Koh Dok Mai Is Phuket’s Premier Macro Dive Site
Koh Dok Mai when translated means “Flower Island” and this beautiful limestone island is situated about an hour and 15 minutes from Chalong bay.
A fantastic wall dive littered with macro marine life. On it’s day it can be one of the best dives in the area although on occasions it can be hampered by strong currents. If you love your macro life and exploring then this is your site. It is best done at a slow pace as not to miss any of the small creatures lurking in the many cracks and crevices. Often only one side of the island is dived during the standard 50 minute dive.
For divers with some experience the marine life begins as soon as you enter the water and is thick all the way to the bottom of the wall at around 25 meters. Has two small caves at 13m and 18m.
There are plenty of small eels and shrimp on this site and the best site to find a nice range of Nudibranchs and can be a underwater photographers dream site. Keep an eye out for the many Bamboo sharks that live on this site. It may pay to turn around occasionally as the famous Whale Sharks have been known to cruise by on rare instances.
Koh Dok Mai is done as a day trip and often in conjunction with the Phi Phi Islands, Shark Point, Anemone Reef and the King Cruiser Wreck.
Depth: 5-25m Difficulty: ✩✩ Marine life: ✩✩✩ Coral: ✩✩✩ Currents: ✩✩✩
Dive boats go to Koh Dok Mai every day of the week as a part of a 3-dive combo with Shark Point and King Cruiser. Shark Point can be substituted with Anemone Reef depending on the currents and weather conditions.