Scuba Diving at Phi Phi Island
Loh Samah Bay
Loh Samah Bay is situated on the south side of Phi Phi Leh next to Maya Bay and is another area popular with snorkelers. The diving is centred on a tiny cliff islet at the entrance to the bay.
This islet has walls on all sides and its possible to circle the island at least once on one tank of air at a relaxed pace. The outer southern side of the wall reaches a depth of 20m while the inner northern side is shallowest at around 8m.
The whole wall is covered in hard and soft corals and clams and is home to the usual Phi Phi marine life. Numerous lionfish, scorpionfish and angelfish have made the site their home as well as parrotfish.
The greatest attraction of this Phi Phi Island dive site is a narrow channel 15m deep on the east side. Divers can just swim through it and are treated to a dazzling display of beautiful soft corals, sea whips and gorgonian seafans. It's not unusual to see a turtle here ripping at the bubble coral while it feeds.
Loh Samah Bay is an excellent night dive site and Thai liveaboard boats often moor here in the evenings. Torches show off the array of different colours on the wall - a feast for your eyes. Coral polyps come out to feed and masses of shrimps can be seen as you search in the cracks, as well as painted lobster and decorated crabs. The numerous moray eels are more active at night too.
Loh Samah Bay Reef Basics: Canyon and wall diving
Depth: 5 - 20m
Visibility: 5 - 15m
Surface conditions: Calm
Water temperature: 27 - 30°C
Experience level: Beginner
Number of dive sites: 2
Diving season: All year round
Distance: ~45 km east of Phuket (3 hours), 30 km southwest of Krabi (2½ hours)
Access: Phi Phi scuba daytrips and liveaboards
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