Anita's Reef a.k.a. – Hin MuanDeaw – Islands 5 & 6
At a glance
• Max depth: 40 metres
• Level of difficulty: Open Water
• Visibility: Thirty Metres
• Current: Moderate to strong
• Season: October to May
Anita’s Reef is a popular Similan dive site particularly as the first dive (check dive) of many Liveaboard trips.
This dive site is also used by the day trip boats that come every day out from Khao Lak.
Courses are suitable here:
The name of the dive site refers to “Anita”, a turtle that was found on the dive site many years ago.
Anita’s is on the east side of the Similans and like the other sites on the east side, it has a gently sloping sandy reef that drops down to about thirty metres. Starting at about five metres the sandy slope is dotted with corals and small bommies the corals are both soft and hard varieties.
The best place to enter the dive site is at the Southern tip of Island six and head south. You will find some beautifully coloured fishes here such as Damselfish, Butterfly Fish, Wrasses and Angelfishes and keep your eyes open in the distance you should spot the mysterious Garden Eels poking their heads out of the sand in the search for food.
Other dive sites in the area
You can also find small Blue Spotted Stingrays and if you’re really lucky maybe just maybe you could find a larger Marble Ray, I have even seen Manta Rays swim by here too, and the visibility is usually good with thirty metres being the norm
When you head south you will eventually come across “Hin Muan Deaw” Rock. This large bommie is down at around twenty-two metres with the top of it at twelve metres.
Here you will find some spectacular gorgonian fans, the bommie itself is covered in soft and hard corals you could spend most of the dive here just looking around at the small stuff, and it’s a great place for macro divers and camera lovers.
You can find many species of Anemonefish, lots of Nudibranch and Flatworm’s and shrimps are everywhere.
This is also a cleaning station and the Cleaner Wrasse can be observed cleaning all the fish that come to use the facility, they also extend the service to scuba divers too. There are also many GlassFish around the bommie so you get small Tuna and Trevallies out on the hunt.
Heading shallower you can find patches of sand along with some boulders and fields of hard coral. Along here there in the shallows are turtles to find. In the sand keep an eye out for Flounders. Also, there are a couple of huge Napoleon Wrasse they can show up anywhere on this site.