Welcome to Breakfast Bend
Breakfast bend has areas suitable for both beginner and more experienced divers. Beginner divers should stay close to the reef. It is shallow and very easy to navigate, as you simply need to pick a direction and swim. The briefing for the ‘Three trees’ section of the dive site is a little more complicated so we will focus on that area.
Three white tree trunks line up next to each other on the North East of Similan island nine. The clearly visible white trunks are approximately the same height and are evenly spaced. On an island full of trees this sounds like quite a vague reference point. But, if you come to the Similan islands, you can see for yourself that they are quite recognisable.
If the current is moving South to North, jump roughly 100m South of these trees on the edge of the reef. If the current moves in the other direction then jump 100m to the North. Once your group is all settled you can immediately start to swim to the edge of the reef and into the sand. If the visibility is good then it should be easy to find. If not then you can use a few markers.
The first indication you are on the right track are the Triggerfish nests known as the ‘Trigger pits’. These nests look like craters in the sand with a diameter of one to two meters. The Yellow Margin Triggerfish that nest here are less territorial than the larger Titan Triggerfish. However, during their mating season, they will be protective of their eggs.
It is generally good advice to give these nests a wide berth. This is particularly true if you see the brightly coloured orange eggs roughly the size of a golf ball. If you are close enough to see the eggs, then you are probably too close already. Swim away from the nest, staying close to the bottom, and they will leave you alone.
South West from the Triggerfish you will find a coral head over 10m wide and full of macro life. One inhabitant here is the cleaner shrimp. If you find these colourful shrimp then swim a few meters away and wait for a minute or two. Coral groupers and other reef fish regularly stop at these small cleaning stations. You can watch as the cleaner shrimp jump onto the fish and maneuver around its body and inside its mouth to remove parasites and clean wounds.
North East from this coral structure is where you will find the boulders and coral gardens. They are at a depth of between 22m-30m. The rocks are not so big compared to most Similan dive sites, but the coral that has grown on them is healthy and vibrant. It is good to spend some time exploring this area but leave yourself at least five or ten minutes of no decompression time, as it is a bit of a swim back to the reef.