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Diving in Naithon, Phuket


Nai Thon is still an insider dive spot on Phuket. From Nai Thon several dive sites can be reached within minutes by boat.
Others can be reached in a short and comfortable day trip including three dives. The crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea await you.

Local Dive Sites

Famous dive spots are Ko Weo, which is  located only about 15 minutes by boat from Naithon Beach.

The Rock, where a capital grouper, named Klaus and barracudas often show up is only a stone's throw away from the beach.

Another interesting dive location is called  Tempelhof, one of the first artificial reef projects in Thailand.

And last but not least the Tin Lizzy Wreck is an old tin excavator, which sank in Bangtao Bay in the early 1990s.

Local dive spot descriptions by Jens Hofacker
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Ko Weo - Attractions
Ko Weo (Ko Weo) (Phuket)

A particularly popular diving destination Koh Weo which separates according to the directions in Koh Weo North, South, East and West.



At Koh Weo North divers enjoy a magnificent coral garden with huge table corals in 8 m depth and a very large area covered with anemones in about 12 m water depth. The anemones are a home to many different species of anemone fish, like the well known “Nemo”, Amphiprion ocelaris, white-backed anemone fish and red fin anemone fish. Koh Weo North drops off to 16 m to 18 m where on the sandy ocean floor sea turtles frequently feed on bubble corals. Also impressive at this site is the large schools of various snapper species. Koh Weo West is located seaward of the Andaman Sea and is characterized by a small rock above sea level. Under water the reef sinks to a depth of about 28 m. Then the reef runs along the sandy sea floor with some small coral blocks around.
Koh Weo West is populated by many small sea creatures, like thorn seahorses, pipe fish, ghost pipe fish, nudibranchs and various other marine life and therefore popular with macro photographers. With a sharp eye even real stone fish may be discovered. A special feature of Koh Weo West are the rare pineapple fish, Monocentris japonica, which are found under some coral overhangs in less than 24 m, but generally prefer greater depths to 200 meters. At this spot the dive boat is anchored about 50 m away from the rocks on a mooring which is attached to the reef at 8 m depth.

The underwater landscape of Koh Weo South is generally determined by a huge hard coral garden – but it was unfortunately affected by the forces of the tsunami in late 2004. Still, Koh Weo South remains a popular destination for snorkeling trips. Between 3 m and 16 m depth divers can also find an impressive variety of marine organisms and larger snappers and a picturesque canyon in the 5 m range.
The dive site Koh Weo East extends between 8 m and 16 m below sea level. The special features of this reef is a swarm of collar butterfly fish that swim in small circles and a larger number of raisor fish, peculiar for their special way of floating upside immediately when divers approach. The raisor fish are usually found between the whip corals in about 12 m to 14 m water depth. In recent years another artificial reef with cement blocks was submerged at Koh Weo East to attract more tropical marine life.





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The Rock - Attractions
The Rock (The Rock) (Phuket)

The Rock, an easy to dive reef starts at about 6 m depth and is covered on the top of the coral rock with some gorgonians. The elch horn corals are bleached partially and just in the process of recovering slowly.


At about 8 m depth a capital grouper offers great photo shots. This grouper is known by the name “Klaus”. A swarm of barracudas is very fine sight in shallow water near the reef. The coral formations reach to a depth of 16 m and can be attained with a comfortable dive.
Due to the shallow depth “The Rock” is excellent for multilevel dives and for repetitive dives in the afternoon. On this reef divers will find fishing leads.






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Tempelhof - Attractions
Tempelhof (Tempelhof) (Phuket)

In 2008 as one of the first artificial reef projects in Thailand, TDA – the Thai Diving Association – realized with the strong, active support of the Aqua Divers Team to sink six dismissed Sikorsky military helicopters and four Dakota airplanes close to the border of Sirikit National Marine Park near Bangtao Bay.



As in Germany famous "Berlin Tempelhof Airport" closed its public activities on the same day and the Berlin Airlift after WWII was primarily supported with Dakota aircrafts ("raisin bombers"), the Aqua Divers Team simply named this dive site as "Tempelhof". This "new artificial reef" is between 18 m and 24 m depth and distributed at intervals of about 30 m to each other.

Storms and rough seas in the off season as well as trawling, unfortunately damaged the wrecks so that today only some parts remain under water. Some divers noted jokingly that "Tempelhof looks like the aftermath of a plane crash, but there is still an exciting view of the airplanes and helicopters, with many remains of marine organisms settled in to inspect. This dive site is primarily dived to the tidal shutdowns to ensure optimum visibility and slow current conditions.








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Thin Lizzy - Attractions
Thin Lizzy (Thin Lizzy) (Phuket)

The Thin Lizzy Wreck is an old tin excavator, which sank into Bangtao Bay in the early 1990s.

In an average of 14 m water depth the remains of the excavator are scattered on the sandy seabed. The highlight is the impressively large paddle wheel.
This dive site is very popular with divers, as there seems to gather almost the whole kaleidoscope of marine biodiversity of the Andaman Sea. It’s regular to see several large stingrays (Kuhl’s stingrays), schooling barracudas, bat fishes and cuttlefish and numerous species of puffer fish and moray eels. A striking feature of the Thin Lizzy wreck is the population of large lion fish which approach divers and very often quite tame. The legendary big brown giant moray named Olga always is around at Thin Lizzy!
Just north of the wreck in 2010 an artificial reef was created in the form of newly dumped cement blocks, which extend up to within four feet below the water surface. Also there are many schools of fish to be observed. The Thin Lizzy and the cement blocks are also a very popular dive site for dedicated macro photographers. Various shrimp and nudibranch species, snails, pipe fishes and various anemone crabs can be found.





Aqua Divers is the only dive school in Nai Thon
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Aqua Divers - Services
Tel.: 076-205440 or 085-4721506
Aqua Divers (อควา ไดเวอร์) (Naithon)

Since 1995 Aqua Divers has been located at Nai Thon Beach. The dive base is run by the German Jens,and his British partner Mark. Aqua Divers is an international 5 -Star ITC Master Center and internationally recognised by CMAS/TDA, PADI and SSI. Aqua Divers offers multilingual courses. Various kinds of dive trips can be booked, half day or day trips and live-a-board trips.

23/26 Moo 3, Naithon Beach, Sakhu, Thalang, Phuket 83110
Tel.: 076-205440 or 085-4721506 - Fax.: 076-205049

Day Trips

Aqua Divers also offer day trips to the famous Phi Phi Islands, the King Cruiser Wreck, and Raja Noi, the smaller one of the Raja Islands as well as to the world-famous Similan Islands.

Thanks to the geographical location, these most beautiful dive spots in the Andaman Sea can be reached with a short and comfortable boat trip.
Texts by Christian Mietz
King Cruiser Wreck (King Cruiser Wreck) (Krabi)

King Cruiser was a car and passenger ferry servicing the Phuket to Phi Phi Island route that sank on 4th May 1997 after hitting a submerged rock known as Anemone Reef on its way to Phi Phi Island. Fortunately, no lives were lost during the incident. Having settled in an upright position on the sandy bottom, the wreck stays relatively close to Anemone Reef and Shark Point and is 25-27 km east of Chalong Bay with a north south orientation. The depth is around 32 meters at the sand bottom and about 14-15 meters on top. The wreck is 85 meters long by 25 meters wide with four decks with large passages and window holes divers can use to gain easy access to explore the spacious interior. However, some parts of the wreck has noticeably deteriorated and in mid-2003 the top deck at the stern collapsed into the mid-section so the wreck is now considered unsafe for penetration. Divers can explore the passenger deck level at a depth of around 18-22 meters, while others may be more interested in checking out the remains of the wheel house at the top level. There is usually at least one buoy tied to the south side of the wreck.
Information taken from www.kolantadivingcenter.com








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Ao Maya - Attractions
Ao Maya (อ่าวมาหยา) (Krabi)

Ko Phi Phi Maya Bay became world famous thanks to the Hollywood movie production “The Beach”. It’s a popular spot for wall diving and some outer offshore coral blocks and pinnacles which are covered with a rich diversity of colourful soft and hard corals down to a depth of 25 meters. Leopard sharks and the occasional sting ray are seen at this dive site. Several sea anemones and other varieties of anemone populate this spot. Ao Maya also hosts a big variety of invertebrates, which delights macro photographers.
Information taken from www.kolantadivingcenter.com







All photos on this page taken by Jens Hofacker

TDA is Thailand’s national and official member of C.M.A.S. - the World Under Water Federation.
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