Racha Noi Dive Sites - Phuket
Banana Bay - Racha Noi
Plan your dive
At a glance:
Max depth: Twenty five meters dropping down out of the bay to seventy metres
Level of difficulty: Novice upwards
Visibility: fifteen metre upwards metres
Current: very minor
Season: October through June
Banana Bay is on the east side of Racha Noi and about fifty minutes cruise due south from Racha Yai is ideal for all levels of divers it’s has a calm bay that starts off shallow, making snorkelling possible too and with the clear waters here you can see quite some distance.
The seclusion of the bay and size makes it popular with Phuket Day Trip boats and Liveaboards that are going south to Koh Haa, Hin Muang and Hin Deang. That said, rarely will you find more than a couple of boats here at any one time.
The island of Racha Noi is a great place for all PADI Course including the TEC REC Course and Banana Bay is also great for first time divers such as those completing the Discover Scuba Diver, Open Water and Scuba Diver Courses
The bay starts off shallow then drops down at a slant to twenty-five metres and beyond. The blue is azure and very dramatic, the fishes are similar to what you can find on Racha Yai yet a little bigger possibly down to the depth of the water and amount of fresh food here.
You can dive here throughout the entire year, however, in low season it can be a little tricky getting out to the dive sites due to high waves. The visibility here is always very good, with an absolute minimum of fifteen metres and at times stretching out into twenty-five metres on clearer days.
Like Racha Yai it has suffered from coral bleaching, it is now recovering though this will take some time. There are lots of soft corals here which are attached to the granite boulders and it is in these areas you can find a wealth of macro life, so be sure to take your time and have a good look about.
Other Diving sites on Racha Noi
You can find Hermit crabs, Nudibranch, Gobies and Blennies, lots of tiny shrimp here too. I have spotted quite a few Cuttlefish and Octopus here and they are quite fascinating to observe.
Lots of Moray Eels call Banana Bay home you can even find the resident Garden Eels here, they stick their heads out of the sand in search of small food floating by such as tiny Zooplankton and other microscopic critters. If you get too close they will disappear back into the sand quick as you like.
There are Groupers and Rock Cod, Puffer Fish a school of small Barracuda will come and check you out, which is always fun, lots of Wrasses and Parrotfishes, Crocodile Needlefish and Trumpetfish will be on the prowl too