multilevel dive, or you can continue on.
On the southern tip of Similan island five the dive site changes into impressive rock formations. This area of the dive site has very different marine life because of the harsher conditions and stronger currents. There you can find different hard corals and larger fish. Look out into the blue as it has been known to see Manta rays passing by the island.
If you would like a more challenging dive you can begin at this rocky southern tip. Huge granite boulders sitting at 30m are a great place to find Kuhl’s stingrays. Large predators like Tuna and Trevally are often found hunting around the top of these rocks where there is a bit more current.
Other areas to dive around Similan island five include the tuna wreck to the West (28m to 40m) or the tsunami memorial statues sitting in the sand to the North (10m). Here is where you may be able to find Anita’s statue! There is a huge variety of marine life to see around Anita’s reef. It is a great place to start your Similan liveaboard because of its relative ease. Day trips are sometimes possible to this dive site, but usually not every day of the week.