• Max depth: Forty Metres
• Level of difficulty: DSD possible - Open Water upwards
• Visibility: Five/ twenty
• Current: Weak to occasional strong
• Special features: Fine all dive. Gorgonian sea fans and feather stars
• Quick tip: Good idea to grab a small torch when looking for the smaller marine life
• Cave diving requires special training *this is not a cave diving site*
• Recommended season: All year round
Koh Doc Mai is a small island about halfway to the King Cruiser Wreckand is easily recognisable by its limestone walls that out of the sea which is topped by lush green tropical flora.
This dive site is dived every day and is a very popular dive not only with the day boats out of Phuket but several Liveaboardsalso dive here too.
Koh Doc Mai (Flower Island) takes about one hour to get to from Phuket and is usually the first or sometimes the last dive of the day.
What is interesting here is that it has a couple of caverns to explore, they are very easy to enter and exit and suitable for most divers.
On the west side of the dive site amongst the boulders, take your time to look for the sleeping Nurse Sharks – if you see a tail sticking out the bottom of
a rock, you’ve cracked it.
Keep your eyes peeled for small White Eyed Moray Eels; you can even find the Yellow Fimbriated Moray Eel. There is Nudibranch all over this dive site and once you spot one you will see many others too.
Along the wall, it is not too difficult to find Durban Dancing Shrimp and Box Shrimp and also Jens Pipefish. Ornate Ghost Pipefish are difficult to spot but live here too, you can even catch a glimpse of the Frog Fish (Angler Fish) –it’s a macro hunter’s delight.
It is good for drift diving if the current is running and some boats actually make this their night diving site which is ideal for the PADI speciality courses.
A good idea here is to grab a torch, there are many nooks and crevices to discover, you have to get quite close to the wall and a torch really does help find the really small stuff as well as enhancing their true colour.
Boxer shrimp, Durban Dancing Shrimps, lots of species of Nudibranch, Triggerfish such as Titan, Picasso, and Red Tooth. Emperor Angel Fish, Blue Ringed Angle Fish Butterfly Fish. Seahorse and Pipefish and Ghost Pipefish.