Breakfast Bend Island 9
• Max depth: Sixty Metres
• Level of difficulty: Beginner Level
• Visibility: Ten/forty Metres
• Current: None too strong
• Season: October / May
Breakfast bend is situated very close to the dive site “North Point”. Breakfast Bend is a very large dive site and runs the entire length of the Eastern Side of Island nine.
The southern end of the site drops quite quickly down deep, the northern end of the site is more of a gradual slope. The currents here can be quite strong at certain times and makes for a great drift dive.
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The current, if running is a little strange, as the island bends around the current switches from south to north, don’t worry you won’t get caught up in some strange Indian Ocean Vortex -but it I quite interesting.
For me the best time of day to dive this site is when the sun is setting, I love sunset dives as there is so much action with the daytime feeders preparing themselves for night time on the reef, while the nighttime predators are getting ready for action; there is always a lot of fish about this time of the day.
That said, Breakfast bend got its name from Liveaboard companies using it as their first dive of the day which is done before breakfast. This dive site also connects to a third dive site called Three Trees.
The dive site is also popular with the Day Trip Boats coming out of Khao Lak
Other Dive sites are:
Elephant Head Rock
Among the large granite boulders scattered all along the bottom of the sloping reef is where I like to keep my eyes open for large stingrays that sometimes can be seen sleeping.
You can also find Napoleon Wrasse, Hawksbill Turtles, Barracudas, Snapper’s, Parrotfish, wrasses, and Red Toothed & Titan Triggerfish.
There are many beautiful corals to check out such as Staghorn Coral, Finger Coral, Brain Coral, Pore Coral, Sea Whips Bubble Coral the list goes on.
When heading east eventually you will come across a sand line at around twenty metres down, where there are fields of Garden Eels, also in the deeper water (twenty metres and beyond) Spaghetti Eels and Khuls Stingrays, keep your eye peeled for even bigger stingrays like the Porcupine Rays and Jenkins Rays.
There are some spectacular coral head bommies and they are always worth a good look about, you will find these down at about twenty-five to thirty metres. Here there are some very large Gorgonian Sea Fans along with some very colourful soft corals.
Sometimes hiding behind these bombies you will see a Leopard shark resting in the sand and if your look is in you might just come across the rare and elusive Guitar Shark.
There is an abundance of fish life here and one dive could never do it justice. Towards the end of the dive you may find the two hundred strong school of Chevron Barracuda and some huge Tuna patrol the area and there are a couple of very large Napoleon Wrasse here too.