Richelieu Rock / Thailand

Richelieu Rock
Richelieu Rock is one of the best places in the world to observe whale sharks and, of course, one of the best dive sites in Thailand. It is a 50m/164ft high underwater rock surrounded by small coral towers. Richelieu Rock is a part of Surin National Marine Park that is located to the north of the Similan islands only 7km/4mi from Burma border. The Surin Park consists of five granite wooded islands with amazing beaches.

Location: the Andaman Sea, approximately 200km/124mi northwest of Phuket

What to see: Divers can spot here sea horses, rays, morays, lion fish and schools of banner fish. Also some pelagic fish can be met: tunas, barracudas and caranxes.

Depth: 10-36m/33-118ft

Currents: 2-3knots

Visibility: 10-30m/33-98ft

Season for diving: The best period is from October to May. The average water temperature is 28C/82F

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