Richelieu rock diving on the MV Blue Marlin
Do you want to add some world class diving to your holidays? Then you should join us on our diving daytrip to Richelieu Rock, considered to be one of Thailand’s best dive sites. . . an experience not to be missed on your Khao Lak diving holiday.
Your adventure starts in the early morning with the pick up at your Khao Lak accommodation. The high speed dive speedboat Blue Marlin Wet-Cat leaves at 8:45 am from the Nam Khem pier and arrives about 75 minutes later at the dive site.
Dive in small groups
After setting up your equipment and a detailed briefing you are ready for your first world class dive of 45 to 60 minutes in a small group of 4 divers per professional dive guide. The groups are based on dive experience and certification level to suit everybody.
Richelieu Rock is the most spectacular dive site in the Andaman Sea; an isolated giant rock formation located about 18 km east of the Surin Island Archipelago, north of the Similan Islands and part of the Surin National Marine Park, which is home to the most diverse and stunning marine life, unlike anywhere in the country.
The site is marked by the top of the pinnacle which rises about 1 meter above the sea level during low tide, and disappears underwater during high tide. It is said that the famous diver and explorer Jacques Cousteau was here and named it Richelieu Rock, because the purple soft corals covering the entire pinnacle reminded him of the purple coat of his friend, Cardinal Richelieu.
Besides the stunning hard and soft corals and huge sea fans, you can see large groups of barracudas, trevallies and tuna, which grow really big here due to the immense amount of reef fish they are hunting for. Their primary targets are the big shoals of snappers and fusiliers feeding in mid water. Richelieu Rock is world famous for being one of the best places in Thailand to see big pelagic whale sharks; although the biggest fish on the planet (growing to a length of up to 16 meters!), they feed on the smallest creatures building the plankton and are believed to have a lifespan of over 100 years.]
The horseshoe-shaped rock falls steeply down to the surrounding sand bottom at a maximum depth of 35 meters. It hosts huge gorgonians and anemones with different kind of ‘clownfish’, some of them you don’t see often like the Tomato Anemonefish. The cracks and crevices of the limestone provide hiding spaces for so many different species that it is not possible to explore the whole site in one dive. You get everything from the Yellow Tiger Tail Seahorse, Harlequin Shrimps, Ghost Pipefish, Frogfish, Mantis Shrimps, Nudibranches, Moray Eels and Scorpionfish to Giant Groupers, Lionfish and mating Cuttlefish. Go slow to find all the hidden and camouflaged creatures. . . and as a photographer always make sure to bring ample batteries and the big memory cards!
Take a deep breath after the first dive and enjoy the delicious Thai food for lunch, followed by relaxation, resting and tanning on the sundeck or stay in the shaded area if you like it more cool.
Just in time for the sun downer
Soon it’s time to plunge back in again and experience the second dive on this amazing dive site. . .
The ride back gives you just enough time to fill in your log book and share your underwater adventures with the other divers while enjoying some fruits or soft drinks; you will return early enough at your Khao Lak accommodation for a sundowner or happy hour drink.
Just write or call us for more information about a Richelieu Rock diving daytrip.
- Diving day trip from Khao Lak
- 2 Dives
- Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai
- Max 4 divers with 1 professional guide
- Nitrox available
- Best price guarantee
- Book with local diving experts
Richelieu rock daytrip 2 dives : 5.100.- Baht
Koh Bon daytrip 2 dives : 4.600.- Baht
Koh Tachai 2 dives : 4.800.- Baht
Book all 3 trips and save and get 10 % discount
Included in the price are :
- Experienced dive guides and instructors
- Small dive groups of 4 divers to 1 dive guide
- 12 Liter tanks air
- Lunch, fruits and snacks
- Drinking water, softdrinks
- Transfers for Khao Lak area
Excluded in the price are :
- National park entrance and diving fees : 700.- Baht
- Full set of diving equipment : 500.- Baht per day
- 15 Liter tank : 200.- Baht per dive
- Nitrox 32 % : 100.- Baht per dive
- Dive computer : 300.- Baht per day
In the morning you get picked up from your accommodation in Khao Lak.
Around 08.45 AM the fast speedboat Blue Marlin leaves to dive site from Baan Namkhem jetty. The travel time is around 1.15 hours.
The friendly and experienced crew welcome you onboard on the dive boat. The Tourleader gives a short boat briefing before the Blue Marlin leaves.
Dive groups are based on certification level and dive experience. In this way everybody will feel themselves comfortable: from novice open water diver to the more experienced diver. The ratio is 4 divers to 1 Dive Master. Each Dive Master gives a detailed dive briefing to his group and helps you with setting up your diving gear.
Plunge into the crystal clear water and enjoy the incredible marine wildlife. Dive time 45-60 minutes.
Back onboard during the surface interval the lunch is served , water and soft drinks are available.
Now it’s time for the second dive, your Dive Master gives a detailed dive briefing and will help you with gearing up.
Plunge back into the water and get the experience some great diving.
Arrive at Baan Namkhem
After the last dive snacks and fresh fruit are served. The Blue Marlin starts returning back to the Baan Namkhem jetty. The arrival time is around 16.00 PM . The taxi is waiting to bring you back to your accommodation in Khao Lak.
Schedule can be changed due weather, sea conditions, instructions by the national park authorities.
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