Richelieu rock discovery
One of the best Thailand dive sites
A small Rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Richelieu Rock made it to the top 10 dive sites in the world, and for a reason, divers here are spoilt between big and small wonders. Look up, or in the blue and you might encounter the biggest fish in the planet, the mysterious Whale Shark and its popular cousin, the Manta Ray, you can also very often sight schools of Barracudas hovering above the reef, Reef Sharks coming out briefly from the deep, Potato Groupers hiding in caves or giant morays sticking out from a rock.
But Richelieu Rock is also paradise for underwater photographers focusing on macro life; look well in the soft coral and sea fans for a spectacular array of small critters like seahorse, Pipefish, Ghost Pipefish, Harlequin Shrimp, Frog fish and Nudibranch of all shapes and colors.
Of course all the in between is also in Richelieu Rock, from the popular clown fish defending fiercely their anemone to mating cuttlefish and all to colorful coral fishes you can expect in, one of the top dive sites of the Indian Ocean.
In the shape of a horseshoe, the pinnacle can easily entertain the most eager explorers for up to 4 dives. It will be impossible to see the whole site in one go, or you will miss all the fun. With rocks laying on a sandy bottom at up to 35 meters, you should watch closely your no deco time. The south side is a sheltered bay sloping down gently while the other side is made of walls separated by corridors. Watch out for the current, it might bring you the most exciting visitors but should be taken into account when going down and to plan the dive itinerary and way up.
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4 days/ 3 nights Surin Island, Koh bon, Koh tachai, Richelieu Rock
11 dives and 3 to 4 dives in Richelieu Rock (we will go to Richelieu Rock for a night dive on day 3 if the weather allows it or cruise during the night and get there early to be the first in the water)
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